2010 Hyundai Elantra | new car review
In the rather large line-up of cars that Hyundai offers in the region, the Elantra sits at the smaller end in terms of size. It’s a four-door sedan designed to take on the likes of the Mazda3 and Toyota Corolla. It’s not going to raise your pulse when you look at it, nor when you drive it. However, it should provide plenty of fuss-free kilometres of ownership and keep you feeling rather smug and relaxed with your purchase.
It might be a bit bland, but the Elantra better than some might give it credit for. It’s actually pretty well composed out on the road, the engine note is refined – though can become a little vocal at speed, and the cabin is actually big enough for real adults to sit in relative comfort. Admittedly, the interior fabrics aren’t quite up to scratch compared to what’s offered by the Japanese rivals, but for the money, you shouldn’t really complain.
There are two engine choices – a 1.6-litre with 121bhp and a 2.0-litre with 143bhp. A four-speed automatic gearbox does a reasonable job of delivering power to the front wheels, and although you can specify a five-speed manual gearbox on the smaller-engined car, it’s going to be a tricky choice to sell on a few years down the line.
The Elantra is quite a cheap car and this is really made clear in the equipment levels of the car – or rather, the lack of equipment. Apart from a sole airbag for the driver, manual air-conditioning and a basic music system, there really isn’t much in the way of kit on the Elantra. However, as a cheap way to get around it’s a better choice than some of the options from China.