2008 Hyundai Elantra Reviews - Page 3 of 4

2008 Hyundai Elantra X20 2.0 CVVT from Malaysia

Model year2008
Year of manufacture2008
First year of ownership2009
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 2.0 CVVT Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.6 / 10
Distance when acquired80 kilometres
Most recent distance20000 kilometres
Previous carProton Wira

Summary:

Value for money, no regret to buy at price of about RM 90K for the 2.0 engine, go for it!!!

Faults:

1. Could have rear head rests

2. Aftermarket car accessories like bodykit, DVD player, etc not common in Malaysia.

General Comments:

1. Very comfort and smooth driving in both city and highway, very reliable car too...

2. Much cheaper price than the Civic 2.0 and Lancer 2.0

3. Good power and acceleration, my Elantra X20 could achieve 9 seconds from 0-100KM/H.

4. My X20 has quite good fuel consumption (about 12KM/L) as compared to other cars in the same segment

5. Service cost is quite cheap as compared to Honda. And spare parts also cheaper.

4. Sound proof is acceptable but definitely better than the Honda Civic and Lancer GT. Engine noise level is low too unless at 4000rpm.

5. Headroom and leg space is good as compared to the Altis and Civic.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd May, 2009

26th Dec 2009, 01:55

Agree with your comments, I have been driving the Elantra X20 for 1 year now. Very comfortable car to drive and for passengers. Satisfied with the power level because it is 2.0.

Love the air con climate control, very easy to operate.

The rear suspension is good for passengers, absorbs vibration well, not bumpy at all.

Seats are comfortable as well.

2008 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0 Liter 16v DOHC from North America

Model year2008
Year of manufacture2008
First year of ownership2009
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 2.0 Liter 16v DOHC Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10
Distance when acquired18000 miles
Most recent distance20000 miles
Previous carVolkswagen Passat

Summary:

Good for the money

Faults:

One tire out of round on delivery, replaced under warranty.

General Comments:

We purchased (2) Elantras, both are identical 2008 GLS models with the popular equipment group. One is brand new. The other is a former rental with 18,000 miles on it. It looks and runs near new and had a clean car fax.

Overall these cars are good for the money. They ride and handle reasonably well and both are free of squeaks, rattles and water leaks. There is tons of features not normally found in budget cars - cruise, power windows, locks and mirrors, lighted vanity mirrors and fog lights.

Both have steel wheels with plastic wheel covers that are made to look like cast wheels. The covers are well done and held on with the 5 bolts that secure the wheel. No vibrations and they are true to the rim, unlike other snap on covers.

If there is a dark side, the paint on both cars has a fair amount of orange peel and unless kept waxed, the paint scratches easily. Panel fit is perfect on both cars. One car is Black Pearl Metallic and the other is Silver Metallic. Like most Asian cars painted silver or gray, the plastic bumper covers do not match perfectly in color when the sun hits it a certain way.

There was a fuel pump recall on the 2008 Elantra, which was done on both our cars before we took delivery, so we have no reliability issues to date.

They both have 4 wheel disc brakes with ABS that stop surely and smoothly.

Both cars have 4 speed automatic transmissions that work quietly and anticipate perfectly. Cruising at 80 mph is no problem, and top gear is tall so there is no engine noise at that speed with the engine barely turning 2700 rpm.

The engines start instantly. Smooth quiet idle, 30 mpg average. The 2.0 DOHC engine is loud on hard acceleration, especially past 4,000 rpm. Otherwise no complaints.

I changed the engine air filter and cabin air filter on the used car in about 15 minutes, it's a snap to work on. The cabin air filter is accessed by releasing the glove box door and removing a small panel in the air plenum. Great design.

Overall I cannot throw stones at these cars, I got both of them for under $25,000 and they are fresh, clean great running cars. That's a feat that cannot be done at many car stores, so keep it in mind when picking at any sore spots.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 2nd April, 2009

Average review marks: 7.5 / 10, based on 11 reviews