• Jul 29, 2011
Cloth, leather, Alcantara and that weird netting on the dashboards of some Chevrolet Cruze sedans are all examples of the varied materials employed to build the interior spaces of modern automobiles. Hyundai is exploring new ways to bring the passenger cabin together, and the newest item at the Korean automaker's disposal is volcanic rock.

Hyundai wanted to add a bit more luxury to the passenger space of its newest models. The Elantra and Accent both needed fabric-wrapped A-pillars to up the class quotient inside, but that would have raised the customer's purchase price. Alternatives were sought and engineers concocted a blend of plastic resin, fibrous material and volcanic rock. The end result is a plastic material that provides the look and feel of being wrapped in cloth, with the apparent cost savings that come from stuff belched forth from the Earth's underground.


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      zool
      • 3 Years Ago
      ITS AN ELANTRA! Base GLS!
      Alex Rodriguez MacFa
      • 3 Years Ago
      So, the Elantra is build in the US, the Jetta in Mexico, the elantra has upscale interior, the Jetta hard plastics. Why on Earth is the Jetta (both fully loaded) is $1200 more than the Elantra???
      • 3 Years Ago
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        Evan
        • 3 Years Ago
        It looks better than your 1986 Cavalier RS interior though.
        bscmth
        • 3 Years Ago
        You are right. It does have some of that look. I just couldn't place it. I am actually a fan of the new Elantra's exterior, but the interior comes up a little short compared to others.
      • 3 Years Ago
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        4 String
        • 3 Years Ago
        No vwfailsagain is pretty much spot on most of the time. VW does fail. They're trying to do what Toyota did back in the 2000s to overtake everyone else, but they're getting too carried away with the lowering build quality part.
        Mundotaku
        • 3 Years Ago
        and GM's Aveo wishes that the plastic was Fisher Price quality.
        Lachmund
        • 3 Years Ago
        vwfailsagain fails again
        jboogiezx6
        • 3 Years Ago
        did vw take your lunch money?
      Brand X
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wow, very confusing elements, all those grouped up buttons are tiny, terribly illuminated, and force you to take your eyes off the road just in order to find what you are looking for. Try finding something quickly at night, it's a disaster and actually very hard to do. Why such a small screen for audio and climate reading? Where's the wiggle room for your knee's? not there. Looks like one cup holder (not even adjustable, and the bottle holders are way down near your feet, very bad layout and ergonomically inferior to many other brands. Did you try using the arm rests on the doors? You slip into the seat area. it may look cool to some of you, but the practicality and real life accessibility issues are severely poor.
        NightFlight
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Brand X
        You've never even been inside of an Elantra, guy. 1. There really aren't that many buttons at all. 14 for the radio, and far less for the climate control. That rivals what the Corolla has which is the most simple vehicle on the planet. 2. There is NO screen for the climate control, so you have no idea what you are talking about there. 3. There are TWO cup holders, not one as you are implying. 4. Show me another vehicle where the bottle holders aren't at the forward section of the door panel by your feet. 5. The armrests where you PLACE YOUR ARMS isn't angled. Stop being a troll, you aren't even a good troll.
        arumage
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Brand X
        I think the camera shot is causing some of your confusion. The layout in the Elantra is very intuitive. The screens aren't smaller than most other cars in the class. There's much more knee room than in a Focus. There are two cup holders, and I didn't think the armrests were bad at all.
          arumage
          • 3 Years Ago
          @arumage
          Wow, lots of haters today. Those Internet test drives must give you all more information than a real one.
      TOGO
      • 3 Years Ago
      Volcanic Rock, big deal? How about something really ground breaking like industrial waste or recycled water bottles.
        Synthono
        • 3 Years Ago
        @TOGO
        Everyone already uses recycled water bottles - not just for interiors, but for bumpers and trim pieces as well - so it's not interesting anymore.
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      Alex Rodriguez MacFa
      • 3 Years Ago
      Can someone just tell me why VW (the trend setter for upscale interiors) just went backwards with the Jetta??
        4 String
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Alex Rodriguez MacFa
        There has to be a better way to lower cost than what VW did. I mean, the Elantra has better materials at a cheaper price point. What is going on???? Sheesh.
        dcollins
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Alex Rodriguez MacFa
        To lower the base price of the Jetta. You may not agree with the decision, but the reasoning behind it is obvious.
      savvybuyer
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wish they'd spent the resources on improving the quality of their "leather" upholstery instead. I like the looks of all the new Hyundai interiors, but every time I sit in one I am repulsed by the most plasticky, rubbery leather I've seen in any car. It even has some sort of golf ball dimple-like pattern to it. I'm talking about the Sonata and Elantra. Complete turn-off to the point of being a deal-breaker for me. Their cloths are really cheap, too.
        gabacell
        • 3 Years Ago
        @savvybuyer
        My wife has a 2007 Santa Fe limited with the leather interior. There's nothing wrong with the leather. We have used and abused the vehicle, now with nearly 200k miles. The leather has held up very well. The plastics haven't held up as well to the abuse, but the vehicle has performed quite well and better than anything else I had owned previously. I just purchased a 2012 Accent and like the cloth interior a lot. It is the most comfortable of the subcompacts I tried and much better than the Fiesta. We will be looking to replace the Santa Fe in the not too distant future for a 7 passenger Veracruz as the Santa Fe is a bit too small for us. The current Veracruz has a very nice interior also and much nicer than my son's Toyota Tacoma's leather interior. I sat in the Sonata 2.0T also with the leather interior and found it fairly pleasing. I opted for the Accent instead for its superior fuel mileage and cost savings, figuring I would put the extra money into replacing my wife's Santa Fe for a Veracruz instead. For the record, I quite like the cloth interior of my new Accent. It doesn't in any way feel as cheap as what is in the Fiesta or the Civic for that matter. It's better than anything else in it's class, including the Fit, Yaris, Mazda2 and Versa. And I am averaging nearly 46 mpg, admittedly mostly highway miles. I am loving the car to say the least.
      • 3 Years Ago
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        Yakapo
        • 3 Years Ago
        The nasty new car smell in the Elantra gave me a headache that lasted for hours. Japan regulated the amount of chemical outgassing from new cars several years ago. Korea obviously has no such regulations at this time. Too bad b/c my wife and I really liked the 6 speed manual elantra.
      Brex
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm guessing the guys who maintain those injection molds are not too happy about volcanic rock being used. Possibly why it's only 0.5%.
      BG
      • 3 Years Ago
      Is that a manual transmission shifter in the picture above? It's a bit hard to tell. If so, good for Hyundai. Advertisements for the US market are usually dumbed down and shown with an automatic.
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