Hyundai said the new 2021 model is designed and built to bring added driving fun to the bold Elantra that launched in April 2020. Featuring an N-specific design and performance-enhancing elements, the N Line offers an attractive entry point to Hyundai's high-performance N brand line-up and broadens Elantra's appeal to a broader range of customers.
Mehcanis of the 2021 Hyundai Elantra N Line Are Up To The Task
The 2021 Elantra N Line sports car offers a 1.6-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine that generates 201 horsepower, an increase of 54 hp over the standard sedan. The Elantra N Line also offers a standard 6-speed manual transmission or an optional 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission to drive the front wheels. The Elantra N Line's powertrain is by far the most energetic in the lineup.
It also receives changes in the suspension section to become firmer in general and also to be able to carry an independent rear axle. They have calibrated the steering better and also put bigger brakes on the front axle. The four-corner independent suspension does a great job considering the “in-between” mission of this Elantra N Line. When Hyundai lifts the veil on the authentic Elantra N, the lineup will be complete.
Hyundai's lines usually manage to draw attention and give an identity very easy to identify and remember. In the case of the Elantra N Line we will find a grille with a glossy black finish and a different pattern in its framework for a more sporty look.
On the sides there are also specific side skirts for this model and the possibility of carrying wheels up to 19" of a specific design. The rear of the 2021 Hyundai Elantra N Line is finished off with a more stylized roof drop, skulls attached to the center and a sports-cut bumper.
The Interior Looks Good
The appearance of the Elantra can certainly be the subject of salted debates, but what about the interior? The look of a car is all well and good, but if it isn't comfortable, the driving experience won't be much better. At this level, the more enveloping seats of the N Line are nothing to be ashamed of, they are comfortable and offer enough support for a sporty ride.
Like recent products from the manufacturer, the interior of the Elantra is well presented and, above all, very well assembled, while being spacious and comfortable. Some notable details, such as the red stitching on the inside of the doors and the semi-leather / semi-suede seats, remind us that this is a sporty version.
The red theme continues on the gear lever, instrumentation and around the drive mode selector, which resembles a large udder installed in the left side of the dashboard. A sportier three-spoke steering wheel incorporating a beautiful chrome finish is also part of the game. Overall, it is an attractive, well-crafted and ergonomically efficient interior.
Now it remains to look at the appearance of the dashboard. As on its most recent creations, the Elantra N Line mimics the presence of a large screen with this glossy black panel. If the eight-inch touchscreen is well placed - and even oriented slightly towards the driver - it would have been interesting to see the one offered on the brand's more opulent models. Its infotainment system continues to be compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto , although now wirelessly.
At the assistance level, it can have autonomous emergency brake, lane maintenance, blind spot alert, reverse camera with cross traffic alert and digital key.
This piece of plastic to the left of the information gauge, however, puzzles me. Yes, the big drive mode button is easy to find while driving, but I'm not sure the suitability of the latter. The air conditioning controls are well placed, while the steering wheel controls eventually become common.
This physical separation to the right of the central console is very “racing car cockpit”, but it requires the passenger to raise their arm to access the air conditioning controls, for example, or even to have their glass of coffee. And cheap plastic is still part of the Korean sedan's environment, despite the starting price of this sporty livery which slips just under the $26,000 mark ... before setup fees and taxes!
Space is impressive for a sedan-coupe, however, even in the second row where a full-size adult can take a seat without having to bend their necks.
The Hyundai Elantra N Line 2021 once again confirms the interest of manufacturers in pursuing the “performance” avenue. Hyundai, like Volkswagen or Honda, will soon enter the circle of superformers, with the Elantra N, although the Veloster N already played this role, but until this long-awaited moment, the N Line livery constitutes a highly acceptable alternative. As long as you appreciate the design.
When Hyundai added the Elantra Sport to its lineup in 2017, the model brought a breath of fresh air to the compact sports car category due to its excellent performance-to-price ratio, driving pleasure and amazing performance. Does the Elantra N Line manage to recapture the same qualities? Yes, but the withdrawal of the manual gearbox for our market causes it to lose a few points.
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