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.
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