2019 Hyundai Elantra proves commuting doesn’t have to be boring
By Christopher A.Randazzo
There was once a time when shoppers of compact sedans had to settle for boring, generic and plain styling. Thankfully, those day are just about gone. Case in point – the Hyundai Elantra. To give you an example – google 2009 Hyundai Elantra – then look at the 2019 Elantra shown here. See what I mean?
For 2019, the Hyundai Elantra gets a face lift. The front end is more angular and bolder with triangular headlights. The Elantra Sport, which is what I was assigned for this review, is set apart even more with its own unique grill, special wheels and a body kit.
Changes can be found inside as well, with a restyled center console and slightly different buttons.
Underneath the body, though the Elantra remains the same, which is nothing to be ashamed of. The base engine, and the only choice for all trim levels except the Sport and the Eco, is a 2.0 liter four-cylinder that makes 147 hp and 132 lb-ft of torque. It’s hooked up to either a six- speed manual transmission or an optional six-speed automatic transmission, depending on trim level.
If you haven’t been in a current Elantra, you owe it to yourself to check it out – you’ll be impressed. The upscale look and feel makes the Elantra’s cabin appear more expensive than its sub price tag would have you believe. The infortainment center is nicely integrated into the dash, looking far better than the “iPad attached to the dash” look that others are doing. Seating for five is easily accomplished and when the back seats are not occupied, they can be folded to give you extra cargo room. Trunk space is of good size and can hold 14.4 cubic feet worth of goods.
If fuel-efficiency is your main objective, the Eco is the Elantra you should have your sights on. It uses a 1.4 liter turbocharged four-cylinder mated to a seven-speed automatic. This combination makes the Elantra achieve 32 mpg city and 40 mpg highway vs 28/37 that the other Elantras get.
Opposite the Eco is the Elantra Sport. Fitted with a 1.6 liter turbocharged four-cylinder, it makes 201 horses and 195 lb-ft of torque. It’s available with either a six-speed manual transmission or a seven-speed dual clutch automatic transmission with paddle shifters. Along with more power, the Sport gets a sport tuned suspension and larger brakes. As you can see, the Sport really does add some sport to the Elantra .
The Intense Blue Elantra Sport test car was fitted with the optional dual clutch automatic transmission.
Behind the wheel, the Elantra Sport surprisingly delivers an impressive ride. Wearing 18-inch meaty tires, the Elantra sticks to the road quite well. And it’s fairly quick too, able to sprint from 0 to 60 mph in about 7 seconds and hit the quarter mile in the mid 15-second range. Shifts are eye-blinking quick thanks to the dual clutch transmission. The larger brakes slows things down when needed.
Pricing for the 2019 Hyundai Elantra starts at $17,2000 – making it look very attractive. The Sport starts at $23,700. A $2,250 Premium package adds in a navigation system with 8-inch touchscreen and an Infinity Sound. Throw in the floor mats and destinations charges, and the MSRP on my tester comes in at $27,005. And don’t forget all Hyundais come with a 10-year, 100,000 mile powertrain warranty.
Years ago, for those in the market for a compact sedan, being boring was part of the package. Thanks to cars like the Elantra – that is no longer the case.
By The Numbers:
2019 Hyundai Elantra Sport
Base Price: $23,700.00
Price as Tested: $27,005.00
Layout: front-engine / front-wheel drive
Engine: 1.6 liter turbocharged inline 4-cylinder
Transmission: 7 – speed dual-clutch automatic
Horsepower: 201 hp
Torque: 195 ft-lbs
EPA Fuel Economy: 26 city / 33 highway mpg
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