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Hyundai Elantra 2011 Test Drive and Mini-Review

I got invited last weekend by a local dealer of Hyundai cars here in Cebu to test drive Hyundai Elantra 2011.

I was hesitant at first because I honestly not a car expert and am not really sure how I’m going to write my impression particularly in the technical viewpoint of the Elantra models. Fortunately, I have this friend of mine who’s passionate about cars so I hooked him up for a ride and asked his thoughts afterwards.

There are actually 2 variants of Elantra 2011 for test drive; however, we only tested the 1.6 GL A/T variant since we were only allowed to tour around the IT Park area. Good thing though if we had it at the SRP road so we can check the most of its driving experience. Here’s what my friend has to say on his brief encounter of Hyundai Elantra 2011:

As usual with Korean-branded cars, the Hyundai Elantra 2011 boasts of superb handling and suspension. Though it’s an unfair assessment for the car as it was being test driven just in the IT Park vicinity, a short sample of its brilliance gave me a feel of oomph from this current crop of models. I couldn’t make a difference testing both 1.6L GL A/T and 1.8L GLS A/T variants due to the limited space and availability of distance I could make for the test ride, but for recommendation sake, I’ll jump with the 1.6 variant if I have the opportunity to purchase one…

Thanks, dhuDz!

In my own non-technical impression of the car, I’m impressed of its engine. It runs smooth and you almost can’t hear it inside even when the car accelerates. I stand around 5’7” tall and I think Hyundai Elantra 2011 was designed with Western people in mind. What I mean, it’s really spacious inside that when I extended my legs when seated I felt as if I’m still short. As a gadget and tech junkie, I was excited if Elantra 2011 models have something to showcase inside, but no – it only got audio system and the rest are just controls. Still, a Sedan like Hyundai Elantra 2011 is impressive, at least in my own point of view.

You may check Hyundai 2011 Price, Specs, and Photos after the break.

Prices:

Php 868,000 for the 1.6L GL Hyundai Elantra 2011 model
Php 980,000 for the 1.8L GLS Hyundai Elantra 2011 model

Variants:

1.6L GL Manual Transmission
1.6L GL Automatic Transmission
1.8L GLS Automatic Transmission

Engine Variants:

130ps 1.6L Gamma MPI D-CVVT, 150ps 1.8L MPI D-CVVT

Standard Specs and Features:

6 Speed Manual and Automatic Transmission, Motor Driven Power Steering with Tilt and Telescopic Adjustment, Disc Brakes, 15″ 5-Spoke Alloy, Halogen Headlamps with Safety Escort Function, ABS with EBD, Keyless Entry with Alarm, High Mount Stop Lamp, Power with Electric Heated Side Mirrors, Tuner/CD/MP3 with AUX In and USB, Glass Printed Antenna and Trip Computer.

GLS Variant:

Audio Controls on Steering Wheel, 16″ 5-Spoke Alloy, Fog Lamps, Side Repeater, Dual Airbags, Parking Sensors, 60:40 Split Fold Rear Seats, 6 Speakers.

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