As we begin 2013, it is evident there is lots of new excitement in the Canadian compact car segment with many companies offering more models than in years past. Hyundai Canada is one of these companies bringing to market a trifecta offering of their 2013 Elantra in sedan, coupe and GT models.
Earlier this month, we had the opportunity to get up close and personal with the new Hyundai Elantra Coupe. Aimed primarily at competing with the Honda Civic Coupe and Scion tC, the Elantra Coupe is a real bright spot in the compact car scene with its sleek looks, well refined appointments and stellar pricing.
In spite of its good looks and great value, Hyundai does not anticipate breaking any sales records as they estimate only about 5% of all Elantras sold this year in Canada will be the coupe model. Wow, although interesting from a market segment perspective it’s a bit of shame since the coupe model is a real pleasure to drive in both highway and city environments.
The Elantra Coupe comes in two trim models, the GLS starting at $19,949 CAD with manual transmission and the SE with automatic transmission starting at $25,199 CAD (as tested).
2013 Elantra Coupe
The interior of the Elantra Coupe SE is very well appointed. The dashboard, infotainment system and climate controls are intuitively located and easy to read and navigate. The SE version of the coupe comes with dual zone climate control, rearview camera and heated front seats, a nice touch for a car in this class. In addition, the machined alloy foot rest, gas and brake pedals lend itself to enhancing the coupe’s sporty look and feel.
Considering it is a two door coupe, there is surprisingly a fair amount of legroom in the back seats and a nice interior touch is the cup holders in the center arm rest.
Rear seating was surprisingly roomy for a two door coupe
Interior storage is plentiful with available space within the middle arm rest, doors, below the climate control console and of course the glove box offering plenty of places for keys, phone, wallet/purse etc. The trunk offers a generous amount of room as well, enough even for families driving kids around to weekend sports activities.
Infotainment system offered plenty of option, however, the speakers could use some improvement
One area that could use some improvement is the quality of the stereo system. While the Elantra Coupe RedlineNorth tested offers satellite radio, CD/MP3 player, USB and auxiliary inputs for iPhones and the like, the music coming from the speakers sounded a bit lackluster and was underwhelming. For a performance focused coupe, Hyundai should consider improving the stereo system in future model years.
Although the coupe felt sporty, with moderate pick up off the line, there was a fair amount of engine noise associated with acceleration. It’s unfortunate the 6 speed manual transmission is not offered with the SE version of the coupe in Canada as it would make a very fun ride even better. Braking was highly responsive as it uses an electronic brake force distribution system that balances braking pressure at each wheel.
2013 Elantra Coupe SE
In a nod to saving your pennies at the pump, all automatic transmission models come standard with an optional active eco system that modifies the engine and transmission control to help increase fuel efficiency. In addition, the coupe is equipped with electronic throttle control which improves drivability and fuel efficiency by replacing a conventional cable and linkage setup with much faster electronic hardware.
2013 Elantra Coupe
All this results in the SE version of the Coupe achieving posted fuel efficiency ratings of 7.6L/100km City, 5.3L/100 km Highway and 6.6L/100 km combined. During the test period RedlineNorth experienced slightly higher combined numbers at approximately 7.4L/100km which we felt was reasonable given the mix of city/highway driving over the test period.
ELANTRA COUPE SE Auto ($25,199) As tested
Also available is the GLS Auto ($21,149) and GLS Manual ($19,949)
- City (AT) 7.6L/100km, Hwy (AT) 5.3L/100km, Combined (AT) 6.6L/100km
- 1.8L Dual CVVT DOHC 16V Engine with 148 horsepower and 131 pound-feet of torque
- 6-Speed Automatic Transmission with SHIFTRONIC®
- 4-Wheel Disc Brakes
- Advanced Front Airbags, Front Seat-Mounted Side Airbags and Roof Mounted Curtain Airbags (6)
- Anti-Lock Brake System (ABS) and Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBD)
- Vehicle Stability Management (VSM), Electronic Stability Control (ESC) with Traction Control System (TCS)
- AM/FM/XM®/CD/MP3 Player with 6 speakers
- Air Conditioning
- Power Windows with Driver’s Auto Down
- iPod®/USB/Auxiliary input jacks
- Trip Computer
- Driver’s Seat Height Adjuster
- Rear Seat Centre Armrest with cup holders
- Power Door Locks
- Cruise Control
- Centre Console with Storage compartment and Armrest
- Heated Front Seats
- Steering Wheel Audio Remote Control
- Bluetooth® Hands-free Phone System
- Telescopic Steering Wheel
- Leather-wrapped Steering wheel / TGS Knob
- Dual-zone Automatic Temperature Control
- Alloy Pedals
- Proximity Key with Push-button Start
- 7” Touch-screen Navigation System
- Auto-dimming Rearview Mirror with HomeLink®
- Rearview Camera
- 17” Alloy Wheels
- Tinted Glass
- Dual Heated Power Exterior Mirrors
- Fog Lights
- Roof-mounted XM® Antenna
- Power Sunroof
- Solar Control Glass
- Automatic Light Control
- Mirror-mounted Turn Signal Indicators
The key players currently competing with the 2013 Hyundai Elantra Coupe for Canadian buyers include the Honda Civic, Scion tC and Kia Forte Koup. All of these coupes are relatively similar in design, engine output and price making for a very tight field overall in 2013. However, the Hyundai Elantra Coupe stands out as a top contender with its unique style, high level of fit and finish and overall value. As a result, anyone looking for a new compact coupe needs to take a close look at the 2013 Hyundai Coupe.
We look forward to reviewing the other models in the Elantra trifecta in the coming weeks so be sure to continue to check back with us.