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2009 Hyundai Elantra Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2009 Hyundai Elantra was new.


Interior: 8.3

Reviewers generally view the Elantra's interior positively. Its space to size ratio should be agreeable for most, and there are a competent amount of standard features.

  • "From front to rear, the ... Elantra's sharp styling, roomy interior and quality-conscious engineering qualifies this fourth-generation version as a fully contemporary yet affordable sedan." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Hyundai says this model has the most interior volume (passenger plus cargo space) of any five-door in its class at 125.5 cu. ft., with 65.3 cu. ft. of cargo space when the rear seats fold down." -- Popular Mechanics

Front Seats

There's general agreement that the Elantra has a comfortable front row, but some critics do say that taller drivers will be cramped behind the wheel. 

  • "Front seat room leads the small car segment. Even our biggest and tallest found a comfortable driving position." -- Car and Driver
  • "Wide ranging seat and steering wheel adjustments enhance driver comfort." -- Consumer Guide

Rear Seats

Most say the Hyundai Elantra's back seat is roomier than other four-door small cars.

  • "The Elantra is particularly kind to back seat passengers. Three shingle-style headrests provide adequate whiplash protection and slide down out of the driver's view when not in use." -- About.com
  • "The roominess, headroom and rear-seat legroom are welcome in a car of this size." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Adult-size room. Entry and exit are slightly tight for larger adults." -- Consumer Guide

Interior Features

The Elantra's standard features might surprise you. Most auto writers find that Hyundai offers more amenities than would be expected for its price. 

  • "As far as economy car interiors go, it doesn't get much nicer than the Hyundai Elantra. Sure, there are a few plastic bits, and the buttons are noticeably downgrade, but for the most part materials and build quality are impressive." -- Edmunds
  • "Large, clear gauges. Climate and audio controls are simple and handy." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Plenty of sporty touches have been added to the interior to distinguish the Elantra Touring from the more pedestrian standard sedan variant. Leather now wraps both steering wheel and shift knob, while blue backlit gauges fill the instrument panel with a cool glow." -- Motor Trend
  • "It's the Hyundai way to wait until new technology is affordable and then to make it standard equipment." -- Automobile Magazine


The Elantra's 14.2 cubic feet of trunk space is good for the class, but reviewers still have minor issues with its convenience.

  • "A 60/40 split folding rear seat is standard, but the backrests don't lay flat and leave only a small pass-through for long items. Generous, small-item storage via numerous bins, slots and cubbies." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Trunk volume, at 14.2 cubic feet, leads both the Civic and Toyota's redesigned Corolla." -- Cars.com
  • "The large trunk has space-eating old-style sickle-type hinges. Its lid has no interior liner, which gives it an unfinished look, and allows a tinny sound when closed." -- MSN
  • "Lots of storage spaces have been carved out, including a generously sized lidded compartment atop the dash." -- Car and Driver

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