The luring market of luxury sedans has always been a segment to look out for as it continues to garner attention from car enthusiasts all over the world. There have been quite a number of new launches in the recent past that have led to the origination of new car segments, including compact SUVs and compact sedans. However, they cannot take place of a fully-fledged luxury sedan, around which the entire catalogue is built.
Renault has always been one of the premium A-listers in this segment while Hyundai has been quite competitive in the race. Therefore, it would be interesting to put two of the best luxury sedans from the two automakers against each other, with one being Hyundai Elantra and the other being Renault Fluence.
Hyundai Elantra vs. Renault Fluence (Design and Exteriors)
Hyundai Elantra is a gorgeously-designed car that oozes elegance. The most notable feature about Hyundai Elantra is that it uses the fluidic body design, which has so far been able to please both critics and the audience in terms of the aesthetic value.
There are various features of Hyundai Elantra that make its exterior look really good, with the likes of LED side mirror repeaters along with rear view mirrors. There is a touch of utility that combines with beauty in case of the Hyundai Elantra exterior with the vehicle having fog lamps, providing great visibility in difficult conditions while being easy on the eyes. The radiator grille has been redone to give it a far more expressive look than before, which does manage to achieve the desired effect.
|Dimensions||Hyundai Elantra||Renault Fluence|
|Ground Clearance (mm)||167||168|
In comparison, the Renault Fluence does manage to match the prowess of Hyundai Elantra with a refreshing design that sees a brand new radiator grille working with a soothing touch of chrome, whereas the company's signature logo stands confidently at the centre. The body-coloured OVRM caps and door handles accentuate the elegance of the car from the side, which becomes even more aesthetically pleasing with the large 16-inch alloy wheels. The rear portion of Renault Fluence is not modified much compared to its predecessor, but the touch of chrome does keep it elegant and beautiful.
Hyundai Elantra vs. Renault Fluence (Interiors and Features)
The Hyundai Elantra is very luxurious from the inside as well with a lot of emphasis being given to the blend of efficiency and style. Black has always been the colour of elegance and that is what Hyundai Elantra illustrates with its all-black ensembles working nicely in combination with subtle chrome inserts. Hyundai has looked after the spaciousness of the car as well with ample headroom, legroom and shoulder space.
The leather upholstery in the top-end trims is of high quality while the modern facilities available in the cabin grab attention as well. There is the facility of power driver seat in the top trims that allows you to sit in the most pleasurable position possible while driving. There is a provision of cooled glovebox that is a standard for all variants. The 4.3-inch touch screen is another new edition that works with four speakers, enhancing the sound quality for both the front and rear passengers. Though the screen is meant only for the top-end variants, the 2 Din audio with radio, CD & MP3 Player with USB, AUX-in, iPod cable and bluetooth connectivity are standard across the range.
At the same time, you need to know that the Renault Fluence is providing a decent amount of leg and shoulder space for the cabin. Here too, we see leather upholstery, interiors with real chrome lock pack and three-spoke leather steering wheel in top variants. There are other aspects of the Renault Fluence interior that make it special, including the soft touch dashboard, and a front arm rest with a cup holder and storage box.
Hyundai Elantra vs. Renault Fluence (Engine, Gearbox and Transmission)
The Hyundai Elantra has both petrol and diesel variants on offer with the premier trim for the former running on a 1.8-litre 16V dual VTVT engine that generates 150PS power at 6500rpm and 177.5Nm torque at 4700rpm. The petrol engine is backed by four valves and has a displacement of 1797cc. The diesel variant comes with a 1.6L CRDi VGT engine that has a displacement of 1582cc, giving away 128PS power at 4000rpm and 260Nm torque at 1900 to 2750rpm.
|Engine & Transmission||Hyundai Elantra||Renault Fluence|
|Engine capacity||1.8 L Petrol / 1.6 L Diesel||1.5 L Diesel|
|Gearbox||6 MT and 6 AT||6 MT|
|Power (PS@rpm)||150@6500 / 128@4000||110@4000|
|Torque (Nm@rpm)||178@4700 / 260@1900-2750||240@1850|
|Mileage (kmpl)||16.3 / 22.7||20.4|
Renault Fluence does not provide any alternative for petrol engine but there is a diesel variant, which uses a 1461cc engine that gives 110PS power as a result. As far as the transmission system is concerned, the Hyundai Elantra provides option with both 6-speed automatic and manual transmission. The Renault Fluence on the other hand lacks an automatic gearbox and provides the 6-speed manual transmission system for both the diesel trims that work with the front wheel drive setup.
Hyundai Elantra vs. Renault Fluence (Mileage and Safety features)
The Hyundai Elantra takes the edge over the Renault Fluence when it comes to mileage. The petrol version of Hyundai Elantra offers a fuel economy of 16.3kmpl and the diesel one offers that of 22.7kmpl. In comparison, we have the Renault Fluence that gives a mileage of 20.4kmpl. This is obviously for the diesel variant as Renault Fluence does not have a petrol trim.
In the safety department, the Hyundai Elantra comes with a load of new safety technology along with the conventional ones, including electronic stability control in top-end variants, which protects the engine and the steering system, preventing the vehicle from skidding. There is vehicle stability management as well, along with an airbag system. The rear parking sensors, defogger with timer, Impact Sensing Door Unlock, etc., come as standard. There is plenty that the Renault Fluence offers as well for safety with features, like brake assist, ISOFIX, anti-pinch windows, speed limiter, ABS with EBD, aspherical driver-side ORVM, SRS airbags, etc.
Both the sedans are elegant and offer plenty of features. However, as an overall package and a value for money proposition, Hyundai Elantra feels ahead of its French rival. Considering factors like high mileage, and options for both petrol and diesel engines, Hyundai Elantra does seem more versatile. Further, it also provides alternatives in terms of the transmission system with both automatic and manual, which is not the case with Renault Fluence that has only the manual variant.