Dream Drive

The Hyundai Elantra 2.0 Ex­ec­u­tive is sleek and so­phis­ti­cated.

Golf Digest (Malaysia) - - Contents - BY PA­TRICK HO

First im­pres­sions are im­por­tant.

That’s what this Hyundai Elantra 2.0 Ex­ec­u­tive has. And much more, as I took de­liv­ery of it for this re­view.

I own a Hyundai Ma­trix and since then, I have been fas­ci­nated by the ad­vance­ments that are of­fered in var­i­ous mod­els made by this South Korean man­u­fac­turer.

The fea­tures avail­able in the Elantra 2.0 Ex­ec­u­tive was not only func­tional but they of­fer the much needed con­ve­nience of one’s daily com­mute.

When you ap­proach the car, the mir­rors fold out and a key­less en­try sys­tem make get­ting into the car a very unique ex­pe­ri­ence.

De­press the brake pedal and push the en­gine start/stop but­ton to light her up. The silent purr of the Nu 2.0Mpi en­gine can be mis­lead­ing as I dis­cov­ered.

Floor the ac­cel­er­a­tor pedal and you’ll dis­cover that while the en­gine may not give a head-jerk­ing ex­pe­ri­ence but it does pack enough for city driv­ing. If you do need to over­take, push the gear stick right for man­ual gear shift­ing, and dis­cover the joys of over­tak­ing.

I felt ex­tremely en­er­gized on man­ual mode to say the least, es­pe­cially when I put the car through its paces on a windy stretch, and work­ing my way through the 6-speed trans­mis­sion.

It was dur­ing a drive through wind­ing roads that the good han­dling of this car shone through.

With sta­bil­ity con­trol com­bined with stan­dard MacPher­son Strut for the front sus­pen­sion and a tubu­lar beam for the rear, the good han­dling of this car was a win­ner for me. The car stuck to the ground at cor­ners and was ex­tremely pre­cise.

As I spent more hours with the car, it was clear that a lot of at­ten­tion to de­tail was fo­cussed on the driver’s side of things in the in­te­rior. Even from the very first time when I sat in the electric seat of the car, I ex­pe­ri­enced and sensed ex­treme qual­ity in the multi-func­tion steer­ing wheel.

The in­te­rior was sim­ple yet so­phis­ti­cated for a car in its class. The com­fort­able seats uti­lized suede and leather to max­i­mum

ef­fect, while the Su­per­vi­sion Clus­ter on the dash­board of­fered out­stand­ing vis­i­bil­ity and in­for­ma­tion through the 4.2” colour TFT LCD.

Be­ing a Hyundai, the Elantra 2.0 Ex­ec­u­tive did not have a short­age of in­te­rior perks like am­ple cup or bot­tle hold­ers, and well-de­signed glove and cen­ter con­sole stor­age boxes. Of course, the 7” TFT Touch­screen LCD with An­droid Auto and Ap­ple Car Play came in handy to ac­cess your favourite tunes from Spo­tify.

The Elantra look is un­mis­tak­able due to a large ra­di­a­tor grille, slim yet sporty head­lamps that ac­cen­tu­ate the en­tire look of the car. The car ex­udes a sporty ready to leap aura due to its sleek ex­te­rior de­sign el­e­ments.

In the safety department, al­though they were not needed, I had peace of mind know­ing that the car comes with a six­airbag sys­tem that in­cludes two cur­tain airbags.

Be­ing a sea­soned golfer, the one thing I al­ways check is the boot space. I can safely re­port that the Elantra can eas­ily fit three golf stand bags with a rear seat folded down.

That’s where the 420 litres of lug­gage space in the boot of the Elantra comes in handy for an ac­tive fam­ily. You could throw in a bi­cy­cle, hockey sticks and bags, and still have room for more.

The Elantra 2.0 Ex­ec­u­tive comes in seven colours and is priced at RM116,388.00 (OTR w/in­surance).

novem­ber 2017

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