Hyundai’s signature hexagonal grille, as seen across its model family, features prominently on the front of the restyled Hyundai Elantra. New slim projector headlights sit either side with standard fog lights below. A focus on aerodynamics should see the Elantra achieve better fuel economy than its predecessor. Features like the front wheel ‘air curtains’ have been pulled from the Sonata Hybrid to channel air airflow around the wheels and reduce wind resistance.
The new Elantra comes in two variants; Active (pictured top, below) and Elite (pictured above). All are powered exclusively by a new 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine that produces 112kW and 192Nm with an emphasis on low-end torque delivery. Hyundai claims increased driveability and better real-world performance.
Active and Elite variants now feature a 7-inch touchscreen and Apple CarPlay for premium iPhone integration. A rear-view camera with park assist technology is standard, as is cruise control, LED daytime running lamps and automatic dusk-sensing headlights. Alloy wheels and a full size spare are included across all models.
Touted by Hyundai as the ‘best-ever Elantra’, the attractive sedan is completely redesigned inside and out. The new cabin offers more shoulder room front and back and increased rear head room. New construction methods and materials have resulted in a stronger body for the Elantra meaning better handling and safety.
Hyundai has spent significant time optimising the Elantra’s suspension tune for Australian conditions. 48 separate suspension configurations were tested before settling, including 15 different front damper units, 34 rear damper units, and multiple different springs, sway bars and bushes.
“We’re very happy with the new Elantra,” says Hyundai’s local product planning manager (and lead test driver), Andrew Tuitahi. “Apart from its refined new looks, advanced construction methods and significant value improvement, the new car is really enjoyable to drive.