Hyundai Elantra First Drive & Overview


Hyundai Elantra Overview

Hyundai’s executive saloon Elantra is indubitably one of the most modish-looking premium saloons in its segment. The latest version of the saloon houses few styling upgrades on the outside while prominent tweaks have been made inside the cabin. Nothing changes on the mechanical front. That said, the saloon continues to get power from the same set of engines. Available in petrol as well as diesel guises, the Elantra range includes three petrol and four diesel variants along with two automatic options proffered, one each in petrol and diesel engines. The entry level base variant is available only with the diesel engine option. This trim is bereft of various equipment available in the variants positioned above it.

Hyundai Elantra pictures shown below give an insight into the changes made to the saloon. Revivifications made to the exteriors are not very comprehensive; the subtle updates include a changed front apron, which, of course, has received the maximum amount of revamp. The nose has got restyled headlights featuring blacked-out housing, integrated projector constituents and an uber chic LED illuminated strip. Beneath the head lights, redesigned fog lamps are placed. The side profile now features reworked 16-inch alloy wheels and the rear gets newly-designed bumper, featuring a blacked-out lower section. Other than these, the rear also comes equipped with modified tail lights. As mentioned above, eminent revisions have been made inside the cabin, such as the all-black single tone interior colour scheme has replaced the previous dual-tone beige and grey colour palette.Check for car loans at Fincarz.

Minor tweaks are evident on the dashboard, which now features a new audio system along with a 4.3-inch colour touchscreen, which is also used as the display for the rear view mirror. Metamorphosed air-con vents (in terms of size) have been relocated slightly higher on the dashboard on the left and right sides of the infotainment screen. Metal-finished pedals and blue-on black monochrome air-con display are some of the other vital additions made to the interiors. The engine configuration remains untouched, which implies that petrol variants continue to be powered by a 2.0-litre engine and diesel trims derive power from a 1.6-litre diesel powertrain. Hyundai Elantra transmission options include a manual available on Six trims and an automatic gearbox proffered on three variants. The fuel economy claimed for the diesel trim is quite impressive and Hyundai vouches it to be best in its segment.

Hyundai Elantra Exteriors

Most of the attraction comes from the prominent front end which has a pair of sleek headlamps that meet up at the hexagonal grille with chrome finishes. It imparts a premium feel. Now, in a bid to increase fuel efficiency, air slats above the fog lights direct air into the wheel wells to minimize air twisting around the wheel section. In the process, this car boasts of an air drag coefficient of just 0.29 Cd. In profile, the new Elantra still retains cues from the earlier car, but a sharp eye can spot the stretched measurements and the pronounced creases.

A shark fin antenna can be seen on the curved roofline which aggressively slants at the C-pillar on to the compact boot section. The highlight here is the conspicuous set of long LED tail lamps which glow up with a snazzy multi-dimensional look. If the previous Elantra was more about flowing lines, the new iteration is all about a sharper and more aggressive design stance, especially around the hexagonal nose.

Hyundai Elantra Interiors

Where the exterior looks stylish, the interior of the new Elantra is dominated by straight lines. Still it looks interesting and thoroughly modern and the large 8-inch touchscreen is high set, which makes it easy to use on the move. The vertical vents beside it look unique (though not very attractive) and the air-con control housing looks very European. Overall quality is a huge step-up over the old car and all the touch points like the dash-top, armrest, steering and gearknob is either finished in soft plastics or leather. A special mention should be made of the large infotainment system too. The high-res screen and the quick acting touch makes it feel premium. The unit has both Android auto and Apple Carplay, which only adds to the overall experience.

Thanks to the new car’s larger dimensions, there’s a lot of space on the inside. There’s plenty of legroom for rear-seat passengers and the rear bench itself is comfortable, with decent thigh support and a flattish floor. However, the rising shoulder line impedes visibility from the back seat and the all-black interior doesn’t give you a very airy feeling too. Also the sloping roofline eats into the rear headroom and anyone above 5 foot 11 inch will find headroom to be a bit too compromised. The cabin though is very practical with loads of bottle and cup holders present for both front and reat seats. The boot at 458litres is not particularly big and is just about enough for your family’s weekend luggage.

As ever with Hyundai, the Elantra is very well equipped, and apart from the new touchscreen, you’ll find things like auto headlamps, keyless entry and go, cruise control, electric drivers seat, front seat ventilation, six airbags, ESP and of course, Bluetooth.

Hyundai Elantra Gearbox

The petrol Elantra automatic is powered by a new 1999cc naturally aspirated petrol motor which is good for 152bhp. The motor is quite smooth and its free revving nature helps you make good progress. Although it is a bit weak at lower revs, the torque converter does a good job of masking this. There is a nice step-up in power past 3000rpm and the motor really gets in its stride past 5000rpm all the way to the redline. This lends the motor a nice linear power delivery, which makes it relaxing to drive. The big news is the automatic gearbox though, it is a heavily reworked version of the six-speed torque converter found on the old car. You also get ‘Eco’ ‘Normal’ and ‘Sport’ modes which alters the way the gearbox behaves. While driving in ‘Eco’ mode, the gearbox upshifts early, maintaining a relatively low engine speed in a bid to improve fuel economy. A dab on the throttle gets it moving quite nicely, and when driven like this, it is quite adept at mixing in with other traffic. In ‘Normal’ mode the gearbox responds to your right foot even better and this makes it ideal for highway usage.

The ‘Sport’ mode feels perfect for spirited driving as the gearbox is light on its feet, as it downshifts near the redline even at the slightest dab on the throttle. But for normal use this mode doesn’t work too well as the gearbox also tends to get confused and keeps the engine too high up in the rev range. The engine does get a bit noisy post 4000rpm, but never to the point of being unbearable. Other than that, this motor is quite refined and driving the Elantra is a soothing experience thanks to its great its sound insulation. We tested the Elantra petrol A/T and found it covered the 0-100kmph in a decent 10.7seconds. Although good on its own, it is quite a bit slower than the Skoda Octavia 1.8Tsi.

The Elantra CRDI, on the other hand, has the same 1.6-litre diesel unit as the old car. The Elantra’s engine makes 126bhp of power and 260Nm of torque from a low 1900rpm. Unlike the petrol, the diesel doesn’t get the updated gearbox so it feels noticeably slower to shift and respond. On first impressions, the Elantra diesel auto doesn’t feel all that quick as it accelerates in an extremely linear and relaxed manner. In slower traffic, it feels stress-free to drive thanks to the auto-box which eliminates some of the throttle lag present in the manual version. On the highway, the Elantra cruises nicely too and there’s more than adequate power for overtaking. The Elantra is much quicker than it feels. It goes from 0-100kph in just 11.04sec, which is around the same as the old car. Another strong point of the Elantra diesel is its fantastic engine refinement. Except for some vibrations at idle, the engine is extremely quiet and it maintains its composure even when worked hard. For more info on Hyundai Elantra check Bpas

Hyundai Elantra Driving

But where the Elantra has improved the most is in terms of its ride. Over any surface, at speed, the Elantra felt unfazed and the refined suspension simply goes about its job, keeping you isolated from the biggest of potholes. It’s only at low speeds that you feel some stiffness and the sharp bumps do jar you a bit. But here too we are being picky rather than critical. We drove the car on the East coast road, off Chennai. With hardly any corners to speak of, it was difficult to assess its handling prowess. But first impressions are pretty positive. The steering felt surprisingly direct and the Elantra felt rock steady at high speeds too. Hyundai, thanks to the improved chassis, has definitely taken big steps in this respect. On the downside the brake pedal feel is a bit wooden and a more linear feel would have been welcomed.

Hyundai Elantra Safety

Front and rear axles get disc brakes, which work mutually with evidently robust braking equipments, such as anti-lock braking system with electronic brake force distribution. Brake assist is missing from the adept braking system. From the safety brigade, Elantra gets dual front airbags equipped in all variants, while side and curtain airbags are confined to the SX and SX AT trims.

Some of the other safety features present in the SX and SX AT variants include electronic stability control, speed sensing auto door lock, vehicle stability management and automatic headlight control. The only feature available exquisitely in the SX AT trims is hill start control. Preeminent safety equipments proffered as standard among all variants are rear parking sensors, impact sensing door unlock, clutch lock, rear defogger with timer, front height adjustable seatbelts with seatbelt pretensioners and ignition key reminder. The diesel base variant comes bereft of electro chromic mirror bestowed on the rest of the trims.

Hyundai Elantra Price in Hyderabad

Hyundai Elantra On-Road Price in Hyderabad ranges from 16,50,935 to 24,06,615 for variants Elantra 2.0 MPI S and Elantra 1.6 CRDi SX Optional AT respectively. Hyundai Elantra is available in 9 variants and 5 colours. Below are details of Hyundai Elantra variants price in Hyderabad. Check for Elantra price in Hyderabad at Carzprice.

Hyundai Elantra Summing Up

Inspite of our nation’s preference for SUVs, Hyundai made a bold move to introduce the all-new Elantra to the Indian market,considering it isn’t a volume generating segment currently. While the petrol variants of the Elantra range from Rs 12.99 lakh to Rs 17.99 lakh, the diesel versions cost between Rs 14.79 lakh and Rs 19.19 lakh (ex-showroom New Delhi). It slots into a segment that is populated by the likes of the Volkswagen Jetta, Skoda Octavia, Chevrolet Cruze and the Toyota Corolla. With a clear demarcation existing between those who’d prefer German build quality over maybe something like bullet-proof reliability, where does the Elantra fit in? Well, this Hyundai plays a vital role in bringing a bit of both ends of that spectrum in a well packaged product. With the kind of buying assurance that’s being provided by Hyundai for Elantra buyers, it looks like the ownership experience should be a breeze.

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