There have been modest price rises across the range, with the base model Active moving up by $400 and the range-topping Premium jumping north of the $30k barrier to rest at $30,190.
The manual model has been dropped for the mid-grade Elite, making the price of entry for that model leap from $23,590 to $26,790 for the Series II.
But though prices have gone up, so has the list of features. Elite and Premium models get sat-nav as standard for the first time, and there's also big revisions to the Elantra's ride and handling courtesy of Hyundai's local tuning program.
Engines and transmissions carry over unchanged, with Hyundai's 1.8 litre port-injected "Nu" engine continuing to see service under the Elantra's bonnet, hooked up to either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic.
Power peaks at 110kW at 6500rpm while torque tops out at 178Nm at 4700rpm, while fuel consumption on the combined cycle is a claimed 6.6 l/100km for the manual Active or 7.1 l/100km for all auto-equipped Elantras.
But while the powertrain remains unchanged, Hyundai Australia's engineers have taken another look at the Elantra's undercarriage for the 2014 model year.
The changes encompass damper rates, sway bar stiffness and tyre compounds, not to mention local tuning of the Elantra Series II's Flex Steer multi-mode electric power steering system - a new addition for 2014.
The result is improved resistance to understeer, better roadholding and keener turn-in response.
The headline change is the addition of an integrated satellite navigation system with 7-inch touchscreen for the Elite and Premium models, but the base model Active doesn't miss out on new equipment either.
New features for the Elantra Series II Active include reverse parking sensors, a chilled glovebox and stainless steel scuff plates for the front doors, as well as the five-inch touchscreen audio display and front fog lamps.
The Active rolls on 15-inch steel wheels as standard, and carry-over features comprise power windows and mirrors, cruise control and Bluetooth audio/phone integration.
Moving up to the mid-grade Elite nets you a rear-view camera, electrically-folding side mirrors and the aforementioned integrated navigation system, all of which are new to the Elantra Elite.
That's in addition to the previous model's dusk-sensing headlamps, rain-sensing wipers, 16-inch alloys and dual-zone climate control.
The range-topping Elite continues to feature a powered driver's seat, leather/pleather upholstery, heated front seats, 17-inch alloys and a sunroof, but now gets HID xenon headlamps, LED running lights and rear air vents.
The 2014 Hyundai Elantra Series II is available now. Pricing does not include on-road costs:
- Elantra Series II Active manual: $20,990
- Elantra Series II Active automatic: $23,190
- Elantra Series II Elite automatic: $26,790
- Elantra Series II Premium automatic: $30,190
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