2022 Hyundai Elantra N Line Sedan

Rating8.1

Ranked #6 in Compact Sedan

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Starting MSRP 

$24,350 - $25,350

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Key Spec of 2022 Hyundai Elantra N Line Sedan
fuel economy

25/28/25

fuel type

Regular Unleaded

horsepower

1160 hp

basic warranty

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2022 Hyundai Elantra N Line Sedan Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: December 21, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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The Hyundai Elantra N line which was introduced last year had a purpose to fill, borrowing its performance character from the Veloster-N hot hatch. Hyundai introduced the Elantra GT to put forth some sort of a performance sedan, however, they went completely in with an all revamped N Line to challenge the rivals. This year Hyundai has borrowed a lot of tech from the high-performing Veloster N Line and brought it to the Elantra and they have managed to do it well. Unlike the latter, this car manages to unify the performance of a sports sedan and the practicality of a daily driven vehicle.

2022 Hyundai Elantra N Line Sedan Latest Updates

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ProsConsWhat's New

New- exciting 2.0L turbo engine

Average Cargo-Space

Revised exterior styling 

Wireless Android Auto/Apple CarPlay

Cramped Rear Row Space

New 2.0L turbocharged engine that outputs 275hp

Customizable Drive Modes

Leather Suede Upholstery 

Over All Rating

8.1

Out of 10

Pricing and Features8.00
Engine and Performace7.00
Engine and Performance8.00
Fuel Economy8.50
Interior8.00
Exterior8.00
Safety9.00
Competition8.00
Notable Rankings

#6 in Compact Sedan

#7 in Midsize Sedan

#9 in Sedan


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Trims

Base$24,350 onwards

  • 18-inch aluminum Wheels
  • Cloth/Leather Seat trim
  • Driver Lumbar support
  • Heated Front Seats
  • Heated mirrors
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Sliding and tilting glass Sunroof


Colors and Styles

2022 Hyundai Elantra N Line Sedan in Ceramic White color
Ceramic White

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

The N line this year starts at upwards of $25k which is slightly higher than last year but the upgrades are worthy. Being the top-tier trim, Hyundai has put in all the safety and advanced driver assistance features on this car. The interior is lavishly appointed and the exterior is striking as well. For long others have ruled the performance sedan segment but with the numbers provided by Hyundai, this one could easily steal the spot. The competition is mostly from the Volkswagen Jetta GLI and Kia Forte GT, both of which are expected to receive updates for 2022.


Features

The N Line trim is a standalone variant and starts as low as $25,350 for the 6-speed manual version. The 2022 model comes with new exterior styling and a few features added. There are heaps of safety features added as standard along with a lot of infotainment features. There’s a 10.25-inch infotainment system along with a 10.25-inch digital gauge cluster. The inside is wrapped in faux Suede and Simulated Perforated Leather Upholstery.

On the performance side, an all-new 2.0L engine borrowed from the hot hatch Veloster-N along with new Michelin Pilot 4S tires. There are a lot of customizable features available, inside the cabin to suit your needs and also on the outside to make it stand out from the crowd. 

Trim

N Line

MSRP (AWD)

$25,350

Key Features

Faux Suede and Simulated Perforated Leather upholstery

 

Lane Keep Assist, Blind Spot Monitoring, Driver Attention Monitoring

 

19-Inch Michelin Pilot 4S tires

 

Multiple Driving Modes

 

Power Adjustable Heated and Ventilated Front Seats

 

Digital Gauge Cluster

 

10.25-Inch Infotainment System

 

Dual-Zone Automatic climate control with air filter

 

Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and Amazon Echo

Which trim should you buy?

The N line is available only in a single trim offering with two transmission options, alongside a standard engine and drivetrain setup. The N line offers the performance of a performance sedan and a daily driver in one without having to put a hole in your pocket. It comes with all the standard features on the base trim but also adds on and provides all the advanced features that Hyundai has up its sleeve. 

Release Date

The 2022 Hyundai Elantra N-Line is slated for release in Winter 2021. While it is still a long time to go, there is evident hype for the sports sedan already stirring in the market.

Engine and Performance
8.0/10

The 2022 Hyundai Elantra N line comes with an all-new 2.0L turbocharged inline-4 engine producing 275hp and 289lb-ft of torque. The engine has been borrowed from Hyundai’s Veloster-N and will provide top-of-the-segment performance. There are two transmission options available, a six-speed manual or a dual-clutch eight-speed automatic; both transmissions provide very smooth shifts and seamless transitions. The 8-speed N Grin Shift system increases pressure for short power bursts increasing another 10hp to the already brutal 275hp.

Hyundai has added an electronic-limited slip differential to add to the performance along with that there are variable exhaust valve and launch control systems which are usually seen in high-performance vehicles. The car comes in an FWD configuration and has several driving modes like Sport, Sport+, and Normal driving mode. The car can provide a complete enthralling race-car performance and when you’re done playing with your car, you can shift back to what you’d feel is a luxury sedan.

Models

2022 Hyundai Elantra N Line

2021 Volkswagen Jetta GLI

2021 Kia Forte GT 

MSRP 

$25,350

$26,345

$23,390

Engine

2.0L Intercooled Turbo I-4

2.0L Intercooled Turbo I-4

1.6L Intercooled Turbo I-4

Drivetrain

FWD

FWD

FWD

Transmission

6-Speed Manual/8-Speed DCT

6-Speed Manual

6-Speed Manual

Power

276 hp @ NA

228 hp @ 5000 RPM

201 hp @ 6,000 RPM

Torque

289 lb-ft @ NA

258 lb-ft @ 1,700 RPM

195 lb-ft @ 1,500 RPM

0-60 MPH (seconds)

5.3

6.1

6.7

Quarter-Mile (seconds)

NA

14.6

15.2

Top-Speed (MPH)

155

155

147

The new Elantra N-Line is expected to outperform the segment with more than 275 hp and under 5.5 seconds to reach 60 mph. Some numbers aren’t revealed by Hyundai, but Volkswagen has been leading the segment for the past few years with some exceptional numbers. Both the Kia and the Volkswagen clock around 6.5 seconds to the 60 mph mark, but aren’t a match for the new Elantra. However, the Jetta GLI does manage the highest top speed of 155 MPG. 

Fuel Economy
8.5/10

Although with a new powertrain, the numbers for the 2022 model haven’t been released, we expect the average to go down due to the bigger engine. The 2021 model offers 34 MPG on the highway and 25 in the city giving a combined average of 28 MPG. With a 14-gallon fuel tank, you get almost shy of 500 miles range on the highway and 400 miles on the combined range.

Model

2022 Hyundai Elantra N Line*

2021 Volkswagen Jetta GLI

2021 Kia Forte GT

MPG (City)

25

24

25

MPG (Highway)

34

33

32

MPG (Combined)

28

28

28

Fuel Capacity (Gallons)

14

13.2

14 

Range (City/Highway/Combined) (miles)

350/476/392

316.8/435.6/369.6

350/448/392

*Specification provided are for the 2021 Model Year

There is not much to talk about when it comes to fuel efficiency. All three sedans manage a similar combined mileage of 28 MPG and are evenly matched even in terms of fuel tank capacity. While the Kia Forte GT is identical to the Elantra N-Line in all aspects, the Volkswagen Jetta GLI gets a less voluminous tank that can hold 13.2-gallons, and consequently, it manages to average a range of 370 miles, almost 20 miles shorter than its competitors. 

Interior
8.0/10

The interior has a blacked-out theme with suede and simulated leather upholstery. There are some performance-specific features like sporty shift paddles, seats, door scuff panels, and metal pedals. Most of the features are carried on from the 2021 model and given the amount of luxury you feel on the inside, we don’t complain. There’s a 10-inch digital-analog gauge cluster that keeps you updated with various info. The steering wheel is also black-themed following the car's design principles and has multi-functionality. 

On the inside, the cabin is spacious and has enough room to properly seat 5 adults. The seats have somewhat of a bucket feel due to their lower height and sunken seating position; make no doubt, this makes it feel more comfortable. There are a lot of other smart bits and features all over the cabin. There are customized 64 color-mood lightings, dual-zone automatic climate control with air-filtration, heated and ventilated front seats, etc. The car somehow manages to give you the feel for opulence and performance at the same time and Hyundai has done an excellent job in the cabin.

Model

2022 Hyundai Elantra N Line*

2021 Volkswagen Jetta GLI

2021 Kia Forte GT

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

38.7/56.5/42.3 

38.5/55.9/41.1

38.8/56.1/42.2

Second Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

37.3/55.6/38.0

37.2/54/37.4

37.5/55.3/35.7

Cargo Capacity (cubic feet)

14.2

14.1

15.3

*Specification provided are for the 2021 Model Year

The competition is very neck to neck in the segment and almost all cars provide an excellent amount of room on the inside. In the second row, the Hyundai has a slight advantage in terms of shoulder and legroom over the competitors, while the Kia Forte GT gains an advantage by offering the highest in the segment at 15.3 cubic feet. In terms of design, however, both contemporary options provide an ergonomic cabin at the buyer’s disposal, while maintaining a luxurious aura.

Standout interior features of the 2022 Hyundai Elantra N-Line include:

  • Heated and ventilated front-row seats
  • Leather and suede Upholstery
  • Power adjustable front seat with lumbar seats
  • Dual Zone Climate Control with Air-Filtration 
  • Customizable 64-Color mood Lightning
  • Heated steering wheel

What’s there to keep you entertained?

The 2022 Hyundai Elantra N Line comes standard with a 10.25-inch infotainment system which is bigger than the standard 8-inch available in lower trims. Along with the bigger display, you get a 12-Speaker Bose Premium Sound System, which enhances the interior. Hyundai Smart Link and Hyundai Digital Key are some other features available that provide seamless integration with your smartphone. You also get wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, Bluetooth with voice recognition, and a wireless charging pad. The infotainment system is quite complete and will keep you on the hook.

Standard infotainment features:

  • Android Auto and Apple CarPlay 
  • Bluetooth with Voice-Recognition
  • Qi wireless charging pad
  • 12-Speaker Bose Premium Sound System
  • 10.25” Touchscreen infotainment system 
Exterior
8.0/10

The new 2022 Hyundai Elantra N Line has a few changes on the outside with an all-new front grille which gives it aggressive styling, there’s a lip spoiler running through the length of the bumper, and side skirts that enhance efficiency. Hyundai says they have aerodynamically optimized the car further to provide a much better performance, and upon the looks, we can agree. There’s a wing spoiler and a rear diffuser alongside a new F1-inspired inverted triangle reflector and a dual single muffler tip. There are lots of bits and pieces changes on the exterior and it overall makes it look more sporty and aggressive. 

Rest, the car is pretty much the same as previous generations, the side profile still carries the three unique cuts, the front profile is still the same except for the grille, and the rear looks pretty much the same. The color palette is not yet known but the revealed iconic performance blue looks pretty much amazing.

Model

2022 Hyundai Elantra N Line*

2021 Volkswagen Jetta GLI

2021 Kia Forte GT

Curb Weight (lbs)

2,954

3,228

2,989

Length (inches)

184.1 

185.2

182.7

Width (w/0 mirrors) (inches)

71.9

70.8

70.9

Height (inches)

55.7

56.8 

56.5 

Ground Clearance (inches)

5.5

5

5.3

Wheelbase (inches)

107.1

105.6

106.3

*Specification provided are for the 2021 Model Year

The Hyundai has the longest wheelbase of 107.1 inches, although the Volkswagen is the longest car. In terms of width and height, the cars are very neck to neck and the Jetta is slightly taller compared to the rest. The Jetta also is the heaviest of the bunch at 3228 pounds, while KIA and the Hyundai are almost the same, and also sport better ground clearances of 5.5 and 5.3 inches, respectively.

Standout exterior features of the 2021 Hyundai Elantra N-Line include:

  • Automatic Front LED headlamps with LED DRLs
  • Red Lip Spoiler, Side Skirts, Rear Diffuser
  • 19-inch Michelin Pilot 4S tires
  • Powered and heated side mirrors
  • F1 inspired inverted triangle deflector 
  • Variable Exhaust System
Safety
9.0/10

The 2022 Hyundai Elantra N Line hasn’t been tested yet, but being the top tier trims from the line-up we expect it to perform well. The NHTSA gives a 5-star overall rating to the Elantra while the IIHS mentions it as the “Top safety pick+” for the 2021 N line Model. There isn’t much revealed about 2022 safety features or if new changes are included, but being the best trim, it already is loaded with tons of safety features from the 2021 model and we think Hyundai will consider keeping all the features. 

Standard Safety features on the 2021 Elantra N line include Lane keep assist, lane follow assist, forward collision warning, forward automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control, rearview camera, and automatic headlamps, some of the Advanced Safety features include Blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, reverse automatic emergency braking, head-up display, cyclist detection, and a surround-view parking system. With such options and safety features included, the Elantra N line is definitely a safe bet.

Standout Safety Features:

  • Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist 
  • Blind-Spot Monitoring
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Rear Cross-Traffic Collision-Avoidance assist
  • Driver Attention Warning system
  • Rear Automatic Emergency Braking
Competition
8.0/10

2022 Hyundai Elantra N line vs. 2021 Volkswagen Jetta GLI

Volkswagen has been one of the exciting and better-performing sport sedans in the lineup for the past few years. With the car expected to bring something new this year, we will have to wait to see how it performs against the new Hyundai. Overall, Volkswagen is a complete jack of all trades and performs well in all cases. The Hyundai on the other hand with the newer engine is sportier and more aggressive than the Jetta.

2022 Hyundai Elantra N line vs. 2021 Kia Forte GT

The Hyundai’s Cousin is somewhat similar in some cases and makes it a good rival to the Elantra. Kia has a better interior due to the high-quality materials used in the interior and also the slightly higher cargo space available. The Hyundai has a better and all-around complete infotainment system than the Kia and also has a way better-performing engine if you’re into performance.

Final Verdict

The 2022 Hyundai Elantra N Line is yet to come out with all the numbers and yet it has managed to catch our attention. Given the performance of last year’s car, we expect the Hyundai to perform even better this year with the new upgrades. The Elantra ticks all the boxes and at a perfect price point. The Elantra will definitely provide you with all the value with its feature-rich cabin, standard safety features, and a very enthralling engine. The car should be a definite consideration in the segment.

Features

vehicle bio
base price

$24350

body style

4dr Sedan

engine type
displacement

98 cu in

horse power

1160 hp

torque

195 lb.-ft. @ 1500 rpm

transmission

6-Speed Manual

dimensions
length

184.1 in

wheelbase

107.1 in

width

71.9 in

curb weight

2954 lbs

Height

55.9 in

Ground Clearance

5.5 lbs

capacity
passenger volume

99.4 cu ft

passenger capacity

5 Seats

fuel economy
city/combined/highway

25/28/25 mpg

highway range

421.6 mi


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