The Hyundai Elantra 1.8 GLS is testament to Hyundai’s commitment to provide quality and emotionally inspired products. It’s no surprise then that the Elantra 1.8 GLS was crowned South Africa’s Car of the Year for 2012 with its laudable styling that combines luxury and elegance while offering an exciting motoring package at an affordable price.
Hyundai Elantra 1.8 GLS – Specifications and Features
The Elantra 1.8 GLS sedan is fitted with a 1.8-litre, 4-cylinder, naturally aspirated petrol unit that is made of lightweight aluminium and features Continuously Variable Valve Timing which contributes to lower fuel consumption. The engine is mated to a six-speed manual transmission that allows for smooth gear changing. Power output is rated at 110kW with a fuel consumption figure of only 6.5-litres/100km. The Elantra 1.8 GLS also boasts a low CO2 emissions figure of only 155g/km.
Exterior and Interior Styling
The Elantra’s stylish curves and sleek demeanour are attributed to Hyundai’s ‘fluidic sculpture’ design philosophy. The low roofline along with its curvy lines, project a dynamic yet sporty persona that sets the Elantra apart from its competitors. As if crafted by the force of wind, the Elantra adopts a specific design concept called ‘Wind Craft’ and can be seen in its sharply creased character lines that flow from the A-pillar along the hood and into the front bumper.
The interior is equally impressive and exudes a refined look. The use of high-gloss black and metallic colours offers a high-tech appeal to an already well finished interior. The interior cabin is both luxurious and spacious offering comfortable seating for five people and the luggage compartment offers a roomy 420-litres of space. The instrument cluster uses the latest display technology and offers a 4-speaker audio system with two tweeters and a Radio/CD Player that is USB, MP3, iPod and iPhone compatible.
The Elantra 1.8 GLS offers a high level of safety features which include an Electronic Stability Programme (ESP) which uses sensors that feed data to a microprocessor that brakes wheels individually to help maintain control during sudden braking or in sharp turns. Six airbags offer passive safety and include dual front and dual seat-mounted side impact airbags as well as dual side curtain airbags. Isofix child seat attachments are also included.
The Hyundai Elantra 1.8 GLS comes with a 5-year/150 000km warranty and a 5-year/90 000km service plan with roadside assistance for five years or 150 000km.