The compact sedan sometimes seems a threatened species, but there are still drivers who want them and brands that make them. A case in point is the current Hyundai Elantra with its huge boot, well-balanced facelift and competitive price.
The Elantra is now in its sixth generation and has over time improved its looks, quality and performance offering to the point where it is now a serious contender in its class.
The 2019 range features the 1.6 Executive Manual, 1.6 Executive AT, 2.0 AT and the monster TGDI Elite DCT Sport. The latter offers a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission and a 1.6 turbo that pushes out 150kW. The Executive models offer 93kW and the 6-speed 2.0 AT 115kw.
The 2019 Elantra, with its Coupé-like looks and assertive stance, is one of those cars that looks like it’s going fast, even when parked. It has a delicious balance of curves and angles that all come together with its distinctive grille.
You have features galore to enjoy in this classy sedan. From the on-board computer multi-function display to the alloy wheels, multi-function steering wheel controls to navigation, cruise control and BlueTooth, the Elantra is the full package. As a class leader, it offers the obvious must-haves: heated and electrically adjustable mirrors, central locking, LED daytime running lights, high-level third brake light and rear park distance control, to name but a few.
Safety is an issue, the Elantra delivers in spades. Each model features six airbags, ABS and electronic brake distribution, stability control, ISOFIX child seat mountings and time delay headlights for when you arrive in the dark.
Peace of mind is further enhanced by the super generous warranty offered by Hyundai on this range. You get 5 years and 150 000km warranty on the vehicle, 7 years and 200 000km on the drivetrain, 5 years and 90 000km service plan and 5 years roadside assistance.
If your heart is still set on an SUV, feel free to check out the Hyundai Creta, Hyundai Kona, Hyundai Tucson or Hyundai Santa Fe. But if you still prefer a solid sedan, the Hyundai Elantra gives you great comfort, an excellent drive, all the safety features you want, good performance and fuel efficiency, at a brilliant price.