Exclusive: 2016 Hyundai Elantra review.
I f you don't look back at your car after you park it, you own the wrong car. You can park Hyundai's Elantra with pride. Welcome to the world of Hyundai!The Hyundai Elantra first came to us in its 3rd generation in 2004. That car was appreciated for its space and driveability but was failed because of its terrible looks. We skipped the improved yet average looking 4th gen, and in 2012 Hyundai finally returned to the Indian market with the gorgeously fluidic 5th gen. The car was stunning, and it ruled out the market for a while, and now Hyundai is back with its 6th generation Elantra which seems to be one of the finest innovations by Hyundai.2016 Hyundai Elantra, the long awaited midsize sedan from the South Korean carmaker has been finally launched in India. It is available in both petrol and diesel variants spread across five trim levels - S, SX, SX AT, SX(O), SX(O) AT. In India, the car will go up against the likes of Skoda Octavia, Toyota Corolla Altis, among others.Hyundai has extensively worked on the design and styling of the car, and the new-gen model looks edgy and fabulous. Elantra is made up of 53 percent Advanced High Strength Steel (AHSS) that allows higher structural rigidity that improves both the driving comfort and handling.Hyundai's Elantra is out with three driving modes- eco, sports, and normal. Have a look!
The new Elantra measures 4,570 mm in length, 1,800 mm in width and 1,465 mm in height, and has a wheelbase of 2,700 mm, making it 40 mm longer and 25 mm wider than the outgoing model.
Elantra design is influenced by Hyundai's latest Fluidic Sculpture 2.0.
The car also comes with a touchscreen infotainment display with Android Auto, satellite radio, and Apple CarPlay, but only above SX variant models. The navigation system is excellent with better connectivity. Elantra is having a well-finished cabin with good plastics and comfortable seats. One can enjoy convenience features like drive mode select, smart hands-free trunk, auto cruise control, keyless entry with smart key, armrest for both front and rear seats, with USB/AUX-IN/Bluetooth connectivity.
The Elantra petrol variant is powered by larger 2.0L MPI four cylinder engine producing 152 PS and 19.5 kgm, which can be paired to a 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic with Shiftronic (Tiptronic) on the other hand diesel variant packs a 1.6 CRDi engine with 128 PS and 26.5 kg of torque. It is also available with 6-speed manual and 6-speed automatic transmissions. There are three driving modes - eco, sport, normal, which as you must've guessed alter gearshift timing, throttle response, and steering feel.
Elantra has swiveling HID headlights, emergency braking with pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control, and lane-keeping assist.
The straighter lines and pentagonal head and taillights are very attractive. The LED headlight is also sexy and adds character, and while they have a beautiful whitened glass border, the driving becomes more relaxed and comfortable as daytime running lights moved into the bumper.
Hyundai Elantra launched at Rs 12.99 lakh.