Comparo: 2009 Hyundai Elantra vs. 2009 Kia Spectra

Posted on 19. Nov, 2008 by in Auto News

In the last decade or so, Hyundai, it would be fun to design things that want to buy cars, the people. In the process, earned the Korean automaker Kia fight brother. As expected, the company offers the now essential in any current model car range: the affordable, fuel-efficient small cars. In fact, American buyers can choose between hunting in this market segment Hyundai Hyundai Elantra and Kia Spectra. It is a distinction without a difference, from the not-so-great tradition of General Motors? Let us take a look at each individual model brochures …

The Elantra brochure is surprisingly clear, printed on premium paper and tied with a real binding. The Spectra brochure is only standard-gloss paper with two staples. The Elantra brochure is full of "black pearl", "captivating" and white "Quicksilver" Elantras posing in front of the fountain and the jewel-like ride through urban landscapes. The Spectra brochure has. "Sparks" blue and "spicy" red race car on winding roads between keggers and climbing walls Obviously, the Elantra is the type of people who share options have to do, while the Spectra specify the type of people who have access to social life, is aligned. But the reality is the marketing dream match?

The Spectra tears his hipster sees a much greater extent than the Elantra pulls off the Lexus thing. Neither car takes any kind of opportunities that it almost succeeds Spectra well in this simple and clean way that makes a Cobalt Coupe acceptable. The Elantra, sorry to miss the point. Sure, it has smooth curves and little accents and complex headlights and all that jazz. But while the car tried to emulate some of the Elantra looks sleek and feminine, the Elantra also comes across as heavy and clumsy. The Elantra is hang the ill-fitting designer knockoff Hyundai closet next to the Spectra jeans.

The socially-awkward manager-in-training and the would-be skater chick show her sisters in their interior. The Spectra, it somehow carries respectable simplicity in the cabin, the feeling just like a Cobalt and look just a little nicer. The switchgear feels … functional, which is intelligently designed controls, the steering wheel (fortunately) deprived keys, and get the plastics not too depressing, until you start chasing them out.

The Elantra, the interior does not write the check to the external tests. Leather may be available, can get the automatic gearstick zigzag through the gates for each selection, and the center console can be an interesting two-step form to have it. But the seats and controls are among Spectratastic. What's craptastic say. The Elantra interior is just close enough to be "premium" for its resemblance to the Spectra jump on you even more.

Engine-wise, the Elantra and Spectra are twins under the skin. The same two-liter four-cylinder engine motoivate both transport facilities, pumping out 138HP at 6,000 rpm and 136 lb-ft of torque at 4500 rpm. Fortunately, the corporate four-cylinder is as delicious as bi bim bop. The engine revs freely produced, quite sufficient thrust, and makes a decent noise higher in the rev range. It is a four-speed automatic is available, but the translations simply do not engage with the engine characteristics. Keep the standard five-speed manual transmission, though, and you will be humming Johnny and the Sprites in the shortest time.

I repeat: Economy Cars need three pedals. The five-speed gearbox Hyundai supply with this engine is a perfect fit with the mission of the car, so you every bit of to utilize the power of the engine when you talented feel and adventurous, while still managing fuel consumption acceptable if you do not. As you've probably guessed, it's better in the Spectra, the SX trim level includes a "sport-tuned" suspension is not on the Elantra, whose knowledge of characteristic seems specifically designed to discourage such a good-natured hoonery. Finding an Elantra with the five-speed on the plot is difficult, which is a shame, since the four-speed automatic trades. All the relative fun of the five-speed in exchange for a marginal increase in fuel efficiency

The standard suspension in both the Elantra and Spectra feel right from the driver's seat, who say they feel a little too soft for the Spectra lively, but not quite plush enough to keep the Elantra, which is premium-car guise. The height of the handle are acceptable to the mission of the car, especially if you consider that amazing body is slender spoil the handling of long before the final understeer kicks in. Hyundai's quality may be on the fast track to the top, but the assessment of their dynamics, the Elantra and Spectra still play the discount game rental.

So here is some truth about cars for you: The Hyundai Elantra is an ugly Kia Spectra that a Grand costs more in exchange for four-wheel ABS, power windows and locks, and an alarm. Assumes no car accelerates, brakes appears or feels superior than anything else in the compact category. The decision between the two is comparable to cross-shopping oatmeal or wallpaper paste brands. Something can be more expensive and have a different package design, but the actual product inside is more or less identical.

If I had to recommend one of these cars someone, I would steer towards the Spectra. It is slightly cheaper and slightly better than the Elantra, and those are the only two worth splitting hairs. If you prefer the styling and the lumpen Blippy key fob that comes with the Elantra, it's only a thousand greenbacks more. This assumes, of course, the Elantra and the spectra of the two vehicles in question.

Undecided, the theoretical economy car buyers operating with a larger lens, I would recommend just about anything else in front of these two vehicles. The Cobalt is a better drive, gets significantly better mileage (in XFE trim) and GM-sale with bargain-bin prices (for sinister reasons, but go there). The Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla both get superior mileage of the Elantra and Spectra, while much better and (in the case of the Civic) sports an inner heads and shoulders above the Koreans. The Mazda 3 loses only the Elantra and Spectra on the price, and all sitting in a 3, is often demanded the premium. Should I continue?

Say anything, there is no truly awful small car is no longer in the U.S. market. However, there is still a draft, and there are cars be found below. And here they are.


Hyundai Elantra