Hyundai Elantra Review Australia | Features, Specification, Price
- Car Reviews,
- Jan 25, 2021
Are you looking for new, affordable cars that can be easily maneuvered? If yes, then you should get yourself a compact car. If you’re wondering what that is, a compact car is slightly bigger than a midsize car but smaller than a huge car (Such as an SUV). A compact car has multiple benefits such as affordable, environment friendly, and portable. A compact car can be used by anyone who has a small family since usually, these cars are pretty spacious from the inside. While we’re on the subject of compact cars, let’s discuss one of the best compact cars you’ll ever see. I’m talking about Hyundai Elantra.
Company Hyundai is one of the leading car companies in the world. Its automobiles are sold at a quite affordable price. Hyundai Elantra is a great example of a compact car that was produced in South Korea. This car has a total of seven generations. Each generation is better than the last. Let’s further discuss each of these generations:
The first car was completed in 1990. It had a unique model that competed with Ford Sierra and Opel Vectra.
The car's specifications are shown below:
✓ Powered by a Mitsubishi-designed 1.6L straight-four.
✓ Can be pushed to 60 mph in 9.5 seconds when DOHC 16-valve 1.6L unit produces 113 pat 6000 rpm
✓ It’s Top Speed is 116 mph
In 1992, the car was updated with Hyundai’s current logo to the grille.
Then came the second generation in 1995. This was offered as sedan and station wagons. Why was this generation different than the previous?
✓ When the car was launched, it had a 1.5 L Alpha SOHC inline-four engine along with a 1.8 Beta DOHC gasoline l4 engine
✓ Later, a 1.5 L lean-burn gasoline engine was also added
✓ In 1998, new grilles arrived
✓ In Europe, the car had a single front-end design, which was later updated with RD2 and J3 model codes
✓ In Australia, the GLS model was an upgrade on the GL model. This also offered a 2.0 L engine, softer cloth seats, and alloy wheels
In 2000, the third generation was introduced as a five-door hatchback and a four-door Sedan.
This generation was also known as Hyundai Avante XD, had many new updates such as:
✓ Air conditioning
✓ Power steering
✓ Power lock
✓ Power windows
In 2004, it was updated with a rear bumper, new grille, and new headlights. Let’s talk a little bit about the engine. The XD was available with 1.6-, 1.8- and 2.0-L gasoline engines and a 2.0-L turbo diesel. Its transmission was 5-speed manual and 4 speed automatic.
The next generation, also known as Hyundai Avante was introduced as a 4 door Sedan in 2006. Its engine included 1.6- Gamma and a 2.0 L Beta gasoline inline-four engine. The engines in this generation had improved fuel economy. It had a 5-speed manual transmission and an optional 4 speed automatic. This generation was scored better than the previous ones because of the improved quality of engine and performance. It had additional side airbags along with a rear head curtain and front seat-mounted torso airbags.
An LPI hybrid was presented at the Seoul Motor Show in 2009. It was the world’s first hybrid electric vehicle. It was powered by an internal combustion engine that was built to run on LPG (Liquefied petroleum gas) for fuel. It had an electric motor. Battery and low DC/DC converters. This was also the first hybrid to adopt lithium-ion batteries using more stable and fire-resistant dry polymer electrolytes from a Korean company.
This generation was introduced in 2010 and remained indifferent markets till 2017. In the US and Canadian markets, it had a new 1.8 L gasoline engine whereas, in other markets, it had a 1.6 L gasoline direct injection engine that was producing 103 kW and 167 Nm torque. It also had a new 6-speed auto or manual transmission.
This generation had a Chinese car with the name of Elantra Langdong that was released in 2012. Its front grille was replaced with a chrome-wing-shaped version instead of a hexagonal front. It had a 1.6 L MPI and a 1.8 L MPI engine with a six-speed auto and manual transmission.
Another model of the same generation was the coupe that was introduced in 2013. It had a better design than a regular sedan and included a 2.0 Nu GDi engine with a 6-speed auto and manual transmission.
The sixth generation was introduced in 2015. This generation worked more on improving the design of the car as compared to the interior. It’s roofline is sloped from the windshield to the rear of the car. It also had fewer overall curves with pentagonal headlights and taillights. Further, a hexagonal grille and redesigned bumper and body panels were also added. This had a more traditional sedan look. The interior was less curved and it had auto and temperature controls. The interior cabin space is also more than the previous generation.
This generation introduced the Elantra sport that was very popular in North America. It had a 7-speed dual-clutch auto and manual transmission with a 1.6 L direct-injected engine. It also had a flat bottomed steering wheel, red stitching on the seats, a larger front brake, an independent multi-link rear suspension, and a thicker front stabilizer bar.
This is the last and the latest generation that was introduced in 2020. This is planned to be released in 2021. It has a model code-named CN7. It's also going to have a new parametric dynamics design language. It has a Smart sense safety technology that includes FCA, BCA, RCCA, LKA, and SCC. In other words, it’s going to be one of the most updated generations.
For the people who have been using Hyundai Elantra in the past, they have built a special trust and connection with the car. One of the customers gave a review by recommending a generation according to his experience:
“For the regular Elantra, go with the SEL trim. The base SE is already well equipped with an abundance of driver assistance features plus both wireless Apple CarPlay and wireless Android Auto. But the SEL doesn't cost much more and gets you a few more desirable extras (keyless entry, for example) plus the option to add even more features from option packages.”
“Yes, the 2020 Hyundai Elantra is a good compact car. You have the option to choose between hatchback and sedan body styles, both of which have ample cargo space and deliver a smooth ride. The cabin is well-built, and the seats are comfortable. The Elantra also gets a good predicted reliability rating. The main knocks against this Hyundai are that it delivers a mundane driving experience and that even in some of its strong areas, it trails the competition.”