|If you think the Elantra Touring has European good looks, you're right; it's Korean built, but German designed. (Photo: Canadian Auto Press)|
Perhaps my shift in opinion comes from the practicality a five-door has to offer in regards to moving people (or stuff!) in and out of the vehicle, or the generous amount of cargo room in both the rear seats and trunk. Or perhaps it's because I'm more environmentally and financially conscious than I used to be and would rather use less and pay less in fuel to operate a vehicle. Partly I think the shift in my opinion is because car manufacturers are now making cool, desirable and super sporty five-doors that not only look good but drive well, and turn the occasional head! I'm so vain.
Hyundai hasn't offered a five-door hatchback/wagon since its GT model in 2006, but the hiatus is over and it was worth the wait. For the 2009 model year, we now have the all-new Elantra Touring (in other markets, it's known as the i30) to grace the streets. And graceful it is. The German-designed, but South Korean-built Touring definitely combines the best of both worlds. Its classy exterior combines clean lines with pleasing curves and its spacious cabin is nicely detailed and very roomy. The fit, finish and overall quality of the Touring is nothing less than I would have expected from Hyundai; it is superb.
All Touring models from the base L to the top-of-the-line GL with the Sport Package share the same 2.0L, 16-valve, DOHC, 4-cylinder engine which produces 138 horsepower and 136 lb-ft of torque. <Read More>