My history with Hyundais has taught me that South Korean creations are comfortable, economical and as thrilling to operate as a toaster. This has always irked me, because while competitors have sprinkled sportiness into their lineup to great effect, Hyundai has curiously held back the fun factor.
All that has changed with the heavily refreshed 2017 Elantra. While Eco mode feels slow and conservative, Sport mode sharpens the steering and throttle response, and this sensible sedan becomes a capable go-kart.
Design inside and out is distinctly German: clean, simple and smart. Finally we have a brilliant and fun Hyundai.