The all new Hyundai Elantra is finally here and it is a major step-up over the old model. The exterior, the interior and the petrol engine – all have been revamped and the resultant product is sure to impress buyers with a generous budget.
There is no denying the fact that the car in its fifth generation was handsome and attractive but the sixth generation model, complete with a long list of equipment, advanced safety features and lower price, is even more tempting. This Hyundai Elantra New vs Old comparison will elaborate more on this topic:
2016 Hyundai Elantra vs 2015 Elantra Spec Comparison
All new Elantra now sports a new 2.0-litre Petrol engine oozing out 159 bhp of power along with 191.22 Nm of peak torque. This is an improvement over the 2015 Elantra’s 1.8-litre Dual VTVT petrol engine that offered 147 bhp of power and 178 Nm of torque. The same 1.6-litre U2 diesel engine has been carried forward in the new model along with the 6-speed manual/6-speed automatic transmission system.
Crux – Hosting an all new petrol engine with better power and torque figures makes the new Elantra a better option for those looking for a petrol sedan.
2016 Hyundai Elantra vs 2015 Elantra Exterior Comparison
As far as the design is concerned, the curvy lines of old model have been replaced with the subdued and crisper lines of the new one, making the new Hyundai Elantra more mature and subtle than its predecessor. The company calls it the Fluidic Sculpture 2.0 design philosophy.
The front profile of both the cars is completely different. The new Elantra has a very Audi-like front appearance with angular HID headlamps with LED DRLs, and a large angular hexagonal grille. The L shaped fog lamps are gone and what you get now are vertical brackets with inset projector fog lights.
The side profile of both the new and the old model is pretty much the same. The tapered window line, the sharp coupe roofline and the gently rising waistline remain identical and add to the elegant appeal. At the rear, the LED-lookalike tail lights in the 2015 model gives way to actual LED tail lamps. Moreover, the exhaust outlet has been hidden from sight now below the rear bumper.
The latest model is also more stronger than the outgoing version considering the percentage of High Strength Steel used in its construction has moved up from 21% earlier to 53% now, lending the 2016 Hyundai Elantra a higher torsional stiffness. The company also claims the new model uses 40 times more structural adhesives than the old car.
Crux – 2016 Hyundai Elantra comes across as more mature, subtle and stronger car than its older sibling.
Hyundai Elantra New vs Old Interior Comparison
You instantly realize that the car has grown up when you step inside its cabin. Ditching the curvy details on the 2015 model, the company has adopted a straight and edgy styling for the interior of 2016 Elantra. The design this time is more user-friendly and upmarket. The company has focused on a driver-centric cabin and as a result, the dashboard has been angled 6.9 degrees towards the driver. The pinched look of the centre console stack of the old model has been done away with and replaced by a more user-friendly stack. The steering wheel has also been changed. The only things carried forward are black upholstery and brushed aluminium highlights.
The 25 mm increase in width has made the new model more spacious than the former. There is ample legroom for the rear passengers. Thigh support up front has also gotten better.
Feature wise, it is richer too. Not that the earlier Elantra was low on equipment, but the new model fares still better. The dashboard of New Elantra holds a magnificent 8.0 inch touch screen with Apple CarPlay support, Bluetooth Connectivity and satellite navigation system. The earlier model sported a 7 inch touch screen. Dual Zone Climate Control, 10-way adjustable driver seat, anti pinch sunroof and ventilated seats come as welcome additions to existing list of features like 10-way adjustable driver seat, rear parking assist system, cruise control etc.
Crux – The interiors of the 2016 Elantra are better both in terms of design as well as quality.
Hyundai Elantra New vs Old Dimension Comparison
The new Elantra receives some changes in its dimensions that occur as a result of change in its design. It measures 4570 mm in length, 1800 mm in width and 1465 mm in height. The 2015 model was 40 mm shorter in length, had width of 1775 mm and was also taller at 1470 mm. The wheelbase has also been increased by 130 mm and the new Hyundai Elantra boasts of a larger wheelbase of 2700 mm.
Crux – In its sixth generation, Elantra gets bigger and definitely better.
2016 Hyundai Elantra vs 2015 Elantra Powertrain Comparison
2016 Hyundai Elantra is available in five petrol and four diesel variants as opposed to three petrol and four diesel trims earlier. As mentioned earlier, the new 2.0-litre Nu petrol engine equipped inside 2016 Elantra, performs better delivering a greater power out of 152 bhp @ 6200 rpm when compared to 147 bhp @ 6500 rpm offered by the 1.8-litre Dual VTVT engine of the old model.
The diesel engine continues to be the tried and tested 1.6-litre U2 mill that churns out similar 128 bhp of power and 260 Nm of torque.
Crux – While the diesel engines remain the same, the petrol engine of the new Elantra is more powerful than that of the outgoing car.
2016 Hyundai Elantra vs 2015 Elantra Mileage Comparison
On the mileage front, the previous model fared better, especially on the manual version. It offered 16.3 kmpl of fuel economy compared to just 14.62 kmpl delivered by the new one. But the automatic variant of the new car is more efficient than the old car, delivering 0.3 kmpl more fuel economy.
The mileage for the diesel variants has also come down from 22.7 kmpl to 22.54 kmpl for manual trims and from 19.11 kmpl and 18.23 kmpl for automatic trims.
Crux – Mileage is one area where the new Elantra takes a beating from its predecessor.
2016 Hyundai Elantra vs 2015 Elantra Performance Comparison
Hyundai has been continuously striving to improve the overall ride & Handling package in its cars and 2016 Elantra bears testimony to this. The new Elantra offers a very well controlled and firm feel just like European cars. The suspension system has been improved and it soaks up bumps better than its predecessor. The new car is also noteworthy for its low NVH levels. There is a slight improvement in power output and torque figures and also the new model is quieter and smoother.
Crux – New Elantra is a better performer than the 2015 model with improved suspension and better ride & Handling package.
Hyundai Elantra New vs Old Price Comparison
Hyundai springs up a surprise by pricing the new Elantra lower than the outgoing version. The base price of the new car is just Rs. 12.99 lakh, significantly lower than the starting price of 2015 Elantra which stood at Rs. 14.13 lakh. Here is a version wise price list of the two models:
2015 Hyundai Elantra Prices
|1.6 S (Petrol)||Rs. 14,13,196|
|SX (Petrol)||Rs. 15,41,078|
|SX - AT (Petrol)||Rs. 16,49,906|
|Base (Diesel)||Rs. 14,57,677|
|S (Diesel)||Rs. 15,35,275|
|SX (Diesel)||Rs. 16,67,688|
|SX - AT (Diesel)||Rs. 17,94,179|
2016 Hyundai Elantra Prices
|Hyundai Elantra S (Petrol)||Rs. 12,99,000|
|Hyundai Elantra SX (Petrol)||Rs. 14,79,000|
|Hyundai Elantra SX(O) (Petrol)||Rs. 16,59,000|
|Hyundai Elantra SX AT (Petrol)||Rs. 15,89,000|
|Hyundai Elantra SX(O) AT (Petrol)||Rs. 17,99,000|
|Hyundai Elantra S (Diesel)||Rs. 14,79,000|
|Hyundai Elantra SX - AT (Diesel)||Rs. 16,39,000|
|Hyundai Elantra SX(O) (Diesel)||Rs. 17,69,000|
|Hyundai Elantra SX(O) AT (Diesel)||Rs. 19,19,000|
Crux – Though the price of the base model of new Elantra is lower than that of 2015 model at Rs 12.99 lakh, the top trim comes at a higher price of Rs. 19.19 lakh compared to 17.94 lakh of the old car.
2016 Hyundai Elantra vs 2015 Elantra Verdict
In this review concerning Hyundai Elantra New vs Old, the latest model wins on most ground including interior features, design, performance and pricing. It is better equipped to take on its rivals like Toyota Corolla Altis, Volkswagen Jetta, Skoda Octavia and Chevrolet Cruze. And with the highly tempting price being its latest weapon, it has what it takes to win the battle and also, to give this segment a much needed boost.