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New Hyundai Elantra review, test drive and video

5th Jul 2012 10:34 pm

Hyundai's attractive and fully loaded new Elantra comes powered by a 126bhp diesel and a 146bhp petrol. Here's our first impression.

  • Make : Hyundai
  • Model : Elantra

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Like all recent Hyundais, the new Elantra follows the fluidic design theme. The swoops and flowing lines are easy on the eye, the elongated body gives it an extra dash of elegance, and when viewed from certain angles, it looks like a stretched Verna. Still there’s no doubt, this is probably Hyundai’s best-looking three-box yet. It is bigger than the Verna of course, and is 4.53 metres long, making it about the size of a Skoda Laura.

The wheelbase however is much longer at 2.7 metres and that, of course, means there is plenty of space in the cabin, even in the back. The rear seat is very supportive, the floor is flat and levels of comfort are high, but the swooping roof indicates that headroom could be an issue for taller passengers. And you do feel a bit hemmed-in on the back seat due to the high waistline of the car and the low roof. Quality levels however are higher than those of the Verna, especially on the dash, and as expected, there’s more equipment here than on many luxury cars. On the top-end version you get ESP, six airbags, powered and ventilated seats, dual-zone air-conditioning, audio control for rear seat passengers, cruise control and even heated mirrors.

New Hyundai Elantra photo gallery 

The fifth-generation Elantra (codename: MD) comes powered by a 126bhp 1.6-litre diesel and a 146bhp 1.8 petrol. The diesel is the same as on the Verna and feels just as smooth and refined. Overall performance is quite strong and it pulls well once on the move. There is a bit of turbo lag however and this could be mildly irritating in traffic. The Elantra also does not feel as quick as something like a VW Jetta, despite also having a six-speed gearbox.

The petrol motor has decent performance but when worked hard, it sounds gruff and feels a bit strained. We drove the 6-speed automatic car and found the gearbox a bit slow to respond. Also, it hangs on to higher gears a lot. The petrol Elantra is fairly quick, but it doesn’t feel exciting.

The new Elantra is not as agile or as confidence-inspiring a handler either, and the steering, like on the Verna, feels light and disconnected. The rear is softly sprung and this is soon pretty clear, this car is better suited to being driven at a more relaxed pace. The flipside however is that the Elantra rides pretty well on its 205/60 R16 tyres.

Attractive, well equipped, very refined and comfortable, Hyundai’s all-new Elantra has a lot going for it. 

 

New Elantra prices (Ex-showroom, Delhi)

Petrol: 

S MT: Rs 12.51 lakh
SX MT: Rs 13.74 lakh
SX AT: Rs 14.74 lakh
 
Diesel: 
 
Base: Rs 12.91 lakh
S MT: Rs 13.64 lakh
SX MT: Rs 14.85 lakh
SX AT: Rs 15.85 lakh

New Hyundai Elantra photo gallery 

ENGINE Petrol Petrol AT Diesel Diesel AT
Fuel Type / Propulsion Diesel/Petrol - - -
Torque to Weight Ratio (Nm/tonne) 26.5kgm at 1700-2500rpm/ 18.1 kgm at 4500rpm - - -
Hybrid type 1582cc, 4-cyl, 16valve, DOHC with VGT/ 1797cc 4cyl DOHC with Dual VVT - - -
Power 126.2bhp at 4000 rpm/ 147bhp at 6500 rpm - - -
TRANSMISSION Petrol Petrol AT Diesel Diesel AT
No of Gears 6-speed manual/auto - - -
EFFICIENCY Petrol Petrol AT Diesel Diesel AT
Tank size (lts) 56 litres - - -
BODY Petrol Petrol AT Diesel Diesel AT
Rear Tyre 205/60R16 - - -
Wheels 16-inch Alloy - - -
SUSPENSION Petrol Petrol AT Diesel Diesel AT
Front Macpherson Strut type with coil spring - - -
Rear Coupled Torsion beam axle - - -
BRAKES Petrol Petrol AT Diesel Diesel AT
Front Disc - - -
Rear Disc - - -
Dimensions Petrol Petrol AT Diesel Diesel AT
Length (mm) 4530mm - - -
Width (mm) 1775mm - - -
Height (mm) 1470mm - - -
Wheelbase (mm) 2700mm - - -
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