Hyundai Elantra 1.6 GL Review
Fluid classic

Story and Photos by Benjamin G. Kline
8 Apr 2014

Introduction, Exterior

The Elantra has gone through many transitions in its five generations. From the humble econo box that nobody wanted anything to do with, the staple Korean sedan has flourished into a stylish modern family sedan that has spawned coupe variants in other markets.

Yes, the learner driver’s car has come a very long way. This fifth generation however has seen the most positive change yet and has definitely attracted more consumers back into the fold.



The fifth generation led the most striking change in the model. Never before has any Elantra been associated with words like ‘elegant, sporty and attractive’. But this design changed all that. And rather than spoil this perfect recipe, the designers have chosen to give it minor nip tucks to improve the overall outlook of the sedan.

When we say minor, we really do mean it in every sense of the word. To the casual observer, the Elantra looks exactly the same as before. But the headlamp cluster has actually been given new square bezels. Same goes for the taillights that have been darkened.

The bumper too has been re-shaped to give a more dynamic front fascia to the car. Larger air intake now dominate the lower bumper creating a more aggressive look. The L-shaped foglamps have also been enhanced to give a wider, lower profile. 

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Engine Capacity 1591cc
Engine Type Inline 4
Power 130bhp @ 6300rpm
Torque 157Nm @ 4850rpm
Power to Weight 110.1 bhp per ton


Acceleration 11.6s (0-100 km/h)
Top Speed 195 km/h
Fuel Consumption (combined) 14.9 km/L

Misc Technical Data

Transmission 6 -speed Auto
Drive Type FF
Steering Electric


Body Type Sedan
(L x W x H)
(4530 x 1775 x 1445) mm
Wheelbase 2700 mm
Kerb Weight 1181 kg
Boot Capacity 485 L
Fuel Tank Capacity 48.5 L


Brakes (Front) Discs
Brakes (Rear) Discs