Way more car for the money
One of the wheel bearings failed at 43,000 Km. Replaced under warranty.
Wiring came loose behind the door panel causing an annoying vibration. Fixed under warranty.
The seats in my car are very supportive and comfortable over long distances.
The Elantra is also very versatile thanks to the car being a Hatchback. It also has the largest trunk/boot in it's class (Focus, Golf).
I have to say that the ride is a bit bone jarring over rough surfaces because of the European Spec suspension, but it handles competently and safely. However it does tend to roll at little to much for my liking when cornering.
I do however have a concern regarding the quality of the paint finish. It appears very thin and scratches extremely easily even compared to my last car which was 10 years old. Does anyone else share this concern?
Another problem with the car is it is quite thirsty compared to similar cars from Honda and Toyota.
I just wish I had bought the standard transmission instead of the automatic. The automatic is only 4 speed and it definitely hurts the performance somewhat.
Overall I like this car. It's been completely reliable to date apart from the minor problem with the wheel bearing. My dealer has been exceptional to date. Not many dealers offer courtesy cars just for servicing related matters. Basically I would recommend this car to anyone.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 11th May, 2003