Let’s get one thing out of the way first: if you’re in the market for a new sedan, we would not be surprised if you passed on the current Hyundai Elantra.
What is going against it is its price vis a vis the total package that you get for it —at P918,000 for the base manual to P1,158,000 for the top-of-the-line 2.0L, many say that you don’t get features that you’d find in other cars in the price range (cruise control, touchscreen infotainment, those things), especially at the mid- and top-range.
To be fair, Hyundai Elantras in other countries are packed with features, and it’s just too sad that we don’t get the same here (if we did, the price would have surely topped out unreasonably).
Sure, the Elantra is no slouch when it comes to looks, but then so do the other cars, so the decision for the buyer is obviously difficult.
But just glossing over the Elantra at the showroom is not doing due diligence. Test driving it—and we mean really run it through its paces—will have you realize that the Korean automaker (the third biggest in the world, by the way) may be on to something with the car despite the things that are missing. And what that is, is this: The Elantra has impressively smooth drive quality.
We could go on and tell you token platitudes about how the Elentra takes control of the road and hugs pavement and all that, but we would rather talk to you about a particular feeling we had driving it. We don’t know if you notice these things in cars, but we did, and it put a smile on our face.
There is a particularly satisfying purr and gurgle in the engine every time you step on the accelerator. As it begins to speed up, you also begin to feel good because the purring travels to the pedal up to your foot and legs, and it almost tickles. We’re not kidding. We felt it. The engine inside the Elantra is silky smooth that driving is almost a calming experience. And we know that feeling never happens now.
Sorry if we’re beginning to sound like a woman talking about cats she watched on YouTube.
This story was originally published in the February 2018 issue of FHM Philippines.
Minor edits were made by the FHM.com.ph editors.