The result of Hyundai’s winning formula
The Hyundai Elantra you see on this page may initially appear to be no different from our domestically sold models. However, I assure you that if this test unit was the standard for the top-range local market Elantra, then you would not only see more of them on the road, you may even want one for yourself. Precisely because the automotive industry is so increasingly competitive, and car brands are offering so much more standard equipment than ever before, by definition Hyundai should be close to the top of the sales charts, but they are not anymore. Hyundai Philippines used to be one of the key mavericks in the industry that did give customers more than expected for many years until fairly recently. So, when I see the current Hyundai model ranges being sold today, except for the Veloster which is not a volume product, with heavily compromised standard equipment levels yet are selling at even higher prices, it gives me a lot to be concerned with because the brand is formidable and should be even more successful than it is at the moment.
The 2017 US-spec Hyundai Elantra Limited you see here in the popular Electric Blue paint comes with both the Tech and the Ultimate packages yet still retails for less than US$28,000.00! It has a very long list of active and passive safety equipment, a thumping 8-speaker Infinity® Premium Audio with Clari-Fi™ Music Restoration Technology that helps further extend sonic range, Smart Cruise Control, an 8-inch touchscreen with navigation, it has the Blue Link® technology (that connects to your smart phone or smart watch to locate a gas station, find a shortcut, learn about mechanical issues or call for help. In the event of an accident, it can send an automatic collision notification and request assistance) and Android Auto/Apple CarPlay connectivity as well, 4.2-inch color instrument cluster display, HID headlights with Dynamic Bending Light, a moonroof, and so much more.
It may have meaty 225/45R17 Nexen tires but it feels like you are on tall 15-inch alloys, the spacious and comfortable Elantra Limited drives with a very cushioned ride, though you do hear a bit of road noise. The 147 bhp 2.0-liter engine isn’t the most alive powerplant, but it still performs fairly and consistently well. The chassis can easily handle more, hence why there is actually a new Elantra Sport model that uses the healthy 201 bhp direct injection 1.6-liter turbo engine and the 7-speed DCT transmission from the Veloster combined with sport-tuned fully independent multi-link rear suspension instead of the standard torsion beam, a sportier ratio steering, appropriately bigger (by an inch) 12-inch front disc brakes, and more aggressive aesthetics and materials throughout. Now that model would be the scorcher in its class but it won’t be nipping at the heels of a Volkswagen Golf GTi.
Oddly enough, despite having virtually the same powerplant as our equivalent Philippine model, we were able to get better performance results with the US Elantra Limited, perhaps the climate and fuel quality may be factors. The Elantra Limited is a generally good car with above normal equipment levels, few compromises, and dependable, all of which were once the winning formulas of Hyundai.
Specification – 2017 Hyundai Elantra Limited
Engine: Inline-4, 1999 cc, dohc 16V, D-CVVT, 6-speed AT
Max power: 147 bhp @ 6200 rpm
Max torque: 132 lb ft @ 4500 rpm
0-100 km/h (0-62mph): 8.6 sec.
Top Speed: 205 km/h (128 mph)
Fuel Mileage: 28 mpg City / 37 mpg Highway
Retail Price: US$ 27,710.00
C! RATING 9/10
+Lengthy list of tangible improvements, smooth, comfortable, efficient
-The 201-bhp Sport model is the one to have