Prices for the new Elantra will range from $20,590 for the entry-level Active manual to $28,990 for the top-spec Premium automatic.
The starting price is $1000 more than the base model Hyundai i30 hatch, although it is equal to the 2.0-litre i30 SX, which is a closer comparison in terms of performance.
The 1.8-litre four-cylinder MPI petrol engine in the Elantra produces 110kW of power and 178Nm of torque (5kW more, 8Nm less than the i30 2.0). A six-speed manual transmission will be available only in the Active, while a six-speed automatic will be optional in the Active and standard in the Elite and Premium models.
When teamed with the manual, the Elantra achieves 6.6 litres/100km on the combined cycle (8.4 litres/100km city, 5.6 litres/100km highway) and emits 158g/km CO
Auto Elantras will use 7.1 litres/100km on the combined cycle (9.4 litres/100km city, 5.7 litres/100km highway) and emit 169g/km CO2
These figures make the Elantra more efficient than the i30 2.0-litre hatch, which uses 7.2 litres/100km with the five-speed manual and 7.6 litres/100km with the four-speed automatic.
The Elantra will also be more fuel efficient than the petrol versions of the Mazda3, Toyota Corolla, Mitsubishi Lancer, Kia Cerato, Holden Cruze 1.8-litre and the new 2.0-litre Ford Focus. The turbocharged Cruze 1.4iTi will better the Elantra, as will the entry-level 1.6-litre Focus Ambiente, which arrives in Australia in August.
The all-new Elantra is 4530mm long, 1775mm wide, 1435mm tall (for comparison’s sake, the Holden Cruze is 67mm longer, 13mm wider and 44mm higher). The boot will have a cargo carrying capacity of 402 litres.
The Active will come with 15-inch steel wheels, cloth interior trim, Bluetooth hands-free phone connectivity and audio streaming, six speakers, AUX/USB/iPod inputs, steering wheel audio controls, manual air conditioning and cruise control.
The mid-spec Elite adds 16-inch alloys, auto headlights, front fog lights, rain sensing wipers, rear park assist, piano black interior highlights, push button start with proximity key, dual-zone climate control, premium steering wheel and a luggage net with hooks.
The Premium steps up with 17-inch alloy wheels, dark black chrome grille, tilt and slide sunroof, leather upholstery, electric driver’s seat with lumbar adjust and an electrochromatic rear view mirror.
All models come with full-sized spare wheels (alloys for Elite and Premium) as well as a safety package that includes six airbags (dual front, side and curtains), electronic stability control, traction control and seatbelt reminders for all passengers.
2011 Hyundai Elantra manufacturer’s list prices (excluding government and dealer charges):
- Active manual – $20,590
- Active automatic – $22,590
- Elite automatic – $25,590
- Premium automatic – $28,990