The Hyundai Elantra is the maker's premium offering in the D-Segment sedan market. Like seen in almost every Hyundai today, the Elantra too comes fully-loaded with features and comes in a choice of powerful and efficient petrol and diesel engines. Based on Hyundai's "Fluidic Sculpture" design philosophy, the Hyundai Elantra is an evolution of the design qualities also found in the company's other premium cars.
The Elantra follows Hyundai’s Fluidic design language and is one of the best looking of all the cars in the company’s model line up here. Design wise, the front fascia sports stunning looking swept-back headlights coupled with projector bulbs and LED guide lights. Other bits like Hyundai’s signature hexagonal front grille, boomerang shaped fog lamps and chrome garnish impart an aggressive as well as a handsome character to the Elantra. The side-profile features yet more chrome and tastefully designed alloy wheels. At the back, there are LED effect tail-lamps and chrome-tipped exhaust and dual-tone bumper design.
Inside, the premium feel of the Elantra continues. The interiors are very well equipped and feature hi-tech futuristic gadgets.The curvy centre-console looks funky and the buttons are neatly laid out. The steering wheel feels chunky to hold while features like push button start, power sunroof, one touch windows, leather seating, Bluetooth/USB/auxiliary inputs and a rear-view camera give it an even more upmarket feel. The Elantra is very possibly the best-equipped car in its segment!
The Elantra comes with two engine options- a 1.8 petrol and a 1.6 diesel. The 1.8-litre petrol makes a silky smooth motor that impresses a lot. But the diesel is the one that will bring volumes for Hyundai. It is the same 1.6-litre potent CRDi engine as seen on the Verna. It has oodles of torque on offer, which is delivered in a brisk way! There’s a bit of turbo lag under 1,800rpm but once past that, the speedo needle just keeps on surging!
In terms of ride and handling, the suspension set-up of McPherson strut at front and coupled torsion-beam rear axle offers excellent ride and comfort over bad roads. The high-speed stability is decent too, but don’t mistake it for an enthusiast’s car. Handling wise, the Elantra is no corner carver, but again, it’s not meant to be one! The steering is light and direct, and makes driving an easy affair, especially during intra-city runs.
All the variants are well loaded with features like CD/MP3 player, USB, Bluetooth, touch screen, auto climate control. rear view camera. The Elantra is a well equipped sedan and it goes without saying, it offers brilliant value for money.
On the inside, the Elantra feels and look every bit as premium as it is on the outside. The cabin is finished in sporty black theme and comes with leather seats, metallic scuff plates, sporty aluminium pedals, console box with arm rest and rear AC vents. The cabin in itself is very spacious and luxurious while the fit and finish, material quality is top-notch.
Creature comfort on the Elantra includes a multimedia system that features a 4.3-inch colour TFT LCD display and steering mounted control for Bluetooth connectivity audio controls. The TFT screen also provides assist during parking using a rear camera.
Among other class-leading features, there are auto headlamps, push button start, electric heated and foldable ORVMs, auto cruise-control, 10-way power seats with lumbar support etc.
Premium cabin brimmed with hi-tech gadgets and features!
Not as spacious as some of the rivals!
The boot capacity of Elantra is 420 litres which is quite high as compared to any sedan of its class.
The speedometer of the Elantra looks futuristic and trendy with a tachometer.
The gear lever is well within the reach of the driver on the Elantra.
There are cup holders in the Elantra.
The glovebox is fitted in the dashboard and is quite spacious.
The Hyundai Elantra comes with a terrific sound system (MP3/CD player) with AUX-in, iPod and USB audio interface along with 4.3-inch TFT display. The speakers are evenly spread in the car, so that every passenger gets the feel of music equally. The steering has audio controls mounted on it, which makes it easy for the driver to handle the music system.
The air conditioner is fitted with an automatic climate control and spreads the air inside the car in an supremely effective manner.
There arm rests for both front and rear seat occupants in the Elantra
There are air vents in the front dashboard as well as the rear.
Hyundai Elantra has sport sophisticated and subtle leather upholstered seats.
Elantra has sufficient leg room at the rear. In case the front passenger seat is folded and moved further ahead, it offers acres of leg room at the rear.
Elantra has ample knee room at the rear of the car.
Elantra has generous amount of shoulder room. Three passengers can sit at the back quite comfortably.
Elantra has quite a lot of head room at the rear of the car though it is a low slung sedan but still it has quite enough head room.
The Elantra's steering wheel features steering mounted audio and Bluetooth controls. Cruise control buttons are also provided on the steering wheel itself for the convenience of the driver. Steering wheel is a little smaller in diameter, but it improves the sense of space in the front.
Hyundai Elantra has power windows at both front and rear.
Elantra has keyless entry option in all of its variants.
Elantra driver information display has regular warning lamps along with much other information about the car which assist and informs the driver regarding fuel efficiency, distance-to-empty etc.
The Hyundai Elantra looks the part it has to be said. Its design lines, along with muscular wheel arches and a sleek roofline, impart a sporty as well as a premium look to the Elantra. Some of the key highlights in its design include Hyundai's signature hexagonal front grille, detailed swept-back headlights, projector lamps with LED guide lights, boomerang shaped fog-lamps, diamond-cut alloy wheels, chrome-treatment on door handles and window belt-line, dual-tone rear bumper design, LED effect tail lamps and chrome tipped exhaust pipes.
While there's too much chrome and bling on the outside, which may not be to everyone's liking, the Elantra clearly stands out from the crowd in terms of design and styling. It is, however, in no way understated as some of the European cars. It's an aggressive and very bold design!
Bold, aggressive and premium design!
Too much chrome on the outside. Looks similar to other Hyundai Fludic designs such as the Verna and Sonata.
The Hyundai Verna exhibits 'fluidic' design language with elongated swept-back headlamps, projector lamps with LED guide lights, hexagonal grille with chrome inserts and an extra-wide front bumper.
The rear-end of the Elantra sports LED effect tail-lamps, dual-tone bumper design and chrome-tipped exhaust.
The side-profile of the Elantra is sporty and coupe-like. The elegant looks of the Elantra are accentuated by adding chrome door handles and 16-inch alloy wheels.
The Elantra has a ground clearance of 167mm.
The front bumper of the Elantra is extra-wide, and imparts an aggressive look to the car. The rear bumper is also designed and sculpted for wider, sporty stance.
The swept-back twin-barrel multi-focus headlamps with projectors and LED guide lights on the Elantra provide adequate illumination while giving the car an aggressive appearance.
The tail-lamps on the Elantra get LED effect, which is a nice-touch.
The boomerang fog lamps look good and gel with overall sporty design of the car.
The Hyundai Elantra runs on 205/60 R16 tubeless tyres.
The Hyundai Elantra comes with 10-spoke 16-inch alloy wheels.
The Elantra's outside mirrors house LED turn indicators. The outside mirrors are electronically-adjustable, heated and electrically foldable.
The Elantra is available in 6 exterior shades.
The Hyundai Elantra does not have rear wiper
The Hyundai Elantra does not have roof rails
The Hyundai Elantra does not have sunroof.
The Hyundai Elantra does not have a rear spoiler because it's no sportscar!
The Hyundai Elantra does not have side steps
The Hyundai Elantra comes with a full-sized spare wheel.
The Hyundai Elantra comes with two engine options. There is a 1.8-litre petrol and a 1.6-litre CRDI. Both the engines come with 6-speed manual and automatic transmission.
While the petrol motor is sprightly in the Elantra, it's the diesel which is more fun to drive with oodles of torque on offer. It does have a fair bit of turbo-lag, but once you are on the move, the performance from the engine is simply excellent. The powerband is wide, and it does not force you into downshifting even while the speed drops significantly. The driveability of the engine is superb!
Although smooth most of the times, the automatic transmission on both petrol and diesel variants feels a little bit sluggish when you thrash it. The manual on the other hand is slick and precise with short and accurate throws.
Impressive driveability, especially of the diesel; seamless and smooth automatic transmission.
Turbo-lag is pronounced in diesel motor; automatic transmission feels sluggish at instantaneous throttle inputs.
The acceleration on the Elantra is impressive, especially the diesel version. It has oodles of torque.
The Hyundai Elantra feels composed at speeds of over 150km/h. The petrol version has a top speed of 195km/h while the diesel tops out at 190km/h.
The in-gear acceleration of the Elantra is good. The diesel has a fair bit of turbo-lag while the automatic gearbox does not feel quick enough during instantaneous throttle inputs.
The manual gearbox is slick while the automatic transmission offers seamless and smooth gearshifts.
The 1.8-litre petrol engine on the Elantra develops 149.5PS @ 6,500 rpm. The diesel version comes powered by a 1.6-litre engine producing 128PS @ 4,000 rpm.
The petrol motor produces 181Nm @ 4,700 rpm The diesel mill develops 265Nm of torque between 1,900 - 2,750 rpm.
The NVH levels are well-contained, and there's hardly any engine vibration, tyre noise etc filtering into the cabin of the Elantra
Hyundai cars are easy on the pocket, it's a known-fact. The maintenance is either comparable or lower than its closest rivals.
In terms of fuel efficiency, the diesel motor returns an impressive 22.7 km/l (manual) and 19.11 km/l (automatic). The petrol engine has a mileage of 16.3 km/l and 14.34 km/l (automatic). All the fuel economy figures are ARAI certified.
Fuel-efficient diesel and petrol engines
Automatic is a bit thirsty (petrol)
|1.6 S||22.54 kmpl|
|1.6 SX||22.54 kmpl|
|1.6 SX Option||22.54 kmpl|
|1.6 SX Option AT||18.23 kmpl|
|2.0 S||14.59 kmpl|
|2.0 SX||14.59 kmpl|
|2.0 SX AT||14.62 kmpl|
|2.0 SX Option||14.59 kmpl|
|2.0 SX Option AT||14.62 kmpl|
The Hyundai Elantra Diesel manual version has an ARAI certified mileage of 22.7 km/l, whereas the diesel automatic returns 19.11 km to a litre.
The Hyundai Elantra Petrol manual version returns an ARAI certified mileage of 16.3 km/l. The automatic petrol has an ARAI certified mileage of 14.34 km/l.
The city economy for petrol models is around 11 km/l, while diesel returns in excess of 16km/l.
The highway economy for petrol and diesel manual versions is around 13km/l and 18km/l, respectively. The automatic versions will return slightly less than that.
The Elantra 1.8 petrol has an ARAI certified fuel economy of 16.3 km/l for manual version and 14.34 km/l for automatic version. The 1.6-litre diesel has an ARAI certified fuel economy of 22.7 km/l for manual and 19.11 for automatic variants.
The Hyundai Elantra has 55-litres fuel tank capacity, which will make up for a decent range.
First things first. Handling is not Elantra's forte. It's suspension is on the softer side, meaning it is tuned for a comfortable ride over enthusisatic cornering antics. It tends to wallow on speeds over 130km/h, but that said, it is not feel completely disconnected. The steering, although it lacks feel, is direct. The handling is also predictable. Disc brakes on all four wheel means it's braking is excellent.
Safety net on the car includes multiple airbags, vehicle stability management, ESP, ABS with EBD, hill assist control etc.
Direct steering and predictive handling.
Too soft and wallowy at higher speeds
The suspension on the Elantra is tuned for comfort. Despite that, the handling and composure of the Elantra is balanced. It isn't a corner-carving machine, but it does handle sufficiently well.
With disc brakes on all four wheels, the Elantra has exceptional braking performance. Coupled with electronic systems like ABS and EBD, the Elantra offers sturdy and confidence-inspiring braking.
The Elantra comes equipped with ABS and EBD; front and side-curtain airbags, hill assist, impact sensing auto door unlock feature and automatic headlamps.
The Elantra comes equipped with ABS as standard
The Elantra does not have traction control system.
Hyundai is known for making some of the most comfortable cars. The same is refelected in the Elantra as well. At the front, the Elantra comes fitted with Macpherson Strut type with coil spring suspension setup while at the rear there’s a coupled torsion beam axle setup doing the job. In conjunction, both the setups work brilliantly as they soak up bumps and undulations on the road. Couple this with a light steering, and the Elantra is a breeze to drive!
Superb, comfortable and cossetting ride quality
Too softly sprung suspension; low-speed ride could have been better
The suspension on the Elantra is softly-sprung, meaning it offers a supple and comfortable ride. The insulation inside the cabin is impressive and the NVH levels are well contained.
The Elantra features MacPherson Strut bars with coil springs suspension setup at the front.
The Elantra has coupled torsion-beam axle type suspension for rear wheels.
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