Please Tell Us Your City

Hyundai Elantra Review: 2015 Hyundai Elantra Facelift Review

2015 Hyundai Elantra Facelift Review

By Aditya Chatterjee; 29th May, 2015
Introduction

2015 Hyundai Elantra Facelift Review

To think of it, there aren’t enough reasons to justify Hyundai Elantra’s discouraging sales. Undoubtedly, it is the most beautiful car in its range and does come with impressive features. In fact, it was the Elantra which brought in a class of aspiration among its generation.

Hyundai Elantra

Over the years, Hyundai’s prowess in making hatchbacks and mid-sized sedans has been well proven but then when it comes to their expensive offerings, the response is less enthusiastic. Hyundai wishes to change this perception and therefore has updated the Elantra with design tweaks on the outside as well as on the inside. We take a detailed look. 

Exterior

The Hyundai Elantra is unarguably the best looking sedan in its class. There were some instances where we found its overall design even better than the Mercedes-Benz CLA –Class, without any exaggeration. The Fluidic Sculpture is best seen on the Elantra as its generous proportions of metal justify the modern design philosophy.

Hyundai Elantra

In the list of updates, most importantly, the headlights feature projector lamps as standard across all variants. What make these amazing headlights a lot cooler than normal are the LED guide lights, which surround the projector lamp from all sides forming a radiant arch. The front bumper has a bolder design with striking contours. It also gets subtle chrome inserts. The fog lamps too have got a new shape and positioning on the front bumper.

Flowing roofline of the Elantra makes it look like a one piece design with an integrated beltline. The old school alloy design has been replaced by more modern 16 inch 10-spoke alloy wheels. The door handles are treated in chrome. Even the beltline now sports chrome lining to make it look more elegant than before. The long flowing contour of the Elantra with flared wheel arches makes it second to none in terms of design appeal.

Hyundai Elantra

It gets new combination tail lamps on the rear which has an LED effect, similar to the one seen on the 4S Fluidic Verna, except for this one being more upmarket and stylish than the mid-sized offering. The two tone finish on the rear bumper gives it a wider stance than before. The under section of the new bumper is finished in mate plastic and this time the exhaust pipe on the right is exposed with a pentagonal opening done in an aluminium finish.

 

Interior

When it comes to making interiors which can impress Indian consumers, there is no beating Hyundai. They have a keen ear to hear the increasing demands and also make sure they fulfil them. Be it the range starter Hyundai Eon or even their flagship, every car has features which its immediate rivals and above don’t have. Over the years, they have also improved greatly on the quality of finish, plastics and the trim levels.

Hyundai Elantra

To begin with, Hyundai has swapped its beige and ebony colours with an all black interior. The advantage of this is that it now feels more upmarket and sophisticated. Not that I had any disliking for the beige as brighter shades make the cabin feel larger but the only disadvantage was about it having a tendency to attract dirt very easily. Also, the new all black trims have been finished very well.

Pay a more detailed attention and you would find a subtle difference on the dashboard layout. The central air-con vents which were placed below have been moved up to a more central location to make sure the unit displaces air evenly. The other minor yet extremely effective change is an introduction of a 4.3 inch touchscreen unit, which replaces the dated click and rotate system. The screen still doesn’t offer navigation but has convenient options to choose from. It also doubles up as a rear-view camera, a far better option than the eye stressing one on the rear view mirror.

Hyundai Elantra

It gets a dual zone fully automatic climate control system which helps set individual temperatures. The AC unit with cluster ionizer is really effective and was at its best even as the sun kept blazing on the roof. Rear passengers get individual AC vents. The other feature of Elantra, which none in its class offer is a seat cooler. It totally takes the comfort level a notch higher and so do the cushioning of reclined rear seats. The under thigh support, lumbar support is very much in its place to comfort the rear passengers on long trips.

 

Performance

It looks like a dream and feels comforting inside, wondering if the same is felt on the tarmac as well. Hyundai cars have never disappointed me in terms of performance, ride and handling. No, I am not saying they are the best in the business as the Europeans know a bit more but if you are not straining your eyes and hands to test the performance of a car only, Hyundais do a good job.

Hyundai Elantra

The New Elantra runs on the same mechanical setup as earlier. We drove the 1.6 SX MT variant. It has a 1582cc diesel mill making 128PS of power and 260Nm of torque and comes equipped with a 6-speed manual transmission. Before pushing it away for the VW Jetta or the Skoda Octavia, the latter options have a bigger engine and are also heavier than the Elantra.

They didn’t make the Elantra to manoeuvre tight turns and short corners with the greatest of agility instead it is for those who enjoy spirited style of driving occasionally. The soft on tarmac suspensions swallow potholes and undulations with great ease. The cabin is so well insulated from outside ambience that even a sudden shudder on speed breakers doesn’t create any difference inside the cabin.

Hyundai Elantra

One has to keep tapping the clutch and shifting through the entire range in a typically traffic clad area as the motor feels exhausted at low range. It is only when the tacho needle crosses along the end of low rev range; there is sufficient torque to push the car into a high speed zone. It is definitely lighter than most other popular cars but that doesn’t affect its straight line stability which is very impressive.

While cornering at a high speed, the Elantra doesn’t feel as confidence inspiring as its rivals. The soft setup and overall dimensions of this sedan make is less agile around corners. While exiting a turn, it needs a stronger push and if too hard on the throttle, then there is a marginal body roll felt.

Hyundai Elantra

The diesel motor is one of the quietest in its range. The auto shift can be a good option for the city crawler. It is not less of a fun creature itself but not as much as the classic stick shift, where the driver can belt out the ideal outright performance according to his own whims.

 

Tech specs
Technical Specifications
 Make Hyundai
 Model Elantra
Variant 1.6 SX MT
Fuel Diesel
Engine Capacity 1582
Power in PS/RPM 126 / 4000
Torque in Nm/RPM 260 / 1900
Gears 6 - MT
Length mm 4550
Width mm 1775
Height mm 1470
Wheel base mm 2700
Kerb Weight in Kg 1329
Ground clearance mm NA
Fuel tank capacity L 56
Tyre Spec 205 / 60 R16
Features
Features Base S SX
Electronic Stability Program (ESP) No No Yes
Dual Front Airbags Yes Yes Yes
ABS & EBD Yes Yes Yes
Rear Disc brakes Yes Yes Yes
Projector Headlamps with LED Guide Light Yes Yes Yes
Body Coloured Outside Rearview Mirror with Turn Indicators Yes Yes Yes
Chrome Radiator Grille Yes Yes Yes
Pure Leather Seats and Trim No No Yes
10-way adjustable Power driver seat w/ electric Lumber support No No Yes
Driver Seat height Adjustment Yes Yes Yes
Tilt and Telescopic Steering Yes Yes Yes
Dual Zone Fully Automatic Temperature Control Yes Yes Yes
Cluster ionizer Yes Yes Yes
Rear AC Vents Yes Yes Yes
2 Din Audio with Radio,CD & MP3 Player Yes Yes Yes
USB, AUX-in, iPod cable & Bluetooth connectivity Yes Yes Yes
4.3” Touch Screen Audio No No Yes
4 Speakers with 2 Tweeters System Yes Yes Yes
Auto Cruise control No No Yes
Smart key with push button start No Yes Yes
Folding key with keyless function and burglar alarm Yes Yes Yes
Competition
Specifications
Hyundai
Elantra
Volkswagen
Jetta
Skoda
Octavia
Variant 1.6 SX MT Highline TDI Ambition 2.0 TDI CR
Fuel Diesel Diesel Diesel
Engine Capacity 1582 1968 1968
Power in PS/RPM 126 / 4000 138 / 4200 141 / 4000
Torque in Nm/RPM 260 / 1900 320 / 1750 320 / 1750
Gears 6 - MT 6 - MT 6 - MT
Length mm 4550 4659 4659
Width mm 1775 1778 1814
Height mm 1470 1453 1476
Wheel base mm 2700 2648 2688
Kerb Weight in Kg 1329 1401 1340
Ground clearance mm NA 159 155
Fuel tank capacity L 56 55 50
Tyre Spec 205 / 60 R16 205 / 55 R16 205 / 55 R16
Conclusion

It might sound a bit repetitive but the design of Hyundai Elantra plays a single highly influential reason on why one must just get this car without caring about anything at all. The Elantra’s premium appeal scores a lot more than its understated rivals. Surely, it might not feel as sophisticated but not all enjoy subtle things in life. It is definitely a head turner and scores more points over the Skoda Octavia and even the VW Jetta.

Hyundai Elantra

The new Elantra shows a strong dedication by Hyundai to break in the premium class. The results won’t be seen immediately as it takes time for the mindsets to change. Over a period, it will happen. Till then if you want a premium and unique offering which is not seen in many numbers, the new Elantra is a great choice.

Hyundai Elantra