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2016 Hyundai Elantra Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2016 Hyundai Elantra was new.


Interior: 7.7

According to auto journalists, the 2016 Hyundai Elantra has a bold cabin design with good build quality and a mix of soft-touch and hard plastics. Reviewers remark that the Elantra has plenty of rear-seat legroom and sufficient headroom for all but the tallest passengers. The sedan has a good amount of trunk space for the class and the available touch-screen navigation system is easy to use and has straightforward menus, test drivers say.

  • "The comfortable interior features some higher-end soft-touch materials, but there's also some low-end-feeling plastic on the doors and switches." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The 2016 Hyundai Elantra's adventurous exterior design spills over to the cabin, where swooping lines and contours give the dashboard an avant-garde appearance. Most of the important controls are nonetheless easy to reach and figure out, while build quality seems generally solid." -- Edmunds
  • "The Elantra blends an eye-grabbing design with the high level of standard features for which Hyundai has become known." -- Left Lane News (2015)


The 2016 Hyundai Elantra sedan seats five and is available with leather upholstery and heated front and rear seats. The Elantra GT is also available with ventilated front seats. Most reviewers think the front seats are comfortable, but some comment that those covered in cloth are too soft and prefer the firmer feel of the leather-covered seats. A few test drivers say that rear-seat headroom could be better for taller passengers, though they're pleased with the rear-seat legroom, especially in the Elantra GT.

  • "The front seats are properly shaped for leisurely or aggressive driving, and while rear legroom is only adequate for the sedan, it's downright generous in the GT." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "On the whole, the Elantra's interior is spacious, but taller drivers may have difficulty getting the seat as low as they'd like. As such, headroom up front can feel limited for those over 6 feet tall. The backseat is roomy and great for kids, though again, a lack of headroom might be an issue for taller adults." -- Edmunds
  • "Interior space remains plentiful, with a slightly confining roofline that impedes second-row headroom being the Elantra's only flaw when it comes to passenger comfort." -- Left Lane News (2015)
  • "The Elantra's seats vary widely depending on whether you select cloth or leather. The cloth seats are supportive enough but a bit squishy, while the leather-trimmed versions are Euro-firm, a bonus for long trips." -- Autotrader (2015)

Interior Features

Standard features in the 2016 Elantra include a USB port, a six-speaker audio system and satellite radio. Optional features include a rearview camera, dual-zone automatic climate control, Blue Link smartphone integration, proximity key, Bluetooth, a power sunroof and either a 4.3-inch touch-screen audio display or a 7-inch touch-screen display with navigation.

Test drivers appreciate that the "buttons" on the Elantra’s 7-inch touch screen are large and that the system’s menus are simple. They add that most buyers will be pleased with the sound quality of the base audio system.

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  • "The available 7-inch touchscreen is quite user-friendly thanks to large virtual buttons and an intuitive menu layout." -- Edmunds
  • "The 4.3-in touchscreen is a nice standard feature on fancier models, but technophiles may want the full 7-in navigation system." -- Autotrader (2015)
  • "The audio system itself is pretty good, with six speakers, 172 watts, and AM/FM/Sirius XM/CD/MP3, USB jacks, Bluetooth, and all the usual fun stuff. … It sounds on par with other members of its segment, and for most people will be just fine." -- Jalopnik (2013)


The 2016 Elantra sedan has 14.8 cubic feet of trunk space, which is good for a compact sedan. The Elantra GT hatchback has 23 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats and 51 cubic feet with them folded. Test drivers are pleased with the Elantra sedan's trunk space, noting that it is comparable in size to that of a midsize sedan, and they add that it has a low liftover, making it easy to load cargo into the trunk.

  • "Fold-down seats augment the large trunk in the sedan and Coupe, and if you haul extra gear but don't want an SUV, the hatchback-only GT is a good pick." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The Elantra sedan has a large 14.8-cubic-foot trunk, which is more capacity than most rivals, and the liftover height is low." -- Edmunds
  • "Trunk space measures a midsize sedan-rivaling 14.8 cubic feet." -- Left Lane News (2015)

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