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2018 Hyundai Elantra Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2018 Hyundai Elantra was new.


Interior: 8.6

The 2018 Hyundai Elantra has a quiet, well-built cabin. It looks great, feels roomy, and uses quality materials. Despite the Elantra’s appeal, some class rivals have nicer interiors. The Elantra’s seats are spacious, and the rear seats have ample room for two adults. There are plenty of available tech features, and trunk space is above average for the class. In the Elantra GT hatchback, cargo space is excellent.

  • "The Elantra's interior is definitely a top selling point. It's well built, attractive and spacious. In addition, the controls are logically placed, and getting in and out is a breeze." -- Edmunds
  • "The materials and trim are competitive with rivals such as the Civic but short of the upscale feel of Volkswagen's Golf line, arguably the leader." -- 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 (2017)


The Elantra seats five in sedan and hatchback (GT) body styles and comes standard with cloth upholstery. Leather upholstery, a power-adjustable driver's seat, and heated front and rear seats are available.

The front seats are comfortable and supportive, and drivers have good visibility. The rear seats have a little less legroom than rivals like the Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla, but two adults can sit comfortably in the back seat. Three children can probably fit fine, but it's a tight squeeze for three grown-ups.

The Elantra has two full sets of LATCH connectors for installing car seats in the rear outboard seats. The middle seat features a tether anchor. The lower anchors are set deep in the seat but are otherwise usable, and the tether anchors are easy to find.

  • "The compact Elantra makes good use of space and gives the driver and passengers plenty of room. Two passengers in the rear seat should find enough space and good visibility, but adding a third might cause some discomfort." -- Edmunds
  • "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 (2017)
  • "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 (2017)

Interior Features

Standard features in the Elantra include a USB port, a six-speaker audio system, and Bluetooth. Available features include a sunroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, two additional USB ports, push-button start, an eight-speaker Infinity audio system, satellite radio, HD Radio, 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, a rearview camera, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, lane change assist, and adaptive cruise control.

This Hyundai has an impressive number of standard and available tech features (including active safety technology), especially for a car in this class. The dash is well-organized, making it easy for drivers to control audio and climate functions. The Elantra’s infotainment system is user-friendly, and features like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto make it easy to connect your smartphone to your vehicle.

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  • "We especially appreciate the driver-centric dash layout, and the fact that controls for audio, climate and the like are actually buttons and knobs vs. multi-step touch-based systems." -- 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 (2017)
  • "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 (2017)


The Elantra features more trunk space than many other compact cars – 14.4 cubic feet. The redesigned Elantra GT hatchback has even more room, providing 24.9 cubic feet of space with the rear seats up and 55.1 cubic feet with them folded (both up from the previous GT model’s numbers). Split-folding rear seats are standard in both models.

The GT has a wide hatch opening, which makes loading cargo a breeze. The rear seats fold nearly flat, giving you a nice, even cargo floor. The Elantra sedan has a low liftover height, which is nice if you have to load a heavy object. A hands-free trunk lid (using a proximity key) is available, but it only releases the trunk latch instead of opening the trunk all the way for you.

  • "The almost wagonlike new GT shape offers about 8 percent more high, wide and deep hauling space and a large hatch opening. We didn't have a mountain bike on hand, but Hyundai says it will swallow one without removing a wheel. The 60/40-split folding backseat creates a nearly level floor with the two-position rear cargo floor at its higher setting, though maximum volume is reached with the rear floor in its lower position. … Space behind the backseat is a roller-bag-friendly configuration of nearly 25 cubic feet. The GT's space also gives lie to the notion of needing a small SUV for hauling." -- Cars.com
  • "Access to the trunk is good, the liftover height is low, and the 14.4 cubic feet of storage is near the top of its class. Split-and-folding rear seats give you added flexibility, though you won't be hauling anything too large because of the sedan body style." -- Edmunds
  • "… 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 (2017)

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