Hyundai Elantra Hatchback First Drive

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Hyundai Elantra Overview

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.

Hyundai added that the new car features a reduction in the gaps between panels, has thicker glass panes, makes lesser blower noise, emits lower levels of NVH, has stronger engine mounts, and also has 40 times more structural adhesives incorporated to reduce wind flow. The topping on the cake is that Hyundai has also armed the new Elantra with ‘Hyundai Premium Assurance’, which is a three years warranty with a comprehensive package.For more info on car loan visit Fincarz.

Hyundai Elantra Exteriors

The front apron gets redesigned projector head lights with LED guide light, which flanks the modified chrome-finished radiator grille. The revised body-coloured front bumper features revamped fog lights with black housings along with air intakes. The fog lights are placed towards the deeper end of the bumper. Body-painted outside rear view mirrors come with integrated turn indicator. Apart from the power-adjusting and power-folding functions, the ORVMs are also bestowed with the electrical heating function. R16 alloy wheels are shod to all four silica tyres and are available as a standard fitment across the range.

Chrome finishing has been done generously on the outside, which includes chrome outside door handles and beltline chrome moulding. Other exterior fitments available on the saloon include a printed glass antenna and an exhaust with chrome finisher. The curvaceous contours of the saloon make it stand apart as far as the designing is concerned, hence making it one of the most visually-appealing premium saloons in D segment. Bestowed with the new generation fluidic design language, Elantra’s silhouette runs smoothly from front to the rear. Rear is equally captivating as the front fascia. At the back, captivating wrap-around tail lights are equipped while slightly changed body-coloured rear bumper features reflectors.

Hyundai Elantra Interiors

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.For more information on Hyundai Elantra  check Isc2013

Hyundai Elantra Gearbox

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.

The diesel Elantra gets the ‘U2’ 1.6-litre CRDi diesel engine that produces 128bhp and 265Nm of torque and comes with the option of a six-speed manual gearbox or a six-speed torque converter automatic. Though this is the engine that was on the previous car, it is now tuned to offer better performance across the rev range. We drove the automatic version that comes with drive select mode which lets the driver choose between normal, eco and sport modes. Eco is the ideal choice if you plan to extract the best efficiency out of this motor. It picks up speed in a very linear and unhurried manner, all the way up to the 4250rpm limit. When you ease off the accelerator pedal, the revs will drop to around 2000rpm because the gears upshift quickly to save fuel. Despite the normal mode sporting similar characteristics as the eco mode, it does feel more eager in its overall response through the range. The Sport mode, like the name suggests, allows for the gears to be held on all the way to the rev limit to extract the maximum out of this engine. Get off the throttle and a lower gear is engaged keeping the revs high enough for instant performance. That said, the transmission tends to upshift slower than the downshifts. The revised damper settings with the hydraulic rebound stopper and the suspension setup lends the Elantra with a seemingly flat ride. It soaks up most undulations and only the sharper ones filter into the cabin. Though it tips slightly towards the stiffer setup overall, it rides well and makes the longer journeys pleasurable too. The steering is a huge improvement over the older car and points the car to the intended direction with reasonable precision. Since it is light and quick off the centre too, driving this saloon becomes an easy affair. We noticed that the brakes were progressive, and even though it could’ve had some more bite, the pedal feedback is accurate.

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

Front and rear axles get disc brakes, which work mutually with evidently robust braking equipments, such as anti-lock braking system with electronic brake force distribution. Brake assist is missing from the adept braking system. From the safety brigade, Elantra gets dual front airbags equipped in all variants, while side and curtain airbags are confined to the SX and SX AT trims. Some of the other safety features present in the SX and SX AT variants include electronic stability control, speed sensing auto door lock, vehicle stability management and automatic headlight control. The only feature available exquisitely in the SX AT trims is hill start control. Preeminent safety equipments proffered as standard among all variants are rear parking sensors, impact sensing door unlock, clutch lock, rear defogger with timer, front height adjustable seatbelts with seatbelt pretensioners and ignition key reminder. The diesel base variant comes bereft of electro chromic mirror bestowed on the rest of the trims.

Hyundai Elantra Cost in Chennai

Hyundai Elantra On-Road Price in Chennai ranges from 16,72,231 to 24,36,782 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 Chennai. Check for Elantra price in Chennai at Carzprice.

Hyundai Elantra Summing Up

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.

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