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New Elantra now available in showrooms

   07 July 2017   l   Paul Smith    l   Views: 158   l   3 months ago  


The brand new Hyundai Elantra is a prime example of what affordable quality and luxury should be. Foto: quickpic.co.za

The Elantra has been Hyundai’s most recognisable sedan since the Korean manufacturer opened its South African doors. 

In 2012 the Elantra was even crowned car of the year and subsequently almost 15 000 new Elantras found owners.

The new model is now available on showroom floors after a slightly belated introduction, originally expected in 2016. The best news is that the entry level 1.6, at R299 000 is actually somewhat cheaper than the model it replaces. There is a 1.6 in six speed manual or automatic, powered by the familiar 94 Kw petrol unit. The midrange Elite transfers the 115 Kw of the 2.0 litre petrol through an automatic gearbox only. The flagship model gets forward momentum from the 1.6 turbo that also serves drivers of the Veloster Turbo with a meaty 150 Kw.

The new model is longer, wider and stands slightly higher than its predecessor. The stance is elegant, purposeful and classy. Styling is familiar and seems like natural evolution from the old model. The bigger outer dimensions promise more interior space and the new model delivers. There is plenty head, shoulder and knee room throughout and the luggage compartment is best described as huge.

The touchscreen has pride of place in the centre console and because many functions are controlled by it, the rest of the facia is clean and simple. GPS, reverse sensors and bluetooth are all standard and can be controlled with steering wheel controls.

The Elantra faces stiff competition from numerous popular sedans. The Focus at a lower price point and the Corolla with an excellent diesel seem like the biggest competition, but actually the plethora of crossovers and small SUV’s present the biggest threat to these semi-luxurious sedans. 




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