• Jan 23, 2008
Click image for gallery of the 2009 Hyundai Elantra Touring

The eye-searing Hyundai Elantra Touring "Beach Cruiser" Concept that appeared at last year's SEMA was the first real look we had at Hyundai's new US-bound station wagon. Since then, we've been interested in seeing what it looks like in non-Phoenix Suns colors augmented with a tribal tattoo pattern. Today, we get our wish.

Hyundai Elantra TouringHyundai has officially unveiled the 2009 Elantra Touring at the Montreal International Auto Show, giving us a proper look at the car we can expect to see in showrooms a little later this year. Sold in Europe as the i30 CW, the Elantra Touring is a handsome small wagon with a nicely-detailed interior. The instrumentation and switchgear look like quality stuff, leather's optional, and it has both USB and AUX ports for iPod compatibility. Power comes from a 2.0L four-banger making 141 horses mated to a five-speed manual or an optional 4-speed automatic. Exterior accents include subtle brightwork on the front and rear bumpers, available 17" wheels, and wraparound headlamps. In all, the Elantra Touring looks like a practical, appealing package. Pricing hasn't been announced yet, but we expect it to be very competitive, in keeping with Hyundai's value-oriented approach.

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      • 7 Years Ago
      Like the looks of it. Back end reminds me of the Volvo V50, which is not a bad thing, and the interior is nice. Looks like it is a 6 spd manual in that interior pic! Nice touch with the adjustable headlights also. Must have HID's! Cool!
        • 7 Years Ago
        Pic likely shows the Euro-spec 2.0 diesel, which is available with a 6-speed manual.
        • 7 Years Ago
        The USA will not get all the goodies. Wait for the US spec interior shots. Exterior of the red car is Euro, the champaign colored car is the US version. No side turn signals on the mirrors.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Looks very boring! they took elements from any other bland vehicle that exists in this world and created the Elantra.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I guess Honda, Toyota and Chevy (until the new Malibu) weren't known for making bland-looking vehicles - lol!
      • 7 Years Ago
      I must say, I kinda like it. The front end resembles the Mazda3, and that's a good thing. The side view is a little less interesting, I think because the rear glass is so upright. But that adds practicality and useful cargo space, which is why you're buying a wagon after all, right? This really is more of a "wagon" than a "5-door". Cool.
      • 7 Years Ago
      This one looks good and the interior looks pretty well done for its class. Now if only we can get the turbo-4 there putting into the Genesis Coupe...
      • 7 Years Ago
      I like it a lot actually.Much better than the current Elantra The only thing i really really do not like is the little chrome strip on the front and rear bumper.
      • 7 Years Ago
      At first I thought, "Nice interior!"

      And then, I realized, it's just a ripoff of the G35 interior.

      I really shouldn't be surprised.
        • 7 Years Ago
        looks more like they ripped off the tsx. the button placement on the steering wheel is exactly the same. I guess it's cheaper to copy someone else's idea than to do ergonomic research yourself.
        Peace
        • 7 Years Ago
        the car's interior isnt a ripp off of the g it was made before they even came out with the new design
      • 7 Years Ago
      Not a bad looking car, but it bears little resemblance to the Elantra sedan.
        • 7 Years Ago
        and thats a good thing. the current elantra does nothing for with those wave creases on the side. totally out of the design language on the sonata and tiburon.

        this looks much better.
        • 7 Years Ago
        That´s because it´s an Euro Hyundai i30 wagon and it does not have nothing to do with an Elantra.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Hyundai i30/Elantra Touring EuroNCAP Frontal crash test

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M3UtuIyo-YY

        The elantra gained 33 points in total (A car needs 33 points to gain 5 star EuroNCAP status), but it got four-star ratings instead for some odd reasons ;()
      • 7 Years Ago
      Big thumbs up on the jazzy interior, big thumbs down on the cartonish exterior. Comparo vs. Matrix XRS, please?
      • 7 Years Ago
      I like this car, although it has a volvo c30 feel to it I still like it. Hyundai continues to impress with each new car it release's.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Starts as the Mazda3, the middle is a Matrix, and the end is the previous gen Punto. Not very original, and the headlamps are fugly.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Why aren't you posting the Pontiac Wave?
        • 7 Years Ago
        Yes, yes. You own a Wave. WE GET IT.
      • 7 Years Ago
      'they did rip off the grill and overall front end design of the 06-07 Accord'

      Well before you go making such assertive assumptions you should research the Elantra's design history as this grill was used on the early 1990's Elantra. So, now, who ripped off what grill?
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