2012 Hyundai Elantra Touring


#8 out of 9 in 2012 Wagons

$6,637 - $7,850

2012 Hyundai Elantra Touring Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2012 Hyundai Elantra Touring was new.


Interior: 9.0

Reviewers say that the interior of the 2012 Hyundai Elantra Touring is practical and comfortable. And, while several note the good build quality, others say that the older design is starting to look dated, especially compared with other Hyundai models.

  • "Plush upholstery belies Elantra's pricing. The SE's standard leather and heated seats are nice features. Otherwise, most interior materials are in-line with other compact-car rivals." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Some might expect the Elantra Touring to have a spartan interior made of recycled pop bottles and leatherette seats. Remember, this is actually the i30, a vehicle originally made for Europeans who don't believe an economy car must feel like a cheap car." -- Autoblog
  • "As for those virtues, practicality is certainly number one. Its passenger space is generous and its cargo area is absolutely enormous. Compared to other small hatchbacks, the Touring is roomier than just about all of them. It can even hold more stuff than some compact crossover SUVs." -- Edmunds


The 2012 Hyundai Elantra Touring gets high marks for its comfortable seats. Reviewers like the driver’s seat, which is situated a little higher than the driver’s seat in most sedans, giving good outward visibility. The back seat offers good legroom, especially for a compact car.

  • “Wide ranging seat and steering-wheel adjustments enhance driver comfort. While we applaud the SE's tilt and telescopic steering wheel, it should be standard across the board, rather than optional on the automatic-transmission GLS. Visibility is good, too, thanks in part to high-set front seats." -- Consumer Guide
  • "And front and rear seats offer excellent support to prevent fatigue and fidgeting on long trips. Some big cars enhance cabin space by shorting the length of seat bottoms. The smaller Touring doesn't resort to that trickery." -- Chicago Tribune
  • "The cabin gets good marks in terms of space, with adult-sized headroom and legroom in both the front and rear seats." -- Edmunds

Interior Features

The 2012 Hyundai Elantra Touring offers a well-crafted and simple interior, but it’s by no means upscale or opulent. The base model comes with plenty of features, but reviewers say that more up-to-date models in the Hyundai lineup make the Elantra Touring look a little downmarket by comparison.

  • "While the Elantra Touring's interior was always pleasant enough in a utilitarian sort of way, Hyundai -- and many of its competitors -- have raised the bar significantly. As such, the cabin's lack of style really makes it stand out in a crowd, and not in a good way. From a purely functional perspective, though, the dashboard's simple gauges and controls are easy to see and operate." -- Edmunds
  • "All controls are orderly and organized, so there's no guesswork. You never have to ask, ‘Where is it?’ or ‘How do I use it?’ If only BMW would convert to this religion." -- Chicago Tribune
  • "Interior materials weren't the best in the world -- a bountiful helping of bargain-priced vinyl there. But everything appeared stitched and assembled perfectly, as good if not better than anything found in a Honda, Nissan or Toyota -- in this case, for several hundred to a couple of thousand of dollars less." -- Washington Post
  • "We're also fans of Hyundai's new center stack display for the radio. The big blue screen is as easy to read as a children's book and displays the time and outside temperature when the radio is off. There's also a full complement of connectivity ports in the center armrest for your iPod or MP3 player, as well as a gutter for your cables so the lid can be closed without trapping the device inside." -- Autoblog


The Elantra Touring's cargo space is a high point, especially given its small exterior size. Behind the rear seats, the Elantra Touring has 24.3 cubic feet of cargo space, and when the rear seats are folded flat, there's a generous 65.3 cubic feet of space. The Elantra Touring also has a number of features that help secure and hide cargo. There is plenty of small item storage throughout the cabin, and the glove compartment offers an A/C vent to help keep drinks cool.

  • "Tourings have ample cargo room. Split-folding rear seat backs are standard, but they don't lie flat, which can complicate loading bulky items. Generous in-cabin storage is offered via numerous bins, slots, and cubbies." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Not surprisingly there's an abundance of cargo room here too, including 24 cubic feet with the rear seats up and an impressive 65 cubic feet with them folded down -- a number that's on par with some small crossover SUVs." -- Edmunds

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