Explore the Hyundai Elantra


The 2018 Elantra is destined to be a great car. It came one year after a thorough facelift, which made the previous Elantra a lot better. The 2018 model is a polished version of the facelift, so it is as good as this generation of the Elantra can possibly be. It comes with a better interior than the pre-facelift model, more equipment as standard, a more comfortable and composed ride and more modern styling.

Design of the Hyundai Elantra

When viewed from the side, the Elantra shows a pleasant silhouette that gives the car the look of a single, harmonious creation, rather than a sum of parts. The short hood is angled to make the angle of the dashboard less pronounced. As our view goes towards the rear, the stylish sedan gets a bit of the four-door coupe flair that resulted in some of the most elegant designs in the automotive industry.

The small spoiler at the trunk lid provides contrast that perfects this design. The side is also adorned with one of three available sets of wheels, starting from 15” steels with covers, through 16” or 17” alloys.

The front is similarly interesting, although matching the success of the profile is not really easy. The stylish hood has creases that point towards the grille, as do the sleek headlights. The grille is massive and the most forward part of the car. Massive port areas on the lower front of the car add to its aggressive stance. These spaces would usually be air intakes, or fog lights housings, but they are added here solely as a successful way to add styling to the Elantra’s front.

Interior of the Hyundai Elantra

We love the exterior, but the interior is probably the best part of the 2018 Hyundai Elantra. There is enough room both in the front and back; it is well designed, with upmarket fit and finish and good materials.

But it’s not just about looks. The cabin features are very easy to use. There aren’t too many buttons and they are marked really well. Finding the control you need is very easy even when using the Elantra for the first time. After a very short while it all becomes very intuitive.

The screen is high up and bright enough to give information at a glance even on very sunny days.

The seats are very comfortable on long trips. Even though most trim levels come with cloth seats, they feel like premium quality and are durable. Four people in the Elantra should have no issues with space whatsoever, while having three in the rear is also possible.

The sleek body has another advantage. Wind noise is next to none. The Elantra is among the quietest cars in its class, which makes longer trips at higher speeds a breeze.

Trunk space in the Hyundai Elantra is commendable and there are plenty of storage options around the cabin, including large door pockets, cup holders and bins.

Engines and Drive of the Hyundai Elantra

Canadian buyers get just one engine option in the form of a naturally aspirated 2.0 l four-cylinder gasoline engine. It is aimed at providing an efficient ride, reliable simplicity and sufficient power delivery. The engine gives 147 hp and 132 lb-ft of torque and it is paired with either a six-speed manual, or a 6-speed automatic with SHIFTRONIC manual mode and drive mode selector.

Handling of the Hyundai Elantra is ahead of many competitors. The changes that came with the Elantras recent facelift made the Elantra far more responsive, agile and predictable. The ride is very composed and and braking also matches this responsive feel.

Comfort is also at the pinnacle for this class. The facelift brought the perfect mix between comfort and precision that many more expensive cars lack. Lower trim levels with smaller tires with large side walls are great for bad roads as they soak up bumps and pot holes with ease, while larger tires on higher trim levels further improve control at higher speeds.

All in all, the 2018 Elantra gives an economical, engaging ride and a sufficient naturally aspirated engine whose sensible nature makes up for the less inspiring power figures.

Trim Levels for the Hyundai Elantra

Another advantage of the Elantra is its versatility. You can opt for one of six trim levels available called L, LE, GL, GL SE, GLS and Limited.

The L kicks off the lineup with manual gearbox only, 15” wheels, headlights escort function, projection headlights, body-colour, heated and power-adjustable mirrors, silver finish for the grille, 60/40 split rear seats, 6-way adjustable front seats, heated front seats covered in premium cloth, iPod, USB or AUX connectivity, 6 speakers, tilt and telescoping steering wheel, power door locks and mirrors, remote keyless entry, 7 airbags, ABS, brake assist, electronic brake force distribution, vehicle stability management, electronic stability control and traction control system.

The LE goes a step up with the 6-speed automatic, Bluetooth connectivity, manual climate control, steering wheel-mounted controls and hill start assist.

The GL adds 16” alloy wheels, LED DRLs, automatic headlights, LED turn signals in side mirrors, SiriusXM, 7” touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, rearview camera, leather-wrapped shift knob, leather-wrapped and heated steering wheel, additional 3.5” TFT cluster display, cruise control, lane change assist, blind spot detection and rear cross traffic alert.

The GL described above is a really good mid-range option, as it has many features that lack in lower trim levels. These improve comfort, safety and convenience and make the Elantra a really good option. However, there are three more trim levels that add loads more.

The GL SE has door pocket lighting, sunroof, hands-free smart trunk and proximity keyless entry with push-button start.

The GLS adds 17” alloys, chrome grille, leather seats, armrest with cup holders for the rear seats, dual-zone automatic air conditioning, 4.2” colour cluster display, adaptive cruise control, upgraded front centre console with sliding arm rest, autonomous emergency braking, pedestrian detection, lane keep assist and lane departure warning.

The very top of the range is reserved for the Limited. It comes with all of the previous features and upgrades and also LED taillights, chrome window belt molding and door handles, 8-way power adjustable driver’s seat with lumbar support and memory, heated rear seats, 8” touchscreen with navigation, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, advanced audio system with external amp and 8 speakers and rear park assist.

To learn more about the Hyundai Elantra, come into our Calgary car dealership at 2307 Country Hills Blvd, or give us a call at (403) 984-9696. Want to skip straight to the fun part? Book a testdrive online and see for yourself what makes the Hyundai Elantra such a popular vehicle in its class.

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