Elantra gives bang for your buck

Pilbara News - - Motoring - Ewan Kennedy

Hyundai has added to its sporty SR model range with the in­tro­duc­tion of an Elantra SR four-door sedan.

With a turbo-petrol en­gine pro­duc­ing more power than oth­ers in its class, it fea­tures Aus­tralian-tuned sus­pen­sion and steer­ing aimed at pro­duc­ing the sort of car that keen Aus­tralian driv­ers love.

And, at a start­ing price of $28,990, it cer­tainly pro­vides a lot of bang for your bucks.

The 1.6-litre en­gine pro­duces 150kW of power, and 265Nm of torque across a wide spread from just 1500 rpm and go­ing all the way to 4500 revs. To achieve this, it uses direct fuel in­jec­tion, con­tin­u­ously vari­able tim­ing on all valves, roller tim­ing chain and anti-fric­tion coat­ings.

Trans­mis­sion to the front wheels is ei­ther through a six-speed man­ual or seven-speed dual-clutch au­to­matic. The lat­ter has pad­dleshifters mounted on the flat-bot­tomed mul­ti­func­tion steer­ing wheel.

Elantra SR Turbo au­to­matic also has Hyundai’s Drive Mode Se­lect sys­tem with Nor­mal, Eco and Sport modes. This is not fit­ted to cars with a man­ual gear­box.

Hyundai’s new Elantra SR Turbo de­buts an ad­vanced new-de­sign plat­form shown at the re­cent Paris Mo­tor Show.

In­ter­est­ingly, the plat­form as used by the Elantra SR Turbo has multi-link in­de­pen­dent rear sus­pen­sion, whereas a sim­pler tor­sion bar lay­out is used on the other mod­els in the Elantra range.

This plat­form was de­signed and de­vel­oped in Europe and re­fined at the Nur­bur­gring Nord­schleife in Ger­many and at Hyundai’s Namyang R&D cen­tre in South Korea.

Its ride and han­dling was honed fur­ther in Aus­tralia by HMCA’s chas­sis and sus­pen­sion tun­ing team led by gen­eral man­ager prod­uct en­gi­neer­ing Hee Loong Wong.

Lo­cal work in­volved months of ex­haus­tive real-world test­ing over thou­sands of kilo­me­tres com­pris­ing ev­ery type of Aus­tralian road sur­face.

Closed-cir­cuit high-speed han­dling tests also were also car­ried out in Aus­tralia.

Larger front brake discs (+25mm di­am­e­ter and +2mm thick­ness) are part of the SR Turbo pack­age.

Style-wise the SR has a deeper front bumper and ra­di­a­tor grille, with pi­ano-black sur­rounds and a red Turbo badge.

It also has re­vised tail-lights, a full body kit and rides on twin­spoke 17-inch al­loy wheels. A power-op­er­ated sun­roof is part of the pack­age.

In­side are form-fit­ting front bucket sports seats with rel­a­tively high side bol­sters. Black leather­ap­pointed up­hol­stery with red stitch­ing is stan­dard. Red up­hol­stery is a $295 op­tion. Ped­als are sporty drilled al­loy in de­sign.

The driver’s seat is 10-way elec­tri­cally ad­justable (plus two-way ad­justable lum­bar sup­port). Un­usu­ally, the front pas­sen­ger seat is height ad­justable. Both front seats of­fer three-stage heat­ing.

In­fo­tain­ment is pro­vided by a 7.0inch touch­screen au­dio sys­tem with MP3, dig­i­tal iPod, Blue­tooth, Ap­ple CarPlay and An­droid Auto.

Hyundai’s ac­tive and pas­sive safety fea­tures in­clude so­phis­ti­cated elec­tronic sta­bil­ity con­trol fea­tures, bind spot de­tec­tion, lane change as­sist and rear cross traf­fic alert.

Elantra has six airbags and achieved the max­i­mum five-star AN­CAP safety rat­ing.

Prices have been re­leased, with the SR Turbo six-speed man­ual sell­ing for $28,990 and the sev­en­speed dual clutch au­to­matic for $31,290.

Me­tal­lic or mica paint is a $495 op­tion. These prices ex­clude dealer or govern­ment charges.

Pic­tures: Mar­que Mo­tor­ing

The SR has a deeper front bumper and ra­di­a­tor grille with pi­ano-black sur­rounds.

Red up­hol­stery is a $295 op­tion.

The sleek Hyundai Elantra SR.

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