Is it worth purchasing the Hyundai Elantra 2018?

Jul 20, 2018

Let's find out about the Hyundai Elantra which is currently on sale in the Philippines.

The Hyundai Elantra is a completely new model which was introduced in the Philippines in early 2016. This is a car generation that carries a whole range of changes and is expected to make great strides in sales in the C-segment.

At the present, the Hyundai Elantra is distributed in the Philippines with 3 different versions: Hyundai Elantra 1.6 MT, 1.6 AT, and 2.0 AT. In this articel, we'll zoom in the base model Hyundai Elantra 1.6 MT to help you answer the questions: Is it worth purchasing the Hyundai Elantra 2018?

Hyundai Elantra 2018 Philippines || Walkaround

1. Hyundai Elantra 2018 1.6 MT: Pros & Cons

1.1. Hyundai Elantra 1.6 MT: Advantages

Sporty design

This is one of the highlights of the all-new generation of Hyundai Elantra being sold in the Philippines. The Hyundai Elantra 2018 exterior is created in the "sculpture flow 2.0" design language to help the car look sporty and eye-catching. The new Elantra chassis is also improved with more than 53 percent of the UHSS (Ultra-High Strength Steel), making the car more solid and stable.

Hyundai Elantra angular front

The Hyundai Elantra design style has changed completely

Modern exterior

The hexagonal radiator grille is the biggest highlight in the new generation to help it appear stylish and not monotonous as the old generation. In particular, the HID lighting system incorporates the modern LED Daytime Running Lights, which is also the first sedan in the segment to feature projector fog lights, enhancing brightness in bad weather condition.

New interior

The seat on the Hyundai Elantra 2018 interior is fully leather wrapped with a heating system. The 10-way power driver’s seat is a highlight of the 2018 version, and the independent air conditioning system makes the passenger compartment’s temperature adjustable. Rear seats can be folded in a 6:4 split ratio to help customers store more in the rear compartment. In addition, the 7-inch AVN touch screen is also attractive, and the steering wheel is integrated with multiple controls to make the driver feel more convenient.

Hyundai Elantra interior

The Hyundai Elantra has a comfortable interior

Modern equipment

Despite being at the lowest level with the only 6-speed manual transmission, the car has been equipped with many modern techs such as:

  • Foldable rear-view mirrors incorporating LED turn-signal indicators
  • Anti-lock braking system (ABS)
  • Electronic stability control (ESC)
  • Hill-start assist control (HAC)
  • Cruise control system
  • Tire-pressure monitoring sensor
  • 6 airbags
  • Power tailgate
  • Automated parking system (APS)
  • Push-button start/stop
  • Backup camera, parking sensor
  • Anti-pinch power windows

In addition, the Hyundai Elantra 2018 also has good soundproofing capability to deliver an undisturbed driving experience.

1.2. Hyundai Elantra 1.6 MT: Disadvantages

It can be said that even though the Hyundai Elantra is a sporty car, the steering wheel is not integrated with paddle shifters, which is somewhat unfortunate and also a disadvantage of this car. 

2. Why pick the Hyundai Elantra 2018 1.6 MT over Honda City 2018?

2.1. Beautiful design

It can be seen that the Hyundai Elantra 2018 design exceeds Honda City in many aspects, both exterior and interior. In the chassis, the Hyundai Elantra is reinforced with more than 53 percent of UHSS (Ultra-High Strength Steel).

Hyundai Elantra side view

It can be seen that the Hyundai Elantra design exceeds Honda City in many aspects

The Hyundai Elantra is more spacious: Compared with the lower-segment car like Honda City, the Elantra is larger, offering comfort to users during the journey. Specific dimensions of the two car models are as follows:

Hyundai Elantra 2018

Honda City 2018

  • Length of 4.570 mm, Width of 1.800 mm, Height of 1.450 mm
  • Wheelbase of 2.700 mm
  • Minimum ground clearance of 150 mm
  • Length of 4.440 mm, Width of 1.694 mm, Height of 1.477 mm
  • Wheelbase of 2.600 mm
  • Minimum ground clearance of 135 mm

2.3. Full safety equipment

The Hyundai Elantra 1.6 MT is equipped with six airbags, while the Honda City is usually with only two airbags. This will be a highlight of the Hyundai C-Class.

Air Conditioner: While the Hyundai Elantra 1.6MT features automatic two-zone control, the Honda City only has a manual single-zone air conditioner for the basic variant. This point always receives the lowest rating for the Honda's B-Class car.

Reasons listed above, including being more spacious, safe, economic and durable, are why Filipino customers should choose the Hyundai Elantra 2018 in the C-segment rather than the Honda City or any models in the B-class.

Source: Kien Nguyen