ELANTRA’S A SMART LOOKER AS WELL FAMILY FRIEND
Hyundai’s eye for design is reflected in its stylish new bigger sedan
HYUNDAI ELANTRA ENGINE: 2.0-litre, four-cylinder, petrol; 112kW/192Nm. TRANSMISSION: six-speed automatic ECONOMY: 7.2 litres/100km (combined) PRICE: $27,990 drive away WOW FACTOR: Smooth handling, spacious interior WITH great sales comes great responsibility. That is especially true for Hyundai, which produces the best selling car in Australia, i30.
A fair percentage of those will obviously go to first-car buyers, drawn by the i30’s winning blend price, economy and features.
But there will be people for whom a growing family mandates the need bigger car.
Enter Elantra, Hyundai’s cost-effective means of keeping such buyers in the family.
Hyundai has gone for less-is-more treatment this newest version the
launched several months ago. It a striking and stylish new low profile that, from the front anyway, shows clear signs of sharing aspects of Hyundai’s design DNA.
Aerodynamic aids include wheel air curtains that help channel airflow around the wheels, underbody covers, a new-design lower rear bumper spoiler and longer bootlid. The new Elantra is 20mm longer, 25mm wider and 5mm taller than its predecessor.
“There’s an all-new design with the car, very smart,” Blood Hyundai’s car sales manager Dom Leo said.
“It’s also got that ‘open mouth’ look you can see in the i30 and Genesis. They’re all going for look; it’s very smart-looking from front.”
Whereas Hyundai now offers no fewer than five separate hatch versions, with Elantra you get a choice of just two spec levels — the entry level Active (which I drove) and Elite
along the choice of six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission one 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine.
Now in its sixth generation, the new power plant delivers both more power and more useable torque than Elantra Series II’s 1.8-litre MPi four-cylinder engine it replaces.
That translates to a smooth drive, linked with light steering touch, which makes for easy driving, either on the open road or around tighter suburban routes.
That’s in part owing fact that suspension and handling new Elantra have been tuned for Australian driving conditions. (Another local link is that fact that Australian steel has been used in the construction.)
Hyundai Australia’s senior manager of product planning and its lead test driver, Andrew Tuitahi, said they “tested across every road surface we could find” to get the mix right.
The front suspension has a new sub-frame with geometry designed