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[/ caption] "Hyundai Elantra", which visited the test six months ago (ZR, 2005, No. 6), left a favorable impression. A comfortable suspension, a pretty frisky 1.6-liter engine, a spacious interior and a relatively low price. In general, an attractive offer in its class and a logical fall into the top ten best-selling foreign cars in Russia. Now we have a more powerful modification with an engine capacity of 1.8 liters.
Prices have grown since the spring test: the cheapest GL equipment with a 1.6 liter engine has risen in price by $ 600. Now this is offered for $ 14, 390. The ceiling is a two-liter version with an "automatic" - almost 20 thousand "green". A car with a 1.8-liter engine and a manual gearbox costs $ 17, 090, with an “automatic” - one thousand two hundred more.
Set aside price lists, it's time to pay attention to the car itself. Leaving the passenger compartment gate, he immediately buried himself in a long traffic jam. The 1.8-liter engine is not very complaisant in such a situation: at first it seems to be eager to pick up, but suddenly - it seems that the traction disappears. You can’t start without an unpleasant jerk. Perhaps the reason is the improperly selected clutch or the settings of the engine control unit. I have to play with the pedals, otherwise I’ll cripple the passenger.
Got game - because of the tight clutch pedal had to knead the weakened leg. But the brakes, on the contrary, are too light. There are no serious complaints about the effectiveness, but it wasn’t right to immediately dose the effort to dose.
The fit, ergonomics, interior design "Elantra" with a 1.8 liter engine is practically no different from cheaper versions. The steering wheel is adjustable only in height. And if the steering wheel moved in the longitudinal direction, it could sit comfortably. The seat cushion was too short.
For rear passengers - the central armrest. By the way, this is by no means in all analogues of the "Elantra". The seatback folds in a ratio of 40:60, the trunk - a convenient configuration, roomy. Under the floor - a full-size spare wheel.
The "Elantra" with a 1.8-liter engine has a long list of options typical of more expensive and prestigious cars: four airbags, air conditioning, electric windows and mirrors, fog lights, heated seats and armrests. But by inheritance from inexpensive complete sets of the 1.8-liter Elantra, the plain-looking interior has passed. If you take up modernization, you should probably start with a boring, poorly readable instrument panel.
The traffic jam has finally ended - we break free. This is not to say that the engine disappointed, but expected more from the “eight hundred”. It is likely that the car is gaining a hundred in less than 10 seconds, but it feels like the engine lacks the agility characteristic of units of this volume. There is no spark in the character of the engine, so pleasing when you press the pedal to the floor: slowly, without dips and pickups, the motor spins the long gears of a five-speed gearbox.
Silent unit also can not be called - already from a low speed salon fills it with a soft, but noticeable saying. True, it does not irritate the ear, even when the tachometer needle approaches the red zone. A good box: the gears are engaged clearly, the lever gently and smoothly moves to the desired position.
"Hyundai Elantra" with an engine of 1.8 liters more expensive than the most richly equipped version with a 1.6-liter engine (both cars with a manual) for $ 600. But this is a bonus not only for the "cubes", but also for the opportunity to purchase options. One of the most attractive is the side airbags for the driver and front passenger. And the “extra” engine capacity is very useful when several passengers sit in the car, and a weighty load is written in the trunk. By the way, do you have a big family?
The first generation debuted in 1990. The present, the second was released in 2000, three years later, the appearance was refreshed. In some countries, the model is sold under the name “Lantra” or “Avante”.
Engines: gasoline 1.6–2.0 liters (105–143 hp). With a two-liter turbodiesel (112 hp), cars are not delivered to Russia.
Transmissions: 5-speed manual and 4-speed automatic.
Test car: 1.8 l, 132 hp, manual 5-speed gearbox.
Hyundai Elantra with a 1.8 liter engine - a car for every day with all amenities. But the outstanding design and groovy character is not about him.