Thursday, November 29, 2012

New Hyundai Elantra Review!

Ah, an opportunity to review on a car that carries swag all over its design.
Time to blow a car to bits. Definitely a beauty to behold.

Either way, despite the machine's good looks, before you dive along with
my intrigue, you might want to look in further into Hyundai's track records
with customer service, warranties and the likes.

I really find it unfortunate sometimes that good products go bad just because
they are under an irresponsible label company who can't make ends meet and
is all about the figures in the doe and nothing about providing quality service.

Some things to know about this are like how the salespersons are. I read this
one complaint that the salesperson was intimidating the buyer into getting the
car. Somewhat close to a feeling where if you don't buy the car, or agree
with him about the awesomesauce of the car, you're just dumb.

And unfortunately for him, that lady who took that in was a well-educated person
about the car she wants. She was only looking for a test-drive but they had to
put her up with that stuck up salesperson.

Besides that, there's also the issue of poor service, especially car servicing.
Apparently, the company isn't very thorough with what they do and when
customers find out what they conveniently left out, they come out with excuses
as to why they can't repair this and that and stuff like that. Definitely bad practice.

Either way, there were 91% bad reviews and 9% good reviews out of the entire
comments section. So.... yeah, I'm sure you'll know what I mean if you google
up " hyundai customer service review "

Just informing you about the current brand image for this product. Sometimes
products can look really awesome and be very engaging to you, and that's why
you've gotta equip yourself with the knowledge of why would you want it.

I'm completely against blind purchases after all haha. Anyways, share around
in the comments below if you ever find anything interesting haha.

Not to mean that Hyundai is a bad brand or anything though. I
haven't experienced it personally so I can't really say anything
for sure.

And here's a little sneak preview of the car's look if you
haven't seen it already.

stolen taken from arenakereta.

Toldja it looked good. Anyhow, if you missed my post title by some
sleight of mind, this is a Hyundai Elantra. The link takes you to a Carsifu
directory of retailers and sellers of this particular product, so go there
if you were meaning to get a hold of its local price range and perhaps
the product availability within your region. But if you want to save yourself
the trouble of looking through that info, the price range is between RM90k
to around RM120k, depending on the kinda specs you'd want for your ride.

After all, there's no harm done in checking out a cool car. If its worth the
money and accommodates your personal tastes to a certain acceptable degree,
I don't see why not.

Anyways, lets discuss about something else besides the car's sheer
physical eyegasm, like maybe the user experience of the car.

Overall, I've gathered that the car has nearly no fatal flaws at all, save
for the fact that many of its models are incredible noisy and does not
carry a good bang for your buck in terms of mileage.

And well, where there's noise, there's bound to be a lot of vibration
in some parts of the car if not just one. Also, if you're looking for mileage,
this car is about as bad as the old Proton Wira, so don't expect to save much
on fuel consumption. It's just not really built that way.

Although, I'm sure you can do something about it if you have extra cash hehe.

Aside from that though, and the somewhat horrid customer service reputation,
the car's pretty good inside out.


Oh, please note that the models available in Malaysia are locally
assembled. So... well, just letting you know. I'm not really sure
if that's a bad thing or not.

Below are more in depth specs for the car.

 Elantra Engine Performance & Fuel Economy

• Engine: 1.8L Nu in-line four-cylinder DOHC with variable valve timing
• Unleaded fuel
• Fuel economy: EPA (08):, 29 MPG city, 40 MPG highway, 33 MPG combined and 423 mi. range
• Multi-point fuel injection
• 12.8gallon fuel tank
• Power (SAE): 148 hp @ 6,500 rpm; 131 ft lb of torque @ 4,700 rpm
Elantra Handling, Brakes, & Suspension

• 3.065:1 axle ratio
• Brake assist system
• Four-wheel disc brakes including 2-ventilated
• Electronic brake distribution
• Electronic traction control (via ABS & engine management)
• Electronic Stability Control (ESC) stability control
• Independent front strut suspension with stabilizer bar and coil springs, semi-independent rear torsion beam suspension with coil springs
• Tire kit
Elantra Exterior Dimensions & Aerodynamics

• Body-color front and rear bumpers
• Day time running lights
• Driver and passenger power door mirrors: heated, body-color
• External dimensions: overall length (inches): 178.3, overall width (inches): 69.9, overall height (inches): 56.5, wheelbase (inches): 106.3, front track (inches): 61.0, rear track (inches): 61.5 and curb to curb turning circle (feet): 34.8
• Headlights: halogen with complex surface lenses
• Luxury trim: alloy-look and alloy-look
• Mica paint
• Rear window: with defroster
• Tinted glass
• Weights: published curb weight (lbs): 2,701
• Windshield wipers with intermittent wiper
Elantra Interior Features & Electronics

• 12V power outlet(s) in front
• Element antenna
• Anti-theft protection
• Ashtray in the front
• Audio system with AM/FM radio, CD player (reads MP3 format) , satellite radio
• Cargo area light
• Cargo capacity: all seats in place (cu ft): 14.8 and EPA
• Cigar lighter in the front
• Trip computer: includes average speed, average fuel economy and range for remaining fuel
• Consoles, floor consoles, overhead consoles
• Cruise control
• Front cup holders
• Outside air temperature indicator
• Intelligent driver and passenger front airbag
• Driver seat : bucket ; details: manual height, front passenger seat : bucket
• Height adjustable front seat belts with pre-tensioners for driver and passenger
• Front seat center armrest
• Two height-adjustable front head restraints, three height-adjustable rear seats head restraints
• Internal dimensions: front headroom (inches): 40.0, rear headroom (inches): 37.1, front hip room (inches): 53.5,
rear hip room (inches): 52.7, front leg room (inches): 43.6, rear leg room (inches): 33.1, front shoulder room (inches): 55.9,
rear shoulder room (inches): 54.8 and interior volume (cu ft): 95.6
• Low tire pressure indicator
• Remote power locks
• Power steering type
• Front power windows with one-touch on one window, rear power windows
• Front reading lights
• Rear seat belts for driver, rear seat belts for passenger, 3-point rear seat belts for center
• Rear seat center armrest
• Rear seats:
• Rear view mirror
• Remote control trunk/hatch release
• Front and rear curtain airbag
• Seating: five passengers
• Premium cloth upholstery
• Front side airbag
• Six speakers
• Tilt/ telescoping steering wheel
• Tachometer
• Driver and passenger vanity mirror
• Ventilation system with micro filter

Got this specs from automobilemag. Too bad I don't
really understand how to read some of the info. One of
these days, I should really just ask my dad how to check
for a good car. But what I do understand though, and found
important to point out, I've already highlighted in bold.

Anyhow, I found 2 of the of specs particularly interesting,
the electronic brake distribution (EBD) and the trip computer.

EBD's basically smart technology put into your braking system.
It helps your brakes adjust according to your driving and speed
and stabilizes your whole vehicle as you brake to give your slowing
down a smoother and better feel instead of that particular jerk
you'd wish to avoid everytime you come across a road bump.

Then there's the trip computer that might just save your ass more than
you might think it would since it calculates for you in an estimate for how long
your vehicle can go based on the current amount of gasoline you have
in your tank. I think that's a pretty neat feature if you'd ask me. Who wouldn't
wanna know an estimate of how far you can go. Saves the time of wondering
whether you should refill everytime you step in the car.

Then there's the rest of the specs which are either pretty self-explanatory
or I just don't understand how to read at all. If only I knew how to get a
proper grasp of horsepower, torque and stuff like that. I still don't know
which is for speed, which is for mileage and which is for engine capacity.

What I do know though is that it sounds cool to talk about them and understand
why certain cars put people into such awe. Something like Top Gear.

Anyways, I suppose I'll know in due time, or you guyz can always help me out
by dropping me a comment below lolz.

Thanks for dropping by and have a nice day.


Erwin Calverley said...

I agree with you. No matter how good a product is, it might not sell well if it’s not coupled with good customer service. Anyway, I’m sure there are car dealerships that can provide this service in place of the car maker. And I also agree with you about the Hyundai Elantra’s “sheer physical eyegasm.” Whenever I would see one on the road, I can’t help but stare at it until I can’t see it anymore. The shape of the side windows is just awesome! It looks so sleek and elegant! Despite the noise and less than impressive mileage, I still think the Elantra is a pretty good model because the pros outweigh the cons. Just look at its features! Also, there’s no perfect car after all. ;)

Ashely Redden said...

It's better to have a car that's pretty inside and out. You might love it's fascinating exterior, but you may be annoyed by the small interior. Look for a car that's fashionable and elegant. At the same time, make sure that you can fit everything that you need in the trunk.