2018 Ford Fiesta vs. 2018 Hyundai Elantra Sedan

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the Fiesta and the Elantra Sedan have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding and available rear parking sensors.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Ford Fiesta is safer than the Hyundai Elantra Sedan:

 

Fiesta

Elantra Sedan

 

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

Warranty

There are almost 4 times as many Ford dealers as there are Hyundai dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Fiesta’s warranty.

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2017 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Ford vehicles are better in initial quality than Hyundai vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford fourth in initial quality, above the industry average. With 2 more problems per 100 vehicles, Hyundai is ranked 6th.

Fuel Economy and Range

The Fiesta has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Elantra Sedan doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping

The Fiesta stops much shorter than the Elantra Sedan:

 

Fiesta

Elantra Sedan

 

60 to 0 MPH

116 feet

130 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

The Fiesta’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 60 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Elantra Sedan SE/Eco’s standard 65 series tires.

Suspension and Handling

The Fiesta’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The Elantra Sedan doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

The Fiesta’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (59.4% to 40.6%) than the Elantra Sedan’s (61% to 39%). This gives the Fiesta more stable handling and braking.

The Fiesta Titanium Sedan handles at .81 G’s, while the Elantra Sedan Eco pulls only .80 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

Chassis

The Ford Fiesta may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 250 to 500 pounds less than the Hyundai Elantra Sedan.

The Fiesta Sedan is 6.4 inches shorter than the Elantra Sedan, making the Fiesta easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

The Fiesta Sedan has .3 inches more front headroom and 1.4 inches more front legroom than the Elantra Sedan.

Ergonomics

The Fiesta Automatic offers a remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The Elantra Sedan doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The power windows standard on both the Fiesta and the Elantra Sedan have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Fiesta is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The Elantra Sedan prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

The Fiesta SE/Titanium’s available driver’s power window opens or closes with one touch of the window control, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths. The Elantra Sedan’s standard driver’s power window switch has to be held the entire time to close it fully.

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the Fiesta’s available exterior PIN entry system. The Elantra Sedan doesn’t offer an exterior PIN entry system, and its extra cost Blue Link can’t unlock the doors if the vehicle doesn’t have cell phone reception or the driver can’t contact the service.

Bluetooth wireless connectivity is standard on the Fiesta, connecting the driver and passenger’s cell phones to the vehicle systems. This allows them to use the vehicle’s stereo and hand controls to place calls safely and easily. Bluetooth costs extra on the Elantra Sedan.

Economic Advantages

Insurance will cost less for the Fiesta owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Fiesta will cost $600 less than the Elantra Sedan over a five-year period.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Fiesta is less expensive to operate than the Elantra Sedan because it costs $153 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost less on the Fiesta than the Elantra Sedan, including $19 less for front brake pads, $70 less for fuel injection, $48 less for front struts, $41 less for a timing belt/chain and $124 less for a power steering pump.

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