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#70 of 119 Re: Elantra review from abroad -Feels Cheap, Runs Cheap [moparbad]
Nov 23, 2006 (12:06 pm)
I think you are under the misconception that my post was somehow directed at you. It was not. It was my exercise in picking nits on the interior, to add to the list of issues you mentioned.
#71 of 119 edmunds review
Nov 24, 2006 (12:49 pm)
edmunds now has their full test on the elantra ready to be, well read. Interesting points, i will say i was impressed with the hyundai's performance, but it seems that even edmunds has noticed hyundai's trend for identity crisis; corolla comparisons abound and a reference to the guage's being 'just like volkswagens' in coloration is also noted. As is the interior plastics that woud never find their way into a civic.
#73 of 119 Re: Link [pat]
Nov 24, 2006 (1:26 pm)
Muchas gracias pat! Se aprecia mucho.
#74 of 119 Re: edmunds review [eldaino]
Nov 24, 2006 (2:27 pm)
So having blue interior lighting like a Volkswagen is a bad thing? Some people have carped about the green lighting on the old Elantras (other than the GT, which always had purplish-blue lighting). So Hyundai changed it. The reviewers seemed to like it.
If it looks like a current-gen Corolla, it's the best-looking Corolla I've ever seen. No Corolla has the upswept greenhouse in back, the windows behind the rear doors, and the wave-ish character line on the sides. No Corolla has the aggressive front-end styling of the Elantra. Someday I wish Hyundai would make a car with six wheels, a lightbar across the front end, and a huge fin on top of the car. It would look hideous, but no one would say, "It looks just like [name of Japanese car]."
BTW, the comment about some plastics not finding their way into a Civic is because the platics in the Elantra are far too tasteful to fit in the Civic's weird interior.
While the review was overwhelmingly positive, the comment about tricky clutch engagement was puzzling, since no other review--professional or otherwise--I have read about the car have mentioned that. In fact other reviews have praised the smooth clutch and shifter. So I wonder if Edmunds got car with a glitch in the clutch?
#75 of 119 Re: edmunds review [eldaino]
Nov 25, 2006 (12:40 pm)
it seems that even edmunds has noticed hyundai's trend for identity crisis
There is no such thing as a completely original set of ideas. Humans tend to favor recognizable influences. This happens in all areas - car design, arts, music, etc. Comparisons are made to Corolla because people recognize Toyota as a quality manufacturer. VW's gauge lighting has been copied by virtually every car maker to some extent over the last 6 years. The reason for this is simple - people like it.
...is also noted. As is the interior plastics that woud never find their way into a civic
I read the review twice, and must have missed that comment. Could you site that reference for me, or did it come from another review elsewhere? Here is what Edmunds did say about Elantra's interior.
the 2007 Hyundai Elantra has a cabin with a surprising combination of good design and good materials.
Hyundai hasn't got the image Honda has in the U.S., but once you take a test-drive, you'll realize that the Korean company is trying hard to deliver the same spirit of practicality and fun that you find in every Honda Civic.
In fact, the only time any form of the word "cheap" appears in a comparison with the Civic can be found here:
Consider that the '07 Elantra SE is:
$580 cheaper than a comparably equipped Civic LX ($16,960)
Just for the record, I have had 3 Civics, and all of them had cheap plastic interiors. (Although at least one of them had decent cupholders )
#76 of 119 Re: edmunds review [percussionist]
Nov 25, 2006 (4:17 pm)
The comment on the plastics was a caption on one of the photos.
#77 of 119 Re: edmunds review [backy]
Nov 28, 2006 (4:35 am)
Thanks, I missed that. I was looking in the review itself. I almost never read the photo captions (too busy looking at the pictures)
#79 of 119 Re: nctd review [onlooker1]
Nov 29, 2006 (5:55 am)
Yes, that's very interesting that they didn't think the noise at 80 mph/3500 rpm was too high, nor the engine "buzzy" at that speed, contrary to a couple of other reviews. Sometimes I think people see/hear what they are looking/listening for.