Hyundai Elantra Owners and Service Manuals

Hyundai Elantra: Trunk / Smart Trunk release

On a vehicle equipped with a smart key, the trunk can be opened using the Smart Trunk release system.

How to use the Smart Trunk release

The trunk can be opened with notouch activation satisfying all the conditions below.

  • After 15 seconds when all doors are closed and locked
  • Positioned in the detecting area for more than 3 seconds


The Smart Trunk release does not operate when:

  • The smart key is detected within 15 seconds after the doors are closed and locked, and is continuously detected.
  • The smart key is detected within 15 seconds after the doors are closed and locked, and 1.5 m from the front door handles. (for vehicles equipped with Welcome Light)
  • A door is not locked or closed.
  • The smart key is in the vehicle.

1. Setting

To activate the Smart Trunk release, go to User Settings Mode and select Smart Trunk on the LCD display.

2. Detect and Alert

If you are positioned in the detecting area (20 ~ 40 inches behind the vehicle) carrying a smart key, the hazard warning lights will blink and chime will sound to alert you the smart key has been detected and the trunk will open.


Do not approach the detecting area if you do not want the trunk to open. If you have unintentionally entered the detecting area and the hazard warning lights and chime starts to operate, leave the detecting area with the smart key. The trunk will stay closed.

3. Automatic opening

The hazard warning lights will blink and chime will sound 6 times and then the trunk will open.


  • Make sure you close the trunk before driving your vehicle.
  • Make sure there are no people or objects around the trunk before opening or closing the trunk.
  • Make sure objects in the trunk do not come out when opening the trunk on a slope. It may cause serious injury.
  • Make sure to deactivate the Smart Trunk when washing your vehicle. Otherwise, the trunk may open inadvertently.
  • The key should be kept out of reach of children. Children may inadvertently open the Smart Trunk release while playing around the rear area of the vehicle.

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