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The Hyundai Elantra may have not sold well when it first arrived into the Indian market but never meant it wasn’t a good car. It was just to advanced for the maturity of the Indian consumer. But now since our market is ripe, Hyundai have re-launched the Elantra and it looks as gorgeous as ever. The Hyundai brand ahs built itself up to have a very good reputation in India, and the Elantra will be the company’s entry level sedan in the luxury segment. This long and smooth looking sedan has been crafted well for a beautiful modern exterior design. The interiors are also very good, however not on the same par in terms of quality as its closest competitors, but it still is decent and spacious. It does come with a lot of features though, some of which are not found in other sedans. There is an option of both automatic as well as manual transmission as well as diesel and petrol engines along with a host of variants. The overall drive quality of the car is also very good, something which Hyundai has been working on very hard in the past, and it looks like it has paid off. It also comes with a lot of safety features.
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Hyundai Elantra Expert Review

Car Rating MethologyRatings
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  • Design & Styling
  • 14/15
  • Interiors
  • 8/10
  • Engine & Transmission
  • 8/10
  • Performance and Handling
  • 13/15
  • Fuel Efficiency
  • 7/10
  • Features
  • 9/10
  • Safety
  • 4/5
  • Quality & Reliability
  • 8/10
  • Value for Money
  • 12/15
  • Overall Score
  • 83/100

The Elantra first came into India last decade when the mid-size sedan market was not very popular. Sales were poor and the Korean maker discontinued the car. In 2012 things were looking brighter in the Indian market – much brighter actually – and the Elantra had undergone the fluidic design change to make it a very attractive car and so it was re-launched in its fifth generation avatar in India.

Hyundai Elantra Exterior View

The Elantra sits above the Verna and is marketed as a full size sedan. It comes with petrol and a diesel engine and a variety of transmission options. It competes mainly against other full size sedans such as the Chevrolet Cruze, Honda Civic, Renault Fluence and Toyota Corolla Altis.

Design & Styling

The Elantra is a full sized sedan that has got a lot of flare and exquisiteness to its design. The fluidic design from Hyundai is clearly seen as the car swoops back with elegant and aerodynamic lines along the car. It’s got a wide body, low stance and can really get your heart racing as you look at it. It comes with nice alloy rims on wide section tyres that make it look very sporty and strong. The front fascia is nice an gives it a luxury appeal, while the rear is sectioned nice along the body of the car and makes it look large even from the rear. The taillights are thin but long and stretch out onto the side and give it an elegant look.


As you enter the car you will be amazed to see how fresh and plush it looks inside. Everything is arranged well and in its place, not to mention there is also ample space, also for rear seat passengers.

Hyundai Elantra Interior View

The dashboard gives you a sense of high tech features along with a laid back and luxurious design. The seats are very comfortable and the ergonomics brilliant. There is definitely an increase in the use of high quality materials and this is immediately noticed in the cabin.

Engine & Transmission

The Elantra comes with a 1.8 litre petrol engine with 140bhp and can be mated to either a 6-speed automatic or a 6-speed manual transmission. The automatic transmissions have been beautifully built to work well with the extremely refined engines. The diesel unit is a 1.6 litre engine that can create 120bhp and again you have the option of the same manual and automatic transmission setups. The diesel engines are the same ones found in the Verna and they are extremely efficient and powerful.

Performance and Handling

The biggest surprise in the Elantra is just how beautifully the car glides over the roads. However unlike other Hyundai’s where the suspension is soft, the Elantra feels more planted to the ground and you get feedback from the wheels. The steering response is also just perfect and the steering wheel is designed for you to hold it comfortable and feel the car as you drive. It’s pure enjoyment although. The acceleration in the 1.8 litre petrol is mind blowing and you get power on demand each time you press down. For a full-size sedan of this nature it really behaves and drives extremely well. Even the automatic transmission works well with good gear changes, however the manual is more efficient and more exciting.

Fuel Efficiency

The Elantra is a full sized sedan so you can expect to get roughly 11kmpl from the 1.8 litre petrol unit and around 14-15kmpl with the 1.6 litre diesel.


The Elantra comes with some good features for its segment and you get power steering, air conditioning, power windows and an audio system as standard. Then there is also front seat ventilation 10 way adjustable rivers seat, solar glass for the windshield, auto cruise control, a smart key with push button start, and glove box cooling.


Safety features include dual front airbags with side and curtain, Electronic Stability Program, ABD with EBD, rear parking sensor, Vehicle stability management, hill start assist, rear defogger, auto headlight control and rear view camera as well.

Quality & Reliability

The Elantra is made up of good quality materials and when you look at the car from the inside and the outside you will clearly see the attention paid to the detail of everything about the car. From the panel finishing to the seat stitching and dashboard, everything is of very strong and good quality plastics. The car is brand new, but knowing Hyundai and feeling the way the car drives we are sure it is highly reliable. Parts might be a problem since the market is not so big but servicing will never be a problem. Components can be expensive though.

Value for Money

The Elantra comes in various trims and engine options and is quite expensive. The car is marketed as a full size sedan but it can also be marketed as an entry level premium vehicle. So the high price you pay is for the luxury and the technology which is quite decent in the Elantra, so it is worth your hard earned money. It is also a fabulous performing machine.


The Elantra comes in various trims and engine options and is quite expensive. The car is marketed as a full size sedan but it can also be marketed as an entry level premium vehicle. So the high price you pay is for the luxury and the technology which is quite decent in the Elantra, so it is worth your hard earned money. It is also a fabulous performing machine.

Hyundai Elantra User Reviews

2012 Hyundai Elantra CRDi 1.6 S

Review #406 Reviewed on Jan 23, 2013

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Tasha Shroff

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I’ve always been a huge fan of Hyundai Motors Co, and always considered them to be a reliable and trustworthy car manufacturing company. However, I recently came across an issue in which the U.S Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has caught Hyundai for overstating the mileage a few of their cars give. The Elantra and Accent are included in this. Hyundai has accepted their mistake and plan to reimburse its customers for the pain they have caused them. This however, is a massive blunder and I would definitely not opt for purchasing a Hyundai car after reading about this issue. Article link:

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