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Hyundai's fourth-generation Elantra is quantum leap in size, style and substance
25 Aug 2006
By CHRIS HARRIS
HYUNDAI’S climb up the quality latter scales another significant rung with the Korean maker’s fourth-generation Elantra, the latest sedan to join the melting pot of Australia’s overcrowded small-car market. A sharp $19,990 price-point, a strong standard feature list, pleasingly unique styling, impressive refinement and Hyundai’s five-year/130,000km warranty give the new Elantra plenty of ammunition in its quest to emulate the aged Toyota Corolla’s enduring popularity. And the availability of stability control across the small-car range is commendably significant. But with hatch, wagon and – eventually – coupe-convertible bodystyles still at least a year away, there’s plenty riding on Hyundai’s small-medium sedan prize-fighter.
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Hyundai’s previous (XD-series) Elantra was available in five-door hatch and four-door sedan bodystyles from its Australian launch here in October 2000. Powered by a 94kW/165Nm 1.8-litre four, the range comprised GL and GLS variants, priced either side of $20,000. The XD was facelifted three years later in October 2003, when a new 105kW/186Nm 2.0-litre engine came as standard in a line-up that comprised base, HVT and Elite sedan and hatch variants, which continued to be available with either five-speed manual or four-speed auto transmissions.
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