What Car? says

2 out of 5 stars

For It's cheap, well equipped and some are still covered by the five-year warranty

Against It has old-school looks, mediocre refinement, weak handling and modest space

Verdict It's very cheap, but most rivals are better to drive and more spacious

Go for… GSi cars

Avoid… None

Hyundai Elantra Hatchback
  • 1. Meticulously maintained, immaculate cars shouldn't be too hard to find. If the car's in merely average nick, keep looking
  • 2. Avoid cars with uneven tyre wear and those that don't drive straight, as the suspension could be damaged
  • 3. Check the air-con blows cold - it's potentially expensive to fix if it doesn't
  • 4. Ensure the engine runs smoothly and is free from knocking noises
  • 5. Boot space isn't great by class standards - many rivals are better
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