Hyundai announces its best-equipped Elantra ever – the company’s facelifted model sets new standards for quality and equipment on a budget – at the astounding price of just £10,995.
There is just one model in the Elantra range; the 2.0 CRTD CDX five-door hatchback, equipped with a two-litre, common-rail turbo-diesel motor and is on sale for £2,350 less than the equivalent outgoing model.
The Elantra also undercuts its key opposition in terms of price significantly. The Renault Laguna 1.9DCI is £19,178; Nissan Primera 2.2 DCI SVE £17,895; Skoda Octavia 1.9 TDI £16,950; Vauxhall Vectra 2.2 DTI £18,365; and Toyota Avensis 2.0 D-4D T3-X £17,810.
The following are just some of the standard features of the Elantra 2.0 CRTD CDX: two front and side airbags, anti-lock brakes with Electronic Brake Force Distribution, traction control system, electronic climate control, electric and heated door mirrors, electric sunroof, leather seats, leather steering wheel and gear knob, radio/CD player with six speakers, alloy wheels, rear spoiler and metallic paint.
The new Elantra 2.0 CRTD CDX is available with five-speed manual transmission only. It also has redesigned front and rear lights, front bumper, rear spoiler and alloy wheels, as well as newly designed leather seats.
The Elantra 2.0 CRTD CDX emits a lower level of carbon dioxide than the outgoing model; down from 169 to 160g/km, resulting in a reduced VED band.
Performance and economy make the Elantra even more appealing. The 2.0 CRTD CDX returns 57.6mpg on the extra urban run, 34.4mpg urban and 46.3mpg combined.
The 1,991cc 16 valve turbo-diesel engine is capable of 111bhp@4000rpm, 235Nm/173lb.ft of torque at 1800-3200rpm, a top speed of 118mph and a 0-62mph figure of 11.6 seconds.
The new Elantra, in common with the rest of the Hyundai range, is covered by Hyundai’s pioneering five year, unlimited mileage, fully transferable warranty, as well as three years RAC Assistance.
The new Elantra is on sale from 16 February.Published 19 February 2004