2021 Hyundai Elantra/Elantra N First Drive: Choose for the Absurd

Pamela G. Knowles

Though the planet seems to be abandoning little vehicles, Hyundai is dedicated to earning them and making them wonderful. How fantastic? We invested some time in the overall lineup of Elantras recently to locate out, like exclusive access to the new Hyundai Elantra N.

(Complete disclosure: Hyundai required me to push the new Elantra so they flew me to Los Angeles, secluded me in a lodge space, and only allow me out to generate the cars and trucks, which includes a few of reliable hrs in the Elantra N prototype.)

The mainstream Elantra is powered by a 2.-liter four-banger creating 147 horsepower and 132 lb-ft of torque. Hyundai brands it as Smartstream, and it’s paired to a consistently variable transmission. Power runs to the entrance wheels. The normal automobile also tends to make do with a torsion beam rear suspension.

Whilst most searching at this automobile are not wanting at it for driving excitement or engagement, the Elantra sedan is fairly adept at handling the twisty streets all over Malibu. The motor vehicle feels lots powerful for the everyday commute, and the transmission is not as sloppy as some CVTs I have driven. I wouldn’t seek out out a twisty highway with it, but if I transpired to stumble throughout a person there are worse automobiles to be in.

The Elantra is out there with masses of tech, such as two digital shows (one for the infotainment and just one for the instrument cluster) and attributes Hyundai’s innovative security units. Adaptive cruise and lane centering, mated to Hyundai’s freeway driving support software, make the Elantra a able very long-length cruiser. In point, I’d enterprise to say that Hyundai’s lane-trying to keep is far more intuitive and has fewer bogus alarms than even Tesla’s regular Autopilot setup.

And ahead of the Tesla admirers rip me in the comments, I have a Tesla Product 3 that I have access to each day.

The trunk can swallow up 14.2 cubic ft of luggage, which isn’t terrible for the course. Though I would like the motor vehicle in hatchback type, the sedan is capable of providing what most men and women need. In the Minimal trim that I sampled, the EPA premiums the gasoline economic system at 31 mpg in the town, 41 mpg on the highway, or 35 mpg merged.

If you want far more MPGs, you’re going to want to up grade to the Elantra Hybrid. It is powered by a 1.6-liter Atkinson Cycle engine making a whole output of 139 horsepower and 195 lb-ft of torque. Electric power is also sent to the entrance wheels, but this time by means of a six-velocity twin clutch automated. On top of that, and thankfully, on the hybrid the rear suspension receives a multi-url unbiased set up.

There are extra possibilities available on the hybrid, including ventilated seats on the Confined Hybrid. Trunk house continues to be the similar on the hybrid.

All over city, it is a qualified cruiser. On the freeway, there’s a little bit much more cabin noise than I’d like, and the seats are a little bit challenging for for a longer time journeys. I’m not sure why seats would be distinct in the gasoline model in contrast to the hybrid, but I believe it is due to lightweighting endeavours. Sad to say, I could not get as comfortable as I would’ve preferred.

While I had every single intention of hopping in the N-Line for the return journey to the resort, a consultant from Hyundai pulled me aside to permit me know that I was to acquire a single of the complete Elantra N prototypes again to the lodge. Who was I to argue with that?

For the sake of getting a completist, I’ll point out that the N-Line is obtainable with a guide transmission, has the independent rear suspension, and makes a balanced 201 horsepower and 195 lb-ft from its turbo motor.

The Elantra N was totally wrapped in camouflage, which undoubtedly attracts notice. It consists of the exact same powertrain as the Veloster N, which means a turbo four earning 276 horsepower and 289 lb-ft of torque. Electrical power is despatched to the entrance by way of either a six-velocity guide transmission or an eight-pace damp dual-clutch automated. My test car was equipped with the latter.

From the moment you push the motor commence button, you know you’re in for a ride. The engine burbles to life, just like the Veloster, and there is a litany of driving options you can modify to make the motor louder and additional obnoxious.

Blasting down Decker Canyon Street north of Malibu, the Elantra N impresses. No issue how quick you seem to be to be going, the auto grips the road and brakes perfectly. Change-in is swift, but not darty as it can be on some better-stop cars. The transmission, left to its very own equipment, shifts immediately and practically specifically when you want it.

It is not as excellent as a Porsche PDK box — absolutely nothing is — but it’s significantly much better than any transmission has any proper to be in a commuter car turned highway racer. I’d nonetheless go for the handbook transmission but if you have to have the automatic, you won’t be disappointed.

The for a longer time wheelbase in contrast to the Veloster can help both equally with high-pace security and standard journey convenience. The car is even now stiffly sprung, but it didn’t really feel jittery. Ease and comfort manner smooths a whole lot of it out, but it’s not Lexus clean. It’s a bit a lot easier to dwell with each and every day than the Veloster N.

Even if you’re putzing alongside in convenience mode and want to be aggressive for a couple seconds, the Elantra N has an NGS button. Like a “push to pass” fashion button, the N Grin Shift method puts the car or truck in whole attack manner for 20 seconds, and there’s even a countdown clock on the electronic instrument cluster. Is it silly? Sure.

But the full car is silly. From the minute I started out driving it was laughing and giggling. It is a truly enjoyable vehicle to travel. It is not as precise as a Honda Civic Style R, but it requires by itself way significantly less seriously. But not like a Fiat 500 Abarth, which is all giggle and no true good efficiency, the Elantra N receives you about 90 % of the way to the Civic Kind R in functionality.

It’s silly, but in all the proper means. It is a each day driver that turns athletics auto. It is loud. It’s raucous. It’s a hell of a great deal of pleasurable. Indication me up.

[Images: Hyundai and © 2020 Chad Kirchner/TTAC]

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