1997 Hyundai Lantra LSi Estate 1.6 petrol from UK and Ireland


Excellent value for money


One H.T. lead started to break down quite early on.

Fuel pump expired at about 80,000 miles.

Both of these items were fixed under warranty.

The gearbox was getting a little whiney in the lower gears just before it left my tenure, but then it had done 130,000 miles & I had ran it hard for most of that time.

Apart from that the car was utterly reliable for the two years & 130,000 miles that I ran it as a company car.

General Comments:

For the list price of £11,500 (in 1997) this was excellent value for money.

The engine was quite powerful for a 1.6, although it needed revving to get the best out of it.

The seats were quite clever in that they had a sort of pre-moulded shape that turned out to be quite comfortable.

It had a gearbox with a sweet action.

The interior wasn't bad at all for what could be fairly described as a car in the lower budget category. Electric windows in the front, a reasonable quality radio-cassettte & clever use of contrasting shades of plastic for the fascia & trim to give the interior a more upmarket feel than other cars at the same price.

From memory I can't recall any peculiar handling traits so it must have been O.K. in that department.

No complaints about the dealers, they were most helpful when it came to service time, I even got a free courtesy car (Hyundai Accent -Ugh!).

The interior was very hard-wearing; there was no appreciable evidence of the high mileage apart from the usual wear on the pedal rubbers, steering wheel & gear lever knob. The seats were unmarked.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th June, 2005

1997 Hyundai Lantra GLS SW 1.6 from Portugal


A good car for the price


Initially (2nd day) there was a problem with the immobilizer. It was replaced and after that it was fine

Latter there was a problem with the clutch that was replaced also. All this happened during the warranty period.

General Comments:

It is a reliable car

It is comfortable

Well powered

Not very nice in the station version

Reasonable fuel consumption considering the performance.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th August, 2004

1997 Hyundai Lantra GLS 1.6 16v from Belgium


Good value


The car didn't start, but it was only a bad contact.

General Comments:

This car has 115hp and can run up with the latest Golf TD motor. I leave them behind in same with Hyundai.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th March, 2003

1997 Hyundai Lantra SE Sportswagon from Australia and New Zealand


A good value for money car


Needed a new cam belt at 100000km, (This is normal)

Surface rust around roof racks.

Other than that a great car to own.

General Comments:

This car is a great medium sized wagon and is very stylish.

Also has good fuel economy, especially out on the highway.

A very good radio/cassette system.

Good power and pick-up with the 1.8 liter motor, over-drive helps a lot.

Very good and reliable for long distance driving.

Air conditing gets very cold, good for the hot summer days.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st November, 2002

13th Jun 2003, 09:18

I've owned my 1997 Sports wagon for 5 years, and it's a great little car. It turns heads when driving around Darwin NT (Australia). I have only had to change the cam belt at 110,000kms, and a fan motor. These are a great wagon and have very sporty shape, and handle great at high speed, if you add strong full length side stone guards to it. The Stone Guards help it hug the road, and corner much better. I sit on 180kph from Darwin to the SA border with no problems. Top speed of 255kph (Tho I have had the bit done to the motor, but its still the 1.8 litre) I will never sell my wagon as it is my pride and joy. If you get the chance to buy one, Do it. The only 1 fault I have with the wagon, is the front passenger & Drivers side windows don't seal very well. Cheers... Mark Bowshire - Darwin Australia.