What's Wrong With This Picture: Hyundai Splits The Difference Edition

Edward Niedermeyer
by Edward Niedermeyer

Is it an Elantra? A Sonata? The answer is neither… this is the sedan version of Hyundai’s “Mr Euro” i40, which launched first as a wagon. It’s the “Korea-Passat” that hopes to show up the “Kraut-Passat,” while taking the brand into the entry-premium space that the Passat CC helped define. And it looks every bit as good as you’d hope an Elantra-Sonata mashup might. Meanwhile, Euro-phile car lovers the rest of the world over now get to deal with the strange phenomenon of having to lust over Hyundai’s forbidden European fruit.

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  • Mpresley Mpresley on May 13, 2011

    "And it looks every bit as good as you’d hope an Elantra-Sonata mashup might..." Good looking, eh? If you like driving a car that looks like a cross between a widemouth bass and Ultraman, I guess it could be right up your alley.

  • Buckshot Buckshot on May 14, 2011

    Nice car. It could be my next car.

  • Theflyersfan I guess I should have kept my first ever car which was also a 1987 Nissan. Probably could have sold it for $50,000 by now if I was living in this fantasy world where used up 37 year old Nissans sell for the same price as a new Versa. I wish a link was here so all of us can check out this treasure among junk 200SX. The only way this car is even remotely worth that kind of money is if there are illicit substances hidden somewhere in the frame that, as part of the sale, you have to drive across the border and "make a delivery." Otherwise, get that thing off of my lawn.
  • Sobro Needs moar Roots.
  • RHD Questions? None, no, not really. Interested in some random Hyundai? No, not at all. Yawn.
  • Formula m Alfa-Romeo had the great idea to unveil my all time favourite car at the world expo in Montreal. Never built or Sold in North America. The called it the Alfa Romeo Montreal. Never even sold in North America.