August 31, 2017 By Nicolas A. Calanoc

2017 Hyundai Elantra 2.0 GLS

 

There was a time the Elantra reigned supreme in the compact car segment, gathering so many awards not because it was the fastest or most equipped. It was a big success simply because it held a lot of value for money for a compact car under a million pesos. With the compact segment being redefined throughout the years, we take a look to see where the all-new 2017 Elantra 2.0 GLS stands amongst the competition.

The Hyundai Elantra GLS may not be the sporty sedan enthusiasts will be looking for, but it surely is a complete and well-balanced car for the everyday grind

Clearly the Elantra has taken a more European design approach compared to its edgy predecessor, which gives it a more mature look. Some would even say grown-up. Its bodylines just flow smoothly, making every intersection between parts match up gracefully, from its projection-type headlamps to its stylish taillights. I wish it was equipped with HIDs headlights, but its headlamps are more than adequate.

On the inside, the Elantra doesn’t cease the display of class with its black with silver trim scheme on a driver-centric layout. This time around, the Hyundai has taken a step further in using good materials. They are all about the details, so much so that they added the subtle touch of the center console actually tilting 7° towards the driver, which allows everything at the reach of the driver in a convenient way.  Some may find the 5” TFT LCD Display small especially now with its competitors offering bigger screens, but I never had a problem with it; clearly an example of simpler is better. As long as it had Bluetooth connectivity and rear parking sensors and camera, I was more than happy with it.

The all-new Elantra isn’t just all about the driver; it takes care of its passengers as well. For starters, it has dual climate control at the front and rear air-conditioned vents for the passengers at the back. The space at the back was generous as well, both height and width. I did appreciate how they were able to make the Elantra have an athletic look without making it claustrophobic at the rear thanks to its window design. It offers so much more visibility than it looks.

Just to put it out there, this isn’t a car that enthusiasts will get their fill of on the mountain roads like in Tanay, but this is because the qualities of the Elantra are more geared towards smoothness and comfort. The steering is light and decisive while the power delivery of the engine is capable of cutting vehicles with ease and yet calm at a cruise. Not saying that it can’t be driven athletically, but there are better options if that is what you are looking for. For everything else, the Elantra does the everyday grind so remarkably.

The Elantra’s cabin has all the niceties one would look for: ample space, quality materials, and overall comfort

 

With the highest-end compact cars touching the 1.4M mark, the Elantra sits as a 15% cheaper alternative without sacrificing the things that make driving a whole lot easier. Sure, you don’t get a large infotainment display or HIDs, but Hyundai provides the little details that make driving all around less of a chore like parking sensors and camera, comfort, and dual airbags to say the least. It also helps that it carries a look that will hold well for a very long time. For those in the market for a sensible compact car that aims to please both the driver and passengers, the Hyundai Elantra 2.0 GLS should definitely be on your consideration list.

Spec Box – ShortCar Model:

2017 Elantra 2.0 GLS

Engine: Inline-4, 1999 cc, dohc, 16V, D-CVVT, 6-Speed AT
Max Power (bhp @ rpm) 152 bhp @ 6200 rpm
Max Torque (lb/ft @ rpm) 142 lb/ft @ 4000 rpm
0-100 km/h [or 0-62 mph](sec) 10.4 sec.
Top Speed (km/h) 202 km/h (126 mph)
Fuel Mileage (km/L) 11.8 km/L Combined
Price as Tested (PhP) PhP 1,158,000.00
What’s Great + Elegant looks, Smooth drive, Price for what you get
What’s Not So – For those who want big infotainment screens, this doesn’t have it, no HID headlights
C! Editors Rating 9.0 / 10

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