It’s 2016 and there’s a new Elantra. It’s one of the new wave of Hyundais kicked off by the Sonata and the Tucson, and the Elite we tested sits at the top of the Elantra’s two model lineup. Here are the top three reasons why you might want to buy one.
#1 Quiet all round
Even on rubbish roads, you’ll barely hear the suspension and the ride is just as serene.
There’s some good gear in the Elite. On the outside you've got seventeen-inch alloy wheels and projector headlights with LED running lights - as well as the nifty Smart Boot feature - while inside is leather, dual-zone climate control, heated rear vision mirrors and Apple CarPlay (Android Auto is coming soon, they say).
#3 Cost of ownership
You not only get lots of stuff but the Elantra, like all Hyundais, its cheap to own. You get a five year unlimited kilometre warranty which includes free roadside assist for the duration and you’ll also be able to look up the cost of servicing for the life of the car.
There’s a couple of minor dramas - while the fuel economy isn’t awful, a smaller turbo engine or at least stop-start would probably deliver a worthwhile improvement. Rear seat passengers can’t be over six foot or they’ll brush the headlining and extra safety isn’t even optional.
Watch Peter's Elantra Elite full road test video here.
Find out more about the Elantra here.
2016 Hyundai Elantra Elite specifications
Price: from $26,490
Fuel consumption: 7.2L/100km combined
Fuel tank: 50L
ANCAP: 5 stars
Warranty: 5 years/unlimited km
Service intervals: 12 months/15,000km
Engine size: 1.999L
Fuel type: Unleaded
Transmission: 6sp torque converter auto
Turning circle: 10.6