“Watch and learn how Elantra tops the competition”
Hyundai had a major redesign of the Elantra back in 2011 to be more comparable to cars like the Honda Civic, since then the Elantra has been getting upgraded every year subtly but no drastic changes have been made. In all defence there has not been the need to, the current styling of the car looks great and Hyundai is able to compare to its competitors by offering similar traits while saving thousand of dollars. For 2017 however, we will see an all new Elantra with significant upgrades not only visually but also with performance, structure and all around design.
The segment of compact cars is a tough one, with so much competition it is hard to stand out above the crowd but Hyundai has there tricks. Sharp body lines help give the Elantra the definition an aerodynamic automobile, furthermore the projector headlights with LED accents and front fog lights give the vehicle on overall sporty look and great visibility. LED rear taillights are sharp and pronounced, like the headlights they are a wraparound design that take up a good chunk of space. The 17inch alloy wheels we had on our tester were devilishly appealing, they were a great design that made the car look like it was flying down the freeway even when it was at a stand still.
Step inside the Elantra with ease thanks to proximity key entry and start it with the push of a button. Leather seating surfaces and leather wrapped steering wheel give the interior a refined look, available in three colors; grey, beige, and black the option is yours. The driver seat is power adjustable with lumbar support and the steering wheel has all necessary controls for audio and bluetooth making the drivers life convenient. Heated seats back and front are standard on the Limited model and surprisingly enough the Elantra was the first compact car to offer this. Also standard on the Limited model is dual zone climate to keep all your passengers happy and comfortable.
We noticed that the Elantra was quite roomy on the inside, it boasted plenty of head room and leg room for all passengers, in-fact it was so roomy that the government actually classifies it as a mid-size sedan as opposed to a compact sedan. You might think that Hyundai took space out of the trunk to compensate for all this extra space but conveniently enough the Elantra still has plenty on luggage space, 14.8 cubic feet to be exact, this is more than most of the other cars in its class.
What I really found appealing in the interior was the fact the Hyundai kept it very clean and simple, all the controls were laid out in a easy to use manner. Still using big buttons and a volume knob along with a 7 inch touch screen for all your controls. Navigation has voice recognition and shows you real time traffic conditions along with weather, put the car in reverse and rear view camera comes on for more assistance. The voice recognition for bluetooth was precise and responsive, it was able to pick up many different multi-cultural names without any hassle or repetition. The 360-watt stereo system sounded great and offered plenty of thump. For additional added lighting and ventilation the Elantra Limited comes with a power tilt and slide sunroof.
There are only two different engine options for the Elantra, all models except for the sport model come with a 145-hp 1.8L 4-cylinder engine, this DOHC 16-valve engine is mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission with Shift-tronic. The duo of the two generates 130 lb-ft of torque and gives the car a smooth and responsive drivers feel. The Sport model however utilizes a 2.0L GDI engine that produces 173-hp with 154 kb-ft of torque, the 1.8L engine had plenty of zoom so I would love to see what kind of damage the 2.0L could do.
With selectable driving modes from Eco mode to Sport mode the Elantra gives you the option of your driving preferences, yet another selectable driver preference standard on the Limited model you don’t see in many other cars is the Drive Selectable Steering Mode (DSSM). This perhaps was one of my favourite features on the performance side of things, there are three operating modes; comfort, normal or sport, switching between the modes you are able to instantly tell that the sensitivity and stiffness varies.
As far as fuel efficiency is concerned this vehicle was able to deliver, being on of the biggest vehicles in the compact car segment it was still able to stick with the competition by boasting a combined average of 7.8L/100km (8.7 city and 6.5 HWY).
Starting with drivers assistance features the Elantra has a wide array of features standard; Traction control, ABS, Electronic Brake-force Distribution, Hill-start Assist, Drivers Blind Spot, Vehicle Stability management, brake assist and cruise control. Other safety features include; Driver an passenger front airbags, side curtain airbags, energy absorbing steering column and front and rear crumple zones. The Elantra was able to earn a 5-star rating by the NHSTSa and the top safety pick for 2015.