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Hyundai Elantra Elite Review

For that spend you get a long list of standard equipment, including black – or tan, if that’s your thing – leather trim, dual-zone climate control, automatic headlights and wipers, an auto-dimming rear-view mirror, a digital speedometer, 17-inch alloy wheels with a full-sized spare and LED daytime running lights.

Further, there’s push-button start with smart key entry – including entry buttons on the front doors and an automated boot release system that can pop the lid for you if you stand behind the car with the key (in your pocket or handbag). That’s great for when you’ve got your hands full.

Infotainment comes by way of a 7.0-inch media touchscreen, which is the conduit to the Bluetooth phone and audio streaming, or USB media playback. It also doubles as the monitor for the car’s standard reverse-view camera – and it has rear parking sensors, too.

The Hyundai’s screen also has Apple’s CarPlay connectivity system, where the screen mirrors familiar menu options. There’s also an extended voice control system, so you can talk to it like you would to your old mate Siri.

What you miss out on, though, is satellite-navigation. It’s clear Hyundai figures buyers will use their connected smartphone for mapping. Fair call, we’d say, but it’s bad news if you’re an Android user – for now, at least, as Android Auto will be added at no cost later in 2016 by way of a software upgrade.

There are dual ISOFIX rear seat anchor points, and three top-tether child seat anchors, too. And unlike many competitor small cars, the Elantra Elite has rear-seat air-vents.

Being a Hyundai it comes with a five-year, unlimited-kilometre warranty, and capped-price servicing for the life of the car, with maintenance due every 12 months or 15,000km. The average cost over, say, five years/75,000km is low, too, at $269 per year. And if you get your Hyundai serviced at the company’s nominated workshops, you get 10 years of free roadside assistance thrown in, too.

Published: Tuesday, March 29, 2016

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