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Hyundai Elantra

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Hyundai Elantra

Prices of the Hyundai Elantra undercut many of it's rivals

Engine Engine power Fuel consumption Fuel type 0-100 (0-60) Top speed
1.6 i 107 hp 7 l/100km Petrol 11 s 182 km/h
2.0 CRD i 113 hp 6.4 l/100km Diesel 11.7 s 190 km/h
1.8 i 132 hp 8.7 l/100km Petrol 9.7 s 199 km/h
2.0 i 139 hp 7.6 l/100km Petrol 9.1 s 202 km/h
2.0 i 16V 143 hp 7.6 l/100km Petrol 9 s 208 km/h

Body type Sedan
Number of doors 4
Number of seats 5
Engine position Front
Driven wheels Front
Length 4 495 mm
Width 1 720 mm
Height 1 425 mm
Wheelbase 2 610 mm
Ground clearance 160 mm
Weight (normal) 1 293 kg
Weight (max) 1 780 kg
Boot space (min) 415 l
Boot space (max) 415 l
Fuel capacity 55 l


   The Hyundai Elantra of the third generation was produced since 2001. It was available as a hatchback or sedan. Production ceased in 2006.

   There are five engines to choose from. The 2.0-liter turbodiesel is a good choice as it is strong and flexible enough to keep up with the traffic. If you want the car to be faster, go for the 2.0-liter petrol unit. However Hyundai's acceleration and fuel consumption is only average. There used to be a choice of an automatic or manual gearbox, however an automatic one is no longer available.

  Elantra's ride quality is rather poor and cannot match it's Japanese or European rivals. Steering is unresponsive, while the front tyre struggle to grip and body control is disappointing. Most of the bumps and lumps can be felt in the cabin.

   Noises are poorly isolated. Especially the diesel engine is audible while the road noise is unacceptable. Surprisingly the wind noise is well contained.

   If you can accept all the Elantra's disadvantages, it costs cheaper than most of it's rivals, while comes a generous equipment list. Resale values are weak however. Engines were proven already on the previous models.

   The Hyundai Elantra is one of the best built Hyundais up to date. However it is still behind the class average. Inside the car there are plenty of cheap-looking materials and fit and finish is not up to scratch. On the good side there are clear controls, that are well positioned and easy to read. However stereo has too many fiddly buttons.

   Driver's seat and steering wheel both have either-way adjustments. Overall the driving position is good enough.

   The rear seats offer enough space for the passengers, but the Elantra is smaller than most of the big family cars. The boot has a decent space, but it is smaller than Ford Mondeo's.

   On the security list there are standard twin front and side airbags, as well as the anti-lock brakes and traction control. An alarm is fitted across the range, but there are no deadlocks.

   There are two trim levels for the Hyundai Elantra. A CDX trim comes with a climate control, leather upholstery, front and rear electric windows, alloy wheels and a CD player. A GT trim comes with a stiffer suspension, rear spoiler and some other minor details. The only option for the Elantra is a satellite navigation.


   Advantages: Prices undercut many rivals and the Elantra comes with loads of standard equipment.

   Disadvantages: So-so handling is let down by poor steering feel. Gets noisy as speed rises.

   Verdict: Big on space, low on driving fun.

   Also consider: Ford Mondeo, Skoda Octavia.


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