Our review score: 8.1 / 10
The 2015 Hyundai Elantra delivers neat looks and solid fuel economy, which allow it to stay competitive.
When Hyundai released the 2011 Elantra, it was a turning point for the company. A name that used to be associated with “affordable” perhaps “cheap” was now being called “good value” and “impressive.” With its sleek new styling, solid fuel economy and advanced technology features, the Elantra was good enough to steal a lot of the attention away from the category leaders. Now, four years older and without many major upgrades, does the Elantra still act as a frontrunner in the compact car segment? Let’s take a look.
The 2015 Hyundai Elantra still manages stand out in the segment when it comes to styling. The cutting-edge design that debuted four years ago is still as relevant as ever. The look is sleek and fast, with the lines drawn towards the back, projecting an illusion of movement even when parked. The interior is also pleasantly styled, with swooping lines and attractive surfaces that add up to pure elegance. The materials used are on the cheaper side, but they have treatments for a more refined look. Overall, while the competition is busy catching up, the Elantra design still manages to hold its own in the segment.
If there is one thing that the Elantra is, it’s efficient (however, it happens to be much more than that). There are vehicles out there that have better fuel economy, but those also come with a premium price. The best mileage is achieved when the 1.8-litre four-cylinder is paired with the six-speed automatic transmission. The Elantra uses 8.4 litres per 100 kilometres in the city and 6.2 litres per 100 kilometres on the highway for a combined average of 7.4 litres per 100 kilometres. Real-world tests confirm that these estimates are very accurate.
Quality and Value
Hyundai has progressed leaps and bounds when it comes to the quality and value of its vehicles. When put up against the competitors, the standard features are not only impressive, but extensive as well. The Elantras are available with features like heated front seats, heated rear seats, leather upholstery, pushbutton start, a sunroof, a navigation system and more. This affordable vehicle can be decorated like a luxury vehicle for a fraction of the cost.
While the rival vehicles are beginning to catch up to the Hyundai Elantra in terms of style, features and economy, this compact car continues to be a frontrunner in the segment. So, in short – no, it’s not lagging behind. The bold styling continues to stand the test of time, and while fuel economy may be better in some rivals, they also have a premium price tag. If paying a pseudo-luxury price is a non-issue for you, then this vehicle could be dressed to impress thanks to its long list of standard and optional features.