Hyundai Elantra Facelift First Drive & Review


Hyundai Elantra Overview

Hyundai introduced the sixth generation all new Elantra that made its international debut last year, to our Indian market last week. When compared to the outgoing car, this saloon is now longer by 20mm, wider by 25mm and taller by 5mm. In addition to getting more features, this edition of the Elantra also comes with a new petrol engine.

Hyundai added that the new car features a reduction in the gaps between panels, has thicker glass panes, makes lesser blower noise, emits lower levels of NVH, has stronger engine mounts, and also has 40 times more structural adhesives incorporated to reduce wind flow. The topping on the cake is that Hyundai has also armed the new Elantra with ‘Hyundai Premium Assurance’, which is a three years warranty with a comprehensive package. We gauged the all-new Elantra’s behaviour on our drive from Chennai to Pondicherry and here’s the gist.View offers on Hyundai Elantra in Hyderabad .

Hyundai Elantra Exteriors

To the untrained eye, the sixth generation of the Elantra might just pass off as a mere facelift of the older iteration. That’s not too surprising, as the design does seem like an evolution of the older one and not a radical departure. Hyundai is clearly following a ‘if it ain’t broken, don’t fix it’ formula here. The fluidic Elantra had the right amount of pizazz to beat the Toyota Corolla and be the best-seller in its class for a good year. Naturally, messing with that was a no-no. That said, the design has become sharper.

The curves aren’t as curvy anymore and the profile doesn’t have a ballad of swooping lines dominating it. Is it likeable? Sure. Personally, I’m not a big fan of the new face, but my colleagues seem to love it. It does make a statement, though. The large pulled back headlamps with daytime running lamps and the massive hexagonal grille lined in chrome makes the Elantra look almost European. In fact, our photographer on more than one occasion quipped that it looked like a certain leaping cat, especially because of the way the daytime running lamp was integrated into the face. It also gets a set of projector fog lamps that are housed in a functional vent that creates an air-curtain around the front tyre. Super cool.

Although the height is nearly identical to the outgoing generation, the rake of the roof seems to be sharper as it dives into the hatch. The coupe-like styling, coupled with the high shoulderline gives it a nice, planted stance. That said, I wish the wheels were one size larger. I’m not too fond of the design either, and would have loved to see the ones from the EU-spec on offer here. But, given the condition of our roads, these 16-inchers feel just right. The rear is where it looks like its predecessor the most, thanks to the signature, three split LED wrap-around tail lamps. Finally, the exhaust tip is now (sadly) hidden away from view. Check car loan for Elantra.

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 Engine

Powering the new Hyundai Elantra is a ‘Nu’ 2.0-litre MPi petrol engine and a ‘U2’ 1.6-litre CRDi diesel mill. The petrol motor is capable of producing a maximum power of 152bhp and 196Nm of torque while a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic gearbox takes care of transmission duties. We got behind the wheel of the petrol automatic, and simply put, this is clearly the enthusiast’s choice. It feels supremely refined, sounds sporty when revved hard and the transmission shifts quickly. There’s ample performance on tap from the word ‘go’, even in Eco mode! Post 3000rpm there’s a strong surge, and then there’s a high at 5000rpm after which it tapers off at 6250rpm before hitting the 6500rpm rev limit. While Eco and normal mode quickly upshift and settle down to 1700rpm when one gets off the pedal, sport mode holds on to a lower gear and anticipates throttle input to unwrap the horsepower. Even if you were off the throttle and gently touched the accelerator pedal, the transmission downshifts and instantly responds. Eventually we began to prefer the eco mode for regular driving purposes as it simultaneously satisfied our appetite for performance.

The diesel Elantra gets the ‘U2’ 1.6-litre CRDi diesel engine that produces 128bhp and 265Nm of torque and comes with the option of a six-speed manual gearbox or a six-speed torque converter automatic. Though this is the engine that was on the previous car, it is now tuned to offer better performance across the rev range. We drove the automatic version that comes with drive select mode which lets the driver choose between normal, eco and sport modes. Eco is the ideal choice if you plan to extract the best efficiency out of this motor. It picks up speed in a very linear and unhurried manner, all the way up to the 4250rpm limit. When you ease off the accelerator pedal, the revs will drop to around 2000rpm because the gears upshift quickly to save fuel. Despite the normal mode sporting similar characteristics as the eco mode, it does feel more eager in its overall response through the range. The Sport mode, like the name suggests, allows for the gears to be held on all the way to the rev limit to extract the maximum out of this engine. Get off the throttle and a lower gear is engaged keeping the revs high enough for instant performance. That said, the transmission tends to upshift slower than the downshifts. The revised damper settings with the hydraulic rebound stopper and the suspension setup lends the Elantra with a seemingly flat ride. It soaks up most undulations and only the sharper ones filter into the cabin. Though it tips slightly towards the stiffer setup overall, it rides well and makes the longer journeys pleasurable too. The steering is a huge improvement over the older car and points the car to the intended direction with reasonable precision. Since it is light and quick off the centre too, driving this saloon becomes an easy affair. We noticed that the brakes were progressive, and even though it could’ve had some more bite, the pedal feedback is accurate.

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. To know more info on Hyundai Elantra visit Bioinformatica

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 Cost in Hyderabad

Hyundai Elantra On Road Price is 16,50,935/- and Ex-showroom Price is 13,71,400/- in Hyderabad. Hyundai Elantra comes in 5 colours, namely Sleek Silver,Phantom Black,Marina Blue,Red Passion,Polar White. Hyundai Elantra comes with FWD with 1999 CC Displacement and 4 Cylinders with Maximum Power 150 bhp@6200 rpm and Peak Torque 192 Nm@4000 rpm DRIVE TRAIN FWD and reaches 100 KMPH at N/A . Hyundai Elantra comes with Manual Transmission with FWD .

Hyundai Elantra Conclusion

The new Elantra betters the old car in almost every way, especially in terms of dynamics. If you are primarily looking for an all-rounder with good space, a premium cabin and lots of features, the Elantra is one of the best in its segment. Both the petrol and diesel motors have good grunt and ARAI efficiency figures look promising too. Another strong attribute of the Elantra is the refinement, thanks to both the motors being exceptionally silent. So when you add all of it together you get a car that gets you your money’s worth, especially considering how well Hyundai has priced it. The proven service backing and Hyundai’s premium Assurance scheme means the Elantra is a premium sedan that’s easy to recommend.

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