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2012 Hyundai Elantra Review

The all-new Elantra is a huge step up from the previous model. The last car Hyundai launched in Australia was the i45 sedan. At the time, some of the motoring press in Australia said the suspension tune on that car wasn’t up to par for pliant travel on the poorly maintained roads in this country. That sent the handling engineers at Hyundai back to the R&D centre to thoroughly re-examine its suspension tuning process specifically for the Australian market.

2012 Hyundai Elantra Review
2012 Hyundai Elantra Review
2012 Hyundai Elantra Review
2012 Hyundai Elantra Review

The good news is Hyundai has absolutely nailed it with the new Hyundai Elantra, with all the suspension testing and tuning carried out in Australia. After a couple of hundred kilometres driving all three trim levels and both transmission options, I’m pleased to report the ride and handling has been well and truly sorted on the Elantra, to the point where it’s up there with anything from Europe in the same segment and price point.

Moreover, you can’t help feeling mighty impressed with this small car (that’s it’s official classification, although it really has midsize proportions inside the cabin) on so many levels; namely styling, fit and finish, and performance and handling. It all works exceptionally well, and that’s before we start talking about the high value for money proposition that this new Hyundai Elantra represents.

Hyundai has chosen to launch the car with just one powertrain; it’s the all-new 1.8-litre ‘Nu’ petrol engine with an aluminium block (so it’s light), developing 110kW of power and 178Nm of torque. While that might seem a tad uninspiring from the sidelines, that’s not how it performs from behind the wheel. Because the car only weighs 1225kg and has six gear ratios to play with, it actually gets going rather well, and frankly, a lot better than I expected. There’s plenty of punch out of the blocks, and the engine spins nicely up the rev range to fifth gear, with sixth being more of an overdrive ratio for fuel efficient freeway motoring.

2012 Hyundai Elantra Review
2012 Hyundai Elantra Review
2012 Hyundai Elantra Review
2012 Hyundai Elantra Review

Clearly, this is no ordinary, run of the mill four-cylinder engine, but rather a thoroughly advanced powertrain, which benefits from the latest technology such as Dual Continuously Variable Valve Timing (D-VVT) camshafts along with hydraulic engine mounts for extra levels of small-car refinement. Also worthy of mention is the maintenance-free silent timing chain system, which results in a particularly smooth running engine by the Korean manufacturer. Even the exhaust note has a slight growl to it, both from inside the cabin and outside, which adds to the enjoyment of the Elantra.

The six-speed manual is a treat to use, particularly out on these rather deserted country roads out of Canberra. The shifts are effortless and more of a short-throw ‘box, which gives the Elantra a sports car-like feel. If you can drive a manual and you don’t have to put up with peak hour on a regular basis, go with the entry-level model, you’ll love it.

That said, I was not overly confident hopping into the automatic version, which is standard fitment in both the mid-range Elite and top-spec Premium models. Automatic ‘boxes mated to small displacement four-cylinder engines tend to be a bit uninspiring, but not this one. The six gear ratios mean this engine doesn’t have to rev its guts out to get you moving along at a reasonable speed, and the ratios are quite well spaced. It’s a sporty enough drive that if you find a nice stretch of windy road, go ahead and use the sequential shift mode, which allows the driver to hold on to the gear ratios a little longer before shifting up, should you wish to.

2012 Hyundai Elantra Review
2012 Hyundai Elantra Review
2012 Hyundai Elantra Review
2012 Hyundai Elantra Review

It’s worth noting that only the new Elantra and Holden Cruze offer a six-speed auto transmission in this segment, whereas the other main competitors in this segment (Hyundai i30 2.0 SX, Mazda3 2.0 Neo, Toyota Corolla 1.8 Ascent, Honda Civic 1.8 VTI) only offer four-speed, five-speed, and CVT units.

The main point to consider here is that Hyundai designs and builds its own transmissions, and clearly puts enormous effort into this area. It shows through with both these gearboxes, as they are unusually refined for this segment.

That’s all well and good, but why not a diesel variant of the new Elantra for those living in cities like Sydney with its hilly terrain? After all, the 1.6 diesel in the i30 hatch is a cracker and I would have thought a prefect match for this new addition to Hyundai’s small car stable. Of course, there’s also a 1.7 litre diesel in the stunning i40 sports wagon, which is one of three more new models that Hyundai will launch in Australia this year.

There’s an interesting Gear Shift Indicator in the manual variant between the two main instrument dials, which indicates the gear that you should be in for maximum fuel efficiency; handy if you like saving a few extra dollars each week at the petrol bowser.

The entry-level Elantra Active comes standard with steel wheels and a manual transmission, but don’t let that deter you; this is a very enjoyable bit of kit to drive. More than anything, it comes down to a well-balanced chassis, which produces excellent cornering and road-holding (even with steel wheels, which I don’t particularly like) and a pliant ride. Bumps and small potholes are ironed out without any unwanted vibrations through the cabin. Push on, and it’s the same story, with an all-together neutral handling characteristic, which is as good as many of the more expensive Euro offerings in this segment.

2012 Hyundai Elantra Review
2012 Hyundai Elantra Review
2012 Hyundai Elantra Review
2012 Hyundai Elantra Review

The same goes for the steering feel and response. Right from dead centre there’s plenty of weight and a very direct response through the steering wheel making tight twisty sections more fun than you can imagine. That meaty feel is also evident when travelling at 110km/h on the freeway, where there’s still plenty of weight through the tiller. Again, it’s comparable to the German offerings in this segment, and inspires similar driver confidence. Put that down to the calibration of the Motor Driven Power Steering (MDPS).

The Elantra is stylish too and is designed with Hyundai’s current ‘Fluidic Sculpture’ design language for a ‘Wind Craft’ inspired shape, or so the marketing goes. Whichever way you look at it though, it’s a good thing, and better than the i45 in my opinion. There are less crease lines and it’s a slightly less complex shape than it’s larger sibling.

Hyundai is calling the Elantra ‘The Big Small Car’ and refreshingly, this isn’t just marketing spin. Big is right, despite being officially classified in the small car segment. There’s a huge amount of open space inside the cabin. Front and back, there is easily enough room for the over-six-foot club, tested and proven with a 6’3” colleague. Plenty of legroom too; heaps up front and unusually so for rear seat passengers.

2012 Hyundai Elantra Review
2012 Hyundai Elantra Review
2012 Hyundai Elantra Review
2012 Hyundai Elantra Review

In the boot alone there’s a massive 420 litres of space and when you add up the interior cabin area, the actual volume equates to 3126.2 litres. For the hopeless mathematicians such as myself, that’s more room than several cars in the medium segment, like the Volkswagen Passat CC and the Honda Accord Euro.

The seats themselves are nicely bolstered and very easy on your back during longer stints behind the wheel. Fabric upholstery can be so-so when it comes to look and feel, but even in the base model Active the fabric is soft and patterned, for a decent look.

The standard leather/leatherette trim in the Elantra Premium is of course a more comfortable seat that the fabric trim and also provides more non-slip grip for your torso. Another bonus is that the driver’s seat is electric in the Premium (that’s seatback and cushion) and when you add in additional kit such as electrochromatic rear view mirror, heated front seats, sunroof, reversing camera, 17-inch alloys, you’ve got a bargain at $28,990.

The centre console and dash layout in the new Elantra is very smart and beyond a contemporary look. There’s a lot of attention to detail inside here with plenty of ‘cool’ switchgear with metallic and piano black accents and soft touch materials used throughout.

Hyundai has always been generous on the creature comfort kit and the Elantra gets the full suite including Bluetooth phone and audio streaming (that will take less than a minute to pair up to the head unit), tilt and reach steering wheel, cruise control and a four-speaker audio unit (better than your average unit) with reasonable tone. There’s also a full-sized spare wheel under the boot floor in all models.

2012 Hyundai Elantra Review
2012 Hyundai Elantra Review
2012 Hyundai Elantra Review
2012 Hyundai Elantra Review

Stepping up to the mid-spec Elantra Elite adds a premium steering wheel, auto lights and wipers, push-button start with proximity key, rear park assist, front fog lamps, tinted glass, luggage net and 16-inch alloys.

Fuel consumption is also a strong point with Elantra and although we didn’t run any tests during the launch program, the published combined figure of 6.6L/100km for the manual and 7.1L/100km for the auto would seem possible, due to the car’s relatively light weight for its size and trim levels.

Safety-wise, it doesn’t get any better than a five-star safety rating from ANCAP (Australasian New Car Assessment Program) whose job it is to carry out a series of crash tests on selected cars to determine the level of occupant safety and then rate the car out of five.

According to Hyundai, the new Elantra is the only car in its class that offers Vehicle Stability Management (VSM); an advanced active safety management system that integrates all the car’s active safety systems and adding the Motor Driven Power Steering for additional safety in emergency situations.

In the all-new Elantra, Hyundai has produced a very strong proposition for Australian new-car buyers. This is a small car that offers big car features with performance, handling and ride as good as the Euro offerings at a much reduced price point.

2012 Hyundai Elantra Review
2012 Hyundai Elantra Review
2012 Hyundai Elantra Review
2012 Hyundai Elantra Review

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  • http://www.caradvice.com.au/125134/2012-hyundai-elantra-review/ Hans

    I’m sick and tired of manufacturers (Hyundai is not alone in this regard) not offering the manual transmission on anything other than the base model. Why are manual drivers treated like second class citizens????

    Guess I should be thankful that they even offered a manual version in the first place I suppose. Hyundai could have easily just made it an all automatic proposition.

    • Hung Low

      Its sad these days that up to 90% of some models sold are all auto. Most people have no time or patience or care to enjoy driving these days!

    • Able

      I couldn’t agree more and it’s annoying that the manual is the one that’s often recommended (eg on this review). It’s not like we DON’T deserve the best driving variant!

    • Ed

      Because Hyundai are in the business of making and money and the fact is manual transmissions don’t sell in Australia. Hyundai (and other car makers) obviously don’t think they can make any money offering manual transmissions on the higher spec vehicle.

      If they did think that, we would see more offered.

      • Sumpguard

        Absolutely correct Ed. Why build it if no-one wants it? Perhaps even more inexcusable is the fact the Crapolla still has a 4 speed.

        The car is screaming for a diesel though Hyundai if you’re listening!

      • Carolminns

        Problem is so many drivers in Australia can only drive automatics!!!!!  What fool put this in place in most countries throughout the world you learn to drive in a manual vehicle – if you prefer to drive an automatic later then it is not too difficult to do so – but put some automatic drivers in a manual vehicle they would not have a clue how to drive – is this not crazy???

    • Kampfer

      Unfortunately manufacturers choose what drive-train to offer from sell data, not what car reviews say, and we just don’t buy that many manual cars here in OZ.

      P.S. I live in the city and own a manual Focus XR5…

      • http://caradvice OSU811

        Apparantly there is a small batch of 6sp manual Elites available in the first shipment of cars (so if you want one be quick) My guess would be thay Hyundai is trying to see how popular they are and if it is worth making it available full time!

    • http://caradvice OSU811

      Would just be a personal opinion Phil, a lot of people dont like driving a manual in peak hour traffic, personally it doesnt bother me either way!

    • ryan bane

      at least Oz gets a manual option – every Elantra is auto in Enzed…

      The base model (auto only) also starts at ~(A)$28k…

      Suspect, unless it is heavily discounted, will sell in smallish numbers over here.

      • Kampfer


        • Carol

          New Zealand

    • HunChong

      Hans says: ” Why are manual drivers treated like second class citizens???? ”

      Thats because they ARE second class citizens. Accept it and Get over it!

  • Hung Low

    Something tells me that they will do incredibly well with this car, it fills the small -medium gap perfectly, it looks like a great package but it misses a few details like that tacky gear knob and scratch prone painted plastic centre console and hub caps.
    The Cruze has some very serious competition with its only advantage being the choice of a good diesel and good 1.4 turbo!

  • Kampfer

    Worked OT on this article? A few mistakes here:

    – Active is $20,590 for the manual, not auto.
    – Lancer is CVT, not 4 nor 5 speeds auto.

    Still, +1 for the first new Elantra review (I can see) in OZ. Sure it’s a good looker.

    • http://www.caradvice.com.au Tim Beissmann

      Hi Kampfer

      Thanks for commenting, and sorry for the inaccuracies. Fixed now.

      Tim Beissmann

      • Aussie bender

        “it’s up there with anything from Europe in the same segment and price point.”

        What pray tell, is avalible from Europe in the same segment and price point?

  • Sam300TD

    Sounds like a great car. Why is is not an i-something? Still elantra? Just wondering…

    • A_A

      The ixx names are European aimed, whereas the actual names are American aimed.

      Hyundai wants this car to do well in America so it was given a proper name.

      I think this was in an earlier article.

      • o

        Beacause Hyundai OZ picks and chooses the best cars from each continent.It would have been confusing to call this the i35 and they probably werent allowed to call it i30

    • Viv R

      Sounds like a great rental car!  And people call Toyota Corollas bland!  I’m sure that it’s adequate, safe, reliable, well made transport from A to B, but how can you call it great?  Good value maybe, but as dull as dish water. 

  • darkone

    might be an ok drive but it looks hideous like the i45.I would buy a kia cerato over this,the st
    yling is much better and wont date quickly.

    • Kampfer

      Myself find the new Elantra better looking than Cerato, but like the Optima over the i45. I don’t like the look of the i45 at all.

      Bring me the i40 wagon now!!!

      • Henry

        it’s not all that bad!

        it quite good and i agree Kampfer but i like the i45 a tad bit better…sorry guys that don’t like this comment…

    • igomi Watabi

      Completely agree, don’t know why manufacturers equate individualism with ugliness. And another hideous, overstyled dashboard. ick.

    • Becky

      I test drove both Cerato and Elantra on the weekend. Buying an Elantra in 2 weeks. As for the Cerato – well there’s 15 mins of my life I won’t get back…

      • me-all-day

        Awesome Becky – thanks for the post. If I may ask – what was so bad about the Cerato?

      • Volker1957

         agree with you , bought a new elantra last year great car and it looks sporty , the cerato looks so plain

  • Hung Low

    Something tells me that Hyundai will do incredibly well with this car, it fills the small -medium gap perfectly, it looks like a great package but it misses a few details like that cheap tacky gear knob, scratch prone silver painted plastic like centre console and hub caps.
    The Cruze has some very serious competition with its only advantage being the choice of a good diesel and good 1.4 turbo!

  • James

    The next toyota

  • Tim

    I think, Hyundai really nailed it this time again in Elantra styling. Bravooo

  • save it for the track

    Hmmm. Hyundai website specs = weight 1277(manual)1289(auto), boot 402(sae)/458(vda) {did someone transpose the SAE figure they were given?}, Cruze boot = 445 litres, mazda3 boot = 430(vda), mazda3 (Neo & Maxx) weight 1267 (manual)1294(auto).
    Has anyone ever seen the total mesurement of boot and interior added together givem for a sedan??? What’s the story with that? Even for hatches and wagons it’s usually cargo volume seats up/down.
    So it’s comparable in size to an Accord Euro. Sounds good, but really this review is slightly over the top with descriptions like ‘…massive 420 litres boot space..’, seriously, what then was the 510 litres of the Focus sedan?? By the way the Accord Euro boot space is slightly larger at a hugely massive(?) 467 litres. A manual can also be had in the luxury model(accord euro) with only the top spec luxury navigation being auto only. Surely if car makers have a manual for a model available, it should be available as an option to order on higher spec models. The Elantra definitely seems like a decent package, but a more balanced review would be appreciated. Comparable in weight to Mazda3, boot space slightly above class average (and smaller than Focus sedan). I’m a bit perplexed by the small fuel tank of only 48 litres. I’m also wondering why no notice of fuel use was taken for this review when it is so often mentioned in others.
    Will be very interesting to see the new Mazda3 with SkyActiv engines, with alleged 15% improvement in fuel consumption and torque and fuel economy comparable to current model 2.2L diesel.

    • Henry

      This is a hyundai review you know…

    • Kim

      I test drove the manual (Active) and auto (Elite) on the weekend.

      Very impressive, for its class.

      Steering was sharp but a little too light and not enough feel for my liking (but I think ppl will get used to it).

      The auto was good, but manual better (smooth gearchanges light clutch) – but that’s just my preference for manual over auto in small cars. I suspect most auto buyers would be very happy with this car. The 1.8 felt like most 2L engines – not fast, but adequate.

      Overall though … I’ll be going backwards if I bought this car to replace my 3 year old Mazda 3, firstly because the Elantra boot space is severely compromised by its “goose neck” hinges – ever tried closing a packed boot for your family gear with these old style hinged boots? “Boiiiing” and if you’re unlucky, those idiot hinges will break something as it crushes whatever bags are there sitting in its path as the boot lid swings down. No such problem in my Mazda 3 sedan as it uses tiny external cantilever hinges (like the Lancer and 3-series BMW, I’ve recently noticed). Small detail yes, but massive impact on actual boot usage practicalities; can’t believe Hyundai (and Suzuki with their Kizashi) are using these old goose neck hinges. Check the boot hinges on your current car – you may be taking for granted some external cantilever ones!

      Secondly, I’ll be going backwards from my Mazda 3, as Hyundai has (quietly but unacceptably in my opinion), omitted Emergency Brake Assist from this car, like it has omitted this important Bosch feature from its i30 all along, even though both these cars have them in the overseas markets like UK and NZ (ryan bane – that’s probably why it’s A$28k in NZ). EBA is in my opinion almost as important as ABS and stability control itself, as no human being can stop a car in split second in an emergency – that’s why EBA takes over and applies the full brake pressure. It saved me from an accident not long ago. The Hyundai salesman tried to deflect the issue and explain Hyundai’s new Vehicle Stability Management (VSM) system actually “ties all the systems together, so they don’t fight one another”. That may be true, but deletion of EBA from Australian spec cars is just that – a deletion and a cost saving, and VSM doesn’t make up for it.

      If not for these two glaring items, I would have considered putting money down for the Elantra, as I do dig Hyundai for their reliability and (less so) overall driving experience.

      Anyway, I’ll be keeping my Mazda 3 for a while yet now. I do suggest potential buyers of the Elantra (or i30) do their research on EBA, as ALL THE OTHER SMALL MEDIUM CARS in this segment has Emergency Brake Assist – it could be your partner or child driving this car one day, and EBA would mean the difference between stopping short of ploughing into line of suddenly stopped cars, versus having the airbags activated in your face …. I know which I’d prefer!

      • Guy

        I’m an 2011 Hyundai Elantra GL 6 speed automatic speed canadian owner living in Montreal, QC, Canada.

        Actually i have 20000 kms since 6 month ( bought january 19, 2011 in winter ).My wife and i really enjoying with this car. It’s very comfortable, good sound system, all control on steering wheels. I almost always drive on cruise control ( possible at 40 km/h ). Could turn without braking ( very funny if you have someone too near in your back ). No oversteer or understeer, it’s incredible, especially usefull on highway entry and highway exit. On snow, i really like the anti-spin ( see the yellow light flashing in the dash )and i follow the SUV in the winter storm.

        About gas consumption, i use a gaz saver ( Ecotek-1 )in my tank and i do 5,5 liters/100 kms at 100 km/h. That’s why i already have 20000 kms because it cost less for driving this great car and my back feel great after an 8 hours trip.

        we visited very often the U.S. East Coast from Montreal to the Maine beaches ( Old Orchard, Ogunquit,… )

        That’s the car we needed for our kind of travellers. It’s more relaxing and we are not exhausted at the end of the day. To protect that car we use Z2 Pro form Zaino. This product is awesome for our glossy pearly white car.

        So take a ride at your Hyundai dealer and you will like it.

  • Camski

    Regarding cars with 6 speed gearboxes in this segment – the Kia Cerato, the Elantra’s closest relative this side of an i30, has a 6 speed auto and manual.

  • cc

    rear suspension: Coupled Torsion Beam Axle…….not very nice.

    • RedBack

      Perhaps not for a car with more sporty pretentions or for the best theoretical ride/handling compromise, but from a space-efficiency and cost perspective, a torsion beam is hard to beat.

      I guess they chose space and practicality over dynamic potential, but if the review’s comments on handling are to be believed, they’ve done a remarkable job in turning a sow’s ear into a silk purse.

      • Al Juraj

        Why the thumbs down on cc? Torsion beam is offered simply because it’s cheaper. Sure, it can be tuned to handle alright, but it will never surpass a fully independent setup. It will also not ride as nicely because one wheel has to react to what the other does. If one hits a pothole, the other has to move unnecessarily. Having all four sides sprung separately will make each of them adjust accordingly to road imperfections, which is pretty much infinite here anyway.

        • Guy

          i agreed with this commnent. That’s the only minus side i found from that car, but i always try to avoid pot hole on the road. With this electric steering wheel, i do that very easily.

  • Kampfer

    Put a VW/Mazda badges on it I bet you’ll suddenly love the look.

    • Kampfer

      Hummm… the msg I replied to disappeared…

      Should’ve remove my msg as well, as others will have no idea…

    • Al Juraj

      Put a Holden badge on it and it will always run out of stock.

      • Shak

        Just shows the power of marketing and brand loyalty, whether it be misplaced or not. Hyundai are slowly building their brand acceptance and loyalty in this country, and with brilliant products such as this, Hyundai deserves to be doing as well as they are.

        • Sumpguard

          I have read two other local reviews on separate websites and they both gave it 4 stars and rated it right alongside the mazda 3 with only the Golf rated half a start higher on one of them. One of those sites is not exactly Hyundai friendly (TMR and Cars Guide were the sites).

          So that might shatter the biased claims by CA with this car. I’m sure if I check the other sites they’ll be similar. Hyundai have produced a good car. That may not please the anti-Korean brigade but it’s reality so get used to it. I see them becoming a major concern to toyota in coming years.

          • matt

            bias, no, just paid lol, notice how the news chopper guy has started wearing a “new elantra” shirt instead of the “CarAdvice” shirt :P… nonetheless it does look like a good car

          • Phil

            So did you check other sites?

            3 stars on carsales and carpoint….

  • http://caradvice OSU811

    Having driven the manual Active and Auto Elite already,
    I can honestly say it is a class leading small/medium sedan!, the ride is firm, controlled and comfortable..
    engine for this class is 1st rate!, both gearboxes are smooth and efficient!, Only criticism I have is regarding the standard fuel efficient tyres lacking grip at 9/10ths
    My pick would be a std Active manual with a nice set of aftermarket 17″ alloys and quality sports tyres, then it would be a truly Brilliant, sporty little car!!

    • Al Juraj

      It’s a really promising vehicle, but wait for the new Focus. You might change your mind.

      • Sumpguard

        Not with that styling I won’t. I reckon Ford Oz weren’t comfortab;e with it either. Hence why they withdrew plans to build it.

      • Henry

        I’d just stay with this the new focus’s grille looks a bit like a fish or something to me…

    • http://www.drivebttb.com greg

      If I swapped the 15″ steel rims for 17″(or16″) alloys would that effect the suspension/steering setup on my std Active model Elantra? Would it adversely change the ride in any way?

      • http://www.caradvice.com.au Anthony Crawford

        The larger wheels doesn’t seem to affect the excellent absorption qualities of the suspension set up on the new Elantra, they have nailed it with this car.

  • James Cortez

    What’s the big deal here?. The focus will out-handle it and likely out muscle it as it has more torque. A better looker too with chiselled European masculine lines not like this “fluidic”, overdone, overdesigned body lines which serve no purposes!! Focus wins.

    • RedBack

      Perhaps you’re right James, the Focus is a good thing, but I might wait for a comparison review before asserting knowledge of their relative merits.

      Maybe the Elantra really has taken a massive step forward in ride and handling?

      Certainly European reviewers of the new Focus have expressed disappointment at the loss of dynamic focus (pardon the pun) of the new model.

      Performance-wise, the last Focus weighed 1335kg and the new model is apparently north of 1400kg.

      Maybe the Focus’ extra torque can make up for the extra mass, maybe not.

      …and while beauty is in the eye of the beholder, I don’t find either car offensive.

      I didn’t check the relative pricing. Are they reasonably close?

  • Andrew M

    “It’s worth noting that only the new Elantra and Holden Cruze offer a six-speed auto transmission in this segment”

    The Cerato offers a 6sp Auto
    The Focus offers a 6sp DSG
    The Golf offers 6 & 7 speed DSG’s
    The Lancer offers a 6sp CVT

    And even though the Mazda can only claim a 5sp on its spec sheets, the 5sp it has would leave many 6sps for dead. Its current and previous version 5sp is a cracker.

    • JEKYL & HYDE


      give me a 5 speed over a 6 speed anything auto around the 2.0ltr mark,so long as the fuel use is close….

      • Henry

        I think he means that cause the Elantra & Cruze are 1.8L where as the others are 2.0L

    • david

      CVT does not equal 6 speed auto. Focus offers 4 speed auto. We are not in the future yet.

    • Al Juraj

      Well, the Ford’s dual-clutch should perform better than a standard auto, but may not be as smooth. At the end of the day, anything north of four speeds (five for manual) is good enough for this segment.

      • Andrew M

        I wasnt commenting on the quality of anyone six speed, just saying the article was incorrect in saying only 2 in the segment had 6 speeders

  • scottjames_12

    While this isn’t a car I’d consider for myself, I’d certainly recommend looking at it to others. Definitely a contender in it’s segment, anyone buying a Corolla or Cruze without trying one of these first is doing themselves a disservice.

    Now Hyundai, bring the new Genesis coupe here quick smart, and you will have my attention!

  • Banham

    I feel as though this design won’t age too well..

    Look at the i45 (it hasn’t created such a buzz in the Australian market) why, simply because it’s too expensive.. Same with this this, why don’t they deflate the prices a little??

    • Naughtyius Maximus

      What a joke!

      Won’t age well…..compared to others its easy to see it looks stunning and is ahead of rest on looks department!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • Viv R

        Have you got your beer goggles on mate?  From some angles its plain, from some ugly.  I don’t think it’s going to scrub up to well parked next to an Audi A1!  A nice car for a small family from the burbs, but hardly inner city chic.

  • Matt

    I test drove one of these earlier today and it stuck to the road like shit to a blanket, it was suprisingly powerful for the 1.8L under the bonnet and I was more comfortable in it then any of the other cars I’ve driven in its class. The only thing that kinda came close to it for me was the Lancer. But I honestly enjoyed the experience and i recommend this car

  • Frank

    I just got back from the states, (LA & SF) and these puppies were all over the place.

    In the US they are offering 10 yr unlimited warranty plus guarantied buy back prices within 5 years. Make them an offer they cannot refuse!

    At this price even in here it is hard to beat.

  • oberi

    i am still enjoying the 1996 model second edition but it is still better in uganda compared to reconditioned better so said new japanes cars

  • Hindsight

    Have had the Elite Auto model for almost 3 weeks now and really love it. In fact have yet to find anything that I dislike about it. I have it in red, so it looks very impressive. I owned both previous models and this one is a huge step up, particularly in handling and specifications. It was the only car in its class that could fit both our sons at 6’5″, an important decision makingh criteria for us! It feels like a large medium sized car, rather than a large small sized car. When looking for the car in a car park, the styling is really eye catching, so very easy to spot. Overall, we feel that we got value for money. While the Mazda is excellent and would have considered it if it was roomier, price wise it seems very expensive for the same level of specs, especially in servicing costs, which Hyundai keep to a minimum.

    • Elantra driver

      I have been driving the new Elantra Elite for a week+ and I can’t find any faults with it. You can feel the suspension slightly if it goes over many bumps, but hey, you can probably feel it in many of the small cars.

      Handling is good. No issues. One thing that is not mentioned or much maligned is the cruise control. It’s heaps better than the cruise control on the Toyota corolla. Tried both cars on a hilly part of the highway and the corolla’s cruise basically revved up big time when it went uphill, causing a small “jolt”, whilst the Elantra elite’s transition was smooth.

      I was comparing the Toyota Corolla, Honda Civic, Holden Cruze & Hyundai Elantra. I like both the Cruze & Elantra. Ultimately settled for the Elantra as the exterior and interior styling looked much better. Also, the car handled well.

      I seriously believe this will be a huge competitor to Civic and Corolla in the coming years and from my limited experience, it looks like it will take a huge slice of the small car market segment if they price all their models $1k to $1.5k cheaper. It’s possible as they sell for much less in USA.

    • cathy

      I’m surprised by your comments about your 6’5″ sons, as the sloping roof in the rear seems to be very low?  I am looking at the Elantra and it ticks all the other boxes, but the roofline is a problem for me.

  • David

    Which to choose: Holden Cruze Sri-V or Hyundai Elantra Premium?

    • Fleegal

      Hi David,

      I went to a car yard that sells both brands, I was looking at either i30 or Cruze. The Cruze manual had a shuttering clutch even before I left the yard. The i30 was smooth as. I then saw the Elantra so test drove that. Both Hyundai’s were more comfortable and I ended up purchasing the Elantra myself. I sure hope Hyundai honor their warranties better than Ford. I hope I never have to find out. Good luck.

  • Knowledge

    And here the same koreans who write rubbish against Japanese makers pretending to be australians, writing “beautiful” things about hyundai. Haha, what a sick country (I’m not involving everybody buy the south korean government, vank and you guys, brainwashed people).

    The curious thing is,… I’m not the one (non-asian) who knows what you guys do, haha. Poor losers.

    Hyundai couldn’t get anything without this pathetic promotion and well, I would buy anything rather than a hyundai, believe me (and I’m not the one who thinks like this). Bye losers

    • JHP

      do me a favor, shut your ignorant mouth, and have fun driving your puny little toyota yaris

    • How cute

      Sad that the love of your life (Japan and all things Japan) is slowly becoming irrelevant? Awwww. How cute. Typical Japanophile – blame it on the Koreans! Blame it on the Chinese! Blame it on everyone else!

    • Zarube007

      It’s really easy to see you have never driven the new Hyundai’s,be a bit more honest with yourself and take the new Elantra for a test drive,I’m sure you will change your mind about Hyundai

  • Danny

    I agree with many, about the comment in regards to manual not being offered more within the range.

    We Australian could learn more from our European counterparts where 90% of them drives a manual. I enjoy driving a manual and absolutely sick of the warning given by the dealers about being harder to sell. Perhaps we’ve been nurturing people that should not have been given a license in the first place if they only know what a automatic car is.

    I don’t think the europeans are that stupid if today’s automatic is that good, why haven’t they embrace them with open arms?

    On the other hand, they have cars over there that don’t get sold here because they come in manual form only since the automatic aren’t popular.

    • Zarube007

      I agree completely,having just purchased a new Elantra Premium,I was a bit pissed off that only the base model came in manual,If you pay the top dollar to get the extras you want you should be able to have the choice of auto or manual

  • Rohit Chand

    Great review :)

    I just want to know if not having emergency brake assist in this car is a downside??

    I seen the specs and it didn’t include it. Everything else in this car is fantastic and im keen on purchasing but the brake assist is just holding me back. Am i being paranoid lol..

    • http://www.caradvice.com.au Anthony Crawford

      Brake Assist System (BAS) is standard on the new Elantra.

  • Eric Yeoman

    We’ve just purchased one of these, Elantra Active, & are impressed by the rear leg room & quality. We have a large 4×4 ute manual on our farm & it’s nice to do the shopping or nite out in town in an auto. Our legs do enough already!! lol.

  • Eric Yeoman

    EBA. Stop texting & pay attention you twat!!

  • JNR69

    I have just bought a Elantra premium, and love it, it goes like a dream feels like a little sports car and at the same time a bit luxurious. I love the styling and honestly can not see myself having anything but a hyundai again if they keep improving the way they have been in the last year or so. Keep up the good work Hyundai…

  • adrian

    We have an Elite, got it about 2 weeks ago, it’s an amazing car so far. Speed bumps can be harsh but in my opinion, that just makes it more fun to drive.

  • Kat

    I am curious to hear from people who actually have one about how many k’s you are getting out of a tank. I am seriously considering the active model in a manual transmission (I love the manual, so nice to drive!) and just want to know what the real life fuel consumption is like.

    • Pmorgan

      Ours is 2 months/2000 km and we love it. All driving jobs are short and often in peak hour, so we get only 12 l per 100 km. I read somewhere that it should improve after 10,000 km. I’d love to take it on a long run out West. Only negs would be no auto up drivers window, boot hinges mentioned earlier, no rear wiper, A-pillars obstructing front-side view, self-locking doors that the dealer can’t deactivate.

      Otherwise it’s all good (so far). I only wish I’d see more of them on the road. (would satisfy ‘herding instinct’)

  • Billy

    One of the best looking cars I have seen this year, the I45 is also pretty good looking, they have really upped thier game in the last few years, I hope thier next couple looks this good and is RWD

  • test drive

    I test drove the Elantra manual today.
    2 things stuck in my mind. The engine doesnt have much torque which means you are kept busy changing gears.
    The other thing is the handbrake does not fall easily to hand which was a deal breaker for me.
    Apart from those issues, it drives reasonably well and certainly looks the part.

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  • Steveb_s

    I have purchased an Elantra Elite and its a nice car,lovely to look at,very stylish and rides pretty good,though can be a bit harsh on humps and bigger potholes etc but overall not bad.The Lights are brilliant and provide great vision at night.The overall visibility from the drivers seat is good although some of the rear vision is difficult because of the shape and design of the vehicle,you just have to look twice to make sure when trying to see behind.Actually when you first start driving the car the fact that you can not see the bonnet completely, takes a bit of getting used to, but you do get used to it.The actual drive of the car is very direct,not heavy at all and feels  very sporty in the way the car handles.The car goes where you drive it and cornering is good,no slide or tailspin,the car gives the feel of a realiable road hugging vehicle.Heavy steerers will have to lighten up.My Elantra is averaging 7liters of fuel per 100 kilometers which is about what Hyundai advertises,however I drive mainly in city & suburbs.Braking is superb and all of the add ons ABS EBD VSM all seem to add to the safety of the vehicle.However my six speed auto could do with a bit of refinement in the gear change ratios as the way the gear ratios are, does not coincide with the rpm’s of the motor,put simply the gears are not changing in the manner I would expect of a car of this type,I actually find that I have to over rev the vehicle to get it to change more sequentially.Im actually going to ask the dealer, Motors if they can rectify this percieved problem.There was a rattle noise from the transmission which would also need attention though I dont know what caused that.The vehicle probably needs to be precisely tuned to overcome these problems and to be maintained in that manner.once I get to the bottom of these shortcomings I will post the results.


    Another very average hyundai vehicle in a pretty frock

    Be ok for $15k, not at Japper coin level

    Fail and pass

  • Springs

    I almost bought one of these. I liked it a lot but I went for the new Ford Focus instead. I got a smoking deal on a demo and it’s finish is so much nicer than the Elantra. I would still recommend this car, it’s very nice.

  • Style lover

    article says 4 speakers. i think it is 6 actually. Def. buying one of these! WISH THE TOP OF THE RANGE WAS AVAILABLE IN MANUAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! PLEASE LISTEN HYUNDAI!!!!!!!! now i have to buy the base model. oh well can’t wait.

  • elisa

    Hi, I’ve got a toyota corolla conquest for a few years and would like to have a new car… Looking for an Elantra, Lancer or focus??? Some advice please…..I’m really confused. Looking for a comfy car, not a speedy one, will be used for going to work and shopping on week end Thanks

    • Garethdrichards

      Hi Elisa, i am buying a new Elantra after doing a lot of research on what each different cars base model has to offer. The Elantra wins huge on price, fuel economy, safety, standard features, looks also with it’s new styling. There is a special on at the moment if you get your deposit in by April 30th. this special may get extended but may not. It’s warranty is UNLIMITED kilometres also. the others don’t have this. The Hyundai in Castle Hill will give you 8 years instaed of 5 if you get it serviced there. See Lionel he is looking after me. Hope this helps!

    • cairns coconut

      please dont buy a lancer.. i own a Vr lancer manual – it is noisy, poor interior fit and finish, easily cruffed plastic, poor resale value, paint prone to scatching easily. In the second year of ownership ABS sensor burnt out when I was driving up a windy road – it took Mitsubishi 3-4 months to fix the problem. Also the boot is small, highway driving is so-so as well. Dont even think about the CVT option – noisy and harsh. hope this helps

  • Rod

    Wow, I just picked up my Elantra Active on Sunday and I am very, very impressed. I got my wheels upgraded to alloys which certainly made the car look a lot sportier. The drive is nothing short of excellent and that nifty 6spd manual gearbox is an absolute joy to use. I cannot believe how quiet and smooth this car runs. Im loving this car, from external appearance right through to the internals and layout. The boot space is huge and with all the std options you certainly feel that you are driving a car worth twice the money. Great jod Hyundai.

  • Pmorgan

    Ours is 2 months/2000 km and we love it. All driving jobs are short and often in peak hour, so we get only 12 l per 100 km. I read somewhere that it should improve after 10,000 km. I’d love to take it on a long run out West. Only negs would be no auto up drivers window, boot hinges mentioned earlier, no rear wiper, A-pillars obstructing front-side view, self-locking doors that the dealer can’t deactivate.

    Otherwise it’s all good (so far). I only wish I’d see more of them on the road. (would satisfy ‘herding instinct’)

  • Sandi H

    I have just ordered an Elantra Premium.  I will not be taking delivery of it until mid to late August but I am now very excited about it, having read some of the previous comments.  Thank you for such posititve feedback.

  • kooldavid

    Hi Sandi.
    Enjoy :) I bought my Elantra active earlier this month and it’s smooth to drive. My only complaint with the car is the right viewing angle when i drive. I am a little tall and when sitting down I don’t get the full view of the right windscreen.

  • manualelitedriver

    So I actually order a elantra elite in manual took 12 weeks to arrive but worth the wait. So if you do want manual in the elite push the sale people to get you one. 

  • Ace

    Proud owner of an Elantra Premium for about two weeks ago and couldn’t be happier. Fantastic looking car, great power and response from the engine and transmission, terrific handling and beautiful interior.

    Prior to purchase I was tossing up between the Elantra Premium, Cruze SRI-V and Mazda 3 SP25 and glad I picked the Hyundai. The Cruze’s transmission is appalling and the 3 staring to look a bit outdated.

Hyundai Elantra Specs

Car Details
Body Type
New Price
Private Sale
$10,890 - $12,380
Dealer Retail
$12,580 - $14,960
Dealer Trade
$8,700 - $9,900
Engine Specifications
Engine Type
Engine Size
Max. Torque
178Nm @  4700rpm
Max. Power
110kW @  6500rpm
Pwr:Wgt Ratio
Bore & Stroke
Compression Ratio
Valve Gear
Drivetrain Specifications
Drive Type
Final Drive Ratio
Fuel Specifications
Fuel Type
Fuel Tank Capacity
Fuel Consumption (Combined)
7.1L / 100km
Weight & Measurement
Kerb Weight
Gross Vehicle Weight
Not Provided
Ground Clearance
Towing Capacity
Brake:1300  Unbrake:500
Steering & Suspension
Steering Type
Turning Circle
Front Rim Size
Rear Rim Size
Front Tyres
195/65 R15
Rear Tyres
195/65 R15
Wheel Base
Front Track
Rear Track
Front Brakes
Rear Brakes
Front Suspension
MacPherson strut, Coil Spring, Gas damper, Anti roll bar
Rear Suspension
Torsion bar, Coil Spring, Hydraulic double acting shock absorber
Standard Features
Air Conditioning
Control & Handling
Electronic Brake Force Distribution, Electronic Stability Program, Traction Control System
Adjustable Steering Wheel - Tilt & Telescopic, Cruise Control, Multi Function Steering Wheel, Power Steering, Trip Computer
Radio CD with 6 Speakers
Power Mirrors
Cloth Trim, Power Windows
Dual Airbag Package, Anti-lock Braking, Head Airbags, Seatbelts - Pre-tensioners Front Seats, Side Front Air Bags
Alarm System/Remote Anti Theft, Central Locking Remote Control, Engine Immobiliser
Optional Features
Metallic Paint
Service Interval
12 months /  15,000 kms
60 months /  999,000 kms
VIN Plate Location
Pass Side Under Front Seat
Country of Origin