2019 Hyundai Elantra
Nothing much wrong with this
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- 03 Jun 2019
By James Park
Hyundai Canada sold about 42,000 Elantras last year, making this compact family sedan – once again – the company’s best-selling vehicle.
Riding the wave of consumer demand for small utilities, Kona, a sub-compact crossover introduced last year, may eventually become Hyundai’s most popular model in Canada. For now, though, the Elantra’s place on top remains safe.
The Elantra’s been around since beginning of the Nineties. Unveiled in 2016 as 2017 year model, the sixth-generation Elantra motors on as stylish, relatively inexpensive, reliable and safe mode of transportation.
There’s nothing much wrong with that car, especially the exterior styling in this writer’s humble opinion. Nonetheless, the designers somehow felt the need for a ‘mid-term refresh’ and the result, sadly (personally speaking, of course), veers from the mark.
The car’s basic shape remains as it is but the front grill takes on a bigger and more blatant hexagonal profile, which is okay. However, the triangular headlights, as well as lower triangular shaped pods that contain, yet again, triangular fog lights conspire to turn the elegant demeanor of the previous model into cartoonish.
Little more tolerable to this writer’s eyes, the back end sports different taillight design and bigger letters spell out the car’s name. Make no mistake – the latest iteration is not a bad-looking car. However, it seems the designers made changes just for the sake of making changes.
As before, the same two-litre Atkinson-cycle four cylinders provide motivation. Good for maximum 147 horsepower and 132 lb-ft of torque, this relatively frugal engine mates with six-speed automatic transmission that delivers power to the front wheels.
Elantra’s corporate cousin, Kia Forte, has already switched to IVT (Intelligent Variable Transmission), Hyundai/Kia’s own version of CVT. Elantra, too, will make the transition for the 2020 model year. This will make the car a little more expensive.
For now, the base Essential model starts from $16,999 before taxes and other fees. Preferred ($19,999) and Luxury ($24,099) lead to the top-of-the-line Ultimate that goes for $27,399.
All models boast of long list of standard equipments but the Ultimate also comes with 8-inch touch-screen infotainment with Apple Carplay and Android Auto connectivity, heated rear seats, adaptive cruise control, forward collision avoidance, 17’ alloys, Infinity premium audio and so on. Some of these are hard to find in cars that are 20,000 dollars or more expensive.
Found in many hybrid vehicles, Atkinson-Cycle engines sacrifice bit of torque for better fuel-efficiency. The Elantra’s version pumps out adequate power for everyday use and gets decent, if not stellar, gas mileage.
Keep in mind that this vehicle happens to be a family sedan and you’ll not be disappointed with its athletic competency. The Elantra does not aspire to be a sports sedan and that’s just fine for its raison d’être. Still, the car displays enough nimbleness to make things interesting for a while.
The Ultimate model loaned to this writer, however, shows bit of identity crisis with stiff (more than expected) suspension that may help with handling but will jolt the passengers over even small bumps and potholes. The car should focus more on giving gentle and smoother ride.
I don’t know why there’s need for three driving modes, but the Sport mode does tighten things up a little and the transmission holds each gear longer for more eager acceleration. The Smart mode is supposed to learn the driver’s habits, but is still a work in progress. Just leave it in Comfort and forget about it.
The official fuel mileage is posted as 8.3 litres of regular juice per 100 km in city and 6.4 litres on highway. The aforementioned Forte with the same engine but CVT gets 7.7 and 5.9 litres, respectively. No doubt, the Elantra switching to CVT would see similar improvement.
At the end of the day, Elantra remains all-around nice family sedan. As the sales numbers suggest, many Canadian customers agree. (James Park is a member of the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada.)
2019 Hyundai Elantra Ultimate
Engine: 2.0 litre four
Power: 147 hp/132 lb-ft
Transmission: 6 spd auto
Fuel: 8.3 litres per 100km (city), 6.4 litres (highway)
Best: long list of equipments
Worst: face-lift is not an improvement
Competition: Honda Civic, Toyota Corolla, Mazda3, Kia Forte, VW Jetta
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