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2016 Hyundai Elantra review, road test

Hyundai’s strengths of visual flair and lots of equipment return with the new Elantra. But this executive sedan has an altogether more European feel.

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The Elantra, from a certain perspective, seems a bit unnecessary in Hyundai’s line-up. It’s not a high-volume seller like any of the hatchbacks, it’s not the flagship of the range as that post belongs to the Santa Fe, and for a similar price, the Creta SUV has a lot more appeal to most buyers. Moreover, the executive sedan segment has for a long time been dragging its feet, with slow sales and only a handful of carmakers still sticking it out. Yet, Hyundai has launched a brand new Elantra, which sounds a bit unusual when you realise the facelift of the last-generation car was launched only 16 months before. Truth is, Hyundai fast-tracked this launch to make sure India got the latest model as soon as possible, and this new Elantra does hold a lot of promise. Hyundai is, in fact, confident of this all-new car’s ability to jump-start this waning segment, but could it really be that good? A thorough test of all four versions should give us the answer.

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Dark colours and straight lines replace the wacky interior of the old car, but quality has taken a huge step forward.
Great visibility from driver’s seat; good support but cushions a touch too soft.
Low roof impedes ingaress a bit, but once seated, space and comfort are good.
Eco, Normal and Comfort modes alter gear shift points; exclusive to automatic variants, naturally.
Touchscreen has a cool split-screen feature, showing maps and media simultaneously.
Auto ’boxes a bit over-enthusiastic with shifts, but you can get used to it.
A segment-unique feature is ventilated/cooled front seats, but again, it’s only on the automatics.
Side intakes reduce air turbulence in front wheel arch; aids efficiency.
Slight hint of modern Jaguar in the headlamps, but it’s only a good thing.
Big hexagonal chrome grille does wonders to make the car look wider.
458-litre capacity is decent, but wheel arches intrude into usable boot space.
16-inch alloys look sporty and fill arches nicely with 60-profile tyres.
New, slimmer tail-lamps have a classy looking, triple-LED signature.
1.6 diesel is relaxed and refined, but lacks serious punch in this car.
New 2.0 petrol is super responsive; great for closing gaps in traffic.
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