Hyundai Elantra used review | 2011-2013

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TAGS Hyundai Elantra Hyundai Sedan Family Cars Used Car Reviews 2011 Hyundai Elantra 2011 Hyundai Elantra 2011 Hyundai Elantra Hyundai Elantra used review | 2011-2013 13 November 2015 by Graham Smith · CarsGuide Price From $9,500 Get insurance Key features Family Friendly With a growing reputation for quality, this value-for-money sedan is a competent, reliable all-rounder.NewHow things have changed for the Koreans, once scorned and derided. Hyundai and Kia are enjoying the best of times with strong sales and a growing reputation for quality.The MD Elantra arrived in 2011 as another of the good looking, well engineered and well built Korean models.Styled in California, which explains its appealing looks, it was aimed at the likes of the Mazda3 and Ford Focus, which said much about its engineering and quality.A four-door, five-seater, the Elantra was built on a new front-wheel drive platform with a long wheelbase and wide track. Three models, the Active, Elite and Premium made up the range.The modern, functional cabin had a soft feel to the dash and other areas, with piano black, textured grey and metallic finishes.It accommodated the full complement of five in comfort and the 60-40 split-folding rear seat gave it a degree of flexibility. A large boot added to the Elantra's practicality.Power came from an all-aluminium 1.8-litre four-cylinder engine that returned 7.1L/100km or better.There were two transmission options with the Active and Elite, they were a six-speed manual and a six-speed sports shifting auto. Premium buyers were limited to the slick and responsive six-speed auto, but you would expect that would be their choice in any case.Local input retuned the ride and handling to better suit local tastes and expectations, the result was a sporty and engaging feel on the road.NowHyundai cars in general have come on in leaps and bounds when it comes to build quality, reliability and durability.The Elantra is no different and on the whole owners appear to be content with their decision to buy one.Hyundai was the brand that introduced cheap drive-away pricing as a means of getting into the local market as a new start-up brand. It no longer relies on being cheap in the way it once did, but the shadow of the past still lingers to some degree.Those who shop with an open mind usually come to the conclusion a Hyundai is a decent brand well worth considering alongside other more established brands. But at the same time some people still buy Hyundai on the basis of price and treat their cars like disposable commodities. Those cars need to be weeded out and dismissed when shopping for a used car.Instead, look for a car that has been well looked after, kept clean and well serviced. Checking the service book is a good way of assessing the maintenance of a car you're contemplating buying.Also be wary of cars that have been used by rental companies. Hyundais are popular with the renter crowd, so look for cars that have been used that way. Verdict  Smithy saysSmart looking Elantra is a competent, reliable all-rounder.Owners sayKen Watson - It's extremely comfortable around town and also on freeways. It handles winding roads accurately and has enough power to climb hills easily. I'd recommend it to anyone.Ross Evans - It's spacious up front, the seats are comfortable and it has a terrific boot. The performance is acceptable and the fuel consumption is OK, but the ride could be better.Tony Nardo - I was disappointed with my Elantra. The starting was rough, it had a clunky drive shaft, a seat belt wouldn't release, the rear view mirror fell off, and the steering wandered. It's someone else's problem now.John Johnson - It has the economy of a small car, but the space of a medium car. It also looks good and drives well.Grant Bee - We chose the Elantra for its value for the money. And we would happily recommend it to others. It's comfortable, roomy, the boot is good, it looks great and drives well, but we haven't been able to achieve the claimed fuel consumption.At a glancePrice new: $22,590-$28,990Price now:Active $9500-$13,000Elite $11,000-$17,000Premium $14,000-$19,500Safety: 5 starsEngine: 1.8-litre 4-cyl, 110kW/178NmTransmissions: 6-speed man/auto; FWDThirst: 6.6L-7.1L/100kmBody: 4-door sedanSafety: 5-star ANCAPAlso considerKia Cerato - 2011-13 - 3.5 stars - Classy Korean stands on its own abilities against more highly regarded models from other makers. Pay $8000-$21,000.Honda Civic - 2011-13 - 3.5 stars - Refined, reliable and respected, the perennial favourite with the small car crowd. Pay $10,000-$22,000.Holden Cruze - 2011-13 - 3 stars - A size above the competition but its reputation has been tarnished by trannie troubles. Pay $8500-$21,000.Coming upDo you own or have you owned a Volvo S40? Share your experience with other CarsGuide readers by sending your comments to Graham Smith at grah.smith@bigpond.com or write to CarsGuide, PO Box 4245, Sydney, NSW 2010. Specifications Price From $9,500 Second opinion Hyundai Elantra Premium vs Kia Cerato SLi sedan14 November 2014 by Neil Dowling2014 Hyundai Elantra Elite review19 September 2014 by Paul Gover2014 Hyundai Elantra review28 March 2014 by Craig Duff2014 Hyundai Elantra Series II review2 January 2014 by Ewan KennedyHyundai Elantra used review | 2006-201127 September 2012 by Graham Smith2012 Hyundai Elantra review27 March 2012 by Neil DowlingHyundai Elantra 1.8-litre Premium review13 December 2011 by Chris RileyHyundai Elantra review22 November 2011 by Neil DowlingHyundai Elantra 1.8 Premium review9 November 2011 by Chris RileyHyundai Elantra first drive review7 July 2011 by Peter Barnwell Rivals '); Kia Cerato used review | 2009-2013Honda Civic used review | 2006-2011Holden Cruze used review | 2011-2013