Hyundai Elantra- New vs Old Model – Comparison

The launch of the next generation Hyundai Elantra has just taken place. This means we’ll have to bid farewell to the earlier model. The 2017 MY Elantra might be exactly what Hyundai needs to take the fight to the Toyota Corolla Altis. It gets new engines and a completely new look. In this post here, we will compare the old model with the new generation Elantra to find out how much of an improvement it is over its predecessor. Read our Hyundai Elantra New vs Old model comparison to find out what is new.

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Hyundai Elantra New vs Old Model – Exterior Design Comparison

The 2017 Elantra features styling based on Hyundai’s Fluidic Sculpture 2.0 design language. As is the case with most new Hyundai’s, this one also trades some of the ‘in-your-face’ styling touches for slightly more mature design traits that are bound to appeal to a wider spectrum of buyers. Up front, you get a gaping, single piece hexagonal grille, flanked by sleek headlamps with LED DRLs. The nose now sits lower and the bonnet is much flatter in comparison to the outgoing model. The America-spec model gets bumper mounted LED pilot lamps. However, the India-spec Elantra gets conventional round fog lamps.

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The tail also sits lower now and gets narrower LED tail lamps. The exhaust outlet is now hidden from sight under the rear bumper. The ‘Elantra’ badge now sits below the tail lamps instead of above it, as is the case with the one currently on sale in India. Other new design elements include new alloy wheel design, new wing mirrors and new fog lamps. The lower-end trims could skip out on LED taillamps, alloys and LED daytime running lights.

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Hyundai Elantra New vs Old Model – Interior Design Comparison

Much like the exteriors, the interiors of the new Elantra feature simpler and more elegant lines in comparison to the current model. Everything in here, right from the steering wheel to the centre console layout is all new. What has been carried over, however, is the use of black upholstery with brushed aluminium highlights. The centre console features a driver-centric asymmetric layout with the touchscreen unit taking centre stage. A claustrophobic rear proved to be the Elantra’s cabin’s biggest Achilles heel. The new generation model addresses this issue ensuring the Elantra appeals more to those planning to hand their cars over to the chauffeur.


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Hyundai Elantra New vs Old Model – Specifications

New 2017 Hyundai Elantra Petrol Specifications
Engine2.0-litre Petrol
Max. Power150 bhp
Peak Torque196 Nm
Transmission6-speed manual/6-speed automatic
Kerb Weight ~ 1350 KGs
Fuel Mileage14.59 KMPL (MT)/14.62 KMPL (AT)

The next generation Elantra gets a new 2.0-litre petrol engine while the 1.6-litre diesel engine from the outgoing model has been carried over. This new 2.0 L petrol unit churns out 150 bhp of max. power and 196 Nm of peak torque. Transmission duties for both engines are taken care of by 6-speed manual and 6-speed automatic gearboxes. The 1.6 L CRDi diesel produces 126 bhp and 265 Nm.


New 2017 Hyundai Elantra Diesel Specifications
Engine1.6-Litre Diesel
Max. Power126 bhp
Peak Torque265 Nm
Transmission6-Speed Manual/6-speed Automatic
Kerb Weight ~ 1100 KGs
Fuel Mileage22.54 KMPL (MT)/18.23 KMPL (AT)

For reference, the petrol variants of the outgoing model come with a 1.8 L engine that makes 147 bhp and 178 Nm. While the diesel variants with the 1.6 L CRDi make 126 bhp and 260 Nm. Both engines come with a choice of either 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic transmissions. Even the fuel mileage is slightly lower.

Hyundai Elantra New vs Old Model- Mileage Comparison

Model2017 Hyundai ElantraOld Hyundai Elantra
Petrol Mileage14.59-14.62 KMPL14.34-16.3 KMPL
Diesel Mileage18.23-22.5 KMPL19.11-22.7 KMPL

The new petrol engine returns a better fuel mileage than the old model. Since the diesel engine has been carried over to the new Elantra, fuel efficiency remains more or less the same.

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Hyundai Elantra New vs Old Model – Dimensions

 2017 Hyundai ElantraOld Hyundai Elantra
Length4570 mm4530 mm
Width1800 mm1775 mm
Height1465 mm1470 mm
Wheelbase2700 mm2700 mm

The next generation model is longer than the outgoing car, but not as tall. The wheelbase remains the same but there is an increase in interior space thanks to better packaging. Thanks to an increase in overall length, the new Elantra boasts a bigger boot and more legroom for the rear passengers.

Hyundai Elantra New vs Old Model – Comparison Verdict

The new Hyundai Elantra looks very promising indeed. It builds on the qualities of the current model adding a better design and more features to the mix. Pricing is also very tempting at just Rs. 12.99 lakhs for the base variant.

  • Design – The new model looks grown up thanks to a more mature design, increased dimensions and cleaner lines. The interiors are better both in terms of quality as well as design.
  • Features – The current Hyundai Elantra is already a very feature rich offering. The new model gets an even longer list of features.
  • Specifications – While the diesel variants get the same 1.6 L unit as the old model, the petrol variants employ a new 2.0 L engine.
  • Price – Introductory prices of the new Hyundai Elantra are actually lower than the old car making it great value for money.

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