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, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding and available rearview cameras.
There are almost 7 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.
On the EPA test cycle the Fiesta SFE 3 cyl. Manual gets better fuel mileage than the Elantra Sedan Manual (31 city/43 hwy vs. 26 city/36 hwy).
On the EPA test cycle the Fiesta Manual 4 cyl. gets better fuel mileage than the Elantra Sedan Manual (28 city/36 hwy vs. 26 city/36 hwy).
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.
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’s standard 65 series tires.
The Fiesta SE/Titanium Sedan has a standard full size spare tire so your trip isn’t interrupted by a flat. A full size spare isn’t available on the Elantra Sedan, it requires you to depend on roadside assistance and your vehicle will have to be towed.
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 Ford Fiesta may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 250 to 350 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.
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 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 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.
The Ford Fiesta won the Check it Out award in Kiplinger’s 2015 car issue.