Hyundai Elantra 2015

Hyundai Elantra 2015

Any car review with their salt has to mention the styling of the car along with all the technical information and performance figures. In the case of the Hyundai Elantra 2015, it’s hard not to dwell on the way the car looks, first and foremost. It’s a beautiful car. Hyundai has instituted what they call a fluidic sculpture design approach to their entire line of vehicles, and it really shows on the Elantra. The car doesn’t seem to be made out of a series of assembled panels. It looks like it was sculpted from one solid piece, and the seams to allow the cars to be assembled were added later.

When wheelbases are short, engines are installed sideways, and hoods are shortened, it can lead to difficulties integrating headlights, grill, and other design elements into the front end of the car. The Hyundai does it effortlessly, and the sculpted side panels fit four doors without looking crowded like some of its competitors.

This Hyundai Is Designed to Surpass Honda and Toyota

The Hyundai Elantra 2015 competes with Honda Civics and Toyotas in the small sport sedan lineup, and Hyundai has trumped both of them in appearance. The Hyundai looks good from every angle. Once you’re past its looks, the Hyundai Elantra 2015 has solid performer as well. Hyundai seems intent on offering quality over quantity. All the Elantras have power windows, door locks, and mirrors. They all feature air conditioning and cruise control, Bluetooth audio, telescopic steering. In short, Hyundai wants buyers to associate the Elantra nameplate with a well-appointed car no matter what model you buy.

As Roomy an Interior As You’ll Find in a Small Sedan

The interior is roomy for such a small car, but including all the features that are normally seen in option packages doesn’t make up for the slightly clunky interior design. After the flowing curves on the outside, there’s a slightly angular look to interior surfaces, and some odd shapes thrown in like cat-eye bezels around the dials and oddly shaped buttons here and there on the dash. It’s ergonomically quite capable, but somehow it looks less capable than it is. It uses every available bit of space, however, with lots of cubbyholes and compartments where many cars show blank panels, and a roomy, 420 litres of luggage space that looks like a cavern when you fold down the rear seats and open the trunk.

There are four variants of the Hyundai Elantra 2015: 1.6MT Standard, 1.6AT Standard, 1.6AT High-Spec, and a 1.8AT Premium. They all have ABS brakes, USB and iPod functionality, powersteering, leather interiors, airbags in the front, and fog lamps. The Premium rolls on 17-inch alloy rims; the rest are equipped with 16-inch. There’s a six-speed automatic gearbox that lets you keep the revs low even at the upper end of highway speeds.

The power plant on the Premium is a 1.8 liter with variable valve timing and twin cams that delivers 150 horsepower and 178Nm of torque, a substantial upgrade on the 1.6 litre found in the other models that gets a respectable 120 horsepower and 157 Nm.

Pricing and Options Are Offered in a Small Range

Since the different models offer so much of the same equipment packages, and only the 1.8AT Premium offers a larger power plant, MSRP prices for the Hyundai Elantra 2015 are in a narrow range, at 749,000 Baht up to around 898,000 Baht, which will include free insurance for the first year. It’s a great car for the money. 

Posted: 23 October 2014

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