2011 Hyundai Elantra Elite

Hyundai i30 hatch has been a big seller for many years in Australia, but the i30 sedan, confusingly called Elantra rather than i30, is well worth consideration.

The fourth generation Elantra reaches us here in August 2006. It?s the one we are concentrating on in this used car checkout.

Styling at that times was unashamedly Korean, with the sort of lines that didn’t appeal to Aussies. The fifth generation Elantra, from July 2011 is more European in style. Then from February 2016 the gen-six Elantra arguably led the way on the international market with lines that some European cars look to be following – how things change?

It is not just the styling that’s making Hyundai Elantra stand out. The South Korean marques ? Hyundai and Kia are allied with one another are starting to lead the world in build quality, owner satisfaction and reliability.

2014 Hyundai Elantra Series II

Australian engineers are being more and more involved in the steering and suspension departments during the design stages. You wouldn’t call Elantra a sports sedan, but for its class it’s not too bad. (See later note on Elantra SR Turbo.)

Elantra is almost a full four-seater for adults in its latest iteration, with each new generation providing a slightly larger car with a bit more interior space. Headroom for tall travelers may be limited, especially if a sunroof is fitted, so take your teenagers along for a test drive before settling on an Elantra. BTW, three kids in the back seat will have room to move, especially in the later generations.

Power for the gen-four Elantra comes from 2.0-litre engine matched with either a five-speed manual or four-speed auto.

A new generation four-cylinder 1.8-litre engine arrived in the generation-five Elantra, power was transferred to the front wheels though manual or automatic transmission, both with six forward ratios. This responsive unit and added gears improved performance and reduced emissions.

An improved version of the 1.8 arrived with the next generation Elantra in 2016. Its capacity was increased to 2.0 litres. It also had a six-speed manual or six-speed auto.

October 2016 saw Hyundai stick a toe-in-the-water with a medium-performance model called the Elantra SR Turbo. It has been reasonably successful and owners say they love them. When looking to buy a used sporty car be aware it may have been thrashed.

2019 Hyundai Elantra

Late in 2018 the Elantra range received a facelift, with a cascading grille, redesigned headlights and taillights, an integrated bootlid spoiler and lower diffuser. Inside there’s a revamped dashboard, a Supervision infotainment cluster, there was a new steering wheel design and new trims and finishes.

Hyundai Elantra Active gets an 8.0-inch touchscreen satellite navigation system paired with an eight-speaker Infinity premium audio system with a DAB+ radio, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility.

Since its early rough and ready days Downunder in the mid-1980s, Hyundai has improved out of sight and is now a major player on our market. There are multiple dealers in all large metro cities, with ever increasing representation in country cities and large towns.

Spare parts and servicing costs are about average for this class and we?ve heard no major complaints on prices or availability of parts

Insurance is about average in this class, though, as always, it pays to shop around.

We haven’t seen many ex-rental Hyundai Elantras, but be wary of any with a lot of kilometres on the clock.

Seat trim and boot mats that are in poor condition may intricate an uncaring owner. It?s possibly also a sign of an ex-rental car.

A clicking noise when the steering wheel is turned probably means coupling may be damaged.

The covering on the steering wheel may flake off. It’s not a danger, but is unsightly.

Make sure that all electrical items work correctly. Using the owner?s handbook instructions is the simplest way to make sure you cover everything.

Check the engine starts easily, especially if it’s cold. Too long a period of cranking indicates possible problems.

A manual gearbox which crunches on fast downchanges could be due for an overhaul, or there may be a clutch problem. The common third-to-second is the first change that generally suffers.

Expect to pay from $3000 to $6000 for a 2011 Hyundai Elantra Elite; $5500 to $9000 for a 2012 Premium; $7500 to $11,500 for a 2013 Premium or a 2015 Active; $9000 to $14,000 for a 2015 Premium; $10,000 to $15,000 for a 2016 Premium; $12,000 to $18,000 for a 2016 SR Turbo; $15,000 to $22,000 for a 2017 SR Turbo; and $19,000 to $27,000 for a 2019 Sport Premium.

Spring is a favourite time to buy a car as folks get ready for holiday trips. This can mean an increase in prices, so you may be better holding off till winter.

About Ewan Kennedy

Ewan Kennedy, a long-time car enthusiast, was Technical Research Librarian with the NRMA from 1970 until 1985. He worked part-time as a freelance motoring journalist from 1977 until 1985, when he took a full-time position as Technical Editor with Modern Motor magazine. Late in 1987 he left to set up a full-time business as a freelance motoring journalist. Ewan is an associate member of the Society of Automotive Engineers - International. An economy driving expert, he set the Guinness World Record for the greatest distance travelled in a standard road vehicle on a single fuel fill. He lists his hobbies as stage acting, travelling, boating and reading.
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