An accustomed bunched car masquerading as a exceptional auto sounds like a acceptable formula, and a acceptable one for buyers. Add fuel-sipping and performance-focused versions to augment absorption and the aftereffect is the 2021 Hyundai Elantra.
The nameplate was launched in the aboriginal 1990s as a budget-oriented adversary to the accustomed Honda Civic, Toyota Corolla and Ford Escort models, to name a few. Back then, the Elantra’s low bulk was its primary affirmation to fame: A new-car addition to affairs used.
Today, the Elantra is one of the top nameplates in a acreage that has suffered due to the growing acceptance of the account vehicles. But area others — conspicuously domestic-based automakers — arise to accept accustomed up on baby sedans, Hyundai is acceleration down.
The 2021 Hyundai Elantra appearance adorable ancillary creases extending forth the aperture and rear-fender panels that alloy into a aciculate block lid.
The new Elantra’s architecture is, to put it mildly, jaw-dropping and follows the accepted appearance of the beyond Sonata. Most notable is the aggressively styled “jewel pattern” grille and continued air intakes. Additionally adorable are the ancillary creases extending forth the aperture and rear-fender panels that alloy into a aciculate block lid. Accumulated with a across-the-board fastback roofline, the Elantra looks as acceptable from the rear as from the front, if not better.
Compared with the previous-gen Elantra, the 2021 archetypal is added than bristles centimetres longer, 2.5 centimetres added and it assets abutting to that bulk amid the advanced and rear wheels. The car’s hardly bargain attitude and roofline (with no accident in advanced or rear headroom) accomplish it arise beyond than abstracts contrarily indicate.
The Elantra’s stronger and lighter belvedere has additionally accustomed Hyundai’s architecture aggregation to lower the car’s centre of force to advance cornering agility.
The autogenous isn’t absolutely as affecting as the outside, but it looks absolute luxurious. An accessible 10.25-inch-wide awning for the communications, infotainment and navigation-system is positioned anon beside the cyberbanking barometer panel. A acceptable T-shaped about-face lever, instead of dials or switches, additionally speaks to the cabin’s bourgeois environment.
There’s additionally annihilation too abnormal about the Elantra’s abject engine, a 147-horsepower 2.0-litre four-cylinder that carries over from the antecedent model.
For the aboriginal time in an Elantra, however, a amalgam arrangement is optional. It consists of a 1.6-litre four-cylinder with an electric motor that makes a net 139 application and 195 pound-feet.
A six-speed chiral chiral is standard, while a continuously capricious assemblage (CVT) is optional. A quick-shifting six-speed automatic chiral is commutual with the amalgam and a seven-speed adaptation comes with the N Line.
Hyundai says the amalgam will accomplish bigger than 4.7-litres/100 km in accumulated city/highway driving. By comparison, the CVT-equipped Elantra is rated at 7.5 l/100 km in the city, 5.7 on the artery and 6.7 combined.
In addition aboriginal for the Elantra, there’s a performance-focused N-Line. It’s adapted with a turbocharged 1.6-litre four-cylinder that makes 201 application and 195 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed chiral chiral is accepted with the N Line, while a seven-speed paddle-shifted automatic is available. An absolute rear abeyance is accepted for the N Line, as it is with the hybrid. The abject Elantra uses a torsion-beam (solid) rear axle.
Pricing starts at $19,750 for the abject Essential model. It arrives with dynamic-safety tech such as forward-collision abstention with banal detection, lane-keeping assist, driver-attention admonishing and rear cross-traffic alert.
The receives a few added aliment such as dual-zone altitude ascendancy and hands-free block release. The N Line ($30,500) gets acrimonious sport-style advanced seats (power-operated for the driver) and Goodyear summer tires captivated about 18-inch wheels.
The arrangement of Elantra models and agreeable is not antithetical to what’s accessible from the top-selling Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla, but a beauteous architecture conceivably gives this Hyundai the edge.
The Elantra autogenous is amazing in its simplicity, with tidy screens and a acceptable about-face batten (no buttons or dial). This is the autogenous of the N Line, which starts at $30,500. PHOTO: HYUNDAI
What you should know: 2021 Hyundai Elantra
Type: Front-wheel-drive bunched sedan
Engines (h.p.)2.0-litre I-4 (147); 1.6-litre I-4 with electric motor (139); 1.6-litre I-4, turbocharged (201)
Market position: With domestic-based sedans — both bunched and midsize — about extinct, import-based automakers such as Hyundai now accept the arena acreage to themselves. What’s more, such automakers are advancing the articulation and not slowing down.
Points: Eye-catching architecture makes for one of the best-looking sedans on the market. • Amalgam and achievement editions should address to a added arrangement of buyers. • Autogenous architecture is conservative, but includes the latest in technology. • Accepted arrangement of assurance tech covers about all contingencies. • An adorable bulk point for all models is a huge plus.