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2017 Hyundai Elantra Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2017 Hyundai Elantra was new.

Scorecard

Interior: 8.4

The 2017 Hyundai Elantra's cabin exudes an upscale feel and uses quality materials, according to some reviewers. However, others think that in the top Limited trim, the interior lacks style and the materials are merely mediocre. The front seats offer plenty of room, and the rear seats comfortably seat two adults. There is a laundry list of features available on the Elantra, and its infotainment system is easy to use. The Elantra has above-average trunk space for the class.

  • "All Elantras benefit from a much simpler and more refined interior layout. The design trades the last car's bulbous curves for geometric cleanliness, and the materials have been upgraded to match. It's basically a scaled-down version of what's found in the latest Sonata, which is okay by us." -- Autoblog
  • "The cabin, however, lacks character. I tested the top Limited trim and was underwhelmed by the materials and design. The leather seats were cushy and comfortable, and all the touch points were sufficiently padded, but the combination of utilitarian-looking hard plastics and flat, horizontal planes fell flat against the boldly styled exterior." -- Cars.com
  • "Its interior is, as expected, more upscale than previous versions. Nice, soft-touch surfaces give an air of quality to the car, and where piano-black plastics reigned previously, brushed aluminum, light bits of chrome, and soft plastics now carry throughout." -- Automobile Magazine
  • The Limited's standard leather upholstery has a clean, though not necessarily upscale feel and appearance, which isn't helped by the prevalence of hard plastic along the doors and center console. The leather steering wheel, however, has a nice shape and feel to it, with a variety of controls that are ergonomically placed and well organized." -- Edmunds

Seating

The 2017 Elantra seats five and comes standard with cloth upholstery. Leather upholstery, a power driver's seat, and heated front and rear seats are available.

The ride is quiet, and the front seats offer good support and plenty of room for passengers of all sizes. Although some class rivals offer more headroom and legroom in the rear seats, the Elantra still has plenty of space for a couple of adults to fit comfortably.

  • "The seats and seating position work no matter if you're 5-foot-2 or 6-foot-4; seats are comfortable and supple, yet secure and supportive. We never worried we would slide out of them while driving enthusiastically over twisting roads, and we never needed to stop and stretch due to fatigue while cruising. The interior is satisfying and feels spacious, and that's partially down to Hyundai increasing its overall dimensions." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "Moreover, road and wind noise and the inevitable thwack of the Limited's large, 225/45 tires on 17-inch wheels slapping the pavement are pleasantly distant, the cabin a decent isolation chamber for a car at this price point." -- Car and Driver
  • "Front-seat comfort is good, with a decent amount of lateral support and much-welcomed power-adjustable lumbar." -- Edmunds
  • The sedan grew a bit in length and width this year, and the gains are felt in the backseat with more headroom and legroom. The Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla offer slightly more legroom, but two adults will have sufficient space on the comfy, lightly bolstered rear bench." -- Cars.com
  • "Most notably, the seats have been revised, and for the better. They're more supportive and comfortable, and despite the presence of sunroofs in all of our testers, provided ample adjustment and forehead clearance." -- Left Lane News

Interior Features

Standard features in the Elantra include a USB port, a six-speaker audio system, and satellite radio.

Available features include a power sunroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, push-button start, Bluetooth, HD Radio, an eight-speaker Infinity audio system, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, and either a 7-inch touch screen or an 8-inch touch screen with navigation. Hyundai's Clari-Fi music restoration technology, which restores the original sound to digitally processed music, is also available.

Available driver assistance features include blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, lane change assist, a rearview camera, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, and adaptive cruise control.

The Elantra offers a substantial number of tech features, and the Apple CarPlay and Android Auto systems effectively integrate your cell phone into the vehicle's infotainment system. The entire system is user-friendly, and there are knobs and buttons that make it easy to switch between functions.

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  • "The first thing we noticed are all the features Hyundai ladled on the Elantra, stuff that not long ago was impressive to find on a mainstream midsize sedan like the Hyundai Sonata. Now they've trickled down to a compact." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "No other car in the segment offers the gamut of features available to the Elantra, and the level of technology is genuinely impressive." -- Edmunds
  • "The Elantra offers Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as options, and within a few screen-taps you have access to almost every one of your phone's features, including music, contacts, apps, and documents." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "Navigation is optional on the Limited's 8-inch unit, and it's a straightforward system with a clear menu structure and responsive screen. Tuning and volume knobs as well as home, radio and map buttons make toggling between functions easy. Overall, it's much more user-friendly than many competitors' systems. What's more, Hyundai angled the screen and the climate controls below it slightly toward the driver for better visibility and easier reach." -- Cars.com

Cargo

The 2017 Elantra has 14.4 cubic feet of trunk space, which is above the class average. The Elantra GT hatchback has 23 cubic feet of space with the rear seats up and 51 with them folded, which are excellent totals. Split-folding rear seats are standard.

A hands-free trunk lid, which opens when the proximity key is held near the trunk, is available with the sedan. The power trunk lid is a nice convenience, but it only releases the latch instead of fully opening the trunk.

  • And speaking of segment firsts, cars with the proximity key (SE with Tech Package and above) come with a hands-free trunk release. It lets you pop the trunk lid by just standing near it with the key, but it only releases it and doesn't fully open wide like on some cars with power trunk open and close. So it sort of solves a problem." -- Autoblog

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