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Old 16th August 2012, 00:38   #226
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Nice comparo, though!
Thanks.

Agree with you about Cruze being the car to own if you like driving. That engine almost rivals the Germans (3/C/A4). However, not most of the people who buy these cars actually drive themselves and in that aspect, the cruze loses points as the Backseat is not the place to be if you are in a Cruze, it's the front seat.

IMHO Each car has a different USP that they are focusing on :

1. Cruze : Diesel Rocket
2. Corolla Altis : Japanese Bulletproof Reliability + Good Backseat
3. Fluence : Different from the Rest
4. Laura : German quality and quite loaded too
5. Jetta : German Quality but Understated
6. Elantra : Jack of all trades

The reason I focused on the L&K Trim of the Laura was that it offered ESP and was priced similarly to the Jetta and sicne the comparo was about the Highest Variant of a particular car so the comparison could be at a similar level. Also the reason Jetta doesn't sell that much is most probably due to the fact that VW have skipped a lot of kit in it. Cars from 2 segments below offer much more equipment that Jetta. VW should correct this ASAP as otherwise it's a very good car (the best looking one in my humble opinion).

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Superb pictures, Great review. Rated 5 start. Has to be review with the best pictures on TBHP. Thank You!
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What are the on road prices for Delhi for the AT Diesel? I hope its not crossing 17.5.
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I bought the base model of the Hyundai Elantra Petrol 1.8 Ltr (AT) in Abu Dhabi in March this year. I've completed 6000 Kms as of now and here's a small review, I'll try to focus on aspects that have not been covered yet.

I think the red colour - also known as Tomato red is the best suited colour for the car. I've seen all the other colours it comes in up close and nothing quite matches the zest that this shade of red gives. The car is definitely an attention grabber. In a country where every 5th car is either a BMW or a Merc, it is astounding that you can command a good deal of attention with a car that costed me just 56k AED, thats approx INR 8.4 L. I also got 40,000 Kms free service package as well. There's no other car in the UAE market which offers so much for so less, I did my homework before I committed myself to a car which is still surprisingly rare in the sea of Corollas and Civics in the UAE.

The car has an Eco mode which can be activated through the control on the steering. At first I thought it was just an indicator which simply glowed in green as you cruised slowly and steadly when not flooring the gas. Later on I realised that my assumption was wrong. The engine made gear shits at a higher rpm range than usual and this was apparent when I had to speed up at short notice, and the car strained itself to push through. I truned it off after careful evaluation of my driving and fuel consumption. It seemed that I averaged 9.5 km/l when using the Eco mode. And when it was switched off, I averaged 12.5km/l.. Surprising!. This was entirely in city traffic where the average speed would be somwhere between 60 to 80kms/hr.

This car is really spacious. In fact its even more spacious than the 2011 Nissan Maxima, which says a lot about how well designed the car is. The Corolla and Civic feel cramped considering how cavernous the back space is.

Interior plastic is easily a cut above the competition, arm rests are suitably soft to the touch and impressive compared to what we used to get from other manufacturers. You really have to hand it to Hyundai for pushing the envelope. It is honestly more sportier inside than any regular sedan you've been in (ok, maybe barring the Cruze). What's the icing on the cake - The looks complement the quality of the material used. No tacky plastic in here.

On the road the car is an awesome performer and is no slouch. The six geared transmission places the drive feel well ahead of its competitiors. It effortlessly picks up speed and you can engage the H-matic transmission which makes it a spirited, fun drive. The only downside while using H-matic would be the fact that the car auto downshifts. You have no control over it. So sometimes when you encounter sudden traffic and you downshift, you would find that the car has auto downshifted already. Since you've mashed two gears down, you mash one up - you get the drift. Hitting a 100 Kms/h takes just around 8-9 seconds. The car holds very well at high speeds and you never feel as if its floating about considering the fact that the engine is all aluminium (which contributes to its good fuel economy).

The electric power steering transmission gets a bit getting used to. First timers will hate it somewhat. It lacks the distinct feel of a hydraulic transmission and therefore you lose some road feedback. EPS is also the reason behind good fuel economy. By the time you are upto 2k kms, you would've forgotten how hydraulic transmission feels like.

All in all a car thats not too complicated to maintain, has a rock solid engine with geneorus power and looks that will make it stay fresh for another 3 years. Hyundai has done a great job, although in the Indian scenario, the pricing is competitive too.
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The diesel automatic on road comes to ~21L on road in Bangalore. Now, considering that the outgoing 3-series is going at a 5L discount, the corp edition would cost around 25L in Bangalore. Is it worth buying a 1.6L engined Hyundai C+ segment sedan for 21L?

ps: Prices above are assumed, and any corrections are welcome.
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The diesel automatic on road comes to ~21L on road in Bangalore. Now, considering that the outgoing 3-series is going at a 5L discount, the corp edition would cost around 25L in Bangalore. Is it worth buying a 1.6L engined Hyundai C+ segment sedan for 21L?

ps: Prices above are assumed, and any corrections are welcome.
The OTR in Bangalore for Diesel automatic is 19.89L where as Cruze AT is at 19.78L. It will be interesting to see the battle between Cruze, Corolla and Elantra. It may not be the same case as the C2 segment where the Fluidic Verna wins by a good margin. D1 segmenters may think differently, but the feature list of the Elantra are difficult to resist (my favourite - Perforated seats).
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The diesel automatic on road comes to ~21L on road in Bangalore. Now, considering that the outgoing 3-series is going at a 5L discount, the corp edition would cost around 25L in Bangalore. Is it worth buying a 1.6L engined Hyundai C+ segment sedan for 21L?

ps: Prices above are assumed, and any corrections are welcome.
Elantra AT would be around 19.8 OTR Blr. I doubt BMW CE will have a 5L discount. But if you have the money - BMW is much superior to the Hyundai.

BTW if people are ready to pay 18.5L for a Corolla Altis MT with a puny diesel engine - 1L more for a Elantra makes much more sense :-)
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The beamer previous generation though it has a good discount the availability is a big question mark. They seem to stock it for special customers or you can read it has politicians etc
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The diesel automatic on road comes to ~21L on road in Bangalore. Now, considering that the outgoing 3-series is going at a 5L discount, the corp edition would cost around 25L in Bangalore. Is it worth buying a 1.6L engined Hyundai C+ segment sedan for 21L?

ps: Prices above are assumed, and any corrections are welcome.
Last week when I checked with Navnit motors, they had a black CE available and the best disocunt I got was 5L. Effectively the price was 28L (33L OTR - 5L). Plus its always better to get a BMW secure package which costs about 2.5L.
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The diesel automatic on road comes to ~21L on road in Bangalore.
Delhi On ROAD

Disel AT - 18,52,781

Petrol AT - 16,87,796

I am contemplating between both, WHICH is more powerful in terms of pick-up at different gear ratios, do we have a comparison?
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pick-up at different gear ratios,
Look at the torque for each of these variant. For pick up torque matters more than raw power that is available.

For top end the POWER comes into picture.

That is why you may feel the diesel to move the car faster in lower gears while the petrol surging ahead once wanting to reach top speeds.
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That is why you may feel the diesel to move the car faster in lower gears while the petrol surging ahead once wanting to reach top speeds.
Is there a gear by gear comparison between Petrol & Diesel Elantra?

Also, I wont be using Elantra for everyday commute, strictly for occasions, that's why I'm getting inclined towards petrol but im just worried about the resale factor.
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The Elantra has two engine options; a 1.8L petrol and a 1.6L diesel.
Hey Tanveer, can you please do a comparison between the 2 versions... Also, please try to answer these:

1. Which is more punchy
2. Which has a quicker pickup
3. Which has a faster '0-100' run

Also, something I've been wondering endlessly, what is up with the leather cover on the AT gear box? Aint there supposed to be slots which are visible to the eye, like verna, sonata and any other car out there?! Could this just be a review and a TD car thing, or is it going to be this way in the delivery cars too!?

Somebody please help me here.
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0-100 will be faster in the Diesel while the top speed would be higher in the Petrol.

The AT Gear box is what you see in the review. The leather cover is actually a nice touch to the interiors.

Gear to gear ratio should be available with some technical review for sure in the web.
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0-100 will be faster in the Diesel while the top speed would be higher in the Petrol.
I would differ with that. 0-100 would be faster in a petrol, as you would reach there in 3rd gear max. Sprints are always faster with petrol than diesels. And here we have a smaller-than-normal diesel engine in the equation.
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