WHAT STANDS OUT
Most buyers will be looking for trouble-free day-to-day motoring from the Hyundai Elantra rather than a car that will carve up curves, but it does hold its own for driver enjoyment. It has nicely weighted steering and the engine has respectable performance for a car like this.
What stands out most about the Elantra is all the included equipment you get. It comes with cruise control, a reversing camera and parking sensors, a touchscreen up front, auto headlights and LED daytime running lamps, alloy wheels and six airbags.
Under the bonnet there’s only one engine option – an all-new 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol that does the job well and is quite economical. Refinement is impressive too; from inside the engine is very quiet, something Hyundai has focused on a lot with this car.
The Elantra’s infotainment now includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a system that allows you to access your phone apps through the car’s touchscreen. It’s particularly good for using your phone’s satellite navigation as the Elantra doesn’t have its own sat-nav built in.
There are two Elantra versions called Active and Elite. Both models get all the gear we mentioned earlier, but if you spend a little more for the Elite you’ll also get leather trimmed seats, dual-zone climate control with vents in the back, auto wipers, bigger alloy wheels, premium trim on the outside, keyless entry and start, and a cool automatic boot lid that opens by itself when the key is nearby.
If you want an automatic gearbox, that costs $2000 extra in the Active but it’s standard in the Elite. Considering most people will buy an auto, we think it makes sense to go for the Elite for a little bit more and get the extra fruit as well, especially the upgraded interior. All Elantras are covered by a five year unlimited kilometre warranty and capped price servicing.
The Elantra is one of Hyundai’s more compelling offerings. It’s well-specced, good to drive and decent value.