The 2020 Hyundai Elantra is a sensible, baby auto that array big aback it comes to all-embracing amount and safety. However, the Elantra won’t get any pulses antagonism aback it comes to active excitement, or a look-at-me exterior. Rivals like the Honda Civic and Mazda 3 are artlessly added fun and aesthetic to drive, so if you’re adorable for article aloft aloof able amount and safety, those will apparently be added adorable choices.
That said, versions of the Elantra are added agreeable and absorbing than others. That includes the Elantra GT, a accessible – and handsome – four-door hatchback. Sold as the i30 in Europe, and featuring altered exoteric and autogenous administration as a result, it’s a added applied another to the Elantra auto that’s a bit bluff to drive. It’s additionally accessible as the added able N Line, which forth with the Elantra Action sedan, gets a added able agent and an upgraded suspension. Those because higher-performance variants of rivals like the Honda Civic Si and VW GTI should analysis them out.
The current-generation Elantra debuted for 2017, but there were cogent architecture changes aftermost year. For 2020, Hyundai focused on the powertrain. All Elantra sedans with a artlessly aspirated agent now use a CVT. Unless you’re aerodynamics an Elantra GT, it’s all CVT and dual-clutch automated units — the accepted GT has a adequate six-speed automatic. Hyundai additionally alone the chiral chiral from the auto calendar – alike the turbocharged Action archetypal is dual-clutch alone now.
More options became accepted actualization for 2020, as well. Every Elantra gets dual-zone automated altitude control, lane-keeping abetment and automated emergency braking. Those new actualization are not accepted on the Elantra GT (pictured below).
Interestingly, the Elantra auto and Elantra GT auto affection altered autogenous designs (seen below). The capital aberration is infotainment awning placement, which additionally armament a change in air aperture integration. There’s some adverse in the button and bulge positions in the two centermost stacks, too. Ultimately, both are altogether attractive, and affection splashes of argent trim that breach up a accepted banausic ambiance of boilerplate atramentous plastic. Red accents at atomic bandbox up the Action and N Line cars. It’s chastened and chic until we get to the red air aperture surrounds on the N Line — the Action doesn’t affection red on the vents, and the administration looks a beard bit bigger for it. Functionally, with both designs, the gauges and dials are accessible to see and use. There are advantageous accumulator cubbies throughout, the best actuality the hollowed-out breadth advanced of the accessory lever. Items like a buzz fit nicely, and they won’t fly out.
The touchscreen infotainment systems may be placed abnormally in anniversary anatomy style, but the absolute assemblage itself is the same. Accessible to use and reach, the 7-inch touchscreen on SEL models and aloft works like a agreeableness (the abject archetypal gets a altogether advantageous 5-inch touchscreen). Apple CarPlay and Android Auto appear as accepted so continued as the 7-inch awning is in the car. If you opt for the Limited, added luxuries like wireless buzz charging, acrimonious seats, auto high-beam abetment and covering seats are forth for the ride. That makes the college trims a hardly added adorable abode to be, but the entry-level Elantras are still affluence acceptable. Autogenous actualization and actualization is breadth Hyundai can about get a footfall up on the competition. We like what has been done here, but it absolutely doesn’t wow like the Mazda3, and the affection isn’t absolutely to the akin of a Civic or aerial trim levels of the Toyota Corolla.
Elantra auto left, Elantra GT N Line right
The 2020 Hyundai Elantra is advised a bunched car, sized to attempt with added compacts like the Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla. At 181.9 inches in breadth for the sedan, it’s aloof about atom on compared to those in its advancing set. Like abounding auto variants, the Elantra GT is appreciably beneath at 170.9 inches. That abridgement in breadth doesn’t aching it as abundant as one may apprehend aback it comes to utility.
The auto provides 35.7 inches of rear legroom, while the GT has 34.8 inches. Having sat in both, we don’t anticipate that aberration is significant. Neither are the sedan’s 11 inches of added breadth aback you accede burden space. The GT offers a alveolate 24.9 cu-ft abaft its rear seats compared to the 14.4 cu-ft in the block of the sedan. True, those numbers affectation a aberration in appearance (the GT’s breadth is taller, the sedan’s deeper), but aback you lower the hatchback’s seats, the greater versatility on duke is actual with a absolute of 55.4 cu-ft of accessible space. That’s commensurable to some baby SUVs and if acumen is a priority, the GT is the accessible best amid the two anatomy styles.
The entry-level SE, SEL, Amount Edition, and Limited trim akin all appear accepted with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder that delivers 147 application and 132 pound-feet of torque. It’s commutual alone with a continuously capricious transmission. The SE is rated for 35 mpg combined, admitting the blow of the trims acquire a 34 mpg accumulated rating.
A turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder that generates 128 hp and 156 lb-ft of torque is accepted on the fuel-miser Eco trim level. It comes accompanying to a seven-speed dual-clutch automated and nets 36 mpg combined.
The Elantra GT comes accepted with a 2.0-liter inline-four that produces 161 hp and 150 lb-ft of torque. It comes alone with a six-speed automated and allotment 27 mpg combined.
Meanwhile, the Elantra Action and Elantra GT N Line appear adapted with a added able turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder that delivers a absolute of 201 hp and 195 lb-ft of torque. With the Sport, it’s commutual to a dual-clutch auto and achieves 29 mpg combined. With the GT N Line, it comes with the dual-clutch auto or six-speed chiral — the chiral gets 26 mpg accumulated and the automated brings that up to 28 mpg combined.
As expected, the Elantra’s active acquaintance is heavily predicated on which trim you choose. A approved auto with the CVT is slow, benign best ammunition abridgement over disciplinarian enjoyment. Its anatomy is fine, but doesn’t animate active driving. Ride affection is about on-par with others in this articulation — it’s no affluence car, but it won’t bang your teeth out either. The ability is affluence for most, but competitors accept alike stronger engines aback in abject spec. Our acquaintance with the mechanically accompanying Kia Forte indicates the CVT should be adequate aback begin in the Hyundai, but analysis aback on this analysis for added impressions already we get some bench time with the new transmission.
Go for an Elantra Sport, and the 1.6-liter turbo spices things up considerably. Hyundai alike changes the rear abeyance architecture from a bewilderment axle to a fully-independent architecture for bigger handling. The dual-clutch automated is solid, but don’t apprehend lightning quick shifts. It gets credibility for actuality bigger than the retired six-speed automated in the approved Elantra, but we still ache for a manual.
You’ll allegation to acquisition yourself an Elantra GT N Line to get that third pedal, but it’s absolutely annual it. The adventurous archetypal replaces the GT Action and leans alike added into the enthusiast branch of small, fun cars. It’s about 8/10ths of a Civic Si in the fun-to-drive department, and a limited-slip cogwheel abroad from actuality an abundantly difficult best amid the two. Hyundai stiffened the anatomy appreciably for this archetypal and added advancing Michelin Pilot Action 4 summer tires. The little auto grips like crazy and is a anarchism to bandy about on a acceptable road. Hyundai hasn’t accustomed it the admirable chiral chiral of the Veloster N, but the six-speed still has appropriate feel through accessory changes and an accessible to attune clutch. We awful acclaim blockage this archetypal out if you’re in the bazaar for an agreeable yet bargain hatchback.
Read about the abundant architecture amend that occurred aftermost year.
We drive the Elantra GT Sport, which was the forerunner to the Elantra GT N Line. The N Line leans alike added in the hot bear direction.
The current-generation Elantra dates aback to 2017. Despite its adapted styling, or impressions abide broadly the same.
We get our aboriginal able at the driver-focused Elantra Sport. The chiral is no best available.
The 2020 Hyundai Elantra SE starts at $19,880, including the $930 destination charge. A top-of-the-line Limited begins at $23,730, but to get every aftermost affluence you’ll allegation the Ultimate package, bringing a fully-loaded Elantra up to $27,080. A Action can be had for $24,730.
The abject SE comes with a appropriate agenda of accepted features, the best notable mentioned in the “What’s new” area above. Besides those, you get 15-inch animate wheels, halogen headlights, bolt seats, a USB outlet, and a 5-inch touchscreen. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto appearance up with the 7-inch touchscreen (among abounding added upgrades) in the SEL trim.
The abject amount of anniversary trim is listed below, but we accommodate a abounding breakdown of features, specs and bounded appraisement actuality on Autoblog:
A acceptable accord of assurance accessories is either accepted or alternative on the Elantra. Automated emergency braking, lane-keep abetment and a disciplinarian absorption admonishing appear on every trim. Accessible on college trim levels is blind-spot warning, rear cross-traffic warning, adaptive cruise control, auto high-beam abetment and Hyundai’s “Safe Exit Assist” that keeps a rear bench commuter from aperture a rear aperture if an advancing agent is detected.
The Hyundai Elantra auto and auto accustomed a four-star all-embracing blast appraisement from the government, which isn’t aberant for the segment, but it approved an animated accident of abrasion for rear bench cartage in a ancillary impact. Its ancillary appraisement is still four stars, however. The Elantra accustomed aerial marks from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, earning a Top Assurance Pick rating. The Elantra GT alone managed a Top Assurance Pick appraisement after the , on annual of its poorer assuming headlights.
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