Introduced in the early ’90s, the economy-priced saloon didn’t exactly get off to a good start, earning a well-deserved reputation for overall shoddiness and unreliability. But two decades later, the Hyundai Elantra is now a class leader buoyed by better reliability, agreeable performance, handsome styling, and a long list of standard features. Take it for a spin and you’ll likely be impressed with its smooth ride and responsive handling. Throw in a roomy cabin, solid build quality and a lengthy list of safety features, and the Elantra is a formidable competitor in its segment. For 2014 Hyundai has extensively updated the Elantra giving it advanced updated that set it above most of its rivals.
2015 Hyundai Elantra
The 2014 Hyundai Elantra now incorporates fresh front and rear styling. Up front, a new open-mouth lower bumper, grille, more technical fog lights, and projector headlamps with LED accents further improve the 2014 Hyundai Elantra’s dynamic look. The 2014 Hyundai Elantra’s profile features a chrome beltline moulding and new sets of 17-inch alloy wheels which accentuate the saloon’s premium image. A new black, two-tone rear diffuser also sharpens the look of the 2014 Hyundai Elantra while adding a sporty touch.
Curved Fluidic appeal
The 2014 Hyundai Elantra is now available with a powerful 2.0-liter four cylinder GDI power unit. The 2.0-litre GDI churns 129 kW (173 hp) and 208 Nm of torque. Fuel consumption is pegged at 6.7l/100km. The previous generation 1.8-litre GDI power unit, with an output of 108 kW (144 hp) and 176 Nm, is retained. The 1.8 GDI consumes 6.1-litres of fuel per 100km. Both engines are paired with a six-speed automatic transmission as standard. The 2014 Hyundai Elantra is fitted with McPherson struts front suspension, with coil springs and gas shock absorbers. The rear suspension is a light weight coupled torsion beam rear suspension for enhanced steering stability and monotube shock absorbers for ride comfort.
Inside, refinements in design give the entire 2014 Hyundai Elantra a more premium and up market feel. This modern, sophisticated interior is also whisper quiet. Engineers worked hard on reducing noise and vibrations inside the interior. 2014 Hyundai Elantra owners can also get premium features, such as a proximity key with push button start and immobilizer, power sunroof, one touch driver’s window and leather seating surfaces. New to the 2014 Hyundai Elantra is an updated infotainment system with a 4.3-inch colour touch screen audio with a standard rear-view camera. Sounds from AM/FM/CD/MP3 modes are played via six powerful speaker systems. This system also includes iPod/USB auxiliary inputs and incorporates Bluetooth audio streaming as well.
Head turning rear
The Hyundai Elantra was one the early cars that marked a great turn over to the Korean automaker. Before, it was the worst performer in its segment. With the latest additions, new 2.0-litre power unit and lots of added extras, the 2014 Hyundai Elantra is set to be one of the best cars to buy in its segment.