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Compare Toyota Corolla Altis Vs Hyundai Elantra

Snapshot: We compare the Toyota Corolla Altis with the Hyundai Elantra

Toyota Corolla Altis needs no introduction, it is the car that is know all around the world. The car has managed to live through generations and earn good reputation for Toyota brand. In India too, the car has done well and is infact the 11th generation car that  we see now. The latest iteration of the car sells by the name – Corolla Altis and has received decent response ever since it was launched. The car competes with other stalwarts like the Skoda Octavia, Volkswagen Jetta, Hyundai Elantra etc. in this segment.

We do a specification comparison of the Toyota Corolla Altis with the Hyundai Elantra and find out the better cars of the two.

The specification sheet has been prepared by comparing Corolla Altis VL AT petrol with the Hyundai Elantra SX AT (petrol) and Toyota Corolla D 4D GL diesel with the Hyundai Elantra SX CRDi (diesel). Compare full features Toyota Corolla Altis Vs Hyundai Elantra

Hyundai Elantra exteriors Vs Toyota Corolla Altis exteriors
Hyundai now uses the fludic design philosophy across all their cars and Elantra is the perfect example that embodies the philosophy in its absolute essence. Hyundai Elantra has sweeping lines and smooth surfaces all around its body which gives that impression that nothing is abrupt and the surfaces and line merge into each other with perfect harmony. The Elantra is one of the most elegant looking car in its category. It carries signature hexagonal front grille, integrated fog lamps, swept back headlight cluster. From the sides and back, you would notice that the fludic design philosophy continues to shape the car is the most elegant way. The roofline merges seamlessly into the rear section of the car which houses the elegant looking taillight cluster. The car uses 16inch wheel which further enhance the looks of the car and makes it look bold.

The new Corolla Altis has all new front face and looks very striking and sharp in comparison to the Elantra and the car it replaces. The car looks sporty from every angle. The car now comes with clear lamps at the front and automatic daytime running LEDs. The dual fog lamps, nicely integrated in the front bumper, further enhance the front fascia. The neatly designed 16" alloy wheels look great and turn indicators have been nicely integrated in the side view mirrors. The long and swept back clear lens headlamps make the car look great from the sides too. The rear of the car looks distinctive and neatly designed along the same styling cues that we see elsewhere. The newly designed wide LED combination lamps along with chrome garnish at rear look great in their place.

Hyundai Elantra interiors Vs Toyota Corolla Altis interiors
The interiors used in the Elantra are plush and have a very premium feel to it. The black and beige interiors make the car feel very roomy. There’s nothing out of the place and the switchgear quality is great too. The interiors are well thought and have sufficient space to accommodate five comfortably. The interiors are laden features and you get - good leather seats, powered driver seat with lumbar support, cup-holders, pockets all-over the car for knick-knacks, two 12v sockets, rear AC vents, cruise control, cooled glove box, driver side controlled power window buttons, tilt and telescopic steering column, sliding armrest. The boot space of the car is large enough (410 litres) to carry big bags without any difficulty.The entertainment, the car is equipped with a 2-DIN audio radio, CD, MP3 player with four speakers and two tweeters. The system is well-connected with options like USB, Aux-in, iPod cable and Bluetooth. There are steering wheel mounted controls which the driver can use to control the audio and answer the call. It is expected that a car of this category is driven by chauffeurs, keeping that in mind; Hyundai has provided the option of volume controls for the rear seat passengers too.

The Corolla Altis comes loaded with comfort and convenience features. The sedan features a carbon piano black instrument panel cluster at the centre which houses a 7 inch LCD display. The 3-spoke leather strapped steering wheel comes with volume and other controls mounted on it. The boot space is huge at 470 litres and can swallow many large suitcases easily.

The Toyota Corolla Altis gets rear reclining seats which is the first in this segment. For infotainment, you get a 7 inch LCD touch screen with voice command enabled audio with USB, Bluetooth, audio and navigation system. In addition, top-notch features like cruise control, paddle shifters, Eco driving indicator, push start/stop button, rear reading lamp, rear sunshade, are also on offer. Some of these features are present only on the top petrol variant though.

Hyundai Elantra engine Vs Toyota Corolla Altis engine
The Corolla Altis is available with petrol as well as diesel engine options. The car comes with a 1.8litre (1798cc) 16-valve dual VVT-i petrol motor, which churns out a maximum power output of 138bhp at 6400rpm and a peak torque of 173Nm at 4000rpm. The engine comes coupled with a 6-speed manual gearbox on mid and lower variants and the top variant gets a CVT-i with 7-speed sequential shiftmatic automatic transmission. The diesel variants are powered by a 1.4litre (1364cc) engine that comes with a variable nozzle turbo and intercooler. The diesel motor generates maximum power of 87bhp at 3800rpm and maximum torque of 205Nm between 1800-2800rpm. The diesel engine comes mated with a 6-speed manual transmission. There is no option of automatic gearbox in the diesel engine.

The Hyundai Elantra is available with diesel as well as petrol motors. There’s a 1.8-litre (1797cc) petrol engine that generates 147.45bhp of power and peak torque of 177.5Nm at 4700rpm. There’s an option of 6-speed automatic and 6-speed manual gearbox too. The 1.6-litre diesel engine uses a variable geometry turbocharger and produces 126.24bhp of power at 4000rpm and peak torque of 259.87Nm at 1900-2750rpm. There’s a option of 6-speed automatic as well as 6-speed manual gearbox on the diesel version too.

Hyundai Elantra mileage Vs Toyota Corolla Altis mileage
The Corolla Altis automatic petrol variant delivers a promising fuel economy of 14.53kmpl while the manual diesel variant delivers 21.43kmpl on highways. In city conditions, the petrol automatic promises to deliver 10.5kmpl and diesel version of the car should deliver 18.4kmpl.

The Elantra petrol automatic promises to deliver 14.5kmpl on highways and 11.2kmpl in the city. The diesel version of the car with manual gearbox should manage to deliver 19.5kmpl in the city and 22.7kmpl on highways.

Hyundai Elantra safety features Vs Toyota Corolla Altis safety features
The Elantra is the most well equipped car in this category. It uses disc brakes on front as well as rear wheels. In addition, you also get – 6 airbags, ABS (Anti-lock Braking System), EBD (Electronic Brake-force Distribution), ESP (Electronic Stability Program), hill assist, parking assist with camera, central locking, engine immobilizer, seat belts for front and rear passengers.

The Corolla Altis comes with disc brakes at front as well as rear. The braking system is complemented by advance safety features – ABS, EBD and BA. You also get dual front SRS airbags, rear fog lamps, park assistance with rear camera. Three point ELR seatbelts, wireless door lock with smart entry, immobilizer & alarm, and driver side one touch up/down with jam protection windows come as standard too.

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Verdict
The cars are great lookers and you may prefer one or the other. However, you cannot go wrong with any of these cars since the manufacturers are well established and have service network spread all across the country.

The Elantra is one of the best equipped cars. However, it does misses out on some of the features that Corolla offers. Elantra, also offers a diesel engine with an automatic gearbox, as an option, which is not available on Toyota Corolla Altis.

You may want to watch a comprehensive video review of the Hyundai Elantra

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