- Model: Elantra
- Year: 2013
- Gear Type: Manual
- Boot size: Married+Kids/Large
- Add-ons: MP3, Aircon, Electric Windows
- Overall Satisfaction: Loved it
- Listed: November 9, 2014 3:34 pm
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Best featureBeautiful, amazing, fun, useful, comfortable and capable – this is what the Hyundai Elantra is. When a friend suggested buying an Elantra, I had in mind the hideous generic looks of the only Elantra I knew of – the one from the beginning of the 20th century. However, things have changed for Hyundai and I was familiar with the i30s which are more than common on the streets now, so I decided to have a look at it. You can see my first impressions in the first line of the review. However, it has been almost two years since I bought the car and things are a bit different, although I still feel that the Elantra is a great car. The car I bought has a 1.8 l engine. It gives 150 HP and pushes the car to more than 200 KM/H. The acceleration is also ok and overtaking is reasonably quick and safe. I have a six-gears manual and it works just great. However, the best thing about this car is its stunning fuel economy. The worst I have ever experienced was about 9l/100KM, while the best was about 5l/100KM which I think is amazing for a petrol car with 150 HP. The boot is very big and practical. You get 420 L and this is more than enough for a family. The exterior design is very modern and advanced, as far as I can see. It seems very balanced, but also has some sharp and aggressive-looking lines which make it less timid even though it is a large family sedan. On the inside, on the other hand, there is no doubt. This is a beautiful and practical car. All the dials are very visible and they have a wonderful blue light. Still, the most notable thing on the inside is the central column with several separate sections. They are well organized and it took me only a couple of days to get completely familiar with everything.
On the downside, road noise is very present. I don’t know what exactly is the reason, but tires make a lot of noise. Speaking of tires, the rear ones wear quickly and I mean quicker than on any other car I have driven. And they are not on the wheels which propel the car (this is a FWD car), which usually wear first. So, there is definitely something wrong with this.
The beautiful design is somewhat responsible for the lack of headroom for taller passengers in the back.
When it comes to driving, and this is very subjective, I feel that a car of this kind of weight and power should have a better throttle response. It is not bad, I would just prefer a bit more.
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