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2019 Hyundai Elantra vs Rivals: Specification Comparison


Are a facelift and BS6-compliant engine enough to put the Elantra back into the thick of action?

 

Hyundai has just launched the facelifted Elantra in India at a starting price of Rs 15.89 lakh (ex-showroom). Just like a typical midlife update, the facelifted model comes with revamped looks and additional features. The restyled Elantra is also the first model to pack in a BS6-compliant engine in its segment. 

But are these updates enough to put the Elantra back into the game against its well-established rivals, the Skoda Octavia and Honda Civic. Not to forget, we also have the silent Corolla Altis in this fight. Let’s see how they stack up:

Dimensions:

 

Hyundai Elantra

Skoda Octavia

Honda Civic

Toyota Corolla Altis

Length (mm)

4620

4,670

4,656

4,620

Width (mm)

1,800

1,814

1,799

1,775

Height (mm)

1,465

1,476

1,433

1,475

Wheelbase (mm)

2,700

2,688

2,700

2,700

Boot Space (litres)

NA

590

430 

470

  • Longest: Skoda Octavia
  • Widest: Skoda Octavia
  • Tallest: Skoda Octavia
  • Wheelbase: Elantra, Civic and Corolla Altis
  • Boot Space: Skoda Octavia

Sizewise, the Elantra is smaller than the Octavia, the largest car here. The Elantra is 50mm smaller, 14mm narrower and 11mm shorter than the Octavia. However, the Skoda has the shortest wheelbase when compared to the rest, all of which have an identical 2,700mm wheelbase. Meanwhile, the low-slung Honda Civic is the shortest one here while the Corolla Altis is the narrowest. 

Hyundai hasn’t officially revealed the Elantra’s boot space, so we will update you on that later. Watch this space. Meanwhile, the Octavia has the largest boot here followed by the Corolla Altis and the Honda Civic

Features:

 

Hyundai Elantra

Skoda Octavia

Honda Civic

Toyota Corolla Altis

LED headlamps with DRLs

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Infotainment

8-inch touchscreen

8-inch touchscreen

7-inch touchscreen

7-inch touchscreen

Android Auto and Apple CarPlay

Yes

Yes

Yes

Mirrorlink

Dual-zone Climate Control

Yes

Yes

Yes

Single-zone

Powered Front Seats

Driver-only

Yes

Driver-only

Driver-only

Cruise Control

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Sunroof

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Auto headlamps

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Rain Sensing Wipers

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Multi-info display

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Ambient Lighting

No

Yes

No

No

Rear Sunblind

No

Yes

No

Yes

Digital driver’s display

No

Yes

No

Yes

Ventilated Front Seats

Yes

No

No

No

Wireless Phone Charger

Yes

No

No

No

All four cars come well equipped with all the features one might possibly need. Standard features on all models include LED headlamps with DRLs, touchscreen infotainment system, climate control, powered driver’s seat, cruise control as well as a multi-info display. 

While the Elantra misses out on some premium features like digital driver’s display, ambient lighting and a rear sun blind, it packs in ventilated front seats and a wireless phone charger to compensate. The Corolla Altis lacks a sunroof and its infotainment supports only Mirrorlink, which is a step back. Meanwhile, the Octavia comes as the best equipped, with powered passenger seat and ambient lighting. 

The Hyundai Elantra is also the only car in this segment to come with BlueLink connected-car tech. Meanwhile, all these cars offer a unique feature that isn’t found in the Elantra’s competitors. Have a look at the table below:

 

Hyundai Elantra

Skoda Octavia

Honda Civic

Toyota Corolla Altis

Unique Feature

Connected-car Tech

Self Park Assist

Lane Watch Camera

NA

Safety Features:

 

Hyundai Elantra

Skoda Octavia

Honda Civic

Toyota Corolla Altis

Airbags

6

8

6

7

ABS with EBD

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Camera and Sensors

Front and rear sensors with rear camera

Front and rear sensors with rear camera

Rear sensors with rear camera

Rear sensors only

ESP

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Hill Start Assist

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Tyre Pressure Monitor

Yes

Yes

No

No

Electric Parking Brake with Auto Hold

No

No

 

No

Safety features on all models include a minimum of six airbags, ABS with EBD, electronic stability program, rear parking sensors and hill start assist. The Skoda Octavia is the only car to come with eight airbags while the Civic is the only one to come with electric parking brake with auto hold. Meanwhile, the Octavia and Elantra pack in front parking sensors and a tyre pressure monitor.

Powertrain Options:

Note: Since the Elantra is a petrol-only offering, we’ll be comparing only the petrol variants of its competitors here. 

 

Hyundai Elantra

Skoda Octavia MT

Skoda Octavia AT

Honda Civic

Toyota Corolla Altis

Displacement

2.0-litre naturally aspirated

1.4-litre turbocharged

1.8-litre turbocharged

1.8-litre naturally aspirated

1.8-litre naturally aspirated

Power (PS)

152PS

150PS

180PS

141PS

140PS

Torque (Nm)

192Nm

250Nm

250Nm

174Nm

173Nm

Transmission Options

6-speed MT / 6-speed AT

6-speed MT

7-speed DSG

CVT Only

6-speed MT / CVT

Fuel Efficiency (Claimed)

14.6 kmpl

16.7 kmpl

15.1 kmpl

16.5 kmpl

NA

BS6-compliant

Yes

No

No

No

No

  • Most Powerful: Skoda Octavia AT
  • Torquiest: Skoda Octavia MT and AT
  • Most Fuel Efficient: Skoda Octavia MT

The Hyundai Elantra comes with the biggest engine in this bunch, developing 152PS of power and 192Nm of torque. While its power figures are the highest compared to its manual counterparts, it falls short when the Octavia automatic comes into the picture. The Skoda duo also produces class-leading torque when compared to its naturally aspirated counterparts. Meanwhile, the Corolla Altis and Civic are the least powerful on paper. 

Another disadvantage with the Honda Civic is the lack of a manual gearbox in the petrol variant. This is a huge bummer considering the Civic’s chassis capability and its rev-happy 1.8-litre i-VTEC engine. Meanwhile, the Octavia’s manual gearbox can be had with the smaller 1.4-litre unit only while the quick-shifting 7-speed DSG is limited to the larger 1.8-litre TSi. On the other hand, the Corolla Altis and Hyundai Elantra can be had with both manual and automatic options on the same engine. 

In terms of fuel efficiency, the Skoda Octavia with the smaller engine leads the chart followed by the Honda Civic, Skoda Octavia AT and Hyundai Elantra. That said, the Hyundai is the only one to come with a BS6-compliant unit, an added credit. 

Prices and Verdict:

 

Hyundai Elantra

Skoda Octavia MT

Skoda Octavia AT

Honda Civic

Toyota Corolla Altis

Prices (Petrol ex-showroom Delhi)

Rs 15.89 lakh to Rs 20.32 lakh

Rs 16 lakh to Rs 19 lakh

Rs 20.60 lakh to Rs 23.60 lakh

Rs 17.94 lakh to Rs 21.25 lakh

Rs 16.45 lakh to Rs 20.19 lakh

Prices for the Hyundai Elantra start from Rs 15.89 lakh, making it the least expensive petrol-powered  D-segment sedan one can buy now. Its top-spec variant is also a shade more expensive than the Corolla Altis, making it good value for money. The Hyundai Elantra is also the only BS6-compliant car in this comparison. 

While the on-paper specs tilt towards the Hyundai, only a full-fledged comparison test between these luxury sedans can give us the full picture. So stay tuned to ZigWheels for the real-world comparison and road test.

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