Hyundai Elantra Review
New Hyundai Elantra Ready For Launch in India
Hyundai Elantra Review by Expert
Hyundai Motors, since its foray into the automotive sector has done very well in manufacturing some tempting mass segment cars. But when it comes to premium cars, it has actually never tasted that sort of ‘caliber’ success, as it has always challenged Maruti Suzuki, and the latter never came up with some apt premium car. And when it came with premium sedan Maruti Kizashi, the consumers never accepted its premium image. Similar thing happened when Korean carmaker initially launched Sonata (2001) and Elantra (2004) in India. Both of these saloons were epitome of style and sophistication, but a bit ahead of times. Recently, New Hyundai Sonata was launched and it took the market by a flurry with its exclusive design and apt dimensions along with aggressive pricing in the Rs 20 Lakh range.
The interiors are smartly done with beige and dark grey double-shade finish inside the roomy cabin of New Hyundai Elantra. The slick dashboard and waterfall design centre console make a perfect combination. There are glossy black finished inserts on the door panel. The quality of each element is perfectly fine, be it the fabric of door trim or the leather seats in the cabin. There are many advanced features that are first in segment like auto headlamps control and 10-way adjustable driver’s seat. The rear seat of New Hyundai Elantra has proper room, which can be rated best in segment, with enough legroom and head room for three. There are numerous handy features lineup for the privileged occupants inside the cabin for instance rear AC vents, rear arm rest with audio controls and as many as 4-speakers and 2-tweeters at the front for that surround sound from the modern 2-DIN entertainment system that plays radio, CD , MP3 along with supports aux-in. The Neo Fluidic Hyundai Elantra is loaded with all the required active and passive safety aspects; be it front or curtain airbags, ABS with EDB, VSM, parking sensors and all the other latest equipments.
Hyundai Elantra Rivals
Since last couple of years Hyundai Motors have decided to take upon some of the prominent premium automotive giants across the globe. And why it shouldn’t, as it has developed world acclaimed sedans like the Hyundai Verna and Hyundai Sonata in the recent times. Currently, the most spectacular sensation that has come our way is none other than all-new Hyundai Elantra in India. This above 12-lakh segment has got many famed competitors and one of them is Skoda Laura. Starting with the looks, after getting dressed up in fluidic philosophy the Hyundai Elantra is the most charming sedan available, while here Skoda Laura looks neat and organized. The interiors of Skoda Laura look premium and polished, while Hyundai Elantra has extremely modern ones and they are very luxurious too besides being techno-forward.
Here another rival at hand is Toyota Corolla Altis. Talking about exteriors, Corolla has a kind of basic aerodynamic design with slightly curvy Camry-like headlamps and front grille along with elegant looking rear—overall out and out premium appearance. However, Hyundai Elantra has got very modern overall styling with remarkable fluidic ideology. The best part is its cab-forward approach that makes it look more glamorous. Both the cabins are spacious, but the key differentiator is the advanced gadgetry found in New Hyundai Elantra. The Toyota Corolla Altis is available in petrol as well as diesel version, while similar will make way for Korean sedan too. The 1.8L Corolla petrol outpours about 140PS, while 1.8L Elantra petrol touches 149.5PS mark. On the other hand, 1.4L Japanese diesel motor gives out 89PS that is defeated by 1.6L Elantra’s 128PS. Furthermore, on the pickup and acceleration part also Toyota Corolla Altis faces panic when put up against New Hyundai Elantra’s.
|Hyundai Elantra Rivals|
|Model||Engine||Mileage (City/Highway)||Acceleration (0-100 kph)||Unique features||Price (Ex-Showroom, Delhi)|
|Hyundai Elantra Petrol||1799cc||12.5 kmpl/ 15 kmpl||9.9 seconds||Fluidic Design, Mileage, Interior Comfort||Rs. 12.51 Lakh|
|Hyundai Elantra Diesel||1598cc||14.5 kmpl/ 18.5 kmpl||12.9 seconds||Rs. 13.91 Lakh|
|Skoda Laura Petrol||1798cc||9.5 kmpl/ 13.5 kmpl||9.5 seconds||Powerful Engine, Performance, Premium Badge||Rs. 13.4 Lakh|
|Skoda Laura Diesel||1968cc||12.6 kmpl/ 16.6 kmpl||12.5 seconds||Rs. 14.5 Lakh|
|Honda Civic Petrol||1799cc||11.5 kmpl/ 14.8 kmpl||9.2 seconds||Refined Engine, Drivability, Acceleration||Rs. 12.5 Lakh|
|Toyota Corolla Altis Petrol||1798cc||10.5 kmpl/ 14.5 kmpl||12.3 seconds||Brand Name, Interior Space, Premiumness||Rs. 11.10 Lakh|
|Toyota Corolla Altis Diesel||1364cc||14 kmpl/ 18 kmpl||14.6 seconds||Rs. 11.47 Lakh|
Hyundai Elantra Mileage and Fuel Efficiency
One of the award-winning parameter for the ‘North American Car of the Year’, Hyundai Elantra has been mileage. The New Hyundai Elantra provides a shocker to its rivals in this department too, with its amazing fuel efficiency numbers. The higher displacement 1.8L petrol power train that produces nearly 149.5 PS of max power and about 177 Nm of torque is capable to provide a mileage of nearly 12 kmpl in city drives along with 16 kmpl on the highways. The lower 1.6L CRDi motor is packed with frugal and refined engine that promises greater mileage. The Hyundai Elantra Diesel that churns out 128 PS of pure power and peak torque of nearly 260 Nm that gives about 16 kmpl in bumper to bumper city traffic conditions, whereas a satisfactory 22 kmpl can be achieved on the smooth highways. Overall the Hyundai Elantra mileage will surely play a very important role at the sales counters in attracting the customers.
|Variant||Mileage (City)||Mileage (Highway)|
|1.8L MPI Petrol VTVT||12 Kmpl||16 Kmpl|
|1.6L CRDi Diesel VGT||16 kmpl||22 kmpl|
Hyundai Elantra Variants and Features
|Hyundai Elantra VTVT 1.8||The base petrol version has features all round tinted glass, rear defogger with timer at the exteriors, leather wrapped gear knob and height adjustable driver’s seat along with front arm rest with sliding function at the inside of the sedan. While the others include seat belt pre-tensioner and clutch lock as safety features.|
|Hyundai Elantra VTVT 1.8 S||The mid variant has backlite Glass UV cut, speed sensing auto door locks, artificial leather on central console and on front seat arm rest. Moreover others comprise of solar, driver seat back pocket, air ventilation in front of the seats, electro-chromic mirror (ECM) and auto cruise control.|
|Hyundai Elantra VTVT 1.8 SX||The features in this Automatic Transmission (AT) version are more or less same as seen in the base model and mid model, but still, some vital elements include leather wrapped AT knob for plush look, auto light control and super vision cluster for clear viewing of the instrument. For entertainment there are 4 speakers and 2 tweeters at front.|
|Hyundai Elantra Diesel 1.6||The entry level diesel version has rear AC vents, electrically adjustable ORVMS comes with turn indicators and key less entry with theft alarm and tail gate opener. Trip computer wit average speed and elapsed time for convenience alongside foldable key, luggage hook and net and follow me headlamps to escort home.|
|Hyundai Elantra Diesel 1.6 S||This variant has near about same features as seen in the petrol counterpart, some vital ones consist of aspects such as front fog lamps, rear camera, clutch lock, adjustable rear seat head restraints, rear seat center with arm rest, storage box and audio controls for handiness of the rear passengers.|
|Hyundai Elantra Diesel 1.6 SX||This model comes loaded with features like dual zone FATC cluster ionizer, audio and Bluetooth control buttons on the leather wrap steering wheel. More elements include day/night inside rear view mirror, power driver seat with lumbar support, smart key with push button start.|
|Hyundai Elantra Diesel 1.6 SX Automatic||This one of its kind diesel AT has incorporation of features for instance, hill start hill assist control, 2-din audio with radio feature along with CD, MP3, USB and aux in and i-pod interface. Additionally this model also consists of characteristics like Bluetooth connectivity, ABS, dual airbags, side & curtain airbags together with vehicle stability management (VSM).|
Hyundai Elantra Engine, Power and Performance
The New Hyundai Elantra comes in two fuel choices of petrol and diesel. Both these powertrains are much refined than the predecessor along with being performance driven. The 1.8L, 4-cylinder, 16Valve DOHC now comes with dual VTVT petrol engine. It generates a maximum power of nearby 149.5 PS at 6500 rpm alongside 177 Nm of top torque at 4700 rpm. This Multi Point Injection (MPI) powertrain is mated to choice of 6-speed manual transmission and 6-speed automatic transmission. The other one is the diesel counterpart with 1.6L CRDI, DOHC with VGT engine that gives out 128 PS of maximum power at 4000 rpm; moreover it generates some meaty torque numbers with 260 Nm at 1900-2750. This engine is also coupled with a similar alternative of 6-speed manual and automatic gearbox. These Hyundai Elantra engines are tried and tested ones, and have come up with flying colors when it comes to consumer’s satisfaction.
Hyundai Elantra Pickup and Acceleration
|Engine Variant||Power (PS/ RPM)||Torque (NM/ RPM)||Acceleration (0-100kph in secs)||Top Speed (Km/ h)||Transmission|
|Hyundai Elantra 1.8L Petrol||149.5/ 6500||177/4700||9.9||182||6-speed Manual and Automatic|
|Hyundai Elantra 1.6L Diesel||128/ 4000||260/ 1900-2750||12.9||195||6-speed Manual and Automatic|
The bold and powerful 1.8L petrol Dual VTVT petrol engine of the New Hyundai Elantra churns out a massive power of 149.5 PS and a whopping torque of about 177 Nm. The engine with 6 speed transmission produces unbeatable power which makes the car more dazzling. The pickup from 0- 100 ranges between 9.9 seconds and the top speed attained is 182 Km/ h. Moreover, the figures are impressive with Hyundai Elantra 1.6L diesel choice too, as with 128 PS of utmost power and peak torque of 260 Nm it races up to 100 kph mark in mere 12.9 seconds. Here the light and zippy diesel engine manages to conquer a top speed of 195 km/h.
Hyundai Elantra Interiors and Features
There are handful of sedans available in any segment that have been awarded especially for their class leading interiors, here New Hyundai Elantra interiors were applauded when it was conferred with the North American Car of the Year early this year. The all new Hyundai Elantra has vast stretched and flourished interiors with aero style appearance, the one that makes you more indulged into the unique world of ecstasy. In short the interiors are highly sophisticated, technically modern, and comfortable too.
The excellent headroom of the Hyundai Elantra adds to the inner comfort and luxury of a vehicle that sophisticated and meant to be a fatigue free ride. Just like other cars from the company, the sedan is admirable and blessed with a huge boot space that makes it easier to carry loads of luggage on long journeys.
Hyundai Elantra Exteriors and Features
The Hyundai Elantra is not just a sedan, but an all new definition to sensuousness with ‘fluidic’ looks to yield some eyes for. The magnetic and electrifying beauty captivates huge admiration along the wheels it carries. The masterpiece is bound to grab every eyeball wherever goes. The curvy angular headlamps adorn the front fascia together with the mesmerizing front chrome signature hexagonal grille that looks esteemed, while the classy Hyundai logo sits with pride amid the front grille. Moreover, the Hyundai Elantra’s bonnet scoop feels just like the high end Mercedes Benz. The front L shaped fog lamps create the feel of distinctiveness. Overall the looks are extremely spectacular as compared to predecessor’s boxy and boring one.
Safety Features in Hyundai Elantra
The 2012 Hyundai Elantra has got incorporation of some of the safest elements inside the cabin to make sure nearly ‘no’ or minimal scratch to its occupants at the time of any misfortune. Besides standard features such as Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with the Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD) there will be other advanced aspects. And that will comprise of Traction Control System (TCS) with the Vehicle Stability Management (VSM), parking sensors and Hill Hold Control along with memory on board programmable computer etc. Some more aspects include Electro-Chromic Mirror (ECM) camera display, Silica tyres, dual front and side curtain airbags (total of 6 airbags), height adjustable seat belt, crumple zones and collapsible steering column. The Hyundai Elantra sedan has been engrossed and embedded into a steel frame for extra strength and rigidity. The wheels of the fluidic sedan are well supportive of disc brakes. The HID LED lights of Hyundai Elantra are very useful while driving through darker and misty places. The anti-theft alarm and the central locking are helpful in protecting the car from anti- social elements. Also the New Hyundai Elantra will be totally enabled with scratch protective side shields and bumpers that help it escape unwanted damages made to the body.
Hyundai Elantra Driving and Handling
The New Hyundai Elantra handling offers a peppier drive than the earlier version. At the time of long drives the seats it is truly comfortable, especially the driver’s seat that has lumbar support and is 10-way adjustable. The newly tweaked 6-speed manual transmission and 6-speed automatic gearbox are providing smoother shift of gears in the city traffics and on the long routes. The newly incorporated clutch is definitely being responsive and sensitive for better handling. The Hyundai Elantra ride quality that was one of the USPs of the earlier version is expected to remain intact in this new version too. If the same gets retained it will be one of the class leading rides across the bumpy roads. As per the many test drives conducted by various auto portals and magazines, the passenger at the rear seat never feel the trauma of uneven road because of aptly placed Mac Pherson suspensions. Here the longer wheel base also plays an important role.
Hyundai Elantra Accessories
The refreshing integrated audio and stereo system of the Hyundai Elantra is worth some discussion here. The outstanding entertainment on the go is supportive of a Bluetooth and AUX/ USB module that ease out the pressure while driving when you can communicate through your phone via Bluetooth, transfer, switch and listen to your playlists without getting out of your comfort zone. The fine crystal clear speakers with noise cancellation make the acoustics louder and clear. The central locking with anti-theft alarms, leather premium upgrades in the upholstery, steering wheel wrap, gear knob wrap, woofers and amplifiers from the stereo system, LCD with DVD audio visual system, GPS module, Telecommunication n and infotainment module etc. are some additional accessories that you may buy from the company stock itself.
New Hyundai Elantra Road Test Report
Easily one of the most breathtaking premium sedans, the Hyundai Elantra was test driven some days back to check out every aspect closely. The test run carried out was of less than 100 kilometers and this distance was enough to unveil many interesting and talented characteristics of the New Hyundai Elantra.
Hyundai Elantra Conclusion
Now this is yet another Classic from the Korean carmaker, after Hyundai Verna and Hyundai Sonata. The price as expected is aggressive as far as the competition is concerned and that makes New Hyundai Elantra ‘a complete package’. There are very fewer cars that make such an astounding and promising ‘return’ into the crowded arena of automotive world. As per the rumors earlier, it is expected to be priced near to that of Toyota Corolla Altis sedan. Hyundai Motors are now slowly and steadily trying to eat away the premium market with spirited products like New Hyundai Elantra also known as ‘Hyundai Avante’ in some countries.
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