2018 Hyundai Elantra
If you are looking for a small car, you are not alone. Despite the fact that the main focus in the small car segment seems to revolve around five-door hatchbacks, four-door cars like the Hyundai Elantra still play a good role in meeting buyers’ needs.
The Elantra may not play the same important role as the i30 hatch for Hyundai, but it still competes with some established players, like the Mazda 3, Toyota Corolla and Subaru Impreza.
And this is the most affordable version, the 2018 Hyundai Elantra Active, offers plenty for buyers on a tight budget and need a spacious little convertible.
Is there anything interesting about its design? 7/10
A major update for Elantra is coming soon, so the 2018 version is the last to carry this rather conservative design language. It’s neither annoying, nor too appealing – especially in this entry-level specs.
You used to like the fact that Hyundai fits 16-inch alloy wheels for even its base model and you also get a full-size spare wheel. And LED daytime running lights add a bit of modern bling, but they are powered by halogen lights, not modern or blingy.
The Elantra’s shape is sleek, and it looks a bit old compared to Hyundai’s newer models like its bigger brother, the Sonata. Not as eye-catching as some of the brand’s SUVs (namely Santa Fe and Kona) and Elantra’s small hatchback siblings, the i30, looks more European, and generally looks better.
Those are equal parts that are not ominous and insignificant, and that may be exactly what you want. But for me, there are smaller cars that look better out there, like the Renault Megane – which, even as a base class, looks more expensive than it is.
How realistic is the inner space? 9/10
The ‘small car’ category can be misleading, because some models – like this Elantra – have more space than the tag suggests.
Seriously, the space offered in the Elantra is better than some of the midsize cars in the next class – namely vehicles like the Mazda 6, don’t boast about the rear seat or bootability like you do. expectations .
If you have a family of four, you will find Elantra well and space-wise – even if you have tall teenagers. My 182cm frame sits behind my driving position easily: there’s enough leg and shoulder room, and while the three can be squeezed, parents will appreciate the fact that there are files. attach ISOFIX at the window and the top three points. No rear vents are a bit down.
There is access to storage elements such as the map mesh bag in the back seat, plus flip-down armrest with cup holder and bottle rack at the back door. The front has excellent storage capacity, with a large block in front of the device selector, a bottle rack in the doors and a large cup between the seats, plus a well-sealed armrest and decent glove box. .
The same with the boots, so generous. Hyundai requires 458 liters (VDA) for cargo capacity, making it larger than a Mazda 3 sedan (408L) and Holden Astra sedan (445L). And you can lower the rear seats in a 60/40 formation if you need more load space, but there’s still a lip to argue if you’re carrying long loads.
Annoyingly, the boot doesn’t have a button to open it remotely – so you need a hands-free key with you to open it, or you can open it from the inside. But no release on the boot lid is a breathtakingly cheap little. And not cheap in a good way.
So it’s spacious and (mostly) thoughtful, but is it special? Er, not really. The Elantra Active feels like an entry-level vehicle, but the materials are of a high standard, have good control in hand and a multimedia screen – a 7.0-inch touchscreen with a mirror on a smartphone. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, along with USB connectivity and Bluetooth. Even so, there is no sat nav – practically not on any Elantra.
Does it represent good value for the price? What features does it come with? 7/10
Hyundai has a good reputation for providing good value for money, and while Elantra did that at launch, the market has shifted somewhat.
You still get an extensive list of standard equipment, such as reversing cameras, rear parking sensors, 16-inch alloy wheels, LED daytime running lights, automatic headlights, rearview mirrors and 7.0 inch media screen with reflective smartphone
Things you may forget include keyless entry, button start, auto-dimming rearview mirror, auto wiper, leather upholstery for the steering wheel and seats, seat heating, seat cooling, lights LED phase, climate control, sat nav, it is not equipped too well. So how much does it cost?
The price listed for the Manual is $ 21,950 and the automatic version tested here has a asking price of $ 24,250. Shop around, though – you don’t need to pay that. The incentives are quite common and it’s not uncommon to see Active autos priced below $ 20,000 driving so maybe the list price isn’t the market leader, but the actual transaction price The can be very attractive.
Good for Hyundai for offering a wide range of colors – Active is available in ‘Polar White’ as you see here at no extra cost, but ‘Iron Gray’, ‘Fiery Red’, ‘Platinum Silver’, ‘Marina Blue’, ‘Stargazed Blue’ and ‘Phantom Black’ will add $ 495 to the asking price. You will need to choose the SR specifications if you want to paint ‘Phoenix Orange’ or ‘Blowing Yellow’.
What are the important stats for engine and transmission? 6/10
The Elantra Active and Elite models are powered by a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine with 112kW (at 6200 rpm) and 192Nm (at a high of 4700 rpm). This is one of Hyundai’s older engines, featuring multi-point injection instead of direct injection and a fairly low power output for the class.
It is available with the choice of a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic, though hardly anyone goes for the manual.
Our choice is the Elantra SR, which features a more powerful 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine with 150kW / 265Nm, and it has a six-speed or seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.