Hyundai’s sixth-gen Elantra gets turbo treat­ment

The Star Early Edition - - MOTORING - JESSE ADAMS

IT’S BEEN a long two years since we first saw Hyundai’s sixth gen­er­a­tion Elantra un­veiled at the LA Auto Show in 2015, but now the Jetta and Corolla-sized sedan is fi­nally on sale in South Africa in an all-new guise.

The Elantra range has grown from two rel­a­tively ba­sic derivatives in pre­vi­ous form, to four vari­ants which in­clude two more pow­er­ful en­gine choices.

The bot­tom two Ex­ec­u­tive mod­els - with ei­ther six-speed man­ual or au­to­boxes - come with the same nat­u­rally as­pi­rated 1.6 petrol as be­fore but slightly down­tuned to 94kW and 154Nm (from 96 and 157) for im­proved fuel con­sump­tion. On that note, the man­ual re­turns a claimed av­er­age of 6.5 litres per 100km, and the auto is a bit thirstier at 6.9l/100km.

Next up is a 2-litre nat­u­rally as­pi­rated petrol bor­rowed from the Tuc­son SUV range, with iden­ti­cal out­puts of 115kW and 195Nm. This is the least eco­nom­i­cal op­tion with 8.3l/100km claims, but of­fers the high­est pos­si­ble Elite spec level at a 50 grand sav­ing over the flag­ship Elite Turbo.

The range-top­ping Elantra gets the same 150kW/265Nm 1.6-litre turbo as the Veloster coupe, mated to the same seven-speed dual-clutch pad­dle shifter. With a claimed 0-100km/h time of 7.7 sec­onds, this is cer­tainly one of the quick­est cars among di­rect com­peti­tors but you’ll have to pay for the priv­i­lege be­cause it’s also one of the prici­est in the class. Hyundai claims 7.9 litres per 100km in this model.

The base Ex­ec­u­tives are well stocked right out of the gate with hi-res colour touch­screens in­clud­ing nav­i­ga­tion, Blue­tooth phone pair­ing, aux and USB in­puts, and six speak­ers. This 20.3cm dis­play can also mir­ror smart­phone screens via HDMI in­put, but a sep­a­rate adapter will be re­quired.

They’re also equipped with man­made leather seats, cruise con­trol, six airbags, re­mote cen­tral lock­ing, rear park­ing sen­sors and man­ual air con­di­tion­ing, but up­per Elites add rain-sens­ing wipers, au­to­matic cli­mate con­trol, rear air vents, key­less start and elec­tronic sta­bil­ity con­trol (no ESC in Ex­ec­u­tives). Con­tin­ued on Page 3

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