Arriving in dealerships now, the all-new 2017 Hyundai Elantra brings upmarket features to the compact car segment.
Continuing to be one of Hyundai’s best-selling models, the new Elantra boasts bold new styling, a modern interior with advanced technology, and a comprehensive suite of safety features. Despite all of its class-above traits, it still has a sub-$18,000 starting price.
Hyundai believes its new Elantra has an advantage in the highly competitive compact car segment. Other strong-selling rivals include the Ford Focus.
The first aspect that distinguishes the new Elantra is its confident exterior.
Defining the front is a large hexagonal grille. The available HID headlights with Dynamic Bending Lights are a first for Elantra. Also, the lower front fascia integrates functional front wheel air curtains that help manage airflow around the front of the vehicle to minimize turbulence and wind resistance. Combined with other aerodynamic measures, the new Elantra operates more efficiently.
Giving the Elantra more character is the crease along its sides that accentuate its sweeping profile. High class options such as LED door handle approach lights are exclusive in this segment.
Once inside, the upscale theme continues throughout the modern, driver-oriented cabin. High-quality, soft-touch materials welcome you in and premium technology features keep you comfortable.
All seats in the Elantra, whether they are covered in cloth or leather, are made from environmentally friendly SoyFoam. For added comfort and convenience, heated seats are available both front and rear, and the rear seats fold 60/40.
The wide instrument panel houses an available 4.2-inch TFT LCD display that improves driver visibility and functionality. The centre console has a horizontal layout and all buttons and controls are placed logically. To aid ergonomics, the entire stack has a slight, 7-degree tilt towards the driver.
Hyundai designers didn’t stop there with packing the Elantra with convenience features. Highlights include the segment-first integrated memory system for the power driver seat and side mirrors, dual-zone automatic climate control with auto defogging system, and the auto-dimming rearview mirror.
For added practicality and versatility, the Elantra offers 14.4 cubic feet of cargo space. The class-exclusive hands-free smart trunk conveniently opens the trunk by simply approaching the rear with the key fob in a pocket or purse.
Digital connectivity is essential in today’s automobiles. The Elantra is available with two different infotainment systems. The 7.0-inch Display Audio touchscreen system integrates a rearview camera, while Hyundai’s next-generation 8.0-inch system provides navigation. Both are equipped with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support.
While all of these things are nice, the Elantra’s job is to transport you from one place to another. Hyundai engineers saw to it that the new Elantra does this better than those in the past.
Powering the 2017 Elantra is one of two all-new engines designed for improved fuel economy and everyday performance.
The base engine is a 2.0-litre Atkinson 4-cylinder. It feels stronger than its 147 hp and 132 lb-ft of torque rating, and being the only Atkinson cycle-type engine to be combined with multi-port injection in the compact class makes it unique and more efficient.
Managing power delivery is either the standard 6-speed manual or a new 6-speed automatic transmission. This next-generation Elantra automatic was also designed to improve fuel economy.
The optional powertrain is an all-new 1.4-litre turbocharged 4-cylinder. This will be mated to a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic, and be available in the Elantra Eco later this year. This engine produces 128 hp and 156 lb-ft of torque.
In addition, all Elantra models will be equipped with a new Drive Mode Select system. This feature allows the adjustment of engine performance and steering effort through three driving modes – Eco, Normal and Sport.
Underneath the Elantra’s stylish new exterior is a lighter and more rigid chassis. This results in improved ride comfort, handling and safety.
Partnering the strengthened chassis is the full suite of advanced safety technologies available on the Elantra. Often reserved for luxury cars, the Elantra can be equipped with features like Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Departure Warning, and Blind Spot Detection with Rear Cross-traffic Alert.
What do you think about the all-new 2017 Hyundai Elantra? Does this new package have the right balance of high-tech features and value to entice you?