2016 Hyundai Elantra Road Test and Review.
Hyundai is one of the biggest success stories in the automotive world recently and it’s been fun to watch the Korean automaker’s evolution over the past two-and-a-half decades.
Today, Hyundai cars are still considered budget-friendly as well as safe, well-built, cutting-edge and packed full of useful features and technology; the 2016 Hyundai Elantra is no exception.
Step into the current Elantra and you might think you’re in a mid-size sedan. The fit and finish inside the car and its many features exceed expectations, especially considering the price tag.
The Elantra’s 112kW/192Nm 2.0 litre four-cylinder engine has enough power for getting around town easily, though perhaps its only real weak spot is at highway speeds. For example, I found there was a slight lag in acceleration while trying to pass a semitrailer on a mountain pass.
There is also a bit of floatiness in the suspension at highway speed, allowing bumps in the road to reverberate through the cabin for a second, but this is only a minor distraction.
The manual sport mode option was a fantastic feature though, smoothly downshifting to help mediate speeds while coming down steep passes.
The 2016 Hyundai Elantra is a sharp, edgy-looking compact sedan.
It elevates itself far above the competition of boring budget cars. From the side, the smooth lines extend from the Elantra’s nose to the tail, flicking up and out at the end like the elusive cat-eye look.
This grounded appearance also lends itself to a low-to-the-ground step-in height.
The Elantra has almost everything you would look for in an interior, including central remote locking, ‘key in pocket‘ push button ignition, power windows and mirrors, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connections, and good climate control and sound systems.
The centrally located stack’s controls were easy to use, and the modern layout is soothing to the eye.
Gone are the days of cheap plastic interiors. The Elantra in 2016 has a leather-wrapped steering wheel and soft-touch surfaces including leather door-panel inserts.
In terms of storage, there were just enough storage spaces to keep the necessities well-organized and safely contained. Door pockets were large enough to stash an iPad and extra water bottles for long road trips.
While the center console had a small storage bin as well as an armrest that could slide forward and back.
The Elantra boot had plenty of space for two weekend bags and a huge shopping bag as well.
And safety is more than adequately covered with a full five-star ANCAP safety rating.
Summing it up; the new 2016 Hyundai Elantra comes with a wide range of features and the pricing is spot on.
The four-cylinder engine is a good all-rounder, returning good fuel economy and having enough pep for most applications.
A roomy interior with a nice feel, generous five-year warranty and modern styling are other reasons to have the Hyundai Elantra on your small sedan test-drive list.
NUTS and BOLTS – 2016 Hyundai Elantra
Engine: 2.0 litre petrol producing 112kW and 192Nm
Transmission: Six-speed manual (Active grade only) or six-speed automatic
Safety: Five stars
Warranty: Five years
Origin: South Korea
Price: from $21,490