Shopping for a new Hyundai Elantra?
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QUALITY | 9 out of 10
seatback folds in a 60/40 split, exposing a small opening to the trunk
the roominess, headroom and rear-seat legroom are welcome in a car of this size
Kelley Blue Book
all the wonderful consoles and storage for the driver and front passenger
No matter which 2010 Hyundai Elantra model you go with, interior space is a strength. The sedan actually qualifies as a mid-size car by some, and interior materials and trims are impressive for the price.
Touring models have a high roofline, which allows them almost SUV-like utility and versatility, and the split backseat folds forward flat. It’s a neat, well-designed layout. Switchgear and gauges in the Elantra are straightforward and tactile, and the instrument panel's design, with the high-mounted sound and climate-control functions, is convenient. With very little road and wind noise to speak of, it’s also one of the quietest cabins in its class.
Seating in front is generously proportioned and comfortable, and there's enough headroom and legroom in back for two—or, in a pinch, three—normal-size adults, which is unusual among small sedans. With 97.9 cubic feet of passenger room and 14.2 cubic feet of trunk space, it has the most interior volume for a sedan in its class. Edmunds contends that adults will "appreciate the Elantra's generous amount of space provided by the generous head, shoulder, hip and legroom found in both the front and rear seats." ConsumerGuide points out "adequate headroom and legroom, though taller occupants may want more room...wide ranging seat and steering wheel adjustments [that] enhance driver comfort." Cars.com reports the Elantra's "cloth seats are comfortable, with substantial cushions and ample back support"; however, the Hyundai Elantra loses a point because "lumbar adjustment for the driver's seat is not available."
Kelley Blue Book says, "Elantra can comfortably and safely pack in a family of five and its cargo." MotherProof pipes up, "I'm going out on a limb here to let you know that the Hyundai Elantra is downright and surprisingly roomy," while ConsumerGuide reports that the back row has "adult-size room." Cars.com is the odd one out, remarking that in back "the seats are high enough off the ground that legroom is bearable, but headroom is tight."
Trunk space in the sedan is very impressive, too. According to Cars.com, the "seatback folds in a 60/40 split, exposing a small opening to the trunk," which measures 14.2 cubic feet—"more than nearly all the Elantra's major competitors." ConsumerGuide reports "more trunk space than many cars in this class," but notes "the slim opening and sickle-type trunk lid hinges compromise utility." And there's definitely enough space for the small items—Edmunds observes "plenty of cubbies," and MotherProof cites "all the wonderful consoles and storage for the driver and front passenger" and points out a "lidded compartment on top of the dashboard perfect for pens, paper, snacks, and cell phones."
Motor Trend is generally impressed with interior of the Elantra Touring wagon, likening it to an economy plus ticket. Autoblog also gushes over the Elantra Touring interior, saying, “Go ahead, poke the dash—it'll give,” the reviewer urges. “Do that in some competitors and you'll sprain your finger.” Car and Driver doesn't heap a lot of praise on the interior, but they call the cargo space in the Elantra Touring “remarkable,” pointing to its 65 cubic-foot capacity with the backseats folded, and deems it “a very pleasant and useful small car.”
Most reviewers are impressed with the materials in the 2010 Hyundai Elantra, which seem a little more upscale than other cars in its class. Cars.com suggests, "Beyond some cheap door panels and a rubbery steering wheel, there was little to suggest the [Hyundai] Elantra as tested cost less than $16,000...the dash is trimmed in soft-touch materials, the buttons feel high-quality and the ceiling has an upscale woven texture." Edmunds, however, is less complimentary about the Hyundai Elantra's "likable interior," saying it's "betrayed by some cheap plastics here and there."
The 2010 Hyundai Elantra feels quite refined for small cars, but reviewers are split on just how much. Cars.com reports, "wheels and suspension provide little in the way of sound deadening, so there's plenty of road noise at highway speeds." ConsumerGuide remarks that the "engine is a bit noisy at high rpm but is never unpleasant," while noting "some wind rush...evident around the exterior mirrors." They also conclude that "road and tire noise are impressively low for the class."
Edmunds sings the praises of the Elantra's ride, which "continues to impress, with decent steering and handling responses, as well as a smooth ride and a stable demeanor at high speeds."
The 2010 Hyundai Elantra might not be the most refined car in its class, but there's an abundance of interior space and materials are pleasant, especially in the Touring.