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Hyundai Elantra (2012-2015) Overview

Hyundai vehicles are often praised for their elegant design, and this premium sedan from the Hyundai stable is one of the best-looking cars in its segment. Elantra came into production in 1990 and currently, the car is in its fifth generation, which was launched two years back in 2011. The Elantra initially was marketed as Lantra in Australian and European markets and received disagreements from Mitsubishi, who had a similarly named model known as Magna Elante in Australia. Later in 2001, Hyundai named the car as Elantra for its global market, except for South Korea. Hyundai Elantra slowly moved through eras to reach its fifth generation and follows the fluidic design of the Hyundai family.
Elantra, which falls in D1 segment, always enjoyed a good market reputation and with time, Hyundai has managed to slip good features now and then to keep the vehicle in good shape. The diesel engine powered Elantra returns an average of 22.7 km per litre as per ARAI and the petrol engine gets an ARAI certification of 16.3 km/l. Even with a manual transmission, the Hyundai Elantra can return close to 14.5 km per litre, which is impressive and is one of the best in the class. Elantra looks elegant from the interiors too. With neatly placed pockets and cup-holders, the occupants of the Elantra would never feel out of space. Hyundai has also equipped the car with cooled glove box, heated seats and a sun-roof that sure adds much luxury and premium feel to the vehicle. The Elantra is equipped with an array of safety features. There is Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) and Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD) to start with; the vehicle also gets dual stage passenger and driver airbag in base and mid trim models, while the top end model also features curtain airbags. In all, the Hyundai Elantra is loaded with features and can be called as a complete sedan.

Hyundai Elantra (2012-2015) Exterior

Hyundai designs their cars brilliantly and the Elantra is designed extensively keeping the “Fluidic Sculpture” family design in mind. Hyundai Elantra has sweeping lines all around its body and strong creases on the side body adds that muscular feeling to the vehicle. The Elantra does look elegant and with the signature features like hexagonal front grille, integrated fog lamps, the Elantra gives that premium feel to the lookers on the road. Hyundai Elantra is one of the best looking car in its segment.
Hyundai Elantra being a premium sedan falling under D1 segment features alloy wheels across all its variants. All the variants get 16-inch 5-spoke alloy wheels which makes the car look magnificent. The tyres measure at 205/60 R16. Hyundai provides special silica tyres that provide ample grip on the surface.

Hyundai Elantra (2012-2015) Interior

Hyundai is always careful to provide plush interior and the Elantra being a D1 segment car does feel premium when you enter inside. The water-fall inspired soothing interiors make the car feel very roomy and nothing feels out of the place. The interiors are well thought and have space to accommodate 5-adults easily and comfortably. The interiors are laden with good leather seats, powered driver seat with lumbar support and a one-touch sunroof. There are ample cup-holders and pockets all-over the car for keeping papers, files or small devices. The Elantra also offers two 12v sockets, one in the rear for the passengers, which adds great convenience. Hyundai also equips the Elantra with rear AC vents, auto cruise control, heated outside rear-view mirror, cooled glove box, driver side controlled power window buttons, sliding armrest and tilt and telescopic steering column.
Elantra comes with advanced audio system with 2-DIN audio Radio, CD and MP3 player. The system is well-connected with options like USB, AUX-in, iPod cable and Bluetooth. The sound flows through a good system consisting of 4-speakers and 2-tweeters. Steering wheel has the stereo control buttons and the driver can also answer the call without moving around too much. The outside mirrors can also be adjusted from the driver seat. Hyundai Elantra is often driven by chauffeurs and keeping that in mind, Hyundai has provided the option of volume controls for the rear seat passengers too.

Hyundai Elantra (2012-2015) Engine & Transmission

The petrol engine is very smooth and very silent and is one of the most refined in its segment.  The diesel Common Rail Direct Injection (CRDi) engine churns out a maximum power of 128 PS, which maxes out at 4000 rpm. Diesel engine is also an in-line set-up with four cylinders. With four valves per cylinder and DOHC mechanism, the diesel engine of the Hyundai Elantra is smooth and has good amount of power that can be used in highways and city roads. Unlike most diesel engines in its segment, the engine of Elantra is a lot quieter and smoother.
Hyundai Elantra weighs almost 1.5 ton and still the car provides decent amount of acceleration. The petrol engine of the Elantra takes the vehicle too three-digit mark in close to 11 seconds. The Elantra is available with both automatic and manual transmission with 6-speeds and the shifts are smooth and add pleasure to the driving. The diesel version has a lower power than the petrol but almost takes the same amount of time to hit the 100 km/h mark. The diesel Elantra also offers tonnes of torque for fewer gearshifts. Both the cars are brilliantly tuned to drive on an open highway or roam around in city. The two engines that come with Hyundai Elantra are moderately powerful. The 1.8 – litre petrol VTVT produces a maximum power of 146 bhp with total torque of 182 Nm. The diesel 1.6- litre CRDi has a maximum power of 126 bhp with 265 Nm of torque working behind it. The power is very moderate and there are many cars in the same segment possess higher power than the Elantra. The petrol engine is very responsive and instantly delivers power. The diesel counterpart however is a little lazy but with the amount of torque the diesel mill carries in itself, it becomes very easy to navigate in start/stop city traffic.

Hyundai Elantra (2012-2015) Mileage

Elantra has powerful petrol and diesel engines. The 1.6-liter CRDi diesel power plant has been rated 22.7 km per litre by ARAI, which might come down to 21 km per litre. The petrol counterpart is of 1.8 litre and provides carries a certificate of 16.3 km per litre. In real world conditions, the mileage figures do come down by a certain percentage, even then the mileage figures of the Elantra stays impressive.
The mileage of Hyundai Elantra is relatively higher than the other cars in its segment. ARAI certifies Elantra more than Jetta and Cruze. The premium looking Elantra gives the best of both of the worlds by providing great mileage and premium comfort.

Hyundai Elantra (2012-2015) Braking and Safety

Airbags are standard across all variants. While the base and mid variant get the SRS dual stage driver and passenger airbags, the top model becomes even more safer with 6-airbags which includes the curtain airbags.
Safety feature list is long and with features like ABS and EBD, the Elantra is one of the safest cars to drive around. Hyundai has equipped the car heavily and in a case of an accident, the safety of the driver and the passengers would be taken care off. Hyundai Elantra is one complete car with all the safety and luxurious features in place.

Hyundai Elantra (2012-2015) Performance and Handling

Hyundai is known for their soft suspension set-up, which is very useful and comforting during the bumpy city rides but one needs serious driving skills and courage to get in and out of corners doing good speeds. The body-roll of the Elantra is somewhat scary and being on the heavier side, the Elantra does feel lazy around the turns. Apart from the body-roll, the car is a great handler during slow-traffic or straight highway roads. Until the roads resembles the surface of mars, the Elantra takes it all without any sweat.
All four wheels get the power of disc brakes across all the variants. Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) and Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD) works together to make sure the car is stopped within minimum distance and that too without any tyre screeches. Brakes are very responsive and have good bite in them.   

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