Of all sedans plying Philippine roads, The Hyundai Elantra 1.6 GL A/T maybe considered one of the most striking cars, bar none. Since the launch of the present platform two years ago, its sleek profile design reminds you some leading european performance sedan, shaped by numerous wind testings resulting in flowing smooth lines. Aesthetic-wise, it could give other sedans within its class, a run for their money.
Its fascia is dominated by that famed Hyundai hexagonal grille. Angled large headlights combined with DRLs offers good illumination, day or night. Simulated air intakes at the lower front bumper add some aggressive tones. The combination of the rear boot (simulates a small spoiler), and the rear blacked-out valance panel, gives a sporty tone.
The Elantra is quite spacious inside, comparable to bigger sedans in the market. The dash is driver oriented, which means all pertinent controls are angled towards the driver. Analog gauges are basic but easy to read.
The simple entertainment system is a little ho-hum, but sound quality is above satisfactory if adjusted manually. Cupholders along the center console are a nice touch. The shifter, however is handsome and nicely designed. Front seats can fit tall individuals without sacrificing legroom. Rear seats can accommodate 3 adults while also offering also ample legroom.
Powered by a Gamma 1.6L MPi petrol engine, mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission, the Elantra offers a lot of oomph, thanks to its Max Output of 128hp at 6,300 rpm, and Torque rated at 154 Nm @ 4,850 rpm. Its reported top speed is about 195kph (121mph).
The Hyundai Elantra GL A/T is a great family car option. No-frills, just a comfortable commuter. Priced at Php 1,065,000, its a great bargain, considering the overall package you are getting; a sporty and spacious subcompact.
Steering wheel mounted controls is always a good option.
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