2019 Hyundai Elantra Sport

This car has celebrity status
By Durhl Caussey, Epoch Times Contributor
July 20, 2019 Updated: July 20, 2019

Hyundai’s Elantra Sport is powered by a 1.6-liter turbo-four engine, paired to a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission with paddle shifters. The engine is capable of producing 201 horsepower and and 195 lb.-ft. of torque and the powertrain as a whole achieves a fuel economy of 33 mpg highway and 26 mpg city for a 29 mpg combined average.

The sport-tuned suspension with independent multi-link suspension in the rear, plus large front disc brake rotors give you confidence and assurance. Assurance that performance can definitely be expected.

This sixth-generation Elantra has further improved its fluid sculpture styling. Inside, it provides an airy and modern space that is packed with premium features, intuitive control layouts, and way above average spaciousness.

18-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights (Both high and low beams), LED daytime running lights, and LED taillights are complemented by a sport front grille, heated side mirrors, door handle approach lights, and chrome-tipped exhaust.

Proximity Key Entry with Push-Button Ignition gets you inside without having to search for your keys.

The interior of the Elantra Sport. (Courtesy of Hyundai)

The steering wheel and shift knob are both leather wrapped. Leather heated front seats with 6-way power adjustment on the driver’s side. The 60/40 split-folding rear seat allows flexible allocation of passenger and cargo space.

The head room could be improved. and I would like to see a little more space in the front of the cabin.

The 9-inch high-resolution touchscreen, the navigation system, plus the Premium Audio System with 8 speakers and Clari-Fi music restoration technology are all part of the $2,260 Premium Package.

On the safety front, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention Blind-Spot Collision Warning with Rear Cross-Traffic Warning.

Hyundai provides those little extras for Hyundai owners like hands-free smart trunk and rearview camera with dynamic guidelines. Which simply enrich the driving experience.

Many new Hyundai vehicles come with Blue Link, which gives vehicle owners around-the-clock awareness and access through compatible devices, including smart watches and Alexa devices. This connected car service is complimentary for the first three years of ownership, and provides several very useful features.

Something I hadn’t thought of being handy, but Geo-fence, Speed and Curfew Alert lets owners rest easy by notifying parents if the speeds, times or distance you set for the younger drivers are exceeded.

The Remote Car Finder feature is truly a treasure. It lets you locate your Hyundai at a crowded sports stadium or shopping center. I can’t tell you how wonderful this feature is, when you are looking for your car at the DFW Airport where there are five terminal lots to search for your car.

Remote Start with Climate Control is wonderful, especially when temperatures over 100 degrees are daily occurrences this summer. Just start your engines, and let it cool off before entering the vehicle.

Enhanced Roadside Assistance gives your exact location when calling for assistance, and Automatic Collision Notification and Assistance automatically calls for help if things go seriously wrong.

The Blue Link service suite is a very versatile package, and contains many more features like On-Demand Diagnostics and Alerts, Destination Send-to-Car by Google, and Panic Notification.

Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price is $23,800.

Warranty
5-year/60,000-mile New Vehicle Limited Warranty
10-year/100,000-mile Powertrain Limited Warranty
7-year/unlimited miles Anti-Perforation Warranty
y-year/unlimited miles 24/7 Roadside Assistance

Durhl Caussey writes a car column read around the world. He may be reached at dcaussey@sbcglobal.net.

 

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