Hyundai Elantra


Remember Elantra? It's not time yet to forget a car that was pleasing to the taste of many, but failed to sell in great numbers and disappeared in 2006. A six-year long void is now filled with the all-new Elantra that marks the continuing evolution of Hyundai's Fluidic Sculpture design language. One needs to work at Hyundai to differentiate the Elantra from its 'fluidic siblings' at the first glance. Even though the hexagonal grille presents a more sinister smile than the Verna, the fog lamps create a flavourless impression. Again, the head lamps are so similar to Verna's, but they extend further into the fenders. In profile, the Elantra too gets that well-defined line stretching from the front door to the tail light. However, the Elantra has the sleekest and highest tail in its class and is arguably the best-looking amid other fluidic Hyundais. The New Elantra's interior doesn't resemble that of cost-cutters sedans. The bits and bobs are well appointed, with no hint of cheapness or charade of luxury.  The front seats are not only supportive and comfortable, but they are ventilated as well. The new Elantra is offered in four options - a 128 PS 1.6-litre diesel and a 150 PS 1.8 petrol - both in six-speed Manual and six-speed Auto. The diesel engine is borrowed from the Verna. Hyundai has integrated the Variable Geometry Turbochargers in an attempt to cut down turbo lag, yet there is a noticeable amount of lag that could be annoying in city driving. The all-new Fluidic Elantra is certainly the most distinctive shape in the D-segment in India. As a package, it poses a serious threat to its competitors in the segment.

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