I’m surprised this car doesn’t come with the now ubiquitous Hyundai panoramic roof..
The new Pulsar doesn’t even come with any kind of sunroof.
Yes it does, the Top TI model has it!
When sunroofs are optional, almost no one ever gets it. On cars where they are included, many people never open them. In fact most Australian’s don’t/won’t drive with the windows open with many just running ac non-stop.
Not me! I’ve had three cars with sunroofs, the last being my recently departed Golf. Between 18 and 32 degrees, it was almost always open, with all windows down. An absolute treat, especially on a warm night.
But yes, I admit I’m the exception and not the rule, as I know folks who have expressed surprise when I wind down their back windows. They say nobody’s ever opened them before!
Did you have the Pet Shop Boys cranked right up into distortion levels as well?
Windows are made to be rolled down! lol
Love a nice breeze.
I had the glass roof in my previous two vehicles and whilst it was fine while driving around with the aircon aimed above my head to remove the heat coming in through the glass ,when the car was parked in the sun during the day the interior got too hot.
I’d have been lucky to have used the roof on my Sportage a dozen times in two years and only at night. This time around I didn’t bother.
Love the roof , especially at night when its cold , winter days fantastic , summer keep it shut , music , i like fung high’s personal collection of maria carey cause shes the pits .
if you had an EOS the roof wouldn’t open.
Yep, I bought a new corolla and kept it for 10 years and never turned the aircon off once. Driving in brisbane city traffic with the windows down is torture.
The mid-spec Elite is actually $25,590 for the auto.
just like the i45, another orphan
Probably the best example of the exterior design language but needs a better engine.
I agree. Personally I think this is a stunningly good looking car for the $ and probably Hyundai’s best exterior work. A slightly bigger engine would make this a no brainier.
I agree too except it doesn’t need a bigger engine as long as it’s reliable, safe, good looking, very fast and can take over those old boring lemons.
Winner with the public service sector , dont take a risk .
the car’s ECU might have been updated since i bought my Elantra in 2011 but in my car the car won’t shift to sixth as quickly as it can, you have to wait until the car has reached a speed of at least 70km/hr. Yeah the steering is a bit artificial and ride is choppy sometimes but 17 months since purchasing I still think it’s a great car, couldn’t be any happier!
The gearbox learns your driving style and accordingly behaves, a change in driving style or environment can change this.
If this needs a better engine, what does Corolla, 1.8l cruze, and 2.0l non sky active mazda3 need then? All with less (or very close mazda3 only 4Nm ahead, and down on power) torque than this, and certainly less power. Not a fan, but just saying. Seems, that pretty much the only vehicles in the segment with more torque are of a larger capacity, or smaller with a snail attached….
its becuase hyundais engine figures don’t equate to real world driving (all fuel economy renforced by this test) and the nu engine produces its low torque figure at a very high unrefined 4700 rpm
After one year and 10,000km of owning an Active model all is sweet. We consistently get 7.5-8.0 L/100km of mainly urban driving. Personally love the look of the car and everything is as tight as the day it left the dealership. Very satisfied owner.
It’s the power delivery that counts, not the advertised figures. The Corolla unit is boring but lugs around quite decently unlike the Cruze or this. I found the older 2.0 unit to be much more tractable than this new engine.
Yeah the previous Elantra with the 2.0L engine was surprisingly a better drive than this new one..
I have a 2009 Elantra, The engine produced more torque, But the Handling was a bit worse.
19 months old is not that old at all and it already looks dated, specially the wheels, the handling needs to be fixed, suspension too too soft perfect for yanks and steering normal hyundai numb, the interior is a laughing stock, way way behind the i30 even and all main rivals, those air vents are a joke and the miss matched screens look rubbish
Look at all you lemon veedud fanbois squirming after peter schreyer’s announcement. Nothing wrong with the steering or handling for 99.99% in this market and vent position is hardly a talking point when you drive a polio which is notorious for lunching engines and gearboxes.
Hey Grave, My 2004 Golf has broke down again, this time the alternator failed at 81,000 Kms, looks like I have to find $500 to $1,000 every six months to fix something. I have had the car since new at it has been maintained within an inch of its life. All I have to say is… NEVER AGAIN A VW!
Wow yet more things I agree with you about Zaacy16. I had a rental Elantra for work with 1,200km on the clock and I was really disappointed with it, and for exactly everything you listed off.
We’ve had an Elite since launch – the other half’s daily. Avg fuel is approx 8.8 L/100 mainly urban.
If you enjoy your driving, look elsewhere. Pros: Cheap, well equipped, reliable, good interior room, good warranty.Cons: Not enough torque, engine is noisy and unrefined under anything more than moderate load, steering feel and handling are numb.
your “cons” could’ve been avoided by not buying the thing in the first place. people like you buy it and complain about what you just complained about. ridiculous. did you buy it on eBay and get it delivered or what?
I don’t drive it. Its the wifies. Yes, it would be ridiculous if It was my car, but that’s not the case.
Regardless of the merits or otherwise of their cars, do Hyundai have too many models in overlapping markets?
The i20/Accent in one segment, this Elantra and the i30 in another and none offer a lot of differentiation. As Anthony says, an i30 with a boot. Judging by the sales figures there isn’t much of a market for that and it seems the i20 runs out of the showroom compared to the Accent too.
I wouldn’t be too surprised if Hyundai gave the Elantra and the Accent the flick in the short term like they did with the i45. They can concentrate their sales and marketing on the better selling models, which would be a more effective use of the budget.
Too bad if you’ve already bought one, your resale would sink, but then you would never buy one with the expectation of a good resale later.
This is NOT an i30 with a boot.
i30 is much better car especially interior/equipment designed for Europe.This one was designed for yanks.
I wish they produce i30 with the boot as I prefer sedans but they did not so far.
Looking forward to new Cerato then.
Guess what genius the cerato aka ‘Forte’ is made mainly to suite the North American market.
Yes. I know. Still hoping it is going to be better than Elantra
In marketing terms, it’s called sales cannibalization ie, i20 vs Accent, i30 vs Elantra, i40 vs i45. The orphans can be terrible value for owners when they look to replace them.
Had a bad ownership experience with Hyundai, the resale residual are so ridiculous, I couldn’t get a good price to replace with another car. The 2010 hailstorm, I managed to get rid of it via write-off. The Hyundai dealers also don’t support their own brand offering knock-down values for Hyundai trade-ins while expecting no discounts for their new cars. One principal dealer even had the gall to admit his own brand had very poor resale value. How confident can one get with buying a Hyundai – none!
Yeah. One of Hyuindai staff said to me in private that he would not buy this car
No sat nag = No Sale
Hyundai = No Sale
Ha, Ha, Ha!
Rented this car in Tas last year and what an awful car to drive.
Poor handling, suspension and dynamic need to be fixed.
Parked the car in sloping road side parking and unable to move the car our after rain due to poor tyres on slippery surface. The worst experience in driving.
I’ll definitely go with Mazda 3 or civic for a better dynamic car in daily driving.
God, I hated my week in a new one last month.
Went on a long drive and the drivers seat was so bad it took a week after returning it for recovery.
The air vents cooling your knees is plain stupid.
That touchscreen is woeful. Can’t see it in sunlight and the text is too small to read. Terrible UI. Sound was OK but everything about operation (no pause on iPod control is just another annoyance).
Silver and elements of dash reflect in your eyes if the sun is out.
Should I go on ? Summary is that there are far nicer
Rubbish! Go to specsaver and get your eyes sorted out! I have the Premium Elantra and I’ve been driving it for 5 months now & it’s completely opposite from what you described.
or Lumosity dot com “i do it to stay sharrrrrp”
Totally agree with you the Premium its fantastic had it since 2011.Put a spoiler on the back as it seemed to need something there, and couldn’t of been happier .Dam sexy looking car that goes well If i had one complaint it would be the back passenger windows are a little small but i guess that’s the design and anyway I’m the driver . Overall very happy.
is it just me but the front air vents look far too low??
Which is good so no one can see the skeletons underneath lol
Damn that interior is ugly…
At least it’s more stylish than the plain dash in the Octavia…
All I see is, all these people out there complaining about how crappy these are.
Don’t like it, don’t drive it, even better, don’t buy it.