The surprising thing about Hyundai's new Elantra Touring model is that it is not an Elantra at all. In fact, it is based on the Korean manufacturer's European i30 model and has it's own unique platform.
Other European inspired traits include the vehicle's driving dynamics, incredible interior space (despite being shorter in length than the sedan), as well as the obvious wagon design.
On the aesthetic side, the Elantra Touring has a nice profile and a front end that features projector headlights. Arguably the car's best angle is from the rear, thanks to its Volvo-esque taillights.
The interior is equally impressive with a classy new design, excellent build quality and better-than-expected materials. The seat fabric is high quality and the Touring features Hyundai's new blue backlighting. Overall, the interior trim is close in line to the Mazda3 (a main competitor) and far above other class rivals like the Caliber, Matrix or Vibe.
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