The 2022 Hyundai Elantra's distinctive appearance makes it stick out in traffic, but the compact car it conceals is roomy and useful.

Its interior is decorated in a comparable futuristic style, and a number of high-end features are available, especially on the top-tier trims, to add to the wow factor.

The Elantra maintains its 2021 model year design for model year 2022. This year's Elantra N model is expected to be sporty, however we don't review it here.

The best combination of price and functionality is provided by the midrange SEL variant. We would select the SEL Comfort package, which includes a 10.3-inch electronic gauge display, if it were an option.

The typical non-hybrid powertrain consist of a front-wheel-drive, four-cylinder engine with 147 horsepower, and a CVT. A 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine and an electric motor are used in the hybrid variant to provide 139 horsepower.

The performance-focused Elantra N, which we assess separately, is the most exciting Elantra, but people who can't quite afford that car's price tag may want to try the more subdued N Line variant.

The 2.0-liter four-cylinder Elantra is predicted by the EPA to achieve up to 33 mpg in the city and 43 mpg on the highway by 2022.

1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder models offer ratings of up to 28 mpg in the city and 36 mpg on the interstate.

The interior of the Elantra seems suitably futuristic to match its striking outside. While the passenger side has a more understated style, the dashboard and centre console surround the driver.

From the steering wheel to the passenger-side door panel, a single LED strip runs parallel to the air vent that crosses the dashboard.

Both a secondary 10.3-inch infotainment touchscreen and an available 10.3-inch digital gauge display protrude from of the top of the Elantra's dashboard.

An 8.0-inch centre display and analogue instruments for the display unit make up the typical infotainment arrangement. Here, the newest infotainment system from Hyundai takes centre stage.

By using certain words, the driver can use a language processing capability to operate items like the heated seats and the climate control.