by Daniel DeGasperi

The 2014 Hyundai Elantra will arrive in January with a significantly different suspension set-up tuned by Australian engineers.

Exterior modifications to the small sedan are limited to new alloy wheels, redesigned headlight bezels with ‘blade’ LED lighting as recently introduced in the ix35, and tail-lights with black surrounds.

More significant interior changes to the facelifted Hyundai Elantra include remodelled air vents, which have been raised from flanking the lower climate controls to sitting either side of a new infotainment screen, and new ventilation and audio/sat-nav controls.

2014 Hyundai Elantra 2

Rear air vents are now included on some models, and new options include ventilated seats and auto reverse parking – though it is unclear which local grades will have these features available.

Hyundai Australia claims it has worked extensively on retuning the Elantra’s suspension to improve both ride quality and body control. The Elantra has undergone the same suspension retuning program as the recently released ix35 Series II, which was heavily tested on Australian urban and country roads for the first time, then retuned at Hyundai’s local headquarters in North Ryde, Sydney.

While a 1.6-litre turbo-diesel four-cylinder has been added as an option in overseas markets, Hyundai Australia will retain the 1.8-litre petrol four-cylinder as the sole option for Elantra here, tied to either a six-speed manual or automatic transmission.

2014 Hyundai Elantra 3

It has said, however, that an Elantra SR is “under consideration” internally, utilising the same 130kW 2.0-litre petrol four-cylinder used in the hatchback version of the same grade name, the i30 SR.

The regular local lineup is expected to mirror the current range, comprising Active, Elite and Premium grades, with adjustments made to pricing and specification to allow the Elantra to more closely mirror its i30 hatchback sibling.

Prices are also expected to remain the same or similar when the facelifted Hyundai Elantra arrives in January 2014.

  • galaxy

    I just hope “different suspension set-up tuned by Australian engineers” isn’t code for firm ride just like i30 to enable car reviewers to throw it into corners believing that’s what Elantra buyers really wanna do.

  • LowRezFez

    Looks dated now.

    • Zaccy16

      yep, like the IX35

    • racrepus

      Still doesn’t look as dated as the corolla which already looks as old as the lancer.

      • Anthony Mindel

        Remember one thing about the Corolla,it might be the oldest of all the compact sedans,but its the envy of all its competitors,as it outsells them all…
        Next year the all new Mazda 3 and Corolla sedan will kill the rest of their competitors.

        • racrepus

          I was talking about the hatches styling. Boy did it date quickly!

  • qwerty

    The problem is that it has a tiny 48L fuel tank. By the time 35L is used up, the fuel light probably comes on. Be prepared to make friends with the petrol stations. This is something motoring journalists will never pick up in their half hour test drives. In comparison, the Lancer has 59L fuel tank and the Civic sedan has 57L. That is the reason why I have crossed the Elantra and the i30 off the shopping list.

    • peddy.d

      your point is true, but you’re not necessarily using more fuel than it’s competitors, just visiting the pump more frequently. But as an Elantra owner i can assure you that despite that issue it has been a fantastic car, i’m sure the i30 is the same too.

    • Smart US

      exactly – my old lancer had like 50l – i could do 500km per tank and at 460 i usually had range anxiety as you never know – i had to look for petrol station once to fill up

  • Zaccy16

    Looks very dated, the updated IX35 didn’t fix the suspension problems so the new elantra will probably still handle terribly, you can’t polish a turd unfortunately, the cerato sedan is a much nicer car inside and out and offers the 2.0 engine on the mid spec model that should be in the elantra instead of the torque less 1,8

    • Guest

      The only dated car here is the lemon polo and the new death trap golf 7 :-)

    • Sumpguard

      So if you can’t polish a turd as you put it Zaccy we can safely assume there will be ongoing problems with the golf and its hand grenade transmissions.

      Unlike VW, Hyundai seem to learn from their mistakes. VW simply recycle theirs. That ix35 you keep bagging is selling up a storm despite your claims when it was released that it was too dear and would fail and until the elantra upgrade is released you have absolutely no idea how it will handle !!

      They have a way to go before they match the dynamics of the class leaders but the vast majority of buyers don’t have any idea of what it is you are whining about. I’ll make this prediction now that the next generation of hyundais will make forward advancements in dynamics because hyundai actually listen to their customers and address their concerns and feedback as opposed to VW who try to cover up their issues until Fairfax force them to act!!

      • Neil_Way

        Flogging a dead horse much?

        • MK

          Zaccy and Neil_Way, never seen in the same room together.

        • Sumpguard

          Zaccy rolls out the same tripe all the time about the ix35 so all is fair in love and war and given there are a couple of vw mk7 golf owners complaining about their vehicles already there is evidence to suggest the horse isn’t dead yet. Particularly the stop/start function.

  • blackjesus

    Thank god Hyundai moved the air vents to where they should be. Irritated me to no end

  • ixlplix

    Do my eyes deceive me? I could have sworn the vents haven’t moved!

    • Guest

      Just Google 2012 elantra interior. They were literally down near the driver and passenger’s knees

      • Sumpguard

        Yes that was a silly design oversight in the last one .

  • Dave W

    Looks good to me. If only it has the performance to match the look.

  • Peter Smith

    I hope the 2014 Elantra has a better radio than the 2013 model which is terrible for getting stations that you want.