Hyundai Elantra Interior
Despite some reservations on fit and finish, most are impressed with the 2008 Hyundai Elantra's combination of quality design and materials in its five-seat interior.
The 2008 Hyundai Elantra offers seating for five. The seats generally get favorable reviews. New Car Test Drive notes, "the seats are very comfortable," adding they provide "better comfort and support than either a Civic or a Corolla as well." And Cars.com mentions their "substantial cushions and ample back support."
Car and Driver mentions that the Elantra's "front seat room leads the small car segment," also saying, "Even our biggest and tallest found a comfortable driving position." And rear passenger room also got high marks. According to About.com, "The Elantra is particularly kind to back seat passengers. Three shingle-style headrests provide adequate whiplash protection and slide down out of the driver's view when not in use."
Car and Driver praises some trims for having "lots of standard features." And Automobile Magazine notes, "It's the Hyundai way to wait until new technology is affordable and then to make it standard equipment."
The base GLS trim comes standard with power locks, windows, steering and keyless entry, power heated mirrors, tinted glass and 15-inch wheels with plastic wheel covers. On the downside, Edmunds points out "a few key features like air-conditioning and an audio system are optional in order to create an artificially low price." Air conditioning costs extra on the GLS.
Automobile Magazine says, "The interior also looks and feels good, with blue-illuminated gauges and soft-touch plastics on the dash." MSN mentions the interior's "upscale look and feel, thanks partly to soft-touch materials." However, Edmunds points out the "presence of a few cheap plastics on the dash" and New Car Test Drive "didn't care for the trim on the dash; imagine a silver plastic golf ball."
Many found the seat fabric slightly out of date. Edmunds says, "The seat fabric is acceptable, but the dated-looking print is perhaps the cabin's most noticeable misstep." And Kelley Blue Book adds that the "somewhat dated-looking velvety seat fabric, the instrument panel with its expanses of plastic and the over-designed door panels appear a little old-fashioned."
Stereo and Entertainment
The base 2008 Hyundai Elantra GLS does not include the 172-watt, six-speaker AM/FM/XM/CD audio system, but offers it for an extra fee. The system "sounds fair overall," writes Edmunds, adding, "Separation is lacking, but the strong highs add a bit of clarity to what would otherwise be a very muddy-sounding system."
Also available is the Elantra's "Sun & Sound" package, which features a 220-watt premium audio system with a six-CD changer having MP3 capability, with standard XM satellite radio.
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Most reviewers agree that the ample interior room is complemented by ample storage space, with storage areas in the console, dash and seatback pockets. Dual front cupholders are included, as are rear cupholders in a fold-down armrest. As theputs it, "This thing just oozes convenience."
The Elantra’s 14.2 cubic feet of cargo is "a generous trunk," writes Kelley Blue Book. But The Car Connection says, "What we wished for on our test car was a cargo net to help keep grocery bags from losing their contents," and MSN writes, "The large trunk has space-eating old-style sickle-type hinges. Its lid has no interior liner, which gives it an unfinished look, and allows a tinny sound when closed."