Previously, I spoke to the attention to detail that comes with the 2016 Hyundai Elantra and for a compact hatch, that’s impressive.
In this half of the review, let’s start with what moves you. All Elantra’s come with one engine, which is a 2.0 litre In-Line four cylinder that produces 173 horsepower and 154 lb-ft. of torque, which is plenty to get you to where you’re going without feeling like you’re dragging an elephant behind you.
What Laura especially likes about the Elantra is the 50 litre fuel tank, which she can produce over 500 km out of. I managed a bit more and over my few weeks with the car, averaged a combined 6.3 L/100 km through city and highway driving. Hyundai Canada’s figures say 9.8 city, 7.2 highway and a combined 8.6 but if I can attain a 6.3, I’m confident you can as well.
True, I didn’t keep much cargo in the car during my extended test drive but even with a few trinkets, it shouldn’t raise the figure that much.
If you’re keeping something larger, like a horse saddle, riding boots, hockey bags, etc, then yes, your consumption rate will increase.
The centre console is a cleanly laid out 7.0 inch touchscreen that’s bookended by a row of buttons that control the audio, navigation and setup features.
All the controls are easy to find and even easier to operate, which is thanks to Hyundai’s logical layout of the console. The touchscreen is responsive and there’s plenty of spacing between touchscreen buttons that I didn’t hit any buttons I didn’t want to.
The only real issue, as is the case with all touchscreens, is the dreaded fingerprints left behind. But it’s definitely a small complaint compared to the benefits it encompasses.
Beneath that are the dual climate controls, which is a nice touch when Laura likes the air conditioning and I prefer the windows open. The good thing is that I can set my side to 23 degrees while she enjoys the good ol’ chilled air.
The steering wheel has available audio, cruise control and Bluetooth and controls to help keep your hands on the comfortable, four-spoke wheel.
Safety-wise, the Elantra comes with seven standard airbags, , Vehicle Stability Management, ABS, Brake Assist along with other items. The available side mirror turn signal indicators is a great option as well.
The available panoramic sunroof really opens up the cabin to ease any “closed in” feelings some drivers may experience.
Appearance-wise, the Elantra sits handsomely with smooth lines and the available 17” tires provide a strong stance as you run around the town and country. The new rear LED lights stand out nicely at night and the front end design is simple yet elegant.
Overall, Hyundai has done a stellar job in creating a winner for the compact hatch segment. And with everyone aggressively clamouring for top spot in this competitive market, the Elantra is a great choice if this is what you’re into. Whether you’re single, married, married with a couple of kids, or even at a later stage in life, having the practicality and functionality of a compact hatch is a sound choice.
As for 24 year old Jay, he still misses his 2002 Elantra GT and is working on a time machine to get one more drive in with her.
L Manual $18,449
GL Manual $19,749
GL Automatic $20,999
GLS Manual $22,049
GLS Automatic $23,299
GLS Tech $24,399
Yay: Well built, lots of technology, practical, handles well, spacious, good looking
Nay: Fingerprint marks on the touchscreen. Hyundai should throw in a microfiber cloth.