Car reviews - Hyundai - Elantra - GL sedan
5 Jul 2001
HYUNDAI claims the Elantra's stronger body improves its crash performance. The stronger, bigger bodyshell features reinforced one-piece centre pillars and an uprated lower dash crossbar. High-tensile steel is used in the doors' side impact intrusion beams. A driver's airbag and front seatbelt pretensioners with a load-limiting device are now standard. Anti-lock brakes and a front passenger's airbag with a passenger presence detection device are optional. Rear disc brakes are only available on the hatch variant. Head restraints and retractable lap-sash seatbelts are provided for all five occupants. The former Lantra base model did without rear head restraints - the rear bench seat of all Elantras now has three. The centre rear seat position made do with a lap-only seatbelt. It now has a retractable three-point belt. Child seat anchor brackets are now fitted to three points in both the sedan and hatch. Previously only one position was utilised.
Did you know?The Elantra sedan's bootlid and the hatch's tailgate both have an emergency release from inside the cargo area
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