Which used Hyundai Elantra hatchback should I buy?
Earlier cars offer three engines and all have something in their favour.
The 1.6 petrol is quite flexible and offers good fuel economy, while the 2.0 petrol isn't that much thirstier but is a fair bit swifter. The third option is a 2.0 turbodiesel, which is noisier and less refined than the petrols but has far more mid-range pull and better economy - both very welcome in the real world. On later cars, the petrols were dropped from the line-up, so you're looking at diesel only.
We'd go for the practicality of the five-door hatch, but despite having split/fold rear seats, neither three- nor five-door is hugely roomy for a full-sized family car.
All models do well for kit. Even the base Si model has air-con, CD player, electric front windows and remote central locking. The GSi, our choice, ups that further, with alloy wheels, climate control and leather seats.
Hyundai dealers are the place to find a good one, but the classifieds can throw up gems, too.