2020 Hyundai Elantra

Interior


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$18,950
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2020 Hyundai Elantra Interior Review

Scorecard

Interior: 7.8

The 2020 Hyundai Elantra has some nice cabin materials, but it doesn’t feel as upscale as some rivals. The infotainment system is relatively straightforward, and there’s plenty of cargo room.

  • 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 (2018)
  • 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

This Hyundai seats up to five people on standard cloth seats. Leather upholstery, heated front seats, and a power-adjustable driver’s seat are available.

The Elantra is not the most spacious car in its segment, but it has a good amount of legroom in both rows. Taller adults may find headroom up front to be tight though. The seats are comfortable and supportive.

For securing child safety seats, this vehicle has two complete sets of LATCH car-seat connectors on the rear outboard seats and an upper tether on the rear middle seat. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave this setup the second-best rating of Acceptable for ease of use.

  • "Clever packaging means the Hyundai Elantra compact sedan has passenger space on a par with midsize sedans: 96 cubic feet." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "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 (2018)
  • "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

The base Elantra sedan has a 5-inch display, a USB port, Bluetooth, a six-speaker stereo, and dual-zone automatic climate control. A few safety features come standard too, such as forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, a rearview camera, and lane keep assist.

Available upgrades include a 7-inch or an 8-inch touch screen, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone integration, navigation, wireless device charging, satellite radio, HD Radio, an eight-speaker Infinity premium stereo, Clari-Fi music restoration technology, two more USB ports, and the Blue Link telematics system. Blind spot monitoring is available too, as are rear cross traffic alert, pedestrian detection, lane departure warning, automatic high-beam headlights, and adaptive cruise control.

There are plenty of well-placed physical controls for most functions, and the available touch screens respond quickly to inputs and display intuitive menu layouts.

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  • "While lounging in the spacious cabin of the Elantra, we can appreciate the physical controls for things like the climate and audio systems, as opposed to scrolling through a bunch of sub-menus on a touch screen." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "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 (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 sedan has 14.4 cubic feet of space in the trunk. The hatchback has 24.9 cubic feet of space behind the rear seats and a total of 55.1 cubic feet with them folded. Those are great totals for a compact car. A hands-free trunk release is available. It works by automatically releasing the latch when the vehicle's proximity key is stationed near the trunk for a few seconds. However, it does not fully open the trunk.

  • [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 (2018)
  • "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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