The Hyundai Elantra has a sporty new attitudethanks to the SR Turbo badge – and it’s good, really good.
We would even go as far to say that this ElantraSR Turbo has what it takes to become a class-leader.
And as the latest addition to the long-termgarage at motoring HQ, we're going to find out what it's like to live with and what makesit tick.
Under the bonnet is a similarly-sized 1.
6-litreengine from the stock-standard Elantra, but this turbo-charged unit offers nearly fortyper cent more power and torque.
And the locally tuned suspension deliversa ride that moves the Elantra SR to a new level of refinement.
Behind the wheel, the Elantra SR’s extrapower is obvious – there’s plenty of pep in the engine and the accurate steering iseffortless.
The ride is firm and there’s a bit of tyrenoise, but if you're looking for something a bit more engaging, this will be thoroughlyenjoyable.
It looks the business too.
The Elantra’s shapely body is well proportionedand its lines are distinct.
In my view it’s another step ahead for theKorean carmaker.
The SR’s unique body kit is complimentedby twin-spoke 17-inch alloys, dual exhausts and bi-xenon headlights, while those SR Turbobadging confirms its pedigree to onlookers.
Our test vehicle also features metallic paintand red sports seats.
Inside, you’ll find a generous cabin thatis both comfortable and thoughtful in its design.
The fit and finish is good, but still shortof its German rivals.
Ergonomically, however, it’s better thanFrench competitors from the likes of Peugeot and Renault.
There's enough space for three bodies in thesecond row and a big 458 litre boot means this can be used as family transport.
It’s practical and functional… and thatspeaks volumes.
Add to this five-star safety and strong aftersales with a five-year warranty, and the Elantra becomes a very attractive to new car buyers.
Priced from $31,290 the Elantra SR bringsa sporting edge to small sedan practicality.
Would-be car enthusiasts on a budget… comeand get it! Stay tuned for more updates on the ElantraSR, which makes a good first impression.