The Hyundai Elantra comes into 2019 noticeably refreshed, inside and out. Moreover, Hyundai has also upgraded Elantra’s tech and safety features. And, if you have your mindset on the upper trims, then there are more than a few new goodies coming your way, including forward collision avoidance with pedestrian detection, rear cross-traffic alert or the lane change assist. The Elantra was always a popular Hyundai choice selling somewhere around 200 000 vehicles a year just in the US. We haven’t seen many changes for the 2020 version, so that must indicate that sales for 2019 were pretty successful. Now, let’s get into details.
- New modern and edgy exterior
- AVN 5.0 infotainment system
- Significantly stronger tech and safety features
- Comfortable quiet cabin
- Client-oriented warranty
- Solid value for money choice
- Unimpressive package for the lower-trim model
- Cramped back seat
- Performance of the base 2.0-liter engine is lacking
- Uneven ride
- AWD isn’t available
Hyundai Elantra Overview
We really don’t know why just two years after the last huge revamp Hyundai has decided in favor of a new major makeover, but that means the 2019 Elantra got a very exciting and impassively long list of upgrades. Though we can easily describe the Elantra as a family-friendly car, the contemporary aggressive exterior design should be appealing to everyone. Moving on inside you’ll be pleased with the spaciousness. Overall cabin design, ergonomics, and comfort make this model a solid choice, though it is definitely not at the same level as the Honda or Mazda compact sedans.
The Elantra’s lineup hasn’t changed: there are three engine choices and you can pick and choose between six different trims.
The base trims:
- The mid-level:
- Value Edition
- The upscale and fuel-efficient:
As mentioned, the new aggressive exterior style is one of the best features of the revamped 2019 Elantra. This sedan has a new awesome hood with triangular shapes incorporated into the design, the new headlights are also triangular and front fenders and fascia add to the sharp contemporary exterior. The license plate has been moved to the bumper in this new version and you can have your choice of either 16- and 17-inch wheels or the 15-inch alloy ones on the Eco model.
As far as cabin improvements go I won’t go as far as calling them insignificant, but they were definitely very settle compared to the exterior. They really haven’t changed much and that is why the 2016 interior looks a bit unexciting in 2019, especially compared to rivals. Though the materials are average, the cabin itself is comfortable, with just enough space for personal items and all of the controls and buttons are logically placed ace with passenger/driver in mind.
The Elantra offers 3 engines. Most of the trims have the 2.0-liter one capable of generating 147 hp. Then there’s the 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine with 201 hp available on the Elantra Sport, and the Eco model has the turbocharged 4-cylinder version – 1.4-liter with128 hp. Overall, acceleration is OK, just up to three seconds slower than the competition. The braking is just fine, you will surely feel in control of the vehicle at all times. The Elantra handles well on the smooth roads, though as far as road imperfections go, big or small – you’ll notice them.
You won’t hear any complaints about the tech upgrade. Standard features are very impressive and include:
- rearview camera
- infotainment system
- 5-inch screen
- audio system with 6 speakers
- USB port
It is a pretty solid standard lineup and there are a lot of additional add-ons to choose from: anything from a sunroof, dual-zone automatic cc, much bigger display, navigation, an abundance of driver-assist features, etc.
The 2019 Elantra is definitely great value for the money. The base model starts just a few hungered over 17K and it goes up to 24 400 USD for the top tier vehicle.
There are 5 seats in the 2019 Elantra. Cloth seat upholstery is standard, though you can always opt for the leather seats with heating option. Front seats are way more comfortable than the back, though, honestly, this is true more often than not for any manufacturer within this price range. There are two full sets of LATCH connectors available.
It is easy to control the temperature in the vehicle, all of the vents are strategically placed to either warm or cool the air inside the vehicle. You can always opt for the dual-zone climate control.
The 2019 Elantra’s infotainment tech is intuitive and user-friendly. The standard size for the display is 5 inches and can be upgraded to 8. It is smartphone friendly, and you can boost your tech reach immensely by adding Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Storage and Space
There is way more than enough space to store personal items, all of the shelves and pockets are comfortable and strategically placed throughout the cabin. The cargo space, on the other hand, is very unimpressive: the Elantra has a 14.4 cubic-foot trunk, though you can fold the seats in the back row if you need more space.
Comfy seats, effective climate control, helpful user-friendly tech, good visibility and the way this vehicle handles itself on the road all come together to create an overall comfortable experience.
The level of seat comfort is OK. There’s adequate visibility, as the sets are placed a bit higher. The front seats are way more comfortable: they are firm and supportive and offered more than enough legroom. The headroom is lacking in front and back.
You won’t be uncomfortable during your day-to-day commute, the 2019 Elantra offers a decent amount of overall comfort.
You won’t be able to ignore the imperfections on the road, hence: the quality could be a tad better. Furthermore, road noise also takes away from the ride quality.
Safety & Reliability
The IIHS ratings are overwhelmingly “Good”, accept for the “Front Crash Prevention Results” which is “Superior”. The NHTSA gave the Elantra 4 out of a possible 5 on all of the tests.
Should I Buy the Hyundai Elantra?
The car is very popular amongst consumers, and 200 000 people can’t be wrong. So, definitely take it for a test drive.
How Much Does it cost?
17 200 USD – 24 400 USD