The coupe's cabin has the same design theme as the Elantra sedan, with a distinctive control panel that ties the upper portion of the dashboard together with the center console. Despite the angular design, panel fit and alignment is impressive. The dashboard is made of soft-touch material, but Hyundai's money would have been better spent on the upper door trim — a place where you might want to rest your arm — which is still hard plastic.
Manually adjustable front bucket seats are standard. They aren't overly firm, and they're wide enough that you won't feel the side bolsters most of the time.
The amount of backseat space is a pleasant surprise. From the outside, the coupe's backseat looks tiny and cramped, but it's actually quite roomy and comfortable — even for a 6-foot-1 passenger like me. Of course, it's not as easy to get into the backseat as it is in the Elantra sedan, but the coupe really doesn't give up much to the four-door in terms of comfort, and that's impressive.
The coupe doesn't lose any trunk space compared with the sedan, either, as both measure 14.8 cubic feet. The coupe's standard 60/40-split backseat folds to reveal a large opening between the trunk and passenger area, enhancing cargo-carrying versatility.
As a new model, the Elantra coupe hasn't been crash-tested yet.
Standard safety features include antilock brakes and an electronic stability system , which are required on new vehicles as of the 2012 model year. Also standard are side-impact airbags for the front seats and side curtain airbags. A backup camera is optional.
For a full list of safety features, check out the Features & Specs page, and see how child-safety seats fit with our Car Seat Check.
Elantra Coupe in the Market
Mainstream compact coupes tend to stand in the shadows of their sedan siblings, and both Chevrolet and Ford recently dropped coupe body styles from their compact lineups following redesigns.
Despite U.S. car shoppers' supposed dislike of hatchbacks, the body style has instead gained ground in the compact segment, with new models like the Ford Focus hatch and Elantra GT. Versatility is one of the most appealing aspects of a hatchback, and the Elantra coupe impressed on that front, too, by retaining the sedan's roominess. It represents another solid effort in a new segment for Hyundai.