Manual car for Hyundai Elantra SR Turbo 2017
There’s a Goldilocks sprinkle about the Hyundai Elantra, and in another time, when people loved convertibles rather than hatches, it might have been perfectly placed to become a big seller.
It’s not too big – like a Commodore or Falcon now clear – nor too small (sure, the i30 is a great car, but puts your family in a clear and constant compromise). Four-cylinder engine, it won’t tear your arm apart, but it also doesn’t lack fizz and fun. And at $ 28,990, for the SR Turbo manual we’re driving here, it’s not too expensive either.
Fortunately, it somehow manages to not look like you have bought something cheap.
Is it, then, the Right of cars? We spent a few weeks with our Snow White version trying to find out. Is there anything interesting about its design? 7/10
This sporty little Elantra comes close to being truly fascinating to the pain. A bit like Mimi McPherson or Doug Pitt (yes, Brad’s brother, who still can’t get over the fact that he won’t be Christmas with Angelina anymore).
From the side it is almost sleek, only slightly spoiled by what looks like a melted C column. From the back, and three-quarters, it’s really sharp and almost like the Audi, and from the front, it looks like an i30 with a wider jaw, neither uncomfortable, nor interesting.
Overall, it’s not a bad looking car, and the more time you spend on it, the more it grows with you.
The interior of our test car was full of excitement, or at least the bright red “leather-specified” seats, which forced my children to shout out words like “cool”.
What disappoints Hyundai is the quality and feel of the plastic, door handles and basically everything you touch. It doesn’t feel terrible, but it doesn’t have the quality you get from other brands and, while the company’s work in this area has gotten better in recent years, it’s all Just feel a little thin.
How realistic is the inner space? 7/10
The inherent advantage of a car, even small, on a hatch is the feeling of interior space, and the roof line, shoulder room and rear leg room really stand out in the Elantra.
The boot space of 458 liters is another obvious big win here.
Rear passengers get ISOFIX child seats in the outside position, one bottle holder at each door, while the front doors feature the same, plus two cup holders between the front seat and in the rear armrest. back fold down. The phone storage / storage is plentiful and practical just below the dash, where you’ll also find a located USB port.
Overall, the Elantra offers a very practical, pleasing cabin, but in the SR Turbo, it also manages to feel a bit special.
Does it represent good value for the price? What features does it come with? 9/10
At this price, you will have many options to mark, easily taking you beyond $ 30,000, but the amount of fruit you get is really impressive. It includes: all the safety devices you may want, active and passive, reversing camera, front and rear parking assistance, sunset touch headlights, Smart Lock sensor with proximity to boot buttons, my favorite old school handbrake, 7-inch color touchscreen with Apple CarPlay or Android Auto, heated and electrically adjustable front seats, cruise control, wipers, Smart Bootlid with manual opening, sports bodykit and rear muffler with double exhaust tips, leather upholstery ish sports seats and 17 inch alloy.
That is, in short, great value for money.
What are the important stats for engine and transmission? 8/10
While the base Elantra works with a bigger, less powerful 2.0-liter engine that delivers 112kW and 192Nm, the turbo 1.6 is more technologically proficient in the more impressive 150kW and 265Nm SRs, which is your reward. wake from 1500 to 4500 rpm.
The six-speed manual is a great companion to make the most of this engine, with quick and easy changes that make you feel involved in the experience.
You can expect time from 0 to 100km / h just a little to the north in seven seconds or a tenth below if you go for automatic DCT. It is not a sports car, but it is not a slug.
How much fuel does it consume? 8/10
There is a small penalty to pay for enjoying manual driving, because its fuel economy figure is 6.1 liters / 100km just slightly higher than self-driving cars, providing 5.8. liter / 100km. Both figures are very respectable.
What does it like to drive? 7/10
“Surprising” is the word that comes to mind here. I drove an Elantra SR earlier this year in Perth, a place, especially under the heat of the blazing summer, that could make everything feel like a chore. I was not completely fascinated by this experience, not overwhelmed by its performance or overwhelmed by its dual-clutch auto.
Turning to the manual for a few weeks in Sydney, I was much more impressed about how it coped with the cuts and thrust of traffic in a big city.
The Elantra feels painful and urgent, and if you apply yourself to the driving experience and make it difficult in every device, there’s real joy.
My wife, who tends to look at cars in the bite sounds, also claims it is extremely interesting, and sounds even more surprising than me.
It’s an easy car to drive seductively, but if you’re in the mood there are also a number of characters lurking under the bonnet.
She also sees a solid ride, but I quite like it, because it is never too harsh and simply adds something to the SR’s sportiness.
With my wild seating and other glances, the Elantra impresses me when lamb is dressed like a croissant, but it actually delivers at least some visible promises.
Steering is also accurate and quick without being too light. It’s an easy car to drive seductively, but if you’re in the mood there are also a number of characters lurking under the bonnet.
And for less than $ 30,000, this entire package goes far beyond what you would expect to receive.
Yes, a Mazda may be a bit more involved, or Subaru is sportier and sharper but Hyundai is closer to rivals than before and still offers outstanding value.