Tips to buy used Hyundai Elantra - which gen for your need?


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Before you step into the auto dealers' shops, you need to re-examine your choice in order to get the best deal. Check below for useful tips when buying used Hyundai Elantra!

Seeing plenty of Hyundai products on Nigerian roads is fast becoming a norm and admittedly, we are fast adjusting to them when it comes to design and affordability. Some might say that it is an automotive proof that everyone actually deserves a second chance. When you take a short trip back to the memory lane, you would agree with us that the earlier versions were considered because of its cheapness and not its performance. Now, Hyundai products are offering lots more than just being affordable. It is now good looking and reliable.

Over the years, there have been five generations of Elantra since it made its first appearance in 1992. Though not overly bad but it will be best to avoid the first and second generation, produced from 1992 to 2000, in any case you are planning on buying used ones in Nigeria. The third, fourth and fifth generation would be taken into consideration in our used Hyundai Elantra buying guide here on Naijauto.

1. Third gen Hyundai Elantra 2001 - 2006

This generation offered a larger and more upscale car in look than the previous ones. The Elantra for 2001 model year was a 4-door sedan which represented a remarkable improvement over the earlier versions. The company got really serious about competing in the international auto market, most especially the US market. The introduction of GEN3 Elantra was a true indication of such unrelenting move by the automaker in its quality build and reliability.


Buying the used version of a recently produced Hyundai Elantra might be costly but totally worth it

The third generation Elantra, which was a front-wheel drive came equipped with a 2.0-liter inline four-cylinder engine with the generative power of 135hp. It featured a 5-speed manual transmission and 4-speed automatic. It had front and side airbags, air conditioning, power locks, power window and power steering as standard equipment. The Elantra for that generation was classified as a midsize car by the EPA because of its spaciousness. In truth, it has always been a compact car.

Hyundai Elantra 3rd Generation

The hatchback model was offered in 2002, which christened Elantra GT. This version promised different features such as leather seats, fog lights, stiffer suspension system, alloy wheels, add-on spoiler and a blue-lit instrument cluster. For the optional features, the GT had a power moonroof, Kenwood MP3/CD audio system and anti-lock brakes. The GT trim was offered to the 4-door sedan in 2003 and the output of the engine was increased to 138hp for all models.

The GT sedan model was in the market till 2005, when it was finally replaced by the 2006 Limited trim package. When you intend to go for the Elantra Limited, you would easily know when you see a 4-door product of Elantra for this particular year with a leather seats, chrome vertical grille, leather steering wheel, wood trim and leather wrapped shifter. Despite the fact that GT sedan was discontinued, the GT hatchback version was continued through the 2006 model year.

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2. Fourth gen Hyundai Elantra 2007 - 2010

Probably you are already thinking of raising your purchase a little bit, you might want to take a quick look at the fourth generation Hyundai Elantra products and see if they really worth your time and money investment.

The basics were already gotten with the third generation products in terms of quality build and reliability by the automakers. The fourth generation took a step further in bringing a remarkable improvement in the overall appearance. This did not deter improvement in other areas such as handling, quality of ride and the interior features. The automaker executed similar 138hps 4-cylinder engine from the previous version on the newer version.


Buying the first generation of Hyundai Elantra is a BIG NO!

The 2007 Hyundai Elantra was unveiled at the New York Sow in 2006 and was offered in GLS, SE and Limited trims. The standard equipment in the GLS included power windows, mirrors, locks and 15-inch steel wheels. Optional features were air-conditioning, stereo and sunroof. Just like we all expected, there were lots more features in the SE, which included alloy wheels of 16-inch, a 6-speaker CD-based stereo with auxiliary input jack and satellite radio, air conditioning, leather-wrapped tilt or telescoping steering wheel with audio control and cruise control.

Leather upholstery and heated front seats were added features in the Limited model. You needed to order heated front seats for the SE model to get the sunroof. For the Limited, you had to order for the 220-watt audio with a compatible MP3 in-dash CD changer.


The fourth generation took a step further in bringing a remarkable improvement in the overall appearance

The automaker offered 5-door wagon version of the Elantra in the United States in 2009 known as Elantra Touring. The 2009 model experienced few changes such as enhanced suspension setting for better ride and handling, and a revised steering tuning.  There were also the presence of newly equipped interior instrument and radio displays, which created ambience in the cabin with a USB/iPod audio jack.

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3. Fifth gen Hyundai Elantra 2011-present

This fifth generation was redesigned for 2011 and offers in abundance, a fluid styling and a very attractive interior design with a capacity to generate 148hps of a 4-cylinder inline engine. It is available in two trim levels such as the GLS and Limited. For the GLS trim, features offered are power accessories, heated mirror, air conditioning, cruise control, Bluetooth and a 6-speaker audio system.

If you are going for the Limited version, you should possibly expect to enjoy standard features such as sunroof, heated front and rear seats, and leather upholstery. Optional features include the navigation, upmarket audio system, keyless entry and start and a rear-view camera.

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Final take

Change itself is the only constant thing in life, the fifth generation of Hyundai Elantra has indeed redefined the approach and perception of car enthusiasts towards the brand. The company is committed to manufacturing world class vehicles. The recent Elantra products designs are capable of sweeping us off our feet. Yet, we cannot deny the usefulness of the robust previous generations. When you carefully read through the generational models of Elantra we handpicked here, you should be able to easily digest the valuable tips to buy used Hyundai Elantra before you finally proceed to our price section for the model year you want.

Remember, before you purchase any automobile product; always do a careful and thorough inspection on the car. Most preferably, go with your trusted auto mechanic for more professional assistance.

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Oluwaseun Adeniji

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Oluwaseun Adeniji is a passionate writer and a poet with special interest in writing about cars. He is a master degree holder in international conflict and management. He enjoys feeding the public with the latest auto gist and well researched car reviews. He is also a strong football lover. So, if Oluwaseun is not writing, expect him to be reading about sports.

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