Hyundai Elantra Facelift Overview & Test Drive

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Hyundai Elantra Overview

Hyundai hasn’t had much success selling cars above the Rs 12 lakh price point. The category was small when compared to the overall car market and maybe Hyundai’s pricier sedans were a little early for their times. But whatever the reasons, cars like the Sonata and the Elantra were just not able to live up to the initial hype surrounding the original Sonata’s launch.

The Elantra was even more interesting and intriguing. It was a decent car, offered with a good package and even managed to stir the competition to tweak their cars to match some of its attributes (ride quality for one). But the Elantra still failed to really make an impact with its sales numbers. Eventually, after being in the market for about four years, the sedan was withdrawn. But, that was the past. Check for HDFC car loan.

The Elantra is now due to make a comeback and Hyundai must be hoping that this time it can carve itself a neat niche. The segment has a mix of old models like the Toyota Corolla, the Honda Civic and the Skoda Laura, and the relatively new ones like the Volkswagen Jetta, Chevrolet Cruze and the Renault Fluence. So, it is not like the buyer in the segment has been starved for choice.

Yet, the addition of a seventh model – the Elantra – could bring in some much needed freshness and competitive pressure in the segment.The fifth generation Elantra is due to be launched by Hyundai soon and here are my first impressions after driving the new sedan.

Hyundai Elantra Look & Style

Hyundai has taken the overtly curvaceous shape of the previous Elantra and sharpened things considerably. For starters, the grille is now a single, hexagonal, chromed unit. The headlamps lose the body hugging curvature from before and now pack LED DRLs flanked by HID projector lamps. The Indian-spec Hyundai Elantra doesn’t get the LED foglamps that the North American model does. In its place is a projector fog lamp within the same boomerang-shaped housing.

The side profile looks similar to the outgoing car but the roofline at the rear is even more coupe-like and ends directly in the boot section which packs an integrated spoiler. Hyundai have adopted a similar boot opening technique seen in the new Skoda Superb. With the key in your pocket, wave your foot under the boot once. Announcing that the car has sensed this movement, the indicators will blink four times after which the boot opens. It’s a nice option when you have both hands full and need to open the boot. Tyre size is the same 205/60 R16 but they are now low rolling resistance Hankook Kinergy rubber wrapped on tastier looking wheels. This new Hyundai Elantra is slightly longer than the outgoing car at 4,570mm, 5mm more in width (1,800mm) and lower in height (1,470mm) by 5mm. The ground clearance too is lower by 2mm at 165mm.

Hyundai Elantra Cabin & Comfort

The interiors also have the fluidic theme. The dashboard has soft touch materials and the dual-tone trim adds to the premium feel. Quality of materials is good and the interiors are better than many cars in the segment. Attention to detail is good, and the theme caries on undisturbed. Hyundai has ensured that the seats are comfortable and there is sufficient space in both the rows. The seats are large making it comfortable for long trips. The rear seats for the first time are hard and have comfortable seating position. This makes it a good option to consider.

The equipment list is large too. It has keyless entry and start/stop button, a dual zone climate control system, a cooled glovebox, electrically adjustable, heated and foldable ORVMs, Bluetooth audio with navigation, audio controls on the steering and also on the rear armrest for rear passengers. The Elantra will be equipped with Apple Car Play on an eight-inch touchscreen system. The Hyundai Elantra 2016 also comes loaded with six airbags and also has ABS with EBD, ESP, speed-sensing door lock, central locking and an engine immobilizer as well.

Hyundai Elantra Engine & Gearbox

The Elantra is available in both petrol and diesel engine options. Hyundai is using a new 2.0-litre petrol engine which punches out 151 HP & 192 Nm. This engine comes mated with both manual and automatic transmissions. We got a chance to drive the petrol automatic variant at the media test drive. This new motor feels quite peppy and has a strong mid & top end. The 6-speed automatic gearbox mated to the petrol engine is the second generation autobox and is more refined now. However, being a single clutch transmission, there is some amount of lag, you feel it more once you completely floor the pedal to the metal. This engine delivers an ARAI certified fuel economy of 14.59 km/l and 14.62 km/l with both the manual and auto gearboxes respectively.

The diesel is the same tried and tested 1.6-litre U2 CRDI engine which has been refined as per Hyundai claims. It still delivers the same 127 HP of power and 260 Nm of twisting force. Power delivery is linear and power feels quite adequate. Mated to this oil burner is a 6-speed automatic and manual transmission which has been carried forward from the previous generation model. Hyundai claims that the diesel Elantra is the most fuel efficient sedan in its segment delivering 22.54 km/l as per ARAI standards. Hyundai has worked to improve NVH levels too. There is barely any wind or tyre noise heard inside the cabin. Even the engine bay is well insulated.

Hyundai Elantra Driving Dynamics

Here’s the really impressive thing about the new Elantra. It no longer feels softly sprung, a trait we have long associated with Hyundais. True, things have been on the mend over the years, but this feels like a significant step forward. The springs aren’t outright firm by class standards, but they’re firmer than any Hyundai before, which is something you’ll feel as soon as you hit a speed breaker a little too hard. The rebound can be felt with a solid thwack permeating the cabin. Hyundai tends to go a size up on the competition when it comes to its alloy wheels on top-spec cars, but not this time. 16 inches is the segment norm and Hyundai has stuck to it. They’re shod with thick, 60-profile Hankook Kinergy Eco tyres, which seem to be the magic ingredient in this ride-quality recipe. They do well to compensate for the stiffer suspension, soaking up the initial harshness of most bumps really nicely.For more details on Elantra check Incmanifesto

Then the firmer suspension steps in to make sure that body control is kept in check on an undulating surface. Considering how bad the old car was, you’ll be impressed to find that this one hardly bounces or floats at all at high speeds. It stays flat and tied down, and back seat passengers will be especially thankful for this. It really feels a whole lot more grown up and, dare we say it, European. As mentioned earlier, it’s only when you hit a bump or speed breaker really hard that you’ll catch the suspension off-guard. This added firmness, however, has not completely eliminated body roll, and you’ll still feel a bit of it when you corner the Elantra hard. What you won’t feel much of when you corner hard is what the front wheels are up to, as the steering is still far too numb. Again, there is a marginal improvement from the previous car, but that seems more to do with added weight than outright feel. You will get a better sense of security at high speeds, or when you accidentally drop one of the front wheels into a pothole – the steering doesn’t go limp in your hands, nor do you feel any steering shock. All things considered, you still won’t want to drive the Elantra hard, but you will be thankful for the lightness of the steering when you’re parking or making a three-point turn.

Hyundai Elantra Braking & Safety

The Elantra’s safety systems also get an upgrade. Structural improvements have been made to help reinforce several key areas. The connection between the dash and the cowl have been reinforced, the front end now features a straightened load path to the A-pillar, the B-pillar area has been strengthened with hot-stamped steel, and the side impact beams have been improved.Of course, staying out of an accent is better than just surviving one. The Elantra now has a full suite of electronic aids, including Lane Keep Assist, Blind Spot Detection, Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, and Lane Change Assist. As with most cars these days, electronic stability control, vehicle stability management, traction control, ABS, and a tire pressure monitor system all come standard.But not only does the Elantra come with those safety features, this entry-level compact sedan now offers adaptive cruise control, or as Hyundai calls it, Smart Cruise Control. The HID headlights are also active, following the steering wheel inputs to illuminate into turns.

Hyundai Elantra Price in Ahmedabad 

Hyundai Elantra On-Road Price in Ahmedabad ranges from 15,42,374 to 22,31,958 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 Ahmedabad. check for Elantra price in Ahmedabad at Tryaldrive.

Hyundai Elantra Round Up

The Hyundai Elantra has further improved its value for money proposition, has better quality interiors, added a few more features to its exhaustive list and is now also offered with a new and larger petrol engine. It might not be as engaging to drive as its European counterparts but that’s not been this segment’s forte anyway. So if you’re looking for a large comfortable sedan, with widespread service network and low running costs you might consider dropping by a Hyundai showroom close to your home.For more information on Hyundai Elantra  check AutoZhop.