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Hyundai Elantra & Elantra Hybrid Compact Sedan (7th-gen, CN7, 2021)

NEX score 72%

Product Overview

The 7th-generation Hyundai Elantra evolves the four-door-coupe look with "Parametric Dynamics" design. It is the first in the compact sedan segment to introduce wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. It also leads the segment in introducing the first Digital Key that allows owners to unlock, start, and drive with smartphone.
On the outside, the CN7 Elantra wears a bold fascia with jewel-like shapes, strong character lines, and high-tech-looking taillights. Inside, large displays are available for the infotainment system, and slim vents melt into the design smoothly.
The Elantra N Line, powered by the turbocharged variant of the 1.6L GDI engine, produces up to 201 hp and sends power to the front wheels via either a 6-speed manual or a 7-speed DCT. Hyundai engineers implemented several mechanical improvements to Elantra’s suspension to increase stiffness for a gripping performance, aided by 18-inch alloy wheels, multi-link independent rear suspension and larger front brake rotors.
The 2021 Elantra will also have a hybrid variant with 50 estimated MPG.

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Ratings

What we found**

Pros
  • Powerful six-speed DCT
  • Super-cool 17.2-inch digital gauge cluster
  • Lots of standard equipment
Cons
  • Gas engine is a little buzzy when you lay into it

What external reviewers found***

NEX score: 72% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Excellent fuel economy
  • Gorgeous styling
  • Comfortable ride
Cons
  • Lack of safety features
  • Lack of in-car connectivity
  • Lackluster interior tech
  • Lack of tech
  • No adaptive cruise control
  • No gas-only option
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Specifications

Variants:
G1.6
Gamma LPi
N Line

Dimensions

Size | Height
1420 mm
Size | Length
4650 mm
Size | Width
1825 mm
Wheelbase
2720 mm

Powertrain

Engine | Displacement
1.6 L, 2.0 L
N LineEngine | Power
201 hp
G1.6Engine | Power
121 hp @ 6300 rpm
Gamma LPiEngine | Power
118 hp @ 6000 rpm
N LineEngine | Torque
264 Nm
G1.6Engine | Torque
154 Nm @ 4500 rpm
Gamma LPiEngine | Torque
152 Nm @ 4500 rpm
Engine | Type
Inline 4 Smartstream G1.6, Gamma LPi, or Nu
Transmission | Gears
6-speed / 7-speed
Transmission | Type
Manual / 7-speed DCT, or automatic or CVT

Production

Availability
2021
Debut
2020-03
N LineDebut
2020-08
Made In
Korea

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3rd-Party Review Videos

External Reviews

cnet[1]

Sentiment Score 72%
Reviewers from cnet have found the following***:
A 1.6-liter I4 and 1.34-kWh battery combine to produce 139 hp and 195 lb-ft of torque. Depending on trim, the Hybrid is anywhere from 240 to 340 pounds heavier than the standard Elantra. The Hybrid is a quiet commuter, with very little wind or road noise making its way into the cabin.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Gorgeous styling
  • Excellent fuel economy
  • Comfortable ride
Cons
  • No gas-only option

cnet[2]

Sentiment Score 62%
Reviewers from cnet have found the following***:
The Elantra N Line comes standard with a six-speed manual transmission. You can get a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic for an extra $1,100. Once you are off and running, the 1.6-liter engine is a peach. The steering is light but accurate and the chassis strikes a great balance.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Sprightly turbo engine
  • Comfortable to drive
  • Comfy sport seats
Cons
  • Lack of safety features
  • No adaptive cruise control

cnet[3]

Sentiment Score 79%
Reviewers from cnet have found the following***:
The Elantra is a daily driver and errand-runner, and it's tuned as such. The steering is light and somewhat vague, but the ride is really comfortable. It might not be the sportiest, but it's definitely one of the quietest and most tech-laden offerings in its class.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Sleek styling
  • Powerful engine
  • Comfortable ride
Cons
  • Lack of tech
  • Lackluster interior tech

pcmag[4]

Sentiment Score 74%
Reviewers from pcmag have found the following***:
The 2021 Hyundai Elantra Hybrid moved quickly and smoothly while driving on LA's crowded streets and freeways. The interior is equally stylish and roomy, even for taller rear seat passengers. Hyundai's Blue Link system provides routine telematics features such as automatic crash notification and emergency roadside assistance.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Powerful six-speed transmission
  • Excellent fuel economy
  • Comfortable ride
Cons
  • Lack of in-car connectivity

User Reviews

References

1. ^ 2021 Hyundai Elantra Hybrid first drive review: Effortlessly efficient. [cnet]. https://www.cnet.com/roadshow/reviews/2021-hyundai-elantra-hybrid-preview/. 2020-11-15. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
2. ^ 2021 Hyundai Elantra N Line first drive review: A sprightly sport compact. [cnet]. https://www.cnet.com/roadshow/reviews/2021-hyundai-elantra-n-line-manual-preview/. 2020-11-15. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
3. ^ 2021 Hyundai Elantra first drive review: Standout style with plenty of substance. [cnet]. https://www.cnet.com/roadshow/reviews/2021-hyundai-elantra-preview/. 2020-11-15. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
4. ^ 2021 Hyundai Elantra Hybrid Review. [pcmag]. https://www.pcmag.com/reviews/2021-hyundai-elantra-hybrid. 2020-12-22. Retrieved 2021-03-22.

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