Much to our surprise, when Hyundai launched the new Elantra in India back in 2016, we just couldn’t believe that so many features could be put inside a car that costs less than Rs 20 Lakh for the top spec variant. Hyundai’s Elantra was a very poised car and when they launched it in it’s newest avatar it looked even more handsome than ever.
The fluidic design language definitely adds a charm to Hyundai cars in India and the Verna is the biggest example of it. The Elantra takes design to a new level for Hyundai in India. The car that we drove for our review was the Nu 2.0 MPi 6-Speed Automatic SX(O) variant of the Elantra that’s priced at Rs 18,10,188 (ex-Showroom, Delhi) and here’s what we think about it after driving it for over 1000 kilometers.
The 6th Generation Hyundai Elantra is now more aerodynamic than ever. One look at it and you know that Hyundai has used its design team to its potential. There is a new headlamp design and you also get rear LED combination lamps now that look stunning.
The new Wheel air curtains on the front bumper of the car add to the chiselled look of the car. The new chrome grille up front give the Elantra an aggressive stance small things like a shark fin antennae on the roof looks neatly integrated and not off place in the car.
The lines on the new Elantra flows with nothing that can be a sore spot to your eyes. The DRLs on the Elantra are also done well and give the car an appearance of a predator. The chrome handles and an electronic sunroof are add-ons to the Elantra that will make you skewed towards this car even more. And yes, door scuff plates adds an extra touch of elegance to the new Elantra as well.
The Hyundai Elantra that we drove was the Petrol SX(O) variant that comes with a 6-speed automatic transmission. It’s a 2.0-litre petrol motor that comes with performance figures of 152 PS power and 192 Nm of torque. This is a powerful engine that will never let you wanting for more from this car.
Yes, it’s a 2-litre petrol engine and that means low fuel efficiency. The Elantra on our test in both city and highway driving condition gave us a combined fuel economy average of 14.3 Km/l. The highest fuel efficiency that the Elantra onboard computers showed us when we were light on the throttle was 17.1 km/l. The 6-speed automatic transmission is quick enough but don’t expect it to function like a DSG gearbox that’s seen on German cars of this class.