Having become the fifth largest car automaker in the world Hyundai looks to be setting its eyes on the top spot. Hyundai have done this by building mostly affordable and reliable cars. Keeping an eye on the luxury market Hyundai have spawned off the Genesis brand. Genesis represents the Asian automaker’s ambitions. Ambitions aside, the Asian automaker’s bread and butter comes from cars like the Hyundai Elantra. To be honest, the Elantra isn’t Hyundai’s finest work but it is one of its most sensible.
What’s in a Name?
Known as the Hyundai Avante in South Korea, Hyundai has courted quite a bit of controversy with this compact sedan. Initially, the Elantra was marketed as the Lantra in a number of European markets and in Australia. This naming regime had to come to an end due to its similarities with the Mitsubishi Magna Elante. On the heels of disagreements with other automakers, Hyundai decided to rename their car to “Elantra” worldwide, except for the domestic South Korean market.
Elantra’s first generation was launched in October 1990 and was internally known as the J1. Receiving a facelift in 1992 and 1993, the compact’s production run lasted until 1995.
Currently, we are on the sixth generation of the Elantra, which was launched in 2015 as the Avante in South Korea. During the launch it was announced that the new Elantra would be available in America from the dealers in February 2016, for the 2017 model year.
Available in only two trims, SE and Limited, the current Elantra discontinued the Sport and Value Edition trims in 2016.
Powering the Elantra, are a set of four cylinder engines. A 2.0L petrol four cylinder that manages to churn out 147 hp is the most powerful of this engines. For transmission the engines are coupled with either a 6-speed manual, 6-speed auto or a 7-speed CVT.
Inside, the cabin is well laid out, spacious and comfortable. You have Android Auto and Apple CarPlay to look forward to. The interior of the Elantra uses a lot of plastic, but manages to look upmarket.
It seems nowadays all cars are trying to have a fish-like front. Take a look at the Ford Mondeo, then turn your attention to the Elantra. Employing a horse shoe grille with sharp headlights, the Elantra looks a little more conservative compared to its predecessor.
Hyundai’s Elantra is a great car no doubt about it, it just lacks one essential thing and that is handling. However, considering that its predecessor was really uncomfortable, with you feeling every bump on the road, it seems the engineers at Hyundai are listening. At 147 hp you don’t expect a sporty ride from the Elantra. In a nutshell, the Elantra is nothing exciting, but it is quite sensible all-round.
If you are considering to purchase an Elantra you’ll have to budget from $ 18,085.
What does the Elantra need to do to get to compete with the likes of the Volkswagen Golf and Mazda 3? Have your say, leave a comment?
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