2018 Hyundai Elantra 1.6L GL

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Hyundai has transcended from just a car manufacturer from Korea, to a huge player in the international car game. The Hyundai Elantra started life as an econobox in the 90s. A vehicle mainly used to get you from point A to point B very cheaply. The 2018 Hyundai Elantra 1.6 GL, much like Hyundai, has transcended into this very bold vehicle.

Liquidity

The looks of the Elantra will always be a major selling point. It’s reemergence to the public eye came with the 2011 generation. The swooping lines, going towards the rear gave it the sense of motion, even at a standstill. Headlights, and taillights were incorporated into the central eye line of the body, also swooping into their respective lines. The next generation Elantra, with all new styling came in 2016, which we see on the roads today as the 2018.

The current design language is what Hyundai calls, Fluidic Sculpture, which takes references from nature. Let’s take the grille for example. A singular piece which you can identify a Hyundai from all other vehicles. A Hexagon, with the Hyundai brand emblem would always be the front grille throughout the line. Hexagons are the strongest shapes, and most efficient use of space in nature. Honeycombs are a great example, since honeycombs contain many hexagons. Much like it’s role in nature, the design of the grille makes a powerful, and bold statement when a Hyundai pulls up next to you at a light.

The 2018 Hyundai Elantra gets styling cues from its older brother, the Hyundai Sonata, which makes this generation more refined, and handsome. Let’s start with the front fascia. The headlights are now more mature projector headlamps, with an aluminum-esq garnish along the bottom brow. The aggressive lines, and use of a black accent colour, gives the Elantra a sporty, no nonsense look upfront. Form meets function by the fog lamps. Hidden with the black accent paint, are Wheel Air Curtains. They’re basically vents, which allow air to flow through the bumper, making the vehicle more slippery through the air, and giving you better fuel economy. At the rear, the mature styling continues with the clean 3 light clusters for the taillights.

Inside the 2018 Hyundai Elantra is made for the driver. With controls of the center console lay out, subtly tilted towards the driver, for ease of use. The instrument cluster is clearer than a sunny day, with white backlit numbers, and vehicle information. In addition, the vehicle controls are also very visible, with a lovely backlit blue hue. If simple, and clean is what the Elantra was going for, then you can definitely say they achieved it.

The Going

The engine in the vehicle tested is a 1.6Liter, 128Horespower, power plant, mated with a beautiful 6-speed automatic transmission. Like previously said, the Elantra started life off as a smaller vehicle. Actually, the classification of the Elantra’s first generation was a compact car. If you brought the 2018 Hyundai Elantra back into the 90s, it would be considered a full sized sedan. With this power plant, you would need to keep the RPM on the higher side, to get life out of the engine. I averaged 11.3km/L during my whole test, which composed of both brisk highway driving, and city, start stop driving.

Quirky

Coming in at PHP 1,065,000 (as of date tested) the Hyundai Elantra 1.6L GL, is quite pricey in it’s class. Clean, and strong styling will be a great selling point here, with it looking like a baby Sonata, the Elantra can fit in the swankiest of places, while still being practical. Some items on the wish list for this vehicle variant would be automatic “one press” up and down windows, an exterior rear trunk open button or latch, instead of a plastic handle, and perhaps Bluetooth audio. Other oddities came about with the onboard fuel economy meter. It would give me a read out of a higher fuel economy when I was really giving the Elantra some gas, and on the other hand when I drove frugally it gave me lower km/L readings. Being the middle of the range, you’d hope to get the practicality of an entry level variant, along with the watered down toys of the higher range.

Every vehicle seems to have a personality. A life of it’s own really. The 2018 Hyundai Elantra 1.6L GL is no exception. It falls under the category of nostalgia. This is a car, for people who don’t want to be bothered by different bells and whistles, which just distract them. With in car technology, along with driver aide technology growing smarter and smarter everyday, the question we should all ask ourselves is, “How much am I actually driving?” The Hyundai Elantra 1.6L GL lets you take the wheel with no distractions, or aides, and lets you have time with the vehicle, and the road. It rewards you for turning into corners, and exiting with grace, knowing it was all you, and not a computer sorting you out mid corner. Even backing into parking spaces, knowing you didn’t use any aides is quite gratifying to the ego.