Hyundai call it their ‘big small car’ and now the new 2014 Hyundai Elantra Series II brings some nice additions to its market segment.

2014 Elantra Series II packs in more style, technology and driveability

Unlike the outgoing model, the suspension setup and its new driver-selectable Flex Steer system is calibrated in Australia for Australian conditions. No good enough is close enough business here.

The Elantra Series I was a good looking entry level car. There was nothing really wrong with it for its price point.

With the new Elantra Series II however, there is some new styling including chrome grille and beltline moulding, foglights on all three variants, new design 16-inch alloys on the middle of the range Elite and some not-so-bad looking 17-inch wheels on the top of the range Premium model.

Additionally satellite navigation is standard on the Elite and Premium models. This means, the excuse of getting lost is becoming non-existent these days.

For safety, the Premium adds HID projection-beam headlights with surrounding LED positioning lights. If you haven’t driven a car with HID or Xenon headlights, you don’t know what you have been missing!

2014 Elantra Series II packs in more style, technology and driveability

We mentioned that the suspension was tuned in Australia for Australian roads. It wasn’t just a simple test, it appears that Hyundai put some real effort in making sure this car was ready for our roads.

This included testing on circuit, urban, country highway, freeway, smooth dirt, rough dirt, gravel and corrugations. There are also 22 unique damper builds, evenly split between the front and back. Hyundai also added a 22mm stabiliser bar which will allow a shaper turn-in, less understeer and ultimately a better feel on the road.

2014 Elantra Series II packs in more style, technology and driveability

Across the whole range, the Elantra Series II achieves a 5-Star ANCAP rating. This is because of the following standard safety features: six airbags, ABS with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), Electronic Stability Control, Traction Control, and Vehicle Stability Management.

Additionally there is a 3 Year Capped Price Servicing programme, and a 5-year unlimited kilometre warranty.

As for pricing:

Elantra Series II

Active

Elite

Premium

Manual

$20,990

Automatic

$23,190

$26,790

$30,190

– All prices are Manufacturer’s List Price, price excludes dealer delivery and on road costs
– Metallic/Mica paint option price $495

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