28 October 2016 · Vehicle Reviews
Deciding between the Hyundai Elantra and the i30 | Phil Gilbert Hyundai
Hyundai Elantra – a Small Sedan That Delivers
The Hyundai Elantra looks great, with sleek coupe lines that finish in a pronounced lip on the boot lid. The suspension has been finely calibrated to suit Australian driving conditions – Hyundai’s local engineers testing out 48 different suspension combinations before finding the sweet spot. They also adjusted the design to accommodate vertically mounted shock absorbers. This combination provides a smooth, comfortable ride that handles better than previous models.
The new model has a stronger, safer frame than previous models, featuring 152% more high-tensile steel than the fifth generation Elantra. Add to that six airbags, an anti-lock brake system (ABS), electronic brake-force distribution (EBD), and stability and traction control, and you have quite a safe car.
The Elantra's interior is also attractive, featuring plenty of legroom, a 7-inch touchscreen display, a 458-litre boot, and reversing camera. That display can also be synced with your iPhone (and soon your Android device too) to provide navigation, in-car entertainment, and more.
Hyundai i30 – a Stylish, Comfortable Hatchback
Hyundai’s i30 is a stylish little family hatchback that fits quite a lot into a small package. The car features a roomy 378-litre boot, and the interior of the car is packed with little pockets, alcoves, cup holders, and other features to make the most of the space. The i30 also features a crisp graphic display with thorough smartphone integration capabilities.
For its size, this car has a good amount of grunt – especially if you upgrade to the sportier SR model – and the engine features some state-of-the-art tech. The i30’s power steering also offers you three different modes to suit different driving styles – comfort, normal, and sport – which will adjust the level of assistance you get from the system.
With excellent suspension, steering, and torque for smooth automatic gear changes, you’ll find this a comfortable car for getting around the city or out on the highway.
Try for Yourself
If you have any more questions about the Elantra or the i30, or you want to organise a test drive in Sydney, contact Phil Gilbert Hyundai today.