Garry Fabian road tests and reviews the 2014 Hyundai Elantra.
Now well entrenched in a segment of the market where it once barely registered, the Hyundai Elantra wears a stylish look and a full feature see it as a viable option.
For 2014, a new engine and some slightly revised exterior looks bring updates to the Hyundai Elantra line-up.
The Elantra is still available in three varieties: Active, Elite and Premium. It’s received a relatively mild rework with the changes limited to new front and rear ends, with LED fillips around the headlamps on Sport and Limited sedan models.
It’s still a convenient metaphor for Hyundai itself, more interesting and more accomplished than ever. The Elantra wears a complex set of curves presenting an energetic look on par with the Ford Focus and Mazda3, and it’s backed up with a daring cockpit
This year, the centre stack’s vents are reshaped, and the climate control system gets two knobs for climate control, instead of the rather flimsy single knob it had.
The Elantra remains lean and efficient, with a 1.8 litre four-cylinder petrol engine as standard. The engine produces 110kW and 178Nm and that power is delivered in a fairly smooth manner through the Elantra’s six-speed automatic or six-speed manual transmission.
With its mid-size interior the Elantra feels bigger than its competition. There is good, but not brilliant leg room in the front, rear-seat head room is tight even for medium-sized passengers. The rear seats fold forward easily, if not completely flat, and that allows longer objects to be loaded into the relatively large, wide boot.
The Elantra interior has lots of useful cubbies and storage bins, including a covered one that sits ahead of the shift lever: it also contains the aux jack, a power point, and the USB port in an easy to reach module, perfect for connecting smart phones etc.
All grades of the Hyundai Elantra come with power windows, central-locking, and power mirrors, keyless entry, air conditioning, cruise control, Bluetooth with audio streaming and telescopic steering.
As yet the Hyundai Elantra hasn’t been crashed tested by ANCAP, but standard safety features include head and side air-bags, traction control, stability control and four wheel disc brakes.
Summing it; with a good ride, capable handling, generous list of standard features, good fuel economy, and competitive price the Elantra is a good small sedan option.
Build quality continues to be very good and this just helps to add to the overall pleasing package.
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: From $20,990