The compact sedan is and always will be a staple of any major automaker. Hyundai Asia Resources Inc. (HARI), the official distributor of Hyundai cars in the Philippines, aims to keep a foothold on the segment with the new-generation Elantra.
Making use of the brand’s Fluidic Sculpture 2.0 design language, it features a heavily restyled front fascia and a cleaner looking rear and side profile.
Relatively longer and wider than its predecessor, we go have a look whether the 2016 Elantra can still go toe-to-toe with the rest, size-wise.
Even with the additional 20mm in length, the new Elantra is still one of the shortest compacts in the market alongside the Mitsubishi Lancer and Honda Civic. The recently updated Ford Focus (sedan) is the shortest of the lot. In terms of width however, the 2016 Elantra bites back with its 1,780mm girth. It is still bested, however, by the Ford Focus and Mazda3.
With a sleeker profile than the outgoing model, the Elantra is now the second shortest compact in terms of height, just behind the Honda Civic. The three tallest compacts are the Ford Focus Sedan, Mitsubishi Lancer and the Nissan Sylphy.
Over to engines, the new Elantra will be available with either a 2.0-liter or a 1.6-liter inline-four. It will be able to keep up with the rest of the competition and was even able to best the Sylphy, Cruze and Altis. Reigning with 180 PS and 240 Nm is the Ford Focus, thanks to its 1.5-liter EcoBoost. The only diesel-powered compact on the list is the Volkswagen Jetta. Its 2.0-liter TDI puts out 110 PS and 250 Nm of torque. Chevrolet used to sell a diesel-driven Cruze but has since discontinued its sale.
Pricing of the 2016 Hyundai Elantra will start at PhP 828,000 according to HARI.