2014 Hyundai Elantra Premium Review

2014 Hyundai Elantra Premium Review

Joel Helmes reviews the 2014 Hyundai Elantra Premium.

2014 Hyundai Elantra Premium Review.

The Hyundai Elantra was our 2012 Car of the Year and beat home some very impressive offerings to take the title.

Priced from $20,990, there’s no doubting the Elantra is both a good value buy, but also one of the best all-rounders on the market.

The Premium grade is, not surprisingly, the flagship model in the Elantra range and is priced from $30,490.

All versions of the Elantra are powered by the same 1.8 litre four-cylinder petrol engine; the Premium though is only available with a six-speed automatic transmission.

On the road the 2014 Elantra continues to provide a nice drive with plenty of acceleration and the ease of cruising at highway speeds without a fuss. For the record, the engine produces 110kW and 178Nm.

2014 Hyundai Elantra Premium Review.

Fuel consumption is excellent – I averaged 7.6L/100kms in a week of city and some highway driving, the claimed combined consumption figure comes in at 7.1L/100kms.

Perhaps the only weak point in the Elantra drive experience is that if pushed the engine becomes just a little noisy. Beyond that the ride, handling and brakes are really good.

Steering weight can be adjusted between Sport, Comfort and Normal modes with Hyundai’s Flex-Steer function.

From the driver’s seat visibility is excellent and with tilt and reach steering adjustment it’s not hard to get comfortable. Leg room front and back is very generous, the boot is enormous!

As you would expect from Hyundai, the Elantra Premium comes with a very generous list of standard features, including; leather seats, heated front seats, push-button ignition, electric sunroof, auto headlights and wipers, sat-nav, reversing camera and rear parking sensors.

2014 Hyundai Elantra Premium Review.

Externally, you get bi-xenon headlights, attractive 17”alloy wheels and chrome and colour-coded highlights.

Fit and finish inside the cabin is excellent, the feel is very impressive and the design and layout is almost flawless. Perhaps the only week point is the driver info screen which, compared to that found in other Hyundai models, such as the i40, is a little dated and boring.

As yet there isn’t an ANCAP safety rating for the Hyundai Elantra.

Summing it up; The Elantra offers everything you could want in a small sedan – it’s roomy, attractive, frugal and comfortable.

With a five year warranty and very attractive pricing, there really is no reason why you wouldn’t buy one. As always though the better value is in the lower-spec models, still you can’t deny that the Premium grade Elantra is extremely well stacked.

Competitors include the Kia Cerato (the Elantra’s sister), Toyota Corolla Sedan, Holden Cruze and Honda Civic.

NUTS and BOLTS

Engine: 1.8 litre petrol producing 110kW and 178Nm

Transmission: Six-speed automatic

Safety: Not tested

Warranty: Five years

Origin: South Korea

Price: Premium from $30,490




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