The Hyundai Elantra is a refined, nice looking and good value car.
The Elantra is practically a i30 sedan, but with this new sixth generation model, it distances itself a bit from the i30.
I am impressed with its overall refinement. it is very similar to the Hyundai Sonata on the inside; the controls are easy to use. Some people complain the cabin looks drab, I see what they mean but I don't mind it that much. It's still very easy to use.
The Elantra is well equipped; Features include leather seats, premium steering wheel and gear knob, rear air vents, Apple CarPlay, reversing camera and sensors, auto lights and wipers & auto dipping mirror just to mention the main ones.
The smart boot works well and is a cool feature.
The seats are comfortable and supportive, the steering wheel feels really nice.
Disappointingly it has no heated or even cooled seats.
The Elantra has a 2.0 Litre Direct Injection engine with 112kW of power. It's not a bad unit for cruising, but when you put your foot down it isn't that responsive down low. The transmission doesn't kick back unless you put the pedal to the floor and it takes off with a disturbing engine note. When you use the active select and rev it to about 4000rpm it is much quicker and more responsive. The downside of this being the engine note and fuel use. Even just cruising the fuel consumption is a little higher than expected. It is very smooth otherwise with nicely tuned suspension - very compliant and solid over bumps.
The steering is heavy at times and twitchy. At highway speeds and driving in a straight line, it requires constant little adjustments to stay straight which is annoying considering the steering is noticeably heavier that you would expect. The upside is it's a constant weight and more sporty steering feel.
One thing which annoys me is the rain censoring wipers. I have them on auto the whole time, and when it rains, I find myself turning them on myself cause I couldn't see being them not properly sensing the amount of water on the windscreen.
The Hyundai Elantra is a well equipped car for the money. It is very refined, rides well and cruises well. The engine down low and steering disappoint me the most, but ultimately it depends on your driving style. It is practically a new model i30 sedan or a shrunken down Sonata. But with great ownership costs and the value on offer here, I think the Hyundai Elantra is worth a look.