Hyundai just launched the new sixth generation Elantra in India. This one is bigger and more upmarket than the car it replaces. Hyundai has given a complete makeover to put a tough fight against the likes of the cars like Toyota Corolla Altis, Volkswagen Jetta, Skoda Octavia and the Chevrolet Cruze.
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With the withdrawal of the Sonata, Elantra will become the flagship sedan for the Korean car manufacturer in India. Can the new Elantra rake numbers for the Hyundai in the premium sedan segment?
The new Elantra has a conservative yet upmarket design than its edgy predecessor. The proportions are safe and sharp. The family resemblance to the larger models like the Sonata is quite evident. The car gets a totally new face with the upright hexagonal grille dominating the front. The boomerang shaped housing for the fog lamps really complements the hexagonal grills on both sides, it also takes in the air and guides it to the front wheels to form an air curtain around the wheels.
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The side has a coupe-like roof line and slops directly at the boot section with the C-Pillar just blends with the boot. The boot also has a spoiler integrated into it. The wrap around and sharply styled LED rear lamps gives a sharp look to the rear along with nicely designed rear. The car measures 4570 mm X 1800 mm X 1470 mm (L X W X H) and spots 205/60 R16 tyres.
Get into the car and immediately gives you an upmarket feel compared to its predecessor. Everything here is relatively conservative but elegantly put together, with loads of equipment. The car gets an 8-inch touch screen infotainment system with sat-nav as well as Apple Car Play and Android Auto for mirroring your smartphone. The dashboard has an upmarket feel with lots of soft touch plastics.
The car gets a dual-zone climate control system. The driver seat is 10-way electrically adjustable system but sans memory function. The top of the line model gets an anti-pinch sunroof as well. The legroom at the front and rear are more than sufficient even for tall passengers. At the rear, the seats lack under-thigh support and also the sloping roof eats away crucial headroom. Boot space is a moderate 458-liter, which is 38 liters more than the outgoing model. Also, the rear seats can be folded down to load in longer items.
Engine and Performance
The car comes in petrol as well as diesel variants. The petrol Elantra is powered by the new 2.0 liter Nu naturally aspirated petrol engine. This 16-valve petrol motor dishes out 149 bhp power and 192 Nm torque. The transmission duties are carried out by a 6-speed torque converter and also has a manual mode. The car also gets two ECU modes, the Eco and Power. It’s a high revving petrol motor but not a very quick motor compared to the segment mates. The car has ample power, but if you are looking for some tyre shredding sorts, this is not the car for you.
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The diesel model comes with the same 1.6 Liter power pot that generates 126 bhp power and 260 Nm torque doing duties on the Hyundai Verna and the Creta. This one gets a 6-speed manual and automatic transmissions. The tuning and engine characteristics are same as that on the Verna and Creta as well.
Handling and Ride Comfort
Hyundai has extensively tested the car with various suspension combinations to derive the best balance between ride and handling. The car is pretty composed when handling tight twisties. The power steering is pretty light at low speeds and weighs up with speed. Hyundai has given the new Elantra a firmer suspension setup compared to the older car. The car has disc brakes on all four wheels with ABS and EBD.
The prices for the petrol starts at Rs 12.99 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi) for the base manual variant all the way to Rs 17.99 lakh for the top trim SX(O) AT. The diesel models are priced in the Rs 14.75 lakh to Rs 19.19 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi). Hyundai has priced the car aggressively below the segment leader Corolla.
The new Hyundai Elantra has lost some of its crazy design elements and became sober this time. The new cabin is a big step over the old model. Overall, the 2016 Elantra is an impressive package in the premium executive sedan segment