Superb styling, spacious cabin, fuel economy, base price
Few hard-plastic cabin bits, base model safety features, slightly firm ride
Hyundai continues its march for world dominance by ditching the old Elantra and introducing this completely new model for 2012, featuring a longer wheelbase and more cabin space. The spacious 5-seater comes standard with a new 1.8-litre 4-cylinder engine mated to a standard 6-speed automatic with manual-shift capability. Later, a 1.6-litre engine was also offered in some GCC markets such as the UAE, with an automatic gearbox. The new front-wheel-drive platform has independent front and live-axle rear suspension. Standard features include 15-inch steel wheels with hubcaps, four-wheel-disc brakes, cloth upholstery, power steering, electric mirrors, keyless entry, power windows, CD/MP3 stereo with AUX/USB input and manual a/c. Higher models get 17-inch alloy wheels, intelligent keyless entry with starter button, better stereo, faux leather upholstery, fog lamps, sunroof, cruise control, power driver's seat, parking sensors and more, but not all features will be offered by all dealers. Safety features include one standard airbag and ABS, mid-range models get two airbags, while the higher models get six airbags and stability control.