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We spent a week with the budget-busting Peugeot 2008 - one of the French brand's most important models for 2014. The Peugeot 2008 is a great-looking little crossover which combines efficiency, practicality with a generous helping of affordability. I have a suspicion that this motor is mechanically identical to the Citroen DS4 I drove not so long ago.
There's also cruise control with speed limiter, dual-zone climate control, auto wipers, auto headlamps with daytime-running lights as well as park distance control. The cabin is spacious and there are some funky touches like the blue neon lights surrounding the speedometer and rev counter, the strip lighting in the roof and the ability to customise the vehicle with neon green and pink stickers.
Upon further research, it seems Grip Control is just variations of traction control and not an all-wheel drive system.
If the sales numbers of the Hyundai i30 hatchback and Hyundai Elantra sedan were combined there were periods when this would have been the best selling car in Australia during 2013.
Different names aside, this certainly shows just how far the South Korean manufacturer has moved forward since taking control of Hyundai imports in this country just on ten years ago.
The original shape was impressive, now it's received a mild facelift with new bumper front and rear.
On the downside, the use of the sleek domed roof can cause headroom problems for tall occupants in the back.
Other than in headroom, though, the new Hyundai Elantra has generous interior dimensions, in many of which it comes close to interior volume in cars from the next size class up. Power comes from a slightly revised version of the new generation four-cylinder 1.8-litre engine introduced in June 2011. Hyundai Elantra Series II continues the five-star ANCAP safety rating and achieved by its predecessor. When we tested the first models in this new generation Hyundai Elantra we found the suspension was nicely sporting, but verging on being too firm at times. Elantra Series II has Hyundai's Clever Flex Steer electric-assisted system that lets the driver choose between different levels of feel through the steering wheel. One problem that hasn't been fixed is the lack of visibility caused by Elantra's bulky windscreen pillars.
Hyundai Elantra Series II continues its predecessor's good combination of low price, sleek looks and excellent engines, so should sell well. Use these free images for your websites, art projects, reports, and Powerpoint presentations! The rear view mirror has a built-in 3.5 inch colour LCD to display images from the rear view camera to assist with parking.


More details and information on the ix35 will be available when Frankfurt opens its doors in mid-September. After dabbling for years in the IT industry, Paul Tan initially began this site as a general blog covering various topics of personal interest.
Crossovers are all the rage, and Peugeot's aim is to capitalise on the market by ticking all the boxes. I really liked the design and you can see it has been built from the inside out with practicality and interior comfort playing key roles. I enjoyed that engine as it offered just enough power to make for entertaining drives, but its real forte was economy. Fortunately, my test unit was plain Jane and didn't have the neon green, which may be a bit garish for some.
A dial near the gearstick allows you to select modes like Normal, Sand, Snow and All-Terrain. At R269 900, there's exceptional levels of specification and in reality, I don't think you'll need more toys and features than that. Why has Hyundai chosen to market the hatch and sedan versions of the same car under two different names? There's now a chromed grille (with darker chrome on the Premium than the other models) and chromed beltline moulding, foglights on all three models has given it an even bolder look.
The Premium now has projection-beam headlights with surrounding LED daytime running lights.
As a bonus, the sleek shape results in a coefficient of drag of just 0.28, a very low figure for this class. It produces up to 110 kilowatts of power and 178 Nm of torque.  It's mated to either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic, with the latter having electronic sequential manual mode. Elite and Premium now have the image from the rear-view camera displayed in the conventional manner on the central screen. That has now been rectified and we were impressed not only with the increased comfort, but even more so with the fact the Elantra continues to handle well.
Much of the suspension work, both in its original format and in the revised layout was done in Australia by a team comprising local, British  and South Korean engineers.
If the marketing guys can be persuaded to rename the  Elantra as the Hyundai i30 sedan the total sales of the two bodies could well give Toyota Corolla and Mazda3 a run for their money at the top end of the sales race in Australia. You can watch a movie from the Korean Tucson ix launch after the jump that shows all angles of the car in motion… pretty decent looking! With an increasing number of readers paying rapt attention to the motoring stories, one thing led to another and the rest, as they say, is history.


While there is plenty power for cruising, you're going to land up with strong leg and arm muscles, as you'll be working that gearbox to get the most out of the vehicle. I was quite surprised to see a full LCD touchscreen infotainment system with satellite navigation, Bluetooth connectivity, aux jack and two USB ports. I was quite impressed with the amount of cabin space in the Peugeot 2008 and it's worth noting that high quality materials have been used extensively. It's a very comfortable car and a longer journey in a vehicle with these ride and handling qualities wouldn't result in cramp and sore buttocks. Being a bit of an offroad and 4x4 enthusiast, I headed straight for the nearest dirt section and promptly got stuck. Speaking of traction control and other safety features, it's worth noting the Peugeot 2008 comes standard with a five-star Euro NCAP rating as well as six airbags. New-design 16-inch alloy wheels are used on the mid-spec Elantra Elite, with 17-inch alloys, again to a new style, on the topline Premium.
Inside, the styling of the Elantra is as futuristic as that of the exterior, with interesting shapes to the centre console and instrument binnacle. Similarly, there's not a lot of spare space above the driving seat in Elantra's with a sunroof. It's not all for show, slipping cleanly through the air reduces fuel consumption, as well as wind noise inside the cabin.
It still has the sharp turn in, positive steering that's happy to change direction mid corner, and good feedback that we previously admired.
Unless you move your head about while driving there are going to be occasions when you simply don't see other road users. The car will of course be available with stability control, and a panoramic sunroof helps enhance the interior. An avid electronic gadget aficionado as well as big-time coffee lover, he's also the executive producer of the Driven motoring TV programme. Only with some careful digging and switching the traction control completely off was I able to recover the Peugeot 2008. Standard safety features include: six airbags, ABS brakes with EBD, Electronic Stability Control, Traction Control System (TCS), and a sophisticated Vehicle Stability Management (VSM) system.
We love the way the Hyundai engine sings along at high revs in a manner reminiscent of Italian car engines, but is happy to pull from low rpm.



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