The Hyundai Elantra 2.0 Executive is sleek and sophisticated.
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).