Does it represent good value for the price? What features does it come with?
Our Active spec is the second Elantra up (from the entry-level Go) in a four-tier range, and it comes in at $25,990.
To set the scene, competitor sedans include the Honda Civic VTi-S ($24,490), Subaru Impreza 2.0i-L ($24,790) and Kia Cerato Sport ($25,790). There’s also the looming threat of the new-generation Mazda3 and Toyota Corolla which have not yet landed in sedan form.
Despite sedans ceding market share to small SUVs, that’s still some tough competition. Good for the Elantra then, that when you’re in the driver’s seat there’s very little to complain about – with a catch.
Rounding out the package from the outside is auto-folding body-coloured wing-mirrors with indicators on them, 16-inch alloy wheels and LED DRLs.
Once you start driving, you’ll also notice it has a high-resolution reversing camera, auto headlights and active cruise control. The active cruise on our test car however, forms part of the ‘SmartSense’ safety pack option ($1700).
Given essential safety items on the Elantra (AEB, BSM, RCTA, LDW and LKAS – read the safety section for more) are part of the pack, it certainly makes it a real must-tick box, but does put a strain on the Active’s value, pushing the MSRP up to $27,690.
You’ll get all the car you really need in 2019 for the money, but as it edges closer to $30k with the $495 ‘Intense Blue’ paint on our test car, I could hardly blame you for looking at higher-spec versions of the Civic (RS), Impreza (2.0i-S) or Cerato (Sport+) where things like a sunroof and leather seats start to arrive.
Alternatively, you can look at the Elantra Go which sits $2200 below the Active with the same options ticked. If you do, you’ll get a smaller media screen, no sat-nav and dorky steel wheels.