Hyundai Elantra Hatchback First Look Review

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Hyundai Elantra Overview

The Hyundai Elantra has been one of the best selling cars globally having sold more than 11.5 million units. Hyundai had launched the fifth generation Elantra in 2012 and it was, at one point, the best-seller in the segment. The D-segment has shrunk as the craze for SUVs has caught up in recent times. Inspite of this, Hyundai has launched the sixth generation model in India and the Koreans aim to lead the D-segment again. Hyundai claims that this is the best Elantra they have ever made. We were in Chennai to sample this latest sedan from Hyundai.

Hyundai first launched the Elantra in India in its third generation, which was the 2000 model. The fourth generation wasn’t introduced to the Indian market but the Elantra made a comeback to the Indian soil in its fifth generation, which was the 2010 model. Now the sixth generation is here with some promising aspects to kill the D-segment sedan space. Check for Hyundai Elantra  price in Chennai at Tryaldrive.

Hyundai Elantra Design

The whole design feels like it has become sharper and pointy. There is a visual edge to every element on this car. The attention to detail is also seen in every element. There is a very slight resemblance in the headlights with the Lexus LFA. The lines on the car seem to emerge and merge in the body in a very sharp manner.

The design of this car will see a departure from the fluidic design that Hyundai is known for recently. The most obvious change to the Hyundai Elantra 2019 is the new fascia with LED DRLs, a new hood design, new fenders and also a new front grille that is very Lexus. At the back, the Elantra gets a revised bumper and new taillights. The chrome strip has been replaced with the name ‘Elantra’ written across the back. The new changes to the exterior have made the sedan more dynamic in the way it looks while the single streak look is very elegant to look at. The boot-lid has also received changes with the number plate now positioned on the bumper.

Hyundai Elantra Cabin

Hyundai Elantra interior features a load of comfort features and design elements. Hyundai has given a Dual-tone Beige & Black theme with an electric sunroof for an airy feel of the cabin. The leather upholstery, steering wheel, gear knob and aluminium pedals add to the luxurious feel of the cabin. The driver gets Smart Key with Push Button Start, Cruise Control and 10-WAY Adjustable Power seats with Lumbar Support for convenience. The Instrument Cluster with Color Display shows vital information to the driver. For added convenience, the executive sedan gets dual-zone automatic climate control. Ventilated seats, rear AC vents and hands-free smart trunk. The 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system is loaded with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, navigation and Bluelink app connectivity. This system is powered by Infinity. Infinity is offering front & rear door speakers, front central speaker, front tweeters, sub-woofer, an amplifier for an astounding audio experience

Hyundai Elantra Performance

The Hyundai Elantra 2019 will be powered by a 2.0-litre naturally-aspirated four-cylinder petrol engine, a 1.4-litre turbo four-cylinder and a 1.6-litre turbo four-cylinder diesel engines. These engines will churn out 147 bhp, 128 bhp and 201 bhp respectively. The diesel will be the torque king with 320nm of torque. The Octavia will finally have something to worry about. The company will offer a 6-speed automatic, a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic and an option of 6-speed manual or the 7-speed dual-clutch for the sports version of the 2019 Elantra. This engine will be a BS6 compliant engine. The car will get a 10% bump in the price because of this new engine. The engine of the car is powerful as well as tractable with 320 nm of torque. For more info on Hyundai Elantra  check Stsoft

The Hyundai Elantra is a vehicle that has a premium feel to it. Most users of this vehicle won’t even notice the fuel economy of this car. Even on this term the car manufacturers of this vehicle surprisingly gives a mileage of 18 km/l.

Hyundai Elantra Riding

The biggest improvement in this Elantra over the previous generation model comes in the driving dynamics department. Hyundai has used 53% ‘Advanced High Strength Steel’ in the body frame (previous generation used only 21%) which makes the structure more rigid and lighter. This translates into improved handling characteristics. The car feels more planted at high speeds and doesn’t feel nervous around corners. Though the handling has greatly improved, it still doesn’t beat the benchmark set by the Elantra’s German rivals. Leaving hardcore enthusiasts aside, these kind of dynamics will be happily accepted by the majority.

Ride quality has been good with the previous generation model and Hyundai has further improved it. Ride is cushioned even on undulated surfaces. The damping is much better now and you can feel this at both low and high speeds. There is no bouncy feeling and even when the car is fully loaded, the suspension does a good job of keeping the passengers comfortable. Braking performance is progressive with good pedal feel and bite. Hyundai has also added the ‘Hill Hold’ function which prevents the car from rolling backwards on a slope.

Hyundai Elantra Safety

Hyundai always gives special attention to safety and Elantra is no different. Braking duties are handled by disc brakes in the front and at the rear. The standard safety kit includes six airbags, ABS with EBD and rear parking sensors. Moreover, Emergency Stop Signal, Speed Alert System and Driver & Passenger Seatbelt Reminder are also standard. On the upper variants, you can get Front Parking Sensors, rear camera, Electronic Stability Control(ESC), Vehicle Stability Management(VSM) and IRVM with Telematics switches.

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 sixth generation Elantra is a step above the previous generation model in every sense. The second iteration of the fluidic design looks more mature and sophisticated. The interiors are a good place to be in with loads of features on offer. Both the petrol and diesel engines offer respectable performance with the convenience of the automatic transmission. With improved dynamics and safety, the all new Elantra looks poised to take the top spot in the D-segment. The icing on the cake is that Hyundai has launched it at a very competitive price which makes the entire package even more desirable.

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