Hyundai Corlette Drives’ high hopes that the new Elantra is remarkable enough to be a successful competitor is proving to be accurate. The all-new Elantra has returned with a mid-life update – a superb executive sedan. This is the sixth generation of the Elantra, and I think it’s fair to say that this is the most modern-looking exec sedan in the market today. According to the folks at Hyundai, the sharp creases, the pentagonal grille and flowing lines belong to the Fluidic 2.0 design language. Nonetheless, the face lift looks striking and improves the overall design’s cool proportion.
The boomerang-shaped housing for the fog lamps is not just for visual purposes, but it also helps the air circulation which is a definite improvement on its predecessor. There’s a certain amount of similarity to the outgoing Elantra but Hyundai believes, it’s necessary for the buyer to relate this one to the earlier car. At the rear end, appearance remain funky and the tail-lamps predominantly stand out – they are lit by LEDs and are, without a doubt, the neatest looking ones in the segment.
Like the outside, everything changes on the inside too as Hyundai has chosen for an all-black colour scheme and I must agree that this was a pretty sensible decision. There’s a line of matt silver running the width of the dashboard and continues through to the doors pads. A large 8inch screen on the center console solves all your multimedia and navigation needs and is also equipped with Google Auto and Apple CarPlay.
Sitting in the Elantra seems comfy to the touch with soft materials but still comparable to the one that I first encountered in the superb Creta crossover. It all comes together in an unassertive, high quality cabin additionally distinguished by the red trims splashed across the interior in an ever so subtle character. All in all, space is respectable and matches its contenders.
The range includes a 1.6-litre normally aspirated engine with 94kW and 154Nm, a 2.0-litre normally aspirated variant making 115kW and 195Nm, while the 1.6-litre turbo flagship (TGDI) puts out 150kW and 265Nm. The latter will include an exclusive seven-speed dual clutch transmission. The 1.6-litre Executive is a six-speed manual, while the 2.0-litre Elite has a six-speed automatic gearbox.
According to reports and reliable sources, the Elantras performance is fairly brisk and the transmission seems more intuitive than in its quirky siblings. Steering and solidity is slightly firmer than the outgoing model, and while the predecessors lacked a bit of feel on the steering, the newcomer has immeasurably improved on a firmer grip. For my avid female (and Male) followers, just to let you know, I will be spending a week in the Elantra, courtesy of Hyundai Corlette Drive and will undoubtedly give you an accurate interpretation based on my very own experience so watch this space for a follow up on this article 😉
In the meantime though, I can confer that since I only recently assumed a position within the field of Motor Journalism, I cannot vouch for why it is that the previous generation Elantra scooped the desired SA Car of the Year title in 2012, however, judging from merely observing and a simple site inspection of this well-equipped, elegant looking stunner which is offered with and attractive price point, I can confidently confirm that the Elantra had long ago claimed a secure foundation within the market.
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By Desh Pillay Bechan