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06 Jun 2016 | Text by Nigel Yong, Photos by Low Fai Ming
The new and well-appointed Hyundai Elantra 1.6 GLS Elite goes toe-to-toe against segment rivals, the Chevrolet Cruze 1.6 and the Nissan Sylphy 1.6 Premium Signature Series in this family sedan brawl.
The Monetary Authority of Singapore's (MAS) eased car loan guidelines have made the financing of a car easier, and brought crowds to car showrooms. The MAS' new rules encourage those who have been perching on the fence to get one, as the down payment amounts have gone down.
Many of the cars that benefit from this move are motoring staples, like the Chevrolet Cruze 1.6, the new Hyundai Elantra 1.6 GLS Elite and the Nissan Sylphy 1.6 Premium Signature Series.
The newest kid on the block is the new Hyundai Elantra and as we've found out, the car is a superb machine that's priced very reasonably. But does the Elantra shine as bright when grouped alongside the others?
Before car sales boom and the Certificate of Entitlement premiums inevitably rise, here's a test to help you make a more informed decision, should a compact family sedan be next on your wish list.
The Cruze you're looking at has received Chevrolet's latest makeover but not much has changed design-wise. That isn't a bad thing because the Cruze remains a fairly handsome car, characterised by a chunky, muscular body and a bold front end.
Next to the Cruze, the Elantra's balanced proportions and angular creases shines. A sharp, sharking voluminous snout is sporty in comparison to the Cruz and Sylphy, and should seduce younger drivers, in terms of design.
Like the Cruze, the Sylphy is chunky. But, the Sylphy has sharper lines and sexier curves than box-like Cruze. The reason for the Sylphy's fancy image, fancier than the Elantra as well, is the Signature Series kit that it's clothed in.
The Signature Series kit gives the Sylphy a lower, sportier stance and premium-looking touches, which are found on cars more luxurious.