2017 Hyundai Elantra

The 2017 Hyundai Elantra sport is designed to be a stepping stone towards  the future of M production models. The Elantra name has been very successful in United States and it is no surprise that Hyundai is looking at expanding its portfolio into the highly competitive sports compact segment.

Design

Hyundai has taken the sports badge seriously. From a design perspective, it is far more aggressive  and masculine. There is an all unique fascia and grille with repositioned LED daytime running lights. When you look at the side profile, 18 inches come standard and run on 225 high performance all season tires.

Looking at the rear, Hyundai also added unique LED taillights with an amber illuminated turn signal. There is also a unique and attractive rear bumper with dual exhaust. Hyundai spent a lot of time tuning the exhaust making it sound more aggressive.

Interior

Hyundai has made a name for itself for  offering value for money and the 2017 Hyundai Elantra Sport is no exception. It comes standard with the company’s smart key access system with push button start. There are black leather seats with red stitching which is consistent throughout the vehicle seats. You also get a flat bottom wheel with the same red stitching.

There is a nice stepping height when you get inside the vehicle and view of the road is very clear. The doors sound compact and solid when they are shut just as you would expect of a vehicle in this class. The interior is simple yet modern in an attractive way. The 5th generation Elantra had an over styled.  dashboard design.

The engine has a nice sound when you step on the gas. There is a simulated carbon fibre trim on the dashboard. The materials are class competitive but there are a couple of weaknesses that do show. An example is the door panel which hard touch plastic. Most competitors are offering soft touch plastic for both the dash and the door panels. There is also only a black interior for the 2017 Hyundai Elantra sport regardless of which trim  you go for. The windows are only one touch for the driver’s side.

The premium package gives you a standard 8 inch head unit. It includes android auto and apple car play. You also get navigation so that you don’t have to depend on your phone for directions.

You get a backup camera when you put the vehicle intro reverse with trajectory but there are no parking sensors. It does get the job done given that this is an inexpensive vehicle in the compact segment. The navigation system is very simple to use. There are no drive modes in the car as it is always on sports. You do get heated seats  with 3 levels. The sun roof is standard in the higher trims. If you want a panoramic sunroof then Honda is launching a hatchback which will be available at the end of 2017.

The rear seats of the 2017 Hyundai Elantra Sport has a much larger environment compared to its competitors. The floor is nice and low and is nearly flat for the center and the third passenger will not have any trouble with comfort. The materials for the rear seats are also hard touch plastic. There is a single map pocket. The feet and leg loom is very decent even for long journeys. The seats fall down 60/40 and you get an arm rest with 2 cup holders.

The trunk capacity of the Elantra sport is also class competitive. You get around 14.5 cubic feet of space when all the seats are up. If you want more space then you should definitely wait for the hatchback model.

Engine

This where you find the biggest difference with All Elantras. The new Elantra sport has an exclusive engine for the sport. It is 1.6-liter DDI turbo-charged direct injection 4 cylinder. The application is tuned differently and makes more power at 201 HP and 195 lb-tq. It is more power than what you get in a civic turbo or Mazda 3 with a bigger engine. Fuel economy is surprisingly on the low side. The car is rated at 26 MPG in the city and 30 on the highway. The vehicle weighs about 2900 lbs and is front wheel only.

Driving

Hyundai has smoothen out the rough edges in the new 2017 Elantra sport. It gets out of the hole quite impressively. The shifter has to be the best Hyundai has ever made in a vehicle. It has nice and direct throws although a little bit longer than ideally required. The clutch has a smooth progressive take-up and engages right in the middle of the travel. You can easily teach someone how to drive a stick with this vehicle.

The steering feel is stable and comfortable as Hyundai seems to have finally got the tuning right. The car gets to 60 around the 6.5s mark. It has raw power which is not overwhelming. The car handles and ride extremely well especially on curvy roads. Hyundai have also upgraded the brakes. The new 2017 Hyundai Elantra sport has got larger rotors in the front. The car stops quickly as it has sharp brake response.

The car is missing driver assistant technology. It does have the blind spot monitoring with cross traffic alert.

Price

The car starts at $21600 for the basic trim. You are looking at around $22500 for base model with a 6 speed manual. It comes with all the equipments as standard.

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