Both the Fiesta and the Elantra GT 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 rearview cameras.
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.
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 GT doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.
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 GT doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.
The Ford Fiesta may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 350 to 450 pounds less than the Hyundai Elantra GT.
The Fiesta Five-Door Hatchback is 11.2 inches shorter than the Elantra GT, 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 GT doesn’t offer a remote starting system.
The power windows standard on both the Fiesta and the Elantra GT 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 GT 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 GT’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 GT 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.