2001 Hyundai Elantra Si 1.6


Decent, reliable, won't set your world on fire


O2 sensor needed to be replaced; apart from that, nothing.

General Comments:

Decent space in the cabin, though I found the seats to be uncomfortable over journeys of more than one hour. The boot is a good size and there is good space for oddments inside the cabin (cupholders, good sized glovebox and door pockets etc). Only one fault in the time I owned it; the O2 sensor was faulty. This was quite an expensive repair; £160 from Hyundai main dealers, but it was fixed quickly, and they even washed the car for me afterwards!

Apart from the said O2 problem, reliability was very good with no other problems that I can think of. The engine was a little noisy above about 60 mph, but I would put that down to the gear ratios (65 mph was equivalent to 3,000 rpm in fifth). The ergonomics were good, with a nice driving position, and all the controls fall easily to hand. Excellent air conditioning, always cold, despite me not having looked at the levels in the time I owned the vehicle.

I bought one on the strength of my uncle having an Elantra, which has served him well, and would probably buy another, possibly a diesel version.

One final point for any American readers; Elantras sold in the UK seem to be much more reliable than those sold in the US. Admittedly they are not as common here, but the ones that were sold here seem nowhere near as prone to faults as other markets. I wonder what the reason for that is? Please feel free to comment if you have an answer or suggestion.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th September, 2012

2002 Hyundai Elantra GSi 1.6


Cheap luxury car



General Comments:

Well equipped reliable car.

Quiet and smooth running.

Stiff suspension though, and the handling is not as good as euro cars.

With its handling, I forgive it because it feels like I am driving a bigger car than it is, and also with its luxury spec, I feel like I am driving a big old Jag.

Its Mpg on the auto is not very good; about 25-30 mpg around town, and it's dear to tax in the UK at £215 for a 1.6. Thanks Mr Gordon Brown, you robber.

I like the car though, because it's different to everyone else. It looks fantastic from the back and sides, although the gaping grille at the front is not to everyone's taste.

Overall, not bad, and if you buy one, get a low mileage full history one like I did, and I paid very little for it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th April, 2010

2003 Hyundai Elantra CRTD 1.7 turbo diesel


Few issues, but a lot of car for the money


In the time I had the car, nothing went wrong because in all fairness I only had the car for a short while.

The company I work for has a few Hyundai Elantra CRTDs on the fleet. They do go through gearboxes and the workshop don`t rate them at all.

A bit of a departure for the company with regards to the Hyundai. We only bought these because Hyundai, at the time were offering a three year unlimited mileage warrenty.

General Comments:

I was impressed with the car in most areas.

The build quality was reasonably good, and I could say on par with Ford`s Mondeo Mk2.

The interior did suffer from rattles and wishbones did knock.

For the money, you do get a lot of kit with the car, such as electric sunroof, electric mirrors, electric windows all round, cental locking, air conditioning and CD player, etc.

The instruments were easy to read at a quick glance and the purple illumination was impressive (not too hard on the eye). The dimmer switch was useful, but seldom needed.

The quality of the interior plastics were fairly good and felt quite solid.

The external build quality was okay and did not feel too flimbsy. Good "door-thud", but "key-in-lock" feel was something to be desired.

Noise in the cabin, even at thirty miles per hour was noisy. To have a conversation with passengers, you had to listen hard and talk loudly to be understood.

Fuel economy was dismal, especially for a diesel. With reasonalbe town driving, I managed about 26mpg. Some petrol units of the same size can easily achieve this figure, if not more. Lets face it, the whole point of owning a diesel vehicle, although with higher servicing costs, is to lower the cost of motoring.

Handling was a bit scary (worse than the Mondeo mk2). Loads of understeer. There were several times when I almost lost the back end on roundabouts, whereas in the same conditions, a Peugeot 406 would handle blissfully with no worries whatsoever.

Another concerning issue, as the result of the combination of light weight, front wheel drive and loads of low end torque, it was extremely easy to wheel spin, even in the dry.

Performance was good. Good acceleration and the car coped with motorways easily. The torque of the engine was impressive and could easily pull in fourth gear at twenty miles per hour with no hesitation. The car also reached dual carriageway speeds quite quickly and could quite easily earn you a speeding ticket if not careful.

Interior and boot space were quite adequate.

The gearbox problem is probably due to the torque levels of the engine. Too much torque and not enough strength in the gearbox.

Hyundai are getting better with quality and value for money. Yet have a while to go before on par with Japanese rivels, such as Honda and Toyota.

As an economical vehicle. Would I buy one? Probably no. I would have to be persuaded very hard to be tempted away from Japanese vehicles. Every motorcycle I have owned has been Japanese, and the quality and reliability is evident throughout.

Many people would say, for a good vehicle it would have to be German or Japanese. I disagree, Japanese, absolutely, German, absolutely not. As a matter of principle, I would not buy German.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th January, 2007