2019 Hyundai Elantra

MSRP $17,200 - $23,700

Ranked #12 in Compact Sedan

6.8

Overall Rating

2019 Hyundai Elantra Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: July 14, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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In a world of growing crossover trends, the mid-size family sedans have been getting lesser attention than they should. And with that, the automobile giants have come up with great designs combined with great practicality to make a regular sedan more desirable. The Hyundai Elantra is one of them and offers great value for the features it packs.

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Pros

A plethora of standard features

Great reliability

Commendable fuel economy

Impressive trunk capacity

Cons

Weak base engine

The 7-speed automatic feels unrefined at lower speeds

Rear seats are smaller as compared to the rivals

What's New?

The front end gets a set of meaner headlamps with a widened intake grille

Inside the cabin, the car gets a refreshed instrument console with updated infotainment system features such as navigation, audio controls, etc

yundai ensured the need for driver assistance features aiming at the crowd who are looking for a more feature-packed budget sedan

The CVT is new this year, this is set to improve the overall driveability


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$17200

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

top speed

130 mph

drivetrain

front wheel drive

engine type

displacement

122 cu.in.

horsepower

147 hp @ 6200 rpm

torque

132 lb.-ft. @ 4500 rpm

transmission

6 speed manual

chassis

suspension front

front independent suspension

suspension rear

Semi-independent rear torsion beam suspension

dimensions

wheelbase

106.3 in.

length

181.9 in.

width

70.9 in.

height

56.5 in.

curb weight

2822 lbs.

ground clearance

5 in.

capacity

passenger volume

95.8 cu ft.

cargo volume

14.4 cu ft.

payload capacity

1058 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

6.3 sec.

zero to 100 mph

22 sec.

rolling start 5-60 mph

8.4

standing 1/4-mile

15 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

26/29/36 mpg

highway range

421.6 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

10 yr./ 100000 mi.

powertrain warranty

10 yr./ 100,000 mi.

corrosion warranty

7 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


Pictures & Videos


Trims

SE$17,200 onwards

SEL$19,500 onwards

Value Edition$20,500 onwards

Eco$21,050 onwards

Sport$22,600 onwards

Limited$22,700 onwards

Colors and Styles

2019 Hyundai Elantra in Galactic Gray color
Galactic Gray

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Pricing and Features

6.5

Engine and Performance

5.0

Fuel Economy

6.0

Interior

7.0

Exterior

7.0

Safety

8.1

Competition

7.0

Final Verdict

8.2

6.8

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

6.8

Overall Rating


The 2019 model year of the Elantra gets a facelift over the already remodeled 2017 model year to get head-to-head with the competition. The car gets two powertrains and three transmission options for diversity in the trim list. Apart from these, more features have been added to the current model year such as a new infotainment system and added standard features. With a starting price of $18,200, the Elantra covers many grounds and has been reliable since the very beginning from its introduction. The 2019 Hyundai Elantra competes with the Toyota Corolla, Honda Civic, and the Volkswagen Jetta.


5.0/10
Engine and Performance

6.0/10
Fuel Economy

7.0/10
Interior

7.0/10
Exterior

8.1/10
Safety

7.0/10
Competition

8.2/10
Final Verdict


2019 Hyundai Elantra Features

The 2019 Elantra is offered in a total of 6 trims- SE, SEL, Value Edition, Eco, Sport, and Limited starting from $17,200, going all the way up to $24,000 with the Sport and 7-speed auto transmission. As standard, there are not a lot of features available but they get unlocked as you choose the higher trims. There are three powertrain options and three transmission options - 2.0-liter, 1.4-liter, 1.6-liter, and 6-speed manual, 6-speed automatic, 7-speed DCT. the Sport trim gets the most powerful 1.6-liter engine and the Eco trim gets a considerably smaller 1.4-liter mill, both of them are turbocharged. A list of features has been depicted below.

Trim

SE

SEL

Value Edition

Eco

Sport

Limited

MSRP 

$17,200

$19,500

$20,500

$21,050

$22,600

$22,700

Key Features

2.0-liter engine

Upgrades or add-ons from SE trim

Upgrades or add-ons from SEL trim

1.4-liter turbocharged engine

Upgrades or add-ons from Eco trim

Upgrades or add-ons from Eco and Sport trim

 

Projector headlights

A 7-inch touchscreen display

Hands-free trunk release

Upgrades or add-ons from Value Edition trim

1.6-liter turbocharged engine

17-inch alloy wheels

 

15-inch steel wheels

16-inch alloy wheels

Dual-zone automatic climate control

7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission

LED headlamps

Loaded safety and convenience features

 

DRLs

Heated front seats

Proximity key entry.

Premium Infinity audio system with 8-speaker setup

Leather steering wheel

Auto-dimming rearview mirrors

 

Rearview camera

Auto headlamp control

 

Power-adjustable driver’s seat

Leather seats

 
 

6-speaker audio system

Dual illuminated vanity mirrors

   

Pre-collision safety system

 
 

Steering mounted audio and cruise control

Heated side mirrors

   

18-inch alloy wheels

 
 

A 5-inch touchscreen infotainment screen

Blindspot collision warning and rear cross-traffic alert

       
 

3.5-inch instrument cluster display

         

Which Trim should you buy?

The Eco trim is a go if you wish to have decent features with a potent engine returning good fuel economy. It also possesses an Infinity premium audio system, driver aids, leather treatments, etc. The Sport trim is for the enthusiasts for its mind-blowing power figures as a budget mid-size sedan. The base SE, SEL, and Value Edition offers a much lower price tag but also cuts corners by the use of cheap materials and lowering the feature lists.

2019 Hyundai Elantra Engine and Performance

5.0/10

As standard, the 2019 Hyundai Elantra engine is a 2.0-liter naturally aspirated inline-4 unit putting out 147 horsepower and a sluggish 132 pound-feet of maximum torque. The transmission duties are being handled by a 6-speed manual system or an optional automatic transmission for $1,000 extra. The standard engine is available in all the trims except the Eco and Sport. The Eco sports a smaller 1.4-liter turbocharged mill which puts out 132 horsepower and 156 pound-feet of torque. This engine comes with a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox. The Sport trim, on the other hand, sports the most powerful 1.6-liter turbocharged inline-4 engine putting out a maximum power of 201 horsepower and a maximum torque of 195 pound-feet, kicking it in an early 1,500 revs. All three engines are front-driven.

As a standard engine, the big 2.0-liter engine is not the powerful one in the lot but offers decent performance for your everyday home-to-office drives. The overall acceleration is on par with the competition with a 0-60 miles per timing in just under 9 seconds and a standing quarter-mile acceleration in under 16.8 seconds. The automatic transmission acts in a delayed manner sometimes at lower speeds, otherwise, all three engines offer decent performance for the price.

Models

2019 Hyundai Elantra

2019 Toyota Corolla

2019 Honda Civic

2019 Volkswagen Jetta

MSRP

$18,200

$18,700

$19,550

$18,745

Engine

2.0-liter Naturally Aspirated inline 4

1.8-liter Naturally Aspirated inline 4

2.0-liter Naturally Aspirated inline 4

1.4-liter Turbocharged inline 4

Drivetrain

FWD

FWD

FWD

FWD

Transmission

6-speed Shiftable Automatic

Continuously Variable Transmission

Continuously Variable Transmission

8-speed Shiftable Automatic

Power (hp @ RPM

147 hp @ 6,200 RPM

132 hp @ 6,000 RPM

158 hp @ 6,500 RPM

147 hp @ 5,000 RPM

Torque (lb-ft @ RPM)

132 lb-ft @ 4,500 RPM

128 lb-ft @ 4,400 RPM

138 lb-ft @ 4,200 RPM

184 lb-ft @ 1,400 RPM

0-60 MPH (seconds)

9.0

9.4

8.2

7.7

Quarter-Mile (seconds)

16.8

17.2

16.3

16.0

Top-Speed (MPH)

116

112

118

127

Both the Honda Civic and the Volkswagen Jetta wins the performance round with the former offering more raw power and the latter a lot of grunt due to the turbocharged engine and that makes it accelerate quicker than the competition. The Hyundai Elantra offers decent performance for the price and is definitely better than the Toyota Corolla, which has an underpowered engine.

How well does the 2019 Hyundai Elantra handle?

In the past, Hyundai has incorporated a soft suspension setup in the Elantra which, they claimed, was to provide a more comfortable overall ride, but the cars had a wobbly ride on the highways and could not handle corners without a lot of body roll. Hyundai now has removed all the uncertainties from the earlier model year and equipped the Elantra with a slightly stiffer suspension system to offer better handling. The Elantra takes corners and can go at high speed without a lot of instability. The steering feels more confident and offers a decent amount of feedback as well.

Braking Performance

Braking performance on the Elantra has paid off well even though it packs a smaller set of brake rotors- 8.0 inches for both the front the rear, and coupled with a decent curb weight of 2,844 pounds, the car takes 125 feet to go 60-0 miles per hour which is impressive given that it has smaller rotors. Hyundai has worked on the braking performance well to provide what the consumers desire without increasing the price too much.

Models

2019 Hyundai Elantra

2019 Toyota Corolla

2019 Honda Civic

2019 Volkswagen Jetta

Brake Rotors: Front (inches)

8.0

9.0

11.1

11.5

Brake Rotors: Rear (inches)

8.0

9.0

10.2

10.8

Curb Weight (lbs)

2,844

2,840

2,771

2,959

60-0 (feet)

125

119

113

191

In the competition, except for the Jetta, all three cars offer good braking performance. The Civic offers the most enhanced braking and coupled with a lower curb weight, it just gets better. The Corolla and the Elantra are not far behind and offer good braking performance as well.

2019 Hyundai Elantra Fuel Economy

6.0/10

With not-so-engaging power output and slightly lower curb weight, the 2019 Elantra gas mileage has been impressive so far. The manual transmission version, however, has a lower combined fuel economy of 29 MPG while the automatic transmission version has an increased fuel economy of 29 MPG in the city, 38 MPG on the highways, and 33 MPG for both the city and highway combined.

Models

2019 Hyundai Elantra

2019 Toyota Corolla

2019 Honda Civic

2019 Volkswagen Jetta

MPG (City)

29

28

30

30

MPG (Highway)

38

36

38

40

MPG (Combined)

33

32

33

34

Tank Capacity (Gallons)

14.0

13.2

12.4

13.2

Range (City/Highway/Combined, in Miles)

406/532/462

370/475/422

372/471/409

396/528/448

Despite having an underpowered engine, the Toyota Corolla also fails to deliver the kind of fuel economy it is expected to. While on the other hand, the Jetta is the most efficient out of the cars here, especially considering that it's also the torquiest, closely followed by the Elantra.

2019 Hyundai Elantra Interior

7.0/10

The 2019 Hyundai Elantra interior remains similar to the outgoing model with minimal design language and great practicality. The dashboard is made of hard plastics which leaves very little to complain about. The center of the dashboard holds the infotainment screen and the control knob with the shifter and two cupholders in between the front seats. The left sports an instrument cluster that has a 3.5-inch digital display for this new model year. The steering wheel is leather-wrapped and has cruise control buttons laid out at the sides. The features and opulence increase with the extra cash you pay and opt for higher trims.

In terms of overall cabin spaciousness and comfort, the Elantra does well. The seats are all cloth-covered as standard and provide a good amount of cushioning for better ride quality. The all-leather seats found on the higher trims offer more comfort and are highly recommended. The cabin offers a seating capacity of up to 5 people. Both the seating rows a decent amount of space for the head, shoulder, and leg. For added practicality, Hyundai has offered a 14.4-inch boot space and a lot of spaces inside the cabin to help you carry luggage without any issue.

Models

2019 Hyundai Elantra

2019 Toyota Corolla

2019 Honda Civic

2019 Volkswagen Jetta

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

38.8/56.2/42.2

38.3/54.8/42.3

39.3/57.0/ 42.3

38.5/55.9/ 41.1

Rear Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

37.3/55.3/35.7

37.1/54.8/41.4

37.1/55.0/ 37.4

37.2/54.0/ 37.4

Trunk Capacity (cubic feet)

14.4

13.0

15.1

14.1

The Honda Civic takes the lead once again with a great overall cabin dimension. Also, the car packs a bigger trunk for added practicality. The Toyota Corolla offers a more compact cabin space but has class-leading rear legroom. The Hyundai Elantra and the Volkswagen Jetta offer good interior space but the former car has the lowest rear row legroom. In terms of cargo capacity after Honda, the Hyundai, and Volkswagen take the place, leaving Toyota at last. There are a lot of features available for the 2019 Elantra up the trims as there are only limited ones on board. 

Some of the important interior features are as follows:

  • Single-zone front air conditioning
  • Electric power steering
  • Dual vanity mirrors
  • Cruise control
  • Cloth seats and upholstery
  • Rearview camera

What’s there to keep you entertained?

The refreshed infotainment system in the Elantra now houses a new 5-inch TFT display with the AVN system and a faster processing power to smoothen the overall experience. The system offers a very user-friendly interface with fewer stutters and increased sensitivity. The higher trims get a massive 8-inch touchscreen display which offers better viewing and produces good colors. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity are present to offer you a more seamless connection with your mobile phone. 

A few of the standard features and the features present in the higher trims are as follows:

  • 5.0-inch touchscreen display
  • Android Auto and Apple CarPlay
  • 6-speaker audio system
  • SiriusXM (Optional)
  • Infinity premium 8-speaker audio system (Optional)
  • USB connection
  • FM radio

2019 Hyundai Elantra Exterior

7.0/10

With a facelifted look, the 2019 Hyundai Elantra gets a meaner look with the sharp headlamps and DRLs at the front coupled with a bigger intake grille. The rear gets LED taillights and is similar to the last-gen model. The roofline gets a sloppy design to make it more aerodynamic with the sides getting a few cuts to encourage the same. The car sits on 15-inch silver wheels as standard and that can go up to 21-inch with the higher trims.

Hyundai has worked hard with the weight distribution of the car compared to its previous iterations and made it weigh 2,844 pounds. As per dimensions, the car has a smaller length, a bit wider body, a good height, and a long wheelbase which is similar to competition as they share a similar platform. The ground clearance is not disclosed which is a shame but the Elantra has enough of it, making it suitable for city and highway rides.

Models

2019 Hyundai Elantra

2019 Toyota Corolla

2019 Honda Civic

2019 Volkswagen Jetta

Curb Weight (lb)

2,844

2,840

2,771

2,959

Length (inches)

181.9

183.1

182.3

185.1

Width (inches)

70.9

69.9

70.8

70.8

Height (inches)

56.5

57.3

55.7

57.4

Ground Clearance (inches)

N/A

6.7

N/A

5.6

Wheelbase (inches)

106.3

106.3

106.3

105.7

Among all four cars, the Jetta has a slightly big car appeal with increased length, curb weight, width, height but has a slightly shorter wheelbase. The Civic weighs the least and is similar in terms of size except for a slightly shorter height. The Elantra offers more balanced dimensions with perfect distribution of weight but its official ground clearance number is unavailable. But, from the car’s appearance, its ground clearance is on the lower side, making it prone to crunching its belly over speed-breakers at high speeds.

A few standard exterior features are as follows:

  • LED DRLs
  • 15-inch steel wheels
  • Heated mirrors
  • Redesigned intake grille
  • LED taillights
  • Redesigned trunk

2019 Hyundai Elantra Safety

8.1/10

Hyundai has not compromised on the safety front of the Elantra sedan with added standard safety features and a robust build quality. The car comes with a shock-absorbing chassis that is durable and sucks the impact force to lower the chances of serious injuries while crashing. The car gets a 4-star overall safety rating by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration which is acceptable for the segment and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has rated the car with ‘Good’ in every major category and also awarded ‘Top Safety Pick+’ which elevates the consumer’s trust over the car. 

In terms of the safety features on offer, the car gets a lot of them including:

  • All-wheel ABS with traction control
  • Tire pressure monitoring
  • Stability control
  • Dual front side-mounted airbags
  • Passenger airbag occupant sensing deactivation
  • Rear door child safety locks
  • Remote anti-theft alarm system

2019 Hyundai Elantra Competition

7.0/10

2019 Hyundai Elantra vs 2019 Toyota Corolla

The Corolla comes from the house of Toyota which means its reliability and sales figures are more than the Elantra but loses in a lot of categories like performance, fuel economy, and cabin spaciousness. The Elantra offers an impressive reliability aspect too along with a wide range of trim levels and multiple engine options. Combining the handsome list of features with the competitive price point of the Elantra makes the Toyota Corolla a weak competitor.

2019 Hyundai Elantra vs 2019 Honda Civic

The Civic stands in a league of its own and very few cars in the competition can come close to it. Its peppy performance, class-leading fuel economy, better interiors, great looks, etc just demolishes the Elantra. Undoubtedly, the Elantra is a good car for the price. But when it comes to recommendations, the Civic will arguably be a better buy.

2019 Hyundai Elantra vs 2019 Volkswagen Jetta

The Jetta is a great car with a good torquey engine and a well-built interior but except for that, the car lacks in every other category including fuel economy, interior practicality, and also comes at a slightly higher price tag. Both of them are good cars for the price but when it comes to practicality, the Elantra has an edge.

2019 Hyundai Elantra Final Verdict

8.2/10

The 2019 Hyundai Elantra is a great everyday sedan and is best suited for city rides and occasional highway rides. Everything about the car is very basic unless you go up the trim ladder which will cost you more but will quench your thirst for the opulence and added features you desire. For the price, it is a good car but, the 2019 Civic is a much better choice with a great overall experience and that adds up with Honda’s reliability.

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