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.