Watch: 2021 Hyundai Elantra First Drive And Highway Performance Review


The Hyundai Elantra 2021 is out in Korea, and the first drive review of the car is here. The review was uploaded on the Youtube channel Asian Petrolhead and the car is being reviewed in Korea.

In Korea, the car comes with a 1.6-liter MPI (Multi-Point Injection) petrol engine that makes 123 HP and a peak torque of 153 Nm. However, in the US and other countries, the car comes with a 2.0-liter petrol engine that offers relatively higher performance. Additionally, there will also be a Hyundai Elantra Hybrid available on the market.

Hyundai Elantra First Drive Review:

It is evident from the first look that the exterior of the new Elantra is bolder than its previous models. Some people even think that it’s a bit too aggressive. I’d argue that the look of the new Elantra grows on you as you spend time with it.

The front grill of the 2021 Hyundai Elantra looks aggressive, while the parametric jewel pattern gives it an “armor-like” appearance. The headlamps look sharp, and the front end houses radar sensors and cameras for Adaptive Cruise control.

Hyundai Elantra first Drive exterior

Elantra’s new side profile is also worth noting, the sharp and clean lines on this sedan make it edgy and render the car a sportier look than previous generations.

The rear end of the Hyundai Elantra is muscular than ever before, and with a 225/45 17″ wheels, the grip is excellent.

Moreover, the car is longer and wider than all its previous generation models. The trunk is quite big and the foldable seats provide extra boot space.

Hyundai Elantra Interior

Hyundai Elantra first impression Review

The main highlight here is the dual-tone interior, which is designed around the driver seat. The center console and all the controls are driver-focused, which highlights Hyundai’s intention to make Elantra an enthusiast’s car. In the middle of the dashboard sits a 10-inch infotainment system along with a fully digital driver console.

The cross-traffic alert system is beneficial while driving. The instrument control system is loaded with features like heated and ventilated seats, heated steering wheels, charging USB port, and a lot more.

A really cool feature of the driver side digital console is that it changes the RPM and speedometer themes depending upon the type of drive mode.

Engine Performance and Transmission

Hyundai Elantra first Drive interior

As I said earlier, this car is powered by a 1.6-liter petrol engine that churns out 123 HP and 150 Nm of peak torque. The engine uses a CVT (Continuous Variable Transmission). The power comes in linearly, and the engine pulls to its redline @6,300 RPM.

The CVT shifts the gear without any noise, and it has eight artificial shifting points. Meaning the gearbox shifts as if “it has its own set of gears.”

The gear-shifting is quick and smooth, and the reviewer mentioned that no one would notice the CVT transmission unless they’re informed.

The new Hyundai Elantra performed expertly at highway speeds. Although the cabin is pretty well insulated, the reviewer did start to hear noises coming from the bottom panel of the car at high speed. The reviewer also praised the braking performance of the car

Furthermore, there are four modes: Normal, Economical, Sport, and Smart. The vehicle has a blistering performance in sports mode. However, it’s a bit noisy.

Hyundai Elantra first impression

Additionally, the car lowers the suspension in Sport mode, to reduce the air drag. Low ride height provides a lower center of gravity, which eventually assists in better cornering and ride quality. And as already mentioned, the Elantra is very stable at high speeds, even in normal mode.

Another cool feature of the 2021 Hyundai Elantra is the integration of adaptive cruise control with the navigation system. With the help of satellite data, the navigation system informs adaptive cruise control to slow down wherever traffic cameras are present. It can save a lot of money for people like me.

The combined system also helps the car in maintaining a set distance from the vehicle in front while staying in the lane.

Hyundai Elantra Review: Conclusion

2021 Hyundai Elantra Hybrid Vehicle Engine Specs

In conclusion, the 2021 Hyundai Elantra is a great sedan with loads of features and sporty looks. And it should definitely be on your radar if you’re looking for a new car in the $20,000 to $25,000 price range.

Shaheer Anwar

Shaheer Anwar

Shaheer Anwar is an automotive enthusiast and writes about the latest trends happening in the industry. He covers topics related to electric and hybrid vehicles.
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