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Review: 2017 Hyundai Elantra Sport – Hot hatch in a sedan

Hyundai’s latest sedan now packs hot hatch turbo power and dual clutch box. It sounds like a recipe for a Korean Clio RS with a boot. But has it got the legs and soul to deserve over 200hp? Short answer, Yes.

Making my way to Hyundai, what I had in mind at first was an Elantra that would drive like a mash up between the clinical Ioniq and gimmicky Veloster. Both of which are Hyundai’s first attempts at making their first hybrid and a hot hatch.

The Ioniq was a ground breaking hybrid contender overflowing with cutting-edge autonomous driving tech, made accessible. It offered superb hybrid driving experience, and one that is noticeably more pronounced than its competitors. Also making a debut at the time was their dual clutch box, which actually felt decent for a virgin try.

The Veloster on the other hand is undoubtedly a Megane knock off that offered a whole lot of flair but is far from hot. Despite the show over go attitude of the Veloster, it still is a good candidate for a daily, fast hatchback with innovative 3-door configuration, moonroof and all that.

So, based on my impressions on Hyundai’s recent offerings, I wasn’t expecting the Elantra Sport to blow my mind at all, but I was still eager to try their new 200hp DCT combo. That was all before I drove it. So here goes.

The Drive

It is noticeably firm, the kind where you can immediately tell is off to a sporty start. Rest assured it’ll soak in road acnes and conquer undulations like a champ, all while serving a confidence inspiring drive. There’s hardly any roll and it negotiate bends with notable poise.

Power

Power is good and has the pull of a 200hp engine although it does get a little noisy approaching the higher revs. Not a big bother because it does make up with smooth surge of acceleration. Rest assured the Elantra Sport will out gun just about anything in its class.

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2017 HYUNDAI ELANTRA SPORT

Engine: Gamma Turbo 1.6L 4 Cylinder, Direct Injection
Power: 203.6ps @ 6000 rpm
Torque: 264nm @ 1,500-4,500rpm
Zerotohundred:  7.7 seconds
Transmission: 7-speed dual-clutch
Price: RM131,488.00
Websitehttps://www.hyundai.com.my/

Can it Turn?

The Elantra Sport is undoubtedly the best handling Korean produce I’ve ever driven. It feels as if they’ve specced some heavy duty underpinnings to deliver a taut ride. That firmness isn’t there to feign sportiness either. It is more than capable at entertaining corners. Yes, better than the already good Civic Turbo it competes with, by more than a mile.

Don’t expect Civic Type R ability here though. It isn’t, not even close. Then again, unlike serious hot hatches that are built to run and expected to perform, the Elantra Sport on the other hand is a simpleton, more of a mid size sedan with decent amenities, but is one that performs unexpectedly well. To a certain extent, even encouraging when at play, and possesses the spirit of a hot hatch. Just don’t go too far as its talent graph does decline rather steeply.

Inside

It is a case of mixed feelings. Interior, ergonomics and such sees improvements but has a long way to go before reaching that of a new Civic. It is where plastics are used that remain plasticky in feel. As for the upholstery, they’ve generously laid patches of red and embroidered “sport” on each of front the seats.

To be honest, these effort would have been better put at keeping the Elantra more sedate and let the great engine and tranny do the talking. But as for buttons and functions, the Elantra packs just about every feature drivers demand these days. Yes and wow, It’s even got Apple Carplay support.

DCT

Shifts are precise anywhere, be it at the urban commute or the highway cruise. Dual clutch being dual clutch, there is zero slip and every input feels direct. It is also evident that power isn’t lost in transition. You can bet it’s better than any automatics or CVT cars in its class.

However, unlike the hot GTIs we are all used to, the DCT in the Elantra is a lot more timid. So no pops and bangs here. Steering paddle shifters work and clicks just as well as any proper car these days so no qualms there.

In default the car feels over governed. Whether it is for eco or mechanical sympathy. Surprisingly, At full throttle in default driving mode, the shifts felt more like an automatic. Lacking the sensation of clutch release and re-engagement.

Sport mode is where this DCT really shine. The shifts are actually fast, inspiring when in operation. If they had only tuned the default mode to be somewhere in between sport and default, that’ll be perfect.

Verdict

For the first time, Hyundai’s Sport badges and embroidery aren’t just for show. The Elantra has definitely arrived at a new milestone with its Sport variant. It feels very capable and confidence inspiring at speed. Its talent show at the corners, where it is flat in demeanour and planted at the sweepers.

7-speed DCT is pretty super compared to infuriating CVT in the Civic. With it bolted to Hyundai’s 1.6L Turbo 4 just translates that 200hp far better than they’ve ever achieved with the Veloster. It doesn’t just feel like a simple improvement in power either, this one’s like a different engine, almost.

It’s quite unbelievable how the Elantra has suddenly become a worthy contender in the world of fast saloons, even if it’s not anywhere near perfect. We’re in the early days of performance Hyundais for sure, and the Elantra Sport is a sign of good things to come. Just like early Samsung Galaxy “iPhone alternatives”, very powerful although unrefined. But look where they are now, all ultra sleek and even more desirable than the latest iPhone X

This or CIVIC?

At the end of the day it’s what tempts you. In short, Elantra Sport for performance or Civic Turbo for practicality.

In the Elantra Sport you get a lot more power, pace and smiles per mile trashing every Civic out there. It offers good handling characteristics, quick and direct DCT transmission and hot-hatch like attitude, but very little of anything else. It looks presentable but is in fact decades behind the Civic’s mega-modern everything.

Now why did I term the Civic Turbo practical? Simply because it’s the safer bet being a Honda obviously, where just about every aspect has been refined to perfection, having evolved from when it first began in 1972 into the 10th generation Civic that it is now.

Although it will never be as athletic as the Elantra Sport, the Civic Turbo is far more superior in terms of build and ride quality, and yes, even social standing. So, the choice is yours.

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<p>Well done Hyundai (and Tom for the review), can&#039;t wait for the Stinger to arrive here. It&#039;s very impressive how they went from some boring econobox to a fun daily that you can take it to some twisties after work.</p><p><br /></p><p>I have trauma owning Hyundai but happy they&#039;re not what they used to.</p>
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Well done Hyundai (and Tom for the review), can&#039;t wait for the Stinger to arrive here. It&#039;s very impressive how they went from some boring econobox to a fun daily that you can take it to some twisties after work.</p><p><br /></p><p>I have trauma owning Hyundai but happy they&#039;re not what they used to.
</p><p><br /></p><p>The Stinger will never come to our shores. It&#039;ll kill their Sonata sales</p>
<p>Hyundai top car in Korea, then KIA, Samsung, Daewoo and Ssangyong. Many Hyundai Genesis also with look alike Bentley badge.....lol</p>
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Hyundai top car in Korea, then KIA, Samsung, Daewoo and Ssangyong. Many Hyundai Genesis also with look alike Bentley badge.....lol
</p><p><br /></p><p>Been hearing good things bout Genesis, shame that I barely see any here. S class spec with decent pricing (at least in US market.) </p><p><br /></p><p>The only time I saw a Genesis was once at KLCC back in February.</p>
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The Stinger will never come to our shores. It&#039;ll kill their Sonata sales
</p><p><br /></p><p>You&#039;re right but the test mule was spotted in Malaysia back in April and Paultan even stated, as quoted from Naza Kia, they might bring it if demand is convincing. </p><p><br /></p><p>The Stinger has the powertrain that the Sonata/Optima doesn&#039;t which is another factor. Who knows, they might just introduce the trim with the 3.3 twinturbo powertrain.</p><p><br /></p><p>But then again, the Stinger is a completely different car. It&#039;s rwd with all performance goodies which the Sonata/Optima won&#039;t offer.</p>
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Well done Hyundai (and Tom for the review), can&#039;t wait for the Stinger to arrive here. It&#039;s very impressive how they went from some boring econobox to a fun daily that you can take it to some twisties after work.</p><p><br /></p><p>I have trauma owning Hyundai but happy they&#039;re not what they used to.
</p><p><br /></p><p>Thanks s.marz</p><p><br /></p><p>it&#039;s true, they&#039;re definitely not like what they are used to. Some rethinking needs to be done in the interior department for future releases though</p><p><br /></p><p>
Been hearing good things bout Genesis, shame that I barely see any here. S class spec with decent pricing (at least in US market.) </p><p><br /></p><p>The only time I saw a Genesis was once at KLCC back in February.
</p><p><br /></p><p>you can find one parked in Hyundai Malaysia, Glenmarie</p>
<p>Practical Civic? Let’s quantify that. I assume legroom civic wins? Boot space? How else is it more practical. </p><p><br /></p><p>But seriously what’s with the gaudy red seats, it really does not go well with the exterior design language. I think just black with red piping would have been sufficient. Was it a Hyundai decision or a Sime Darby decision.</p>
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Practical Civic? Let’s quantify that. I assume legroom civic wins? Boot space? How else is it more practical. </p><p><br /></p><p>But seriously what’s with the gaudy red seats, it really does not go well with the exterior design language. I think just black with red piping would have been sufficient. Was it a Hyundai decision or a Sime Darby decision.
</p><p><br /></p><p>I&#039;m guessing it&#039;s sime darby cuz if you actually Google it, most are black interior with red accent/stitching.</p>
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I&#039;m guessing it&#039;s sime darby cuz if you actually Google it, most are black interior with red accent/stitching.
</p><p><br /></p><p>The decision maker should be fired. He may think it is cool, but seriously he don’t understand his target market. Someone paying 130k for this over a Civic or Mazda 3 or even the Jetta wants class. They are not your typical ah beng. Since ah beng would buy the Civic for the VTEC power.</p><p><br /></p><p>Actually they should specifically target Jetta buyers. People who seek value, but at the same time wants refinement. Jetta buyers know they can forget about resale value, thus Hyundai’s key disadvantage is negated. This Elantra can offer that coupled with a warranty and solid support. VW Malaysia is rather weak and vulnerable right now, and it’s best to capitalize on that — emphasizing on Hyundai’s new platform led by none other than Peter Schreyer, and their R&amp;D center out of Germany.</p><p><br /></p><p>Peter sucks at giving presentations, but it’s definitely his baby</p><p><a href="https://youtu.be/cV2V4I27VXE" target="_blank" class="externalLink ProxyLink" data-proxy-href="https://youtu.be/cV2V4I27VXE" rel="nofollow">https://youtu.be/cV2V4I27VXE</a></p><p><br /></p><p>I think this car looks great, better so than the Ketam. But I dread the same look trickling to the entire Hyundai range like how every Audi looks the same. I feel that’s lazy.</p>
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<p>with dct, i think its just a question about when the aftermarket tuner will remap the tcu for brapp brapp shifting mode... :biggrin:</p>
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<p>Looks like a decent car but dreadful red color interior!</p>
<p>Well, Korean are catching up. Electrical and Electronic sales better than the Japs dy....</p>
<p>No steel scandal with Hyundai’s own steel supply. Moreso to buy Hyundai.</p>
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No steel scandal with Hyundai’s own steel supply. Moreso to buy Hyundai.
</p><p><br /></p><p>Own supply, no need report, more dangerous.......hhahhahahhahah:rofl:</p>
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Practical Civic? Let’s quantify that. I assume legroom civic wins? Boot space? How else is it more practical. </p><p><br /></p><p>But seriously what’s with the gaudy red seats, it really does not go well with the exterior design language. I think just black with red piping would have been sufficient. Was it a Hyundai decision or a Sime Darby decision.
</p><p><br /></p><p>Practically everything except the engine and tranny imo, I&#039;m talking looks, size, space, ergonomics, interior, maybe even resale. The Elantra is good, maybe even very good but the trade offs are obvious, plus it being a late release here, means its like a generation behind the Civic. which makes it a difficult choice for the discerning. </p><p><br /></p><p>I have no idea who signed off the red patches to be honest, It may just be an APAC thing though. Will ask Hyundai if it can be opt-off the checklist when I see them next</p>
<p>I’m curious if anybody bought one. Haven’t seen any on the road in Klang Valley. I think it needs a 10 year power train warranty like what they did in the United States.</p><p><br /></p><p>And a 7 years unlimited like Nissan. And they need a sincere marketing team. Not like Kia with their stupid bots. Frankly this car is very competitive. It’s like the Honda of the 90s, powerful, punchy DCT.</p>
<p>Most Malaysian usually think of second hand value first when purchasing a new car. Hyundai have not been great in second hand value, that is why H and T still controls the market here...</p>
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Most Malaysian usually think of second hand value first when purchasing a new car. Hyundai have not been great in second hand value, that is why H and T still controls the market here...
</p><p><br /></p><p>T is slowly becoming irrelevant with H&#039;s aggressive products, pricing and positioning.</p><p><br /></p><p>I think Hyundai, done properly can really do well, as their product is good. It&#039;s a question of reliability, quality and support.</p><p><br /></p><p>I think resale value not that critical, considering there are still people buying VW, lol. People care more about the product.</p>
<p>They are number one in Korea, in fact top 5 are all Korean makes. Really get home support......lol</p>
<p>for instance in factory i worked. Majority H and T. </p><p>Sure got one influence to buy this and that car. Especially those chickidy management staffs. Challenge each other whose car is best value and safe petrol.</p><p>Few even ask me, what is hidden behind my wira front bumper. :banghead:</p>
<p>Shit.</p><p><br /></p><p>I actually like the red seats.</p><p><br /></p><p>:biggrin:</p>
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Shit.</p><p><br /></p><p>I actually like the red seats.</p><p><br /></p><p>:biggrin:
</p><p><br /></p><p>Red lining I like, but not red seats.....lol</p>
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for instance in factory i worked. Majority H and T. </p><p>Sure got one influence to buy this and that car. Especially those chickidy management staffs. Challenge each other whose car is best value and safe petrol.</p><p>Few even ask me, what is hidden behind my wira front bumper. :banghead:
</p><p><br /></p><p>Dare to be difference.....lol:biggrin:</p>
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Shit.</p><p><br /></p><p>I actually like the red seats.</p><p><br /></p><p>:biggrin:
</p><p><br /></p><p>You different. After effects of STD still lingering.</p>
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I’m curious if anybody bought one. Haven’t seen any on the road in Klang Valley. I think it needs a 10 year power train warranty like what they did in the United States.</p><p><br /></p><p>And a 7 years unlimited like Nissan. And they need a sincere marketing team. Not like Kia with their stupid bots. Frankly this car is very competitive. It’s like the Honda of the 90s, powerful, punchy DCT.
</p><p><br /></p><p>Yeah, haven&#039;t seen any on the roads except the demo cars, perhaps it&#039;ll be something like when they launched the ioniq, cos it took quite a while before i saw a few on the road. </p><p><br /></p><p>but you are right about marketing, it&#039;s all they need now to reignite the brand here</p>
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Shit.</p><p><br /></p><p>I actually like the red seats.</p><p><br /></p><p>:biggrin:
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Red lining I like, but not red seats.....lol
</p><p><br /></p><p>Some red seats I like but surely not this! </p><p><br /></p><p>
You different. After effects of STD still lingering.
</p><p><br /></p><p>:rofl: I knew you&#039;re gonna say something like that!</p>
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Yeah, haven&#039;t seen any on the roads except the demo cars, perhaps it&#039;ll be something like when they launched the ioniq, cos it took quite a while before i saw a few on the road. </p><p><br /></p><p>but you are right about marketing, it&#039;s all they need now to reignite the brand here
</p><p><br /></p><p>To be totally honest, they should engage you to do their marketing. </p><p><br /></p><p>Buying a car is usually an emotional decision (although it *should* be objective since it’s a mode of transportation.) Who better to do it than a true and true car guy. Evoke the emotions of a car head in your average Joe and Jane.</p><p><br /></p><p>Irs not just a statistic on a chart.</p><p><br /></p><p>
Some red seats I like but surely not this! </p><p><br /></p><p><br /></p><p><br /></p><p>:rofl: I knew you&#039;re gonna say something like that!
</p><p><br /></p><p><br /></p><p>True ma. :biggrin:</p>
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To be totally honest, they should engage you to do their marketing. </p><p><br /></p><p>Buying a car is usually an emotional decision (although it *should* be objective since it’s a mode of transportation.) Who better to do it than a true and true car guy. Evoke the emotions of a car head in your average Joe and Jane.</p><p><br /></p><p>Irs not just a statistic on a chart.</p><p><br /></p><p>
</p><p><br /></p><p>best thing ive heard in a while, made my weekend you did.</p><p>I shall send in a request soon</p>
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best thing ive heard in a while, made my weekend you did.</p><p>I shall send in a request soon
</p><p><br /></p><p>You should. Seriously. People are passionate about their cars. The ones who aren’t buys Perodua — practically it’s the best mode of transportation — this no longer your target market.</p><p><br /></p><p>I remember how back in the 90s people were so passionate with their B16 Civics. From the “small” VTEC to the “big” VTEC. </p><p><br /></p><p>The next gen would probably be talking about charge times, distance covered etc. since with turbos, hybrids, PHEV, every car is gonna have instant torque anyway.</p><p><br /></p><p>I find many traditional corporates very cute. They see competitors (in this context e.g.) Honda do a successful marketing and they try to emulate, citing that it worked for Honda it should work for us too. Well Hyundai isn’t Honda. You don’t have the approval of “old” car guys who grew up in the 90s.. and that’s evident from the resale value, along with market perception. What works for the current non national sales leader will definitely not work for Hyundai.</p><p><br /></p><p>One marketing did amazingly well of late was by McDonald’s and their ayam goreng crunch ad. Fried chicken has always been a KFC thing. Mcd didn’t copy KFC promoting herbs, spices, and flavor. </p><p><br /></p><p>They just did one thing.. evoke emotion.</p>
<p>I remember Tom and Angelene doing that BMW SUV test drive in Sepang and Tom couldn&#039;t stop raving on about it. </p><p><br /></p><p>Emotionally perhaps it would appeal but realistically it&#039;s for people who can afford to maintain. Buying a car is different from buying fried chicken ixeo. How many times have you heard newbie car owners wanting to buy highly modded or performance cars? That&#039;s suicide but it&#039;s emotion.</p>
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I remember Tom and Angelene doing that BMW SUV test drive in Sepang and Tom couldn&#039;t stop raving on about it. </p><p><br /></p><p>Emotionally perhaps it would appeal but realistically it&#039;s for people who can afford to maintain. Buying a car is different from buying fried chicken ixeo. How many times have you heard newbie car owners wanting to buy highly modded or performance cars? That&#039;s suicide but it&#039;s emotion.
</p><p><br /></p><p>Evoking passion in average Joe and Jane. Thats the takeaway. </p><p>If you compare objectively, Korean brands will forever suffer on resale value, and dismissed as a viable option.</p>
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You should. Seriously. People are passionate about their cars. The ones who aren’t buys Perodua — practically it’s the best mode of transportation — this no longer your target market.</p><p><br /></p><p>I remember how back in the 90s people were so passionate with their B16 Civics. From the “small” VTEC to the “big” VTEC. </p><p><br /></p><p>The next gen would probably be talking about charge times, distance covered etc. since with turbos, hybrids, PHEV, every car is gonna have instant torque anyway.</p><p><br /></p><p>I find many traditional corporates very cute. They see competitors (in this context e.g.) Honda do a successful marketing and they try to emulate, citing that it worked for Honda it should work for us too. Well Hyundai isn’t Honda. You don’t have the approval of “old” car guys who grew up in the 90s.. and that’s evident from the resale value, along with market perception. What works for the current non national sales leader will definitely not work for Hyundai.</p><p><br /></p><p>One marketing did amazingly well of late was by McDonald’s and their ayam goreng crunch ad. Fried chicken has always been a KFC thing. Mcd didn’t copy KFC promoting herbs, spices, and flavor. </p><p><br /></p><p>They just did one thing.. evoke emotion.
</p><p><br /></p><p>totally get what you&#039;re saying, people do purchase based on emotion and reasons could be as simple as peer pressure, being in a certain circle, mid-life-crisis and so on. It&#039;s a lot like fashion.</p><p><br /></p><p>especially for these new breed of hot hyundais, they definitely need an introduction </p><p><br /></p><p>
I remember Tom and Angelene doing that BMW SUV test drive in Sepang and Tom couldn&#039;t stop raving on about it. </p><p><br /></p><p>Emotionally perhaps it would appeal but realistically it&#039;s for people who can afford to maintain. Buying a car is different from buying fried chicken ixeo. How many times have you heard newbie car owners wanting to buy highly modded or performance cars? That&#039;s suicide but it&#039;s emotion.
</p><p><br /></p><p>in this case, I think ixeo&#039;s talking about the Elantra Sport&#039;s need for relevant exposure to relevant buyers so they can find relevant reasons to buy it rather than to go with the mainstream Civic for example. </p><p><br /></p><p>I do like the X5e :)</p>
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totally get what you&#039;re saying, people do purchase based on emotion and reasons could be as simple as peer pressure, being in a certain circle, mid-life-crisis and so on. It&#039;s a lot like fashion.</p><p><br /></p><p>especially for these new <b>breed of hot hyundais, they definitely need an introduction </b></p><p><br /></p><p><br /></p><p><br /></p><p>in this case, I think ixeo&#039;s talking about the <b>Elantra Sport&#039;s need for relevant exposure to relevant buyers</b> so they can find relevant reasons to buy it rather than to go with the mainstream Civic for example. </p><p><br /></p><p>I do like the X5e :)
</p><p><br /></p><p>Wow you nailed it very well. </p><p><br /></p><p>Honda Civic: We&#039;re great</p><p>Hyundai Elantra Sport: We&#039;re better than great</p><p><br /></p><p>Nope, that&#039;s not gotta work. That would be like McDonald&#039;s going head to head vs KFC for fried chicken.</p>
<p>Suddenly feel hungry KFC vs ayam Goreng mcd. Hahaha</p><p>Buying car need commitment, mod car need passion. </p><p>If jump into bandwagon, just buy any car to make some one a$$ feel better. </p><p>Be brave with the car of own choice n feel no regret.</p>
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Suddenly feel hungry KFC vs ayam Goreng mcd. Hahaha</p><p>Buying car need commitment, mod car need passion. </p><p>If jump into bandwagon, just buy any car to make some one a$$ feel better. </p><p>Be brave with the car of own choice n feel no regret.
</p><p><br /></p><p>You might need to look at buying a new car if the old car end of life bill goes ahead......lol:rofl:</p>
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Suddenly feel hungry KFC vs ayam Goreng mcd. Hahaha</p><p>Buying car need commitment, mod car need passion. </p><p>If jump into bandwagon, just buy any car to make some one a$$ feel better. </p><p>Be brave with the car of own choice n feel no regret.
</p><p><br /></p><p>So how? Chicken meet? Sounds like a plan. Only question is KFC or Mcd</p>
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So how? Chicken meet? Sounds like a plan. Only question is KFC or Mcd
</p><p><br /></p><p>Got Texas also now....hhahhahah</p><p><br /></p><p>Bro. sweelt got to come down from Penang if need to meet up......lol:rofl:</p>
<p>Hahaha, I reach KL eat chicken bone....</p>
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You might need to look at buying a new car if the old car end of life bill goes ahead......lol:rofl:
</p><p><br /></p><p>So many times hear this policy. This time sound so convincing. </p><p>Can provide world class public transport ? G wiling to scrap off import tax, excise duty ? Importing performance parts with no tax ? :smokin:</p><p>Starting to love the pull...what a nightmare if really happen.:banghead:</p>
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So many times hear this policy. This time sound so convincing. </p><p>Can provide world class public transport ? G wiling to scrap off import tax, excise duty ? Importing performance parts with no tax ? :smokin:</p><p>Starting to love the pull...what a nightmare if really happen.:banghead:
</p><p><br /></p><p>Got to wait and see how loh! If it on, well can book new Hyundai Elentra Sports.....hhahahhaha:rofl:</p>
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Wow you nailed it very well. </p><p><br /></p><p>Honda Civic: We&#039;re great</p><p>Hyundai Elantra Sport: We&#039;re better than great</p><p><br /></p><p>Nope, that&#039;s not gotta work. That would be like McDonald&#039;s going head to head vs KFC for fried chicken.
</p><p><br /></p><p>No, it&#039;ll probably never replace the Civic, not this soon at least so the angle&#039;s gonna be something like:</p><p><br /></p><p>Honda Civic: We&#039;re really great</p><p>Hyundai Elantra Sport: Made for drivers</p>
<p>Saw an Optima GT the other day. Still no Elantra Sport. I think the Optima GT will face a stiff fight from the 2018 Accord. Looks like Honda is really winning the battle with cars masses want.</p>
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Saw an Optima GT the other day. Still no Elantra Sport. I think the Optima GT will face a stiff fight from the 2018 Accord. Looks like Honda is really winning the battle with cars masses want.
</p><p><br /></p><p>I saw the Elantra Sport yesterday at my condo lobby, dark color can&#039;t tell if it&#039;s black or grey or dark blue...</p>
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I saw the Elantra Sport yesterday at my condo lobby, dark color can&#039;t tell if it&#039;s black or grey or dark blue...
</p><p><br /></p><p>Hahaha leave a note for him... &quot;great choice of car, ugly seats tho&quot;</p>
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<p>Saw a lot of these during a recent trip to Singapore, which I thought was odd since I haven&#039;t seen one here on our shores. I thought it wasn&#039;t launched yet but apparently it was so I guess Civic is running away with the market again, which is a shame. </p><p><br /></p><p>Love the look of exterior. Properly sporty without having to shout it out with silly vents and bulge (rather rice &#039;Turbo&#039; badge notwithstanding). </p><p><br /></p><p>But that interior though...what.the.hell...red seats!? :confused:</p><p><br /></p><p>If I was in the market, I would still buy one over a Civic and source second hand Recaros immediately after..lol</p>
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Saw a lot of these during a recent trip to Singapore, which I thought was odd since I haven&#039;t seen one here on our shores. I thought it wasn&#039;t launched yet but apparently it was so I guess Civic is running away with the market again, which is a shame. </p><p><br /></p><p>Love the look of exterior. Properly sporty without having to shout it out with silly vents and bulge (rather rice &#039;Turbo&#039; badge notwithstanding). </p><p><br /></p><p>But that interior though...what.the.hell...red seats!? :confused:</p><p><br /></p><p>If I was in the market, I would still buy one over a Civic and source second hand Recaros immediately after..lol
</p><p><br /></p><p>Not sure if the airbags are in the seats.... if yes... no Recaros..</p>
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Saw a lot of these during a recent trip to Singapore, which I thought was odd since I haven&#039;t seen one here on our shores. I thought it wasn&#039;t launched yet but apparently it was so I guess Civic is running away with the market again, which is a shame. </p><p><br /></p><p>Love the look of exterior. Properly sporty without having to shout it out with silly vents and bulge (rather rice &#039;Turbo&#039; badge notwithstanding). </p><p><br /></p><p>But that interior though...what.the.hell...red seats!? :confused:</p><p><br /></p><p>If I was in the market, I would still buy one over a Civic and source second hand Recaros immediately after..lol
</p><p><br /></p><p>Now, swapping the seats out for Recaro does sweeten the deal</p><p>Interesting proposition indeed</p><p><br /></p><p>
Not sure if the airbags are in the seats.... if yes... no Recaros..
</p><p><br /></p><p>Looks like it is, although this photo is from the Hyundai Canada. </p><p><br /></p><p><img src="https://www.hyundaicanada.com/-/media/hyundai/showroom/2018/elantra-sport/featuregrid/safety/desktop/thumbs/img_008.jpg" class="bbCodeImage wysiwygImage" alt="" unselectable="on" /></p>
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<p>Same car spotted again this morning, sorry for the bad angle was rushing. </p><p><br /></p><p>Saw an orange Fiesta ST otw out too but couldn&#039;t get a pic.</p>
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Same car spotted again this morning, sorry for the bad angle was rushing. </p><p><br /></p><p>Saw an orange Fiesta ST otw out too but couldn&#039;t get a pic.
</p><p><br /></p><p>car is nice, but...</p><p>i more interested to the surrounding. look so cool and green....</p>
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car is nice, but...</p><p>i more interested to the surrounding. look so cool and green....
</p><p><br /></p><p>Hehe well Green IS part of them name. :biggrin:</p>
<p>Nice area. That shade of red looks nice on it. But I dread the seats. lol</p>
<p>is there any aftermarket parts for this car? :smokin:</p>
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car is nice, but...</p><p>i more interested to the surrounding. look so cool and green....
</p><p><br /></p><p>Yah! first picture already like very well kept area......lol:driver:</p>
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Nice area. That shade of red looks nice on it. But I dread the seats. lol
</p><p><br /></p><p>Maybe the red seat on red car won&#039;t look too awful......lol:driver:</p>
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<p>I would prefer 2017 Hyundai Elantra.</p><p><br /></p><p>Not Just New, but Better – hints the Hyundai Elantra ad, and it’s not too off the mark.</p>
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I would prefer 2017 Hyundai Elantra.</p><p><br /></p><p>Not Just New, but Better – hints the Hyundai Elantra ad, and it’s not too off the mark.
</p><p><br /></p><p>Prefer it over what? New?Its technically an older car than the Civic. Better than what? My poop? What mark? My skid mark on my stained underwear?</p>
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is there any aftermarket parts for this car? :smokin:
</p><p><br /></p><p>pretty sure ecu flash maps are available by now</p>
<p>so I just took the Elantra Sport again for the weekend guy, ask me anything you ned to know</p>
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so I just took the Elantra Sport again for the weekend guy, ask me anything you ned to know
</p><p><br /></p><p>Did you cringe every time you get in the car in those hot red seats?</p>
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Did you cringe every time you get in the car in those hot red seats?
</p><p><br /></p><p>Well, after a while it&#039;s possible to ignore the reds. One just opens the door and jump right in. I still feel entertained by the power and tranny whenever I drive it. I am still slightly affected by its build quality. Overall drive experience I would prefer the Civic Turbo</p>
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Well, after a while it&#039;s possible to ignore the reds. One just opens the door and jump right in. I still feel entertained by the power and tranny whenever I drive it. I am still slightly affected by its build quality. Overall drive experience I would prefer the Civic Turbo
</p><p><br /></p><p>The last sentence says it all......lol:driver:</p>
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The last sentence says it all......lol:driver:
</p><p><br /></p><p>yeah, the civic just feels so much more perfected all round. </p><p>To be honest, after driving a certain car for a certain period, you start to pay attention to the little details</p>
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yeah, the civic just feels so much more perfected all round. </p><p>To be honest, after driving a certain car for a certain period, you start to pay attention to the little details
</p><p><br /></p><p>You don’t feel the overall ambience of the Civic plasticky and cheap feeling? A Mazda 3 cabin feels more premium than the civic. I’ve never sat in the Elantra before so can’t comment.</p>
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You don’t feel the overall ambience of the Civic plasticky and cheap feeling? A Mazda 3 cabin feels more premium than the civic. I’ve never sat in the Elantra before so can’t comment.
</p><p><br /></p><p>Honestly? I don&#039;t think the interior of the Civic feels cheap in any way, certainly not premium but definitely nothing really negative, for me at least. No doubt there are plenty of plastics used, as long as the execution and choice of textures are well thought of, I think its all that matters</p><p><br /></p><p>I&#039;m quite happy with the ergonomics and overall design of the cockpit. Most of all, I like how it feels almost futuristic inside</p><p><br /></p><p>at least, it&#039;s what I felt during my 4 day duration with it</p><p><br /></p><p>you don&#039;t think so?</p>
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