Tim Robson road tests and reviews the new Hyundai Elantra SR Turbo with specs, fuel consumption and verdict at its Australian launch.

Hyundai is making no bones about its ambitions to improve its sporting credentials that, it has to be said, are a fair way down the list of things the company has achieved in its first 30 years in Australia.

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Having said that, though, the company is essentially the only mainstream player left in the local market to spend time and money localising and improving the quality of ride and handling in its cars – and its Korean masters are paying very close attention to the successes of those changes.

The brand is set to launch its first range of serious sports machines under the N banner next year, but in the meantime, Hyundai Australia has added another model to its small band of moderately made-over SR models – and the Elantra SR Turbo is being touted as a high water mark when it comes to handling dynamics.

The HID bi-xenon lights are a new addition to the Elantra. The HID bi-xenon lights are a new addition to the Elantra.