CLASSY ELANTRA MANTRA

The Kore­ans proved qual­ity doesn’t al­ways come at a price, GRA­HAM SMITH writes

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WITH a grow­ing rep­u­ta­tion for qual­ity, this value-for-money sedan is com­pe­tent, re­li­able all-rounder.

How things have changed the Kore­ans, once scorned and de­rided. Hyundai Kia are en­joy­ing best of times with strong sales a grow­ing rep­u­ta­tion for qual­ity.

The MD Elantra ar­rived in 2011 as an­other the good-look­ing, well en­gi­neered and built Korean mod­els.

Styled in Cal­i­for­nia, which ex­plains its ap­peal­ing looks, it was aimed at likes of Mazda3 and Ford Fo­cus, said much about its engi­neer­ing and qual­ity.

A four-door five-seater, the Elantra was built on a new front-wheel-drive plat­form with long wheel­base wide track.

Three mod­els — Ac­tive, Elite and Pre­mium made up range.

The mod­ern, func­tional cabin had a soft feel to the dash and other ar­eas, with pi­ano black, tex­tured grey metal­lic fin­ishes.

It ac­com­mo­dated full com­ple­ment of five in com­fort the 60-40 split-fold­ing rear seat gave it a de­gree of flex­i­bil­ity. A large boot added to the Elantra’s prac­ti­cal­ity.

Power came from an al­la­lu­minium 1.8-litre four-cylin­der en­gine that re­turned 7.1L/100km or bet­ter.

There were two trans­mis­sion op­tions with the Ac­tive and Elite — a six-speed man­ual six-speed sports shift­ing auto. Pre­mium buy­ers

lim­ited to slick re­spon­sive auto, but you would ex­pect that would be their choice in any case.

Lo­cal in­put re­tuned the ride and han­dling to bet­ter suit lo­cal tastes expectations, and re­sult was a sporty en­gag­ing feel on road.

NOW

Hyundai cars in gen­eral have come on in leaps and bounds when it comes to build qual­ity, re­li­a­bil­ity dura­bil­ity.

The Elantra is no dif­fer­ent and on the whole own­ers ap­pear to be con­tent with their de­ci­sion buy one.

Hyundai was the brand that in­tro­duced cheap drive-away pric­ing as a means of get­ting into the lo­cal mar­ket new start-up brand. It no longer re­lies on be­ing in way it once did, but shadow of past still lingers to some de­gree.

Those who shop with an open mind usu­ally come the con­clu­sion a Hyundai is a de­cent brand well worth con­sid­er­ing along­side other more es­tab­lished brands.

But at the same time some peo­ple still buy Hyundai on ba­sis of price and treat their cars like dis­pos­able com­modi­ties. Those need to be weeded out dis­missed when shop­ping for a used car.

In­stead, look car that has been well looked af­ter, kept clean and well ser­viced. Check­ing the ser­vice book is a good way of as­sess­ing main­te­nance a car you’re con­tem­plat­ing buy­ing. Also be wary

cars that have been used by rental com­pa­nies. Hyundais are pop­u­lar with the renter crowd, so look for cars

way.

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