All show and no go? Although beauty is in the eyes of the beholder, it’s hard to wrong the Elantra in the looks department. The 16” black-accented alloys coupled with the bright red paint gives the Elantra coupe a very strong and confident look. Even in grey, or white, or pretty much any of the available colour options, the Elantra Coupe boasts great styling.
For 2013, Hyundai joins the compact coupe segment with the Elantra Coupe, joining other popular cars like the Honda Civic Coupe, Kia Forté Koup, and Scion tC. The Elantra Coupe shares pretty much the same design as the sedan, utilizing Hyundai’s modern fluid body design. Although beauty is in the eyes of the beholder, it’s hard to wrong the Elantra in the looks department. The 16” black-accented alloys coupled with the bright red paint gives the Elantra coupe a very strong and confident look. Even in grey, or white, or pretty much any of the available colour options, the Elantra Coupe boasts great styling. My fully loaded 2013 Hyundai Elantra Coupé was $25,199.00 as tested, which I believe is a fair price for the features this car offers.
With the Elantra Coupe you think it would suggest a certain level of performance, however it doesn’t quite deliver as much as the looks suggest, and might I add, the sexy swooping lines do suggest a lot. The 1.8-litre inline-4 is identical to its 4-door counterpart and puts out an honest 148hp and 131lb-ft of torque. Those figures are pale in comparison compared to some of its rivals such as the Scion tC and the Kia Forte Koup. However, Hyundai would be quick to point out that the Elantra Coupe produces a bit more power than the base Civic coupe. While that may be true, the Civic, even in non-Si form, has the Elantra Coupe beat in overall driving feel. The 6-speed automatic transmission with SHIFTRONIC does a great job delivering the engine’s power and the Elantra Coupe can get from 0-100km/h in just over 8 seconds. Although there are no paddle shifters equipped on this SE Coupe, the SHIFTRONIC transmission responds promptly to user-inputted shifts. There is an “Active ECO” mode button that when activated, holds back the throttle by a bit and helps you achieve better fuel economy. Personally, I had to turn off Eco mode while driving in the busy downtown core of Toronto because I felt like the ECU held me back just a little more than I wanted it to. But give credit where its due; the Elantra Coupe is a very comfortable car to be in. Ride comfort is top notch for this segment as well as noise isolation. The upgraded suspension retains the impressive ride and gives it slightly more confidence in the corners. The 4-wheel disc brakes provided good brake feel, the steering is well-weighted and its overall driving dynamics are a delight.
The interior of the Elantra Coupe is where this car shines. You are greeted by a very modern but welcoming environment. The leather seats, which are also heated, are comfortable and gave decent support. The driving position is good and the steering wheel has good thickness to it, however we would’ve liked to see a three-spoke steering wheel instead to compliment the sporty image the Elantra Coupe is going for. My top-of-the-line SE tester came equipped with the bells and whistles including a 7” Navigation system, a 360W Premium Audio System, Rear Reverse Camera, Bluetooth, in addition to the standard iPod/AUX connectivity. These features were hugely appreciated considering the price point of this car, especially the rear view camera and navigation system. The navigation and entertainment system worked and sounded flawless, the buttons and controls were well laid out and intuitive, and I felt as though the overall entertainment experience is extremely impressive for this segment. Small touches sets the interior of this car apart from the rest, such as the metal-accented pedals, a Push-to-Start button, and soft blue lighting. In addition to the sexy gauge and console design, it further improves on the Elantra Coupe’s good driving experience.
Even with the loss of 2 doors, the Elantra Coupe shares the same wheelbase as the Elantra sedan and thankfully, interior space for both front and rear passengers also remain the same. It’s actually got more room overall than the Honda Accord and Nissan Altima coupes. Although the Elantra Coupe has enough space to seat for average-sized adults comfortably, headroom is a little tight in the back. Surprisingly, rear legroom is actually half an inch longer than the Elantra sedan which is a great quality for a coupe. Rear access is good and an extender helps those in the front to reach their seat belts, however the part was made of a relatively flimsy plastic. I felt as though I was close to snapping it when I grabbed the extender instead of the seat belt by accident. The Elantra Coupe retains the same amount of trunk space as the sedan.
With ECO mode turned on, I averaged 7.4L/100km with combined city/highway driving, which is pretty decent considering the fact that it’s been pretty chilly here in Toronto. Hyundai reported a combined fuel usage number of 6.6L/100km, so I was quite a bit off. However my testing conditions were far from ideal due to the chilly temperatures we’ve been having in Toronto and consequently, the usage of winter tires.
As for my verdict on the 2013 Hyundai Elantra Coupé, I believe that as long as you’re not tricked into thinking it’s a sporty version of the sedan, it’s a great little car. The Elantra Coupe breaks into the scene with good looks, decent driving dynamics, and comfort for those in the front and the back, packed along with a list of modern entertainment and safety features. Although the Civic coupe is a better driving experience, it’s also more expensive. I must admit that the Elantra Coupe is a very impressive package for its price point and a true contender in this segment already blessed with good company. Kudos to Hyundai!