Just the other day, my friends and I were arguing, we could not agree which was the boldest animal in the world. Most of them said that it was the lion but I insisted that it was the hyena because it tries to steal meat even from lions. I’ll leave you to take a pick. Anyway, today we’ll be talking about a car that is as bold as a lion or a hyena, depending on your pick. The 2019 Hyundai Elantra comes with a new look that has to grab your eye. It has an updated design that has “bold” as its second name. The average consumer will be happy with this mid-cycle refresh and they are unlikely to notice that the new metal maintains its original bones underneath. This vehicle is all about triangles. The front is similar to a Tetris game, only this time it is for triangles. It has sharp edges and it is definitely angular. This car offers value for your money as well as good handling.
What’s new for 2019?
The 2019 Hyundai Elantra has a sharp new style thanks to its new front fascia, hood, headlights, grille, and front fenders. The front has triangular elements that are not present in the rear. This compact sedan has a fresh rear fascia, a new trunk, and sharper taillights. You will notice that it is the bumper that now carries the licenses plate. LED headlights are available for the Sport and Limited trims while the Eco trim has new 15-inch alloys and 17- and 16- inch wheel designs. This vehicle comes with six trim levels: Sport, Eco, Limited, Value Edition, SEL, and SE.
What are the pros and cons?
We like the good fuel economy, strong turbo engines, good value for money, sharp styling updates and Elantra GT’s pace and space. The disadvantages include cheap touches in the sedan, no safety tech in the SE and Clunky shifts in Eco. Also, the sedan is not very thrilling to drive, especially without turbo.
What drives it?
The engine of the Elantra remains unchanged although it has received numerous upgrades. It offers a 2.0-liter mill that delivers 147 horsepower in the Limited pack, SEL, and SE. A 128 hp turbocharged 1.4-liter is available with the Eco trim. The Elantra Sport will come with design upgrades, but it will maintain the same powertrain as last year. However, you will have to wait for it a little longer since the manufacturer will release it as the year comes to an end.
What does the interior offer?
The upgrades are less noticeable from the inside. However, it has been decorated like a bride on her wedding day. This car now comes with Hyundai’s AVN 5.0 infotainment system. It now has a reworked infotainment display and HVAC controls. The higher trims have navigation, AppleCarPlay and Android Auto. A five-inch audio system comes standard. The Limited trim offers the Infinity premium audio system that boasts of a Qi wireless phone charging and a subwoofer. It also receives the eight-speaker. The SEL trim and those above it have been upgraded with safety technologies. They now add driver attention alert, lane keep assist and forward collision prevention. The Limited trim comes with more stuff like Safe Exit Assist (it works when the door is open to warn you of approaching vehicles) and forward collision avoidance that also comes with pedestrian detection. This vehicle also has additional safety features like lane change assist and blind-spot monitor that also has the rear cross-traffic alert feature.
What do we think about it?
The automaker is yet to release the price of this car, but the base price should be close to the 2018 model which goes for $23,785 for the Sport trim and $17,835 for the SE. This is a wonderful vehicle that has most of the goodies that Elantra is known for; it boasts of the latest conveniences, generous space and solid engineering. The 2019 version brings all these, and it adds a stunning exterior look. We can’t get enough of its safety features, outstanding new tech as well as its efficient and powerful engine. This compact sedan has evolved with the times, and it is definitely an intelligent choice.