The Hyundai Elantra is one of the larger small sedans available, and it fits into Hyundai’s range alongside the i30 hatch and wagon models.
Like most Hyundais the Elantra is good value for money. It handles well, is very safe (five-star crashworthiness rating) and features a sleek, well-equipped and highly functional interior.
The fuel economy is tidy enough, and the standard full-size spare wheel and five-year/unlimited kilometre warranty also get a big thumbs up.
The Elantra does have a bit of a harsh ride. The six-speed manual transmission isn’t quite as good as the six-speed automatic, and the 1.8-litre engine could do with a more power. (The manual is only available in the base model 'Active', whereas the Active auto is optional. In the Elite and Premium models, auto is the only transmission available.)
Overall, the mid-spec Hyundai Elantra Elite is the pick of the model range.
2012 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