The Hyundai Elantra made waves thanks to its new futuristic design language in the previous update, wherein the brand refreshed it to look more edgy and stylish than ever. Apparently, the Korean car-maker extended its “Wow” factor all the way into the cabin which relentlessly keeps you at the edge of your seats. The 2022 Elantra is carried forward unchanged from its previous iteration but still packs enough features to keep it in the race for the prime compact sedan. Moreover, an all new Elantra N variant is expected to join the lineup later this year.
2022 Hyundai Elantra is available at an introductory price of $19,850 for the base SE trim. It is available in three trim levels and two performance variants- N-Line and N editions. 2022 Elantra rivals the likes of Honda Civic, Toyota Corolla and its corporate cousin, the Kia Forte. Still, the Elantra manages to hold its head high with the help of intricate comfort features.
2022 Hyundai Elantra Interior Design, Dimensions, and Comfort
As fashionable as the 2022 Elantra looks in terms of exterior design and styling, this Korean sedan exceeds expectations when it comes to the interior, especially given its affordable price tag. The intelligently laid dashboard and quality materials impart a priceless elegance to the cabin. However, the door panels and consoles loaded with hard plastics impart a sense of low-cost execution. Hyundai has given three color themes for the cabin - a sporty black, a scintillating silver, and a combination of black and beige. The infotainment unit is also on point given its price tag. For added comfort and convenience, you also get a dual-zone automatic control unit and leather-wrapped steering wheel as you move up the trim ladder.
Coming to the seats, as standard, you get manually adjustable front seats wrapped in cloth upholstery. However, you can upgrade to a power-adjustable driver’s seat and also genuine leather upholstery. You can also get heated front seats as standard with the Limited trim. The seats are sufficiently large with almost perfect contouring to help support long journeys. Meanwhile, the rear bench is wide and well-cushioned with three adjustable head-restraints. That being said, Elantra’s rear row is the largest in the segment. Moreover, outward front visibility is good but rear visibility is a bit compromised owing to the sharp downward roofline.
2022 Hyundai Elantra
2022 Honda Civic
2022 Toyota Corolla
2022 Kia Forte
Interior Passenger Volume (ft³)
Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)
Rear Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)
As it turns out, the 2022 Elantra is the largest car here, at least in terms of interior passenger volume, followed by the Honda Civic. On the contrary, the 2022 Corolla is the smallest. Elantra also offers a more balanced cabin space with plenty of legroom in the rear row. Its corporate cousin, Kia Forte on the other hand, looks like it has traded the interior passenger space for extra cargo capacity.
2022 Hyundai Elantra Infotainment
Tech is one aspect you can count upon in a Hyundai car. For starters, the list of features onboard the 2022 Elantra begins with an 8.0-inch touchscreen display and an analog instrument cluster. Limited trim upgrades that to a 10.25-inch high-resolution touchscreen display and a 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster. The base infotainment unit is responsive and the UI is intuitive. It also comes with standard wireless Android Auto and Apple Carplay. However, the larger infotainment unit offers wired Android Auto and Apple Carplay.
Blue Link Connected Care & Remote Package is available only on the SEL and N-Line trims. On the other hand, the higher trims throw a wireless phone charger and Dynamic Voice Recognition. The brand also provides a feature known as Hyundai Digital Key that unlocks a few connected-car operations. For your music needs, you get a 4-speaker stereo as standard but you can upgrade that to an 8-speaker Bose premium audio system, including a center channel and subwoofer.
Key Infotainment Features
8-inch touch screen display w/ wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
10.25-inch touch screen display w/ wired Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
10.25-inch digital instrument cluster
SiriusXM satellite radio
Wireless device charging
8-speaker Bose premium audio system
BlueLink Connected Care and Remote package
2022 Hyundai Elantra Cargo Capacity
Even though the 2022 Elantra looks significantly longer, there is only a small part of it reserved for the cargo hold. In simple words, the Elantra opens up about 14.2 cubic feet of cargo space for your luggage. At first, this figure may deceive you for impracticality, but the low lying load lip and a wide cargo opening means you can pack more than enough for your weekend getaways.
The rear seats can also be folded in 60/40 splits for increased cargo space. However, it is optional. The base trim comes with fixed rear seats.
2022 Hyundai Elantra
2022 Honda Civic
2022 Toyota Corolla
2022 Kia Forte
Standard Cargo Capacity (ft³)
Maximum Cargo Capacity (ft³)
What the Elantra gains inside the cabin, it loses in the boot. The cargo space is far smaller than its Korean counterpart, the 2022 Kia Forte. Honda Civic manages to offer a balance between interior passenger space as well as cargo space.
Additional Interior Storage Spaces
Hyundai extends a decent sense of practicality inside the cabin as well. To begin with, the dash is equipped with a large glove compartment, which can carry more than just your documents. The center console which houses the transmission controls also consists of a small cubby to accommodate your smartphones. Just behind the transmission, you can also find two cup holders and a small storage unit hidden under the center armrest. The doors come with one cup-holder each.
2022 Hyundai Elantra Creature Comforts
Hyundai’s emphasis on convenience is quite discernible. As standard, you get 6-way manual driver seat, 4-way manual front passenger seat, cloth upholstery, single zone climate control and remote keyless entry in the base SE trim. Opting for the SEL trim adds very little to the features list like proximity keyless entry, push-button start, and dual-zone automatic climate control. However, it unlocks the Convenience package and Premium package.
The Limited trim comes standard with 60/40 rear split folding seats, genuine leather upholstery, interior ambient lighting, leather wrapped steering wheel. Moreover, the contents of the Convenience and Premium package are made standard on the top trim which include heated side mirrors, heated front seats, power-adjustable driver's seat and sunroof.
In the context of the game, comfort is all that matters here, and one must say that the 2022 Hyundai Elantra scores enough on that front. There is plenty of room and the nicely contoured seats ensure sufficient comfort on long rides. Moreover, at this price point, the 2022 Elantra packs plenty in terms of infotainment features to keep you from being bored in traffic. Although, it still has some shortcomings like opting for the Limited trim means you would miss out on wireless smartphone connectivity available in the base trim; an odd combination perhaps. Overall, the 2022 Hyundai Elantra’s interior is pretty decked for the price tag.