Hyundai’s all-new Elantra has arrived in South Africa, headlined by a 150kW turbocharged petrol engine and a seven-speed dual clutch transmission.

The 2017 Elantra enters the South African market with four derivatives: The Elantra 1.6 Executive manual and Elantra 1.6 Executive automatic (both driven by a 1.6-litre naturally aspirated petrol engine); the Elantra 2.0 Elite, with a naturally aspirated 2.0-litre petrol engine; and the range-topping Elantra 1.6 TGDI Elite DCT Sport, with a 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol engine.

Both specification levels – Executive and Elite – offer comprehensive features which are all included in the recommended retail prices, starting at R299 900 and ending at a R399 900 for the Elantra Sport.

Pricing

The recommended retail prices of the new Elantra range are:

• Elantra 1.6 Executive (manual) – R299 900
• Elantra 1.6 Executive (auto) – R314 900
• Elantra 2.0 Elite (auto) – R349 900
• Elantra 1.6 TGDI Elite DCT – R399 900

Hyundai’s five-year or 150 000km warranty and additional two-year/500 00km powertrain warranty is part of the standard package, which also includes five-year or 150 000km roadside assistance and a five-year or 90 000km service plan.

Service intervals are 15 000km for all derivatives, with an additional initial service after 5 000km for the Elantra Sport.

Engines, transmission

The new Elantra is available with three petrol engines: a 1.6-litrefour-cylinder engine that produces 94kW and 154Nm in the Elantra 1.6 Executive manual and 1.6 Executive Elite automatic; the 2.0-litre engine producing 115kW/195Nm in the Elantra 2.0 Elite automatic; and the turbocharged 1.6-litre engine in the Elantra 1.6 TGDI Elite DCT Sport producing 150kW and 265Nm.

The Elantra 1.6 Executive comes with a choice between a six-speed manual or automatic transmission, while the Elantra 2.0 Elite is only available with a six-speed automatic gearbox.

The Elantra 1.6 TGDI Elite Sport has a seven-speed Dual Clutch Transmission with paddle shifters, and the driver can choose between a Normal, Eco or Sport driving mode with the press of a button, which creates a different gear change pattern for each application, says Hyundai.

Safety

An Advanced Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD) are standard on all derivatives for active safety, with the addition of an Electronic Stability Programme (ESP) in the Elantra Sport.

Passive safety is taken care of by driver, front passenger, side and curtain airbags in all the derivatives.

Hyundai says that B-pillar assemblies feature partial softening hot stamping that start with a reinforcement section and then transition into a softening section to help absorb side impact. The rear doors also feature dual impact beams.