The Hyundai Elantra is one of Canadas most popular cars and not hard to see why, as it offers a combination of great value, excellent standard equipment for the price and superb reliability. For 2019 there are some changes, notable sleeker, crisper styling, higher content, and interior updates, such as the segment-exclusive Safe Exit Alarm, wireless smartphone charging pad and Hyundai’s BlueLink® connected car system with remote start. The base Elantra priced from $17,099wears an all-new grille, and beautifully integrated front and rear lights. All models feature heated and full power features, neater interiors and a higher attention to details and quality. A seven-inch touchscreen is standard fare, however the top-line Ultimate model (starting from $27,549) as tested gets a larger, eight-inch unit with built-in navigation and a split-screen view. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are now standard, the cabin has been updated with better materials — along with comfortable, leather-clad and power-adjustable front seats in the Ultimate model as tested. Note that the rear outboard rear seats are also heated, with enough room for a two adults in the Ultimate.
Other Ultimate goodies include: 17 inch- alloys wheels, proximity key entry, Dual zone climate control, Blue Link, LED headlights, heated steering wheel, dual-zone automatic climate control 8 speaker Infinity audio, and a wireless charging pad. Safety wise there is: an excellent 7 airbag roster, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert. The Ultimate also adds: automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control and lane-departure warning with keep assist, and Cross Traffic Collision Warning as standard.
The Elantra sedan arrives with a 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine pushing out 147 horsepower and 132 pound-feet of torque through the front wheels, however the same engine in the top-Ultimate, produces a healthy 161 horsepower and 150 lb.-ft. of torque. Transmission is via a six speed automatic. The Elantra features Normal, Sport and Smart driving modes. On the road, the Elantra is a comfortable, quiet and docile performer. It’s not a stand out hot –rod performer with an engine tuned more for economy than performance –. Handling is better though, than the previous generation with decent enough steering and good reflexes. In summing up, there is much to like about the Hyundai Elantra. It’s more economy minded, (L/100km – 7.4/ 8.3 / 6.4 combined/ city/ highway, but still well-equipped, even in base form. Highly recommended as top of its class
Hyundai Elantra Ultimate priced from $27,549
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