Usually when automaker chop off the two rear doors off a sedan to make a coupe the result can look a bit cack handed. Ditto, when the car is hatchback derived and looks even more awkward. However Hyundai have made no such mistakes with brand new 2013 Hyundai Elantra coupe.
Keeping the dynamic fluid styling of its beautiful looking four- door sedan sibling, the Elantra coupe with its formal trunk line and good-looking proportions looks sleek and well-styled. And unlike many coupes it has as much room in the rear compartment as in the sedan version.
The secret perhaps is that Hyundai smartly kept the existing wheelbase, width, and height dimensions of the four-door version with just a tiny increase in length. In fact Hyundai claims the Elantra coupe has more rear room than the larger Honda Accord and Nissan Altima coupes
Hyundai says even the coupe’s cargo capacity at 420 cubic litres is the same as the sedan. The rear seat also split and folds as well.
The similarities also extend to the engine with the coupe featuring the same 1.8L litre four cylinder engine as the sedan with 148 hp and 131 lb-ft of torque mated to either a six-speed manual transmission or a six-speed automatic with Shiftronic manual mode.
The coupe range begins with the GLS, with a six-speed manual transmission, ($19,949) or with the extra cost six-speed auto. Standard equipment includes manual air conditioning, Bluetooth, cruise control, 16-inch alloy wheels, tilt and telescoping leather-trimmed steering wheel and shifter, heated seats, trip computer, power windows/locks/mirrors and keyless entry and USB and auxiliary inputs. , remote keyless entry, and a six-speaker AM/FM/CD/MP3 audio system with iPod and USB input jacks.
A sportier SE version ($25,199) with standard automatic transmission adds a firmer suspension set up, 17-inch alloy wheels, a power sunroof, leather seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, aluminum-clad pedals, and a rear decklid spoiler,, mirror-mounted turn signal repeaters, automatic climate control, proximity key entry and pushbutton start, automatic headlights and an upgraded stereo, heated front seats, Steering wheel audio remote control, 7” touch-screen navigation system, Auto-dimming Rearview Mirror with HomeLink® and rearview camera. The interior cabin as with all recent Hyundai’s is smart, comfortable and durable looking with no major issues.
On the road the Elantra coupe impresses with its pliable ride and refined sensibilities. The electric power steering is precise, but the North American spec coupe is made for combined overall smoothness unlike European spec models that have performance suspension and feel more responsive. The 1.8L Dual CVVT DOHC 16V Engine delivers power smoothly and seamlessly to the six-speed manual transmission.
The coupe delivers no drama on the road and is comfortable, and quiet both front and rear passengers report. And of course the roomy extra cabin does not make people dread the prospect of going for ride in a tight two -door coupe with token rear seats. Also exemplary are the brakes which feel very confident and are well-modulated. Fuel economy for the automatic is City 7.6L/100km, Hwy (Auto) 5.3L/100km, Combined (Auto) 6.6L/100km No, the new Elantra Coupe won’t scorch the tires off anything else around and there are faster coupes more entertaining cars in this segment. However the Elantra Coupe wins out with its combination of good looks, roomy cabin and of course an awful lot of standard kit for what is a very good price. In fact once again Hyundai deliver yet another amazing bargain of a car that is to be highly recommended.
2013 Hyundai Elantra Coupe: priced from $19,949 – $25,199