2019 Hyundai Elantra

Interior


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2019 Hyundai Elantra Interior Review

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Interior: 8.4

The 2019 Hyundai Elantra looks good inside and insulates occupants from outside noise for the most part. Although it's a step behind the most upscale cabins in the class, the Elantra's cabin looks good and features some high-end materials. The seats are comfortable and fairly spacious, and trunk space is good for the class. There are plenty of available tech features, including an intuitive infotainment system.

  • There are areas of this cabin that look nice and others that appear cheaply made. Hyundai spent money in the right places, such as the leather-wrapped steering wheel and gearshift knob, encouraging forgiveness of the surrounding hard plastic bits. But, unlike the Elantra GT, it does not emit a quality feel." -- 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 (2018)
  • "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)

Seating

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

Drivers enjoy good visibility, and the Elantra is generally quiet. The front seats are comfortable and supportive, with plenty of legroom. Headroom is a bit tighter, but most people will be fine. The rear seats have plenty of room for two adults, but putting a third person in the back seat can cause some personal space invasions. Despite the decent roominess of the Elantra's seats, rivals like the Honda Civic and Nissan Sentra are still more accommodating.

There are two full sets of LATCH connectors for installing car seats. The tether anchors are easy to find and identify. The lower anchors don't require a lot of force when attaching car-seat straps, but they are set a bit too deep in the seat.

  • "Front legroom is generous, but headroom is somewhat limited. Rear kneeroom, headroom and under-the-seat toe room are all decent. Middle passengers will appreciate the nearly flat floor in back. Three smaller adults would likely fit in the back given the amount of seat width, but two would be ideal." -- Edmunds
  • It may not be quite as roomy as the Honda Civic and Nissan Sentra, but it's still a testament to modern engineering that no longer means a small car has to be a 'penalty box.'" -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "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)

Interior Features

Standard features in the Elantra include a rearview camera and an infotainment system with a 5-inch display screen, a six-speaker audio system, Bluetooth, and a USB port. Available features include a sunroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, push-button start, wireless device charging, a 7- or 8-inch touch screen, navigation, two additional USB ports, Hyundai's Blue Link telematics system, an eight-speaker Infinity audio system, satellite radio, HD Radio, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto. Clari-Fi music restoration technology, which restores the original sound to digitally processed music, is also available.

Available driver assistance features include driver drowsiness monitoring, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, lane keep assist, lane departure warning, lane change assist, rear cross traffic alert, and safe exit assist, which helps you know when you can safely open your car door.

This Hyundai offers more tech features than some compact cars, including a generous list of active safety technology. Lots of buttons and knobs are logically arranged on the dash, making it easy to control various functions. The infotainment system's menu layouts are intuitive as well.

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  • "The Elantra has the standard Hyundai button layout. It's not fancy, but all the usual assortment of controls are clearly marked and easy to figure out. There are quick access buttons for most of the driver assist functions, and the menus are easy to navigate and find what you're looking for. Nicely done." -- Edmunds
  • "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 (2018)
  • "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)

Cargo

The Elantra provides 14.4 cubic feet of trunk space, which is a great total for a compact car. The Elantra GT hatchback has even more room, providing 24.9 cubic feet of space behind the rear seats and 55.1 cubic feet with them folded. Split-folding rear seats are standard in both models.

The sedan's trunk opens wide and has a low liftover height, which is helpful for loading cargo. Hatchback models also have a wide opening to the cargo area. The rear seats fold nearly flat, giving you an even cargo floor. 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 trunk] has a nice wide opening and a short liftover, but it narrows a bit toward the rear seatbacks. The split-fold seat releases are in the trunk and easy to access, though you have to push the seats down from the rear doors." -- Edmunds
  • "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 (2018)
  • … 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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