Rear: Coupled Torsion Beam Axle
Front & Rear: Disc
Fuel Tank Capacity
Rs. 19.2 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi)
I got an opportunity to put the new Hyundai
Elantra through its paces on the dusty roads of Chennai. This new sedan had a
certain charm about it. The design, smooth flowing lines, the aggressive stance
and elegant interiors all created an aura of mystery and magic around me.
Well, if you were not blown away previously
by Hyundai's Fluidic design concept then I am sure the new design on the
Hyundai Elantra will do the job. This executive sedan has looks which can rival
some German and Swedish make of cars. It sports HID projector headlamps upfront
with LED DRLs, a large hexagonal chrome front grille, LED rear combination tail
lamps, projector fog lamps, chrome door handles with pocket lights, 10-spoke 16
inch gun metal alloys and some really crisp lines running seamlessly from front
On the inside, the story is not much
different. The cabin is very functional and every little corner seems to have
been intricately thought out and designed. The Elantra features leather seats,
dual zone climate control with ventilated front seats, aluminum scuff plates,
smart key with push button start/ stop function, aluminum pedals, front and
rear seat armrests and a very handy infotainment setup which is USB, AUX and
bluetooth enabled. The overall fit and finish inside the cabin is quite good
and feels very up market and contemporary. The subtle accents of chrome and
glossy finish on the dash add to the touch and feel, while the overall quality
of materials is quite commendable.
At the heart of the Hyundai Elantra is the
same 1.6 litre diesel which also powers the Verna. However, this engine has
been re-tuned by Hyundai. The Elantra is also available with a new 2.0 litre
Petrol VTVT engine. We got our hands on the 1582cc, CRDi, Diesel which puts out
approximately 126hp at 4000rpm and 260Nm of torque from 1900 to 2750rpm. The engine comes mated to a
6-speed automatic transmission with options for a 6-speed manual transmission
also on offer. Peak power in the Elantra 1.6L, CRDi comes in at approximately
4000rpm. However, the vehicle gains momentum quick and can achieve good speeds.
We got our hands on the Elantra with the 6-speed automatic transmission. At
first I was not too impressed but once we got on to open stretches of road and
I changed the settings to sport mode everything seemed to brighten up.
The 6-speed auto box is quite refined and
the gear shifts feel seamless. The transmission comes with three different
driving modes -- Auto, Eco and Sport. While I was on the highway I engaged
Sport mode and was enjoying the drive a lot. The engine immediately becomes
more responsive and one can feel the surge of power. As soon as I hit a little
traffic, I switched to Eco mode which made the response rather dull but then
again I did not need too much power and was sure to save some fuel as well.
Speaking of fuel, the 1.6 litre, CRDi automatic returns almost 18kms to the
litre. This is more than decent for an automatic sedan of its size.
Hyundai has also tweaked the driving
dynamics of the new Elantra which has a much better steering setup. The
steering is now much more responsive and is accurate to driver inputs however
it still remains rather wooden and lacks in feedback. The suspension setup on
the new Elantra is a McPherson Strut in the front and a Coupled Torsion Beam in
the rear. The rear also comes with gas filled shock absorbers with HRS
(Hydraulic Recoil Stopper) technology. HRS makes the ride a little stiffer and
gives a sporty feel to the suspension. The chassis also feels stiffer than
before and caters for a very planted and well balanced ride even at higher
speeds. The new Elantra comes with disc brakes in the front and rear, the
braking is progressive and lends the driver a lot of control and confidence.
The cabin of the Elantra feels quite modern
and contemporary. It has a lot of functionality built into it and that makes
all the difference. The overall design of the car is very likable and checks
all the right boxes in my book. The engine also does perform exceptionally well
however we would have loved a little more performance out of it. Overall levels
of comfort are good with low NVH levels catering for a very fun and carefree
ride. This executive sedan is definitely something which the segment has been
lacking in many ways. It also has cruise control, 6 airbags including driver,
co-driver, side and curtain airbags, ABS, EBD, Electronic Stability Control,
Vehicle Stability Management, Hill-Start Assist Control and an AHSS (Advanced
High Strength Steel) construction. The new Elantra comes full loaded with
features, safety and performance and all of this at a reasonable price point.
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