• Cabin is well put together and the dash design is unique
    Cabin is well put together and the dash design is unique
  • Tip-tronic shifting available.
    Tip-tronic shifting available.
  • Front seats are ventilated.
    Front seats are ventilated.
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Hyundai Elantra CRDi AT review, test drive

17th Nov 2012 4:33 pm

Great looks, lots of equipment, diesel economy and the convenience of an auto ’box. What more could you ask for?

  • Make : Hyundai
  • Model : Elantra

At Rs 15.85 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi), the diesel automatic is the most expensive variant of the Elantra. But as our drive revealed, it’s also the best version of Hyundai’s swanky new executive express. Here’s why.

At the heart of the car is the 126bhp, 1.6-litre turbo-diesel from the Verna which, on the Elantra, is mated to a six-speed, torque-converter automatic gearbox. While both the power and torque are quite modest for this class of car, the real-world performance is actally quite good. Drive in an unhurried manner and the gearbox works well enough to keep you in the right gear at all speeds, and makes the Elantra feel quite peppy. Part-throttle responses are good and there’s little hesitation from either engine or gearbox in stop-start traffic. Out cruising on the highway too, you’ll have little to complain about with the powertrain. 
 
It’s only when you mash the throttle down that you notice the power delivery isn’t very linear (there’s a noticeable step up after 2000rpm), and that the engine gets quite noisy as the revs rise. The gearbox also feels a bit indecisive when you want a sudden burst of power, and lacks the on-demand response we know from the dual-clutch gearboxes of the VW Jetta and Skoda Laura. You do have the option to shift gears manually in tiptronic mode for better control, but there are no paddle shifters. On the drag strip too, the Elantra will find it hard to keep up with its European rivals. To put things in perspective, its 10.92 second, 0-100kph time is a full 1.2 seconds off the Laura automatic’s benchmark time.
 
On all other counts, the diesel auto is the same as the other Elantras we’ve tested before. So you can expect a good low speed ride, a slightly bumpy ride at highway speeds and an overly-assisted power steering. You also get the same well-finished cabin and rear seats that lack sufficient thigh support. However, this car’s raison d’etre is to provide unstressed and relatively economical motoring, and that’s exactly where it shines. Good to drive in traffic, fairly fuel efficient (we got 11.2kpl in the city), and packed with features, this version of the Elantra meets the needs of most self-driven executive car buyers. Just don’t expect it to pull at your heartstrings.

PRICE Petrol Petrol AT Diesel Diesel AT
Price Range Ex-showroom - Delhi Rs 15.85 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi) - - -
ENGINE Petrol Petrol AT Diesel Diesel AT
Fuel Type / Propulsion Diesel - - -
Torque to Weight Ratio (Nm/tonne) 26.5kgm at 1900-2750rpm - - -
Power 126bhp at 4000rpm - - -
TRANSMISSION Petrol Petrol AT Diesel Diesel AT
No of Gears 6-speed automatic - - -
EFFICIENCY Petrol Petrol AT Diesel Diesel AT
City (kpl) 11.2kpl - - -
Highway (kpl) 16.2kpl - - -
Tank size (lts) 56 litres - - -
ACCELERATION Petrol Petrol AT Diesel Diesel AT
20-80kph (in third gear) (sec) 6.89sec - - -
40-100kph (in fourth gear) (sec) 8.86sec - - -
BODY Petrol Petrol AT Diesel Diesel AT
Rear Tyre 205/60 R16 - - -
Dimensions Petrol Petrol AT Diesel Diesel AT
Length (mm) 4530mm - - -
Width (mm) 1775mm - - -
Height (mm) 1470mm - - -
Wheelbase (mm) 2700mm - - -
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