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Everything you need to know about the Hyundai Elantra

The long-running compact family sedan from Hyundai might not be available as new, however, the Elantra remains a good value-for-money offering in the used market. Here's everything you need to know about the Hyundai Elantra.

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Is the Hyundai Elantra a good car? 

The last available Hyundai Elantra generation was a well-rounded package with a comprehensive set of features across its range. The Elantra aimed to be a strong competitor in the local compact sedan segment. You’ll even find a range-topping 1.6-litre turbocharged 150 kW variant. The Elantra certainly delivered and it’s a worthy vehicle for your attention if you’re looking for a premium value compact sedan.

Who is the Hyundai Elantra a good car for?

The Hyundai Elantra is a good car for someone who wants a compact sedan with a good standard feature set. Perhaps even a small family which prefers a sedan rather over an SUV.

Is the Hyundai Elantra a good first car?

The Hyundai Elantra would make for a decent first car. It’s small enough to manoeuvre and easy to pilot. We’d advise against the 150 kW Sports model though as it’s too powerful for first-time drivers.

Is the Hyundai Elantra a good family car?

The Hyundai Elantra would make for a decent family car but rather for smaller families. The luggage is quite sizeable at 458 litres so the Elantra will handle the family errands fairly well.

Is there a Hybrid Hyundai Elantra?

There is a PHEV variant of this generation Hyundai Elantra but it was not available for sale in South Africa.

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What’s it like to drive? 

Reviewer’s opinion

“Great looks, great drive and peace of mind. We like it. We like it A LOT.”

– Chad Luckhoff, AutoTrader

What does it look like?

Exterior

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Interior

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What is the Hyundai Elantra like inside? 

The Hyundai Elantra has premium materials found in and around the cabin. In the range-topper 1.6 Turbo Elite Sport, you get red synthetic leather seats with a supple feel to them. The interior quality in this generation Elantra is top-notch for its price bracket. Even in the standard variants, they don’t miss out on quality materials and feel. Overall, the Hyundai Elantra is a comfortable place to be in.

 

Style

The Hyundai Elantra’s design is inspired by the concept of dynamic precision which consists of contoured lines making the Elantra have more of a sportier look and stance to it. There are highlights of chrome and black accents around the exterior with even a body kit on the 1.6 Turbo Elite model. All in all, it’s an attractive vehicle to look and the 1.6 Turbo Elite makes that all the more sweeter.

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Tech features

  • 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system with USB mirror link
  • Automatic Projection Headlamps with LED Daytime Running Lights
  • Hands-Free Power Trunk (Elite)
  • Door Handle courtesy Light (Elite)
  • Leather Multifunction Steering Wheel & Super Vision Cluster

Price and specs

Which is the cheapest Hyundai Elantra?

The cheapest Hyundai Elantra when it launched was the entry trim Elantra 1.6 Executive (manual) – prices started from R299 900 but used ones on our site start from around R159 999

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How much does it cost?

The table below indicates pricing when new.

Hyundai Elantra 1.6 Executive (manual)  from R299 900
Hyundai Elantra 1.6 Executive (auto)  from R314 900
Hyundai Elantra 2.0 Elite (auto)  from R349 900
Hyundai Elantra 1.6 TGDI Elite DCT  from R399 900

*Pricing correct at time of publishing and subject to change without notice.

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Tayedza MbiriStarting his petrol-infused passion at a ripe young age playing a plethora of racing video games, Taye has been into the motoring industry for years. During his university years studying Law, he dipped his toes into motoring photography, videography, and exploring what Southern Africa has to offer for the motoring scene at large. Most recently, he presented a YouTube series for a famous Japanese manufacturer and now finds himself fresh on the AutoTrader content creation team. He hopes to own a 90s Subaru one day soon. View News & Reviews

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