Hyundai introduced the sixth generation all new Elantra that made its international debut last year, to our Indian market last week. When compared to the outgoing car, this saloon is now longer by 20mm, wider by 25mm and taller by 5mm. In addition to getting more features, this edition of the Elantra also comes with a new petrol engine.
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.
Hyundai’s new Elantra comes with a dual layered soft touch dashboard which uses a thick silver accent to separate the top dash from the bottom. An 8.0" HD touch screen navigation system that doubles up as an infotainment system, buttons for its features, and the air vents can be seen on the top half. Below the silver accent lie the air-con buttons with a small display, the start-stop button, and the buttons to the cars functions around the gear shifter in the auto version.
An integrated 3.5” TFT LCD and clean looking dials within the instrument cluster depicts all the driving information to the driver. Whether it is the music controls or the hands-free phone call, everything is just a tap away thanks to the controls on the multi-functional steering wheel. While there’s just adequate space for your knick-knacks and cups in the centre console, the door pads (soft touch elbow section) can also accommodate your extra stuff along with a one litre bottle. As much as the ventilated front seats offer great contours and a good amount of back and thigh support, they also lend a prominent degree of lateral support.
Powering the new Hyundai Elantra is a ‘Nu’ 2.0-litre MPi petrol engine and a ‘U2’ 1.6-litre CRDi diesel mill. The petrol motor is capable of producing a maximum power of 152bhp and 196Nm of torque while a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic gearbox takes care of transmission duties. We got behind the wheel of the petrol automatic, and simply put, this is clearly the enthusiast’s choice. It feels supremely refined, sounds sporty when revved hard and the transmission shifts quickly. There's ample performance on tap from the word ‘go’, even in Eco mode! Post 3000rpm there's a strong surge, and then there’s a high at 5000rpm after which it tapers off at 6250rpm before hitting the 6500rpm rev limit. While Eco and normal mode quickly upshift and settle down to 1700rpm when one gets off the pedal, sport mode holds on to a lower gear and anticipates throttle input to unwrap the horsepower. Even if you were off the throttle and gently touched the accelerator pedal, the transmission downshifts and instantly responds. Eventually we began to prefer the eco mode for regular driving purposes as it simultaneously satisfied our appetite for performance.
|Variant||SX (O) A/T||SX (O) A/T|
|Max. Power (bhp@rpm)||152 @ 6200||128 @ 4000|
|Max. torque (Nm@rpm)||196 @ 4000||265 @ 1900-2750|
|Gears||six-speed automatic||six-speed automatic|
|Fuel Capacity (in litres)||50|
|Tyre size||205 / 60 R16|
|ABS with EBD||Yes|
|Electronic stability control||Yes|
|Hill Start Assist Control||Yes|
|Rear parking sensors||Yes|
|Dual zone auto air-con||Yes|
|Five inch touch audio system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto||Yes|
Competition All Specs
|Variant||SX (O) A/T||SX (O) A/T||Style Plus A/T||Style Plus A/T|
|152 @ 6200||128 @ 4000||177 @ 4500||141 @ 4000|
|196 @ 4000||265 @ 1900-2750||250 @ 1250||320 @ 1750|
|Gears||six-speed automatic||six-speed automatic||seven-speed automatic||six-speed automatic|
|Tyre size||205 / 60 R16||205 / 55 R16|
Inspite of our nation’s preference for SUVs, Hyundai made a bold move to introduce the all-new Elantra to the Indian market,considering it isn’t a volume generating segment currently. While the petrol variants of the Elantra range from Rs 12.99 lakh to Rs 17.99 lakh, the diesel versions cost between Rs 14.79 lakh and Rs 19.19 lakh (ex-showroom New Delhi). It slots into a segment that is populated by the likes of the Volkswagen Jetta, Skoda Octavia, Chevrolet Cruze and the Toyota Corolla. With a clear demarcation existing between those who’d prefer German build quality over maybe something like bullet-proof reliability, where does the Elantra fit in? Well, this Hyundai plays a vital role in bringing a bit of both ends of that spectrum in a well packaged product. With the kind of buying assurance that’s being provided by Hyundai for Elantra buyers, it looks like the ownership experience should be a breeze.