The 2005 Hyundai Elantra 2.0 FX hatchback has been our daily driver for the past six years. We purchased it after arriving back from London as an interim car before we bought a luxury leather seat (nice) car.
It is a very reliable and easy to drive car and has now done 216,000km. Every time we go to buy a new car, we just say the Hyundai Elantra will last another year and it does effortlessly.
The 2.0-litre petrol engine is an excellent engine with no oil leaks and no smell. It has a good amount of power, the internal space is very good, and is quite sporty for an affordable Korean hatchback. The engine is probably the best thing about this car; it just feels like it will go on forever.
Fuel consumption is around 8.5L/100km city driving with two kids in the back, and on the highway it's 6.5L/100km, which is great.
Its negatives concern – maybe like most modern cars – the lifespan of parts. The radio no longer works, either does the cruise control, tint has fallen off windows, inside vanity mirrors have fallen off... I've changed the muffler, clutch, radiator and light bulbs, only as it's done a lot of kilometres. The good thing is parts are cheap.
No-one is going to steal this car, and you don't have to worry about bumps in the shopping centre. Overall, it's a very nice car and I would recommend it if you can find a low-mileage version. Boot space is very good and easy for Bunnings visits.
Safety would be a low point of this car, as there's no modern safety equipment fitted. No Android Auto, no stop-start technology, no backup camera, no rear USB hub for the kids or full sunroof. Visibility is very good, along with road noise.
It's not the most beautiful car, but it just works. Cars these days don't last that long, but the engines do seem to go on forever.
We do love this car, but we are looking at Hyundai, Mazda and Honda for our next car adventure. We're just wondering what will become of our beloved Elantra?