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Hyundai Elantra Review & First Drive

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Hyundai Elantra Overview

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. Check for Hyundai Elantra price in Chennai at Tryaldrive.

Hyundai Elantra Design

Most of the attraction comes from the prominent front end which has a pair of sleek headlamps that meet up at the hexagonal grille with chrome finishes. It imparts a premium feel. Now, in a bid to increase fuel efficiency, air slats above the fog lights direct air into the wheel wells to minimize air twisting around the wheel section. In the process, this car boasts of an air drag coefficient of just 0.29 Cd. In profile, the new Elantra still retains cues from the earlier car, but a sharp eye can spot the stretched measurements and the pronounced creases.

A shark fin antenna can be seen on the curved roofline which aggressively slants at the C-pillar on to the compact boot section. The highlight here is the conspicuous set of long LED tail lamps which glow up with a snazzy multi-dimensional look. If the previous Elantra was more about flowing lines, the new iteration is all about a sharper and more aggressive design stance, especially around the hexagonal nose.

Hyundai Elantra Cabin

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 Performance

Right, then. Until now, all seems in place. The exteriors look appealing, the cabin is spacious and decked with features and there’s a sizeable 458-litre boot too. On the face of it, the Elantra sure looks promising. Now, on to what’s entirely new for our market – the 2.0-litre petrol engine. The 4-cylinder motor is the largest engine in its class, but not the most powerful by a long shot. But, the way the engine delivers the 152PS of power and the 192Nm of torque is commendable. There’s no surge or gush of torque that hits you in an instant. What you get instead, is a relaxed, linear delivery which gets stronger and stronger up to around 4000rpm, post which it tapers off rather sharply. There’s no sense of emergency or an explosive power rush that one gets with the Octavia 1.8 TSi, just an engine chugging along in a mature, orderly fashion.

The petrol Elantra gets absolutely no insulation under the bonnet. Despite that, there’s practically no engine noise that filters into the cabin. Hyundai themselves credit the new platform for this and the fact that they have used adhesives up to forty times as much to seal off panels, reducing noise. There’s barely a tell-tale sign that the engine is indeed switched on, unless of course you glance at the tachometer. To know more info on Hyundai Elantra visit Stsoft

Keep the motor on the boil, and you can have a bit of fun with it. I like how the engine sounds at higher revs. Not trashy, not strained – a clean and crisp engine note. But it isn’t one of those cars that eggs you on to keep pushing it harder and harder. And, while it is genuinely capable of holding on to triple digit speeds all day long, you feel it will be happier cruising calmly instead. The 6-speed automatic gearbox complements the engine really well. The ratios are well-spaced out, and while shift shocks are non-existent, lag between the cog swap is minimal too. We do miss a set of paddle shifters, though. Shift the gearbox to manual and it will hold on to the revs for as long as you like. However, try and upshift too early or force a downshift at high revs and it will override your input.

The diesel motor is carried over as is from the older generation and it produces exactly the same amount of power and torque. The manual variant has been tuned to return 22.57kmpl, but, other than that everything is pretty much the same in terms of how it responds and drives. There’s no push in the seat torque here, but at the same time it doesn’t feel too underpowered either. Both engines get ‘Eco’ and ‘Sport’ mode, that alter throttle response and nothing else.

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.

Hyundai Elantra Safety

Features that make it to the all-new Elantra are dual zone climate control, reverse camera, electrically adjustable ventilated driver’s seat, leather upholstery, steering controls and cruise control. There’s also electric IRVM, 8.0-inch touch screen infotainment system with android auto and Apple car play, and a cooled glovebox. Additionally, one also gets dual front airbags, side and curtain airbags, ABS with EBD, vehicle stability programme, hill start assist, HID lamps, LED DRLs and LED tail lamps.

Hyundai Elantra Price in Chennai

Hyundai Elantra On Road Price is 16,72,231/- and Ex-showroom Price is 13,71,400/- in Chennai. 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 Bottomline

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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