2016 Hyundai Elantra on sale in Australia from $21,490

The new-look 2016 Hyundai Elantra has launched in Australia, bringing with it a fresh new design inside and out, new technology, and a new 2.0-litre ‘Nu’ engine.

2016 Hyundai Elantra Elite-red

Just two main variant lines are available in Australia, including the Active and Elite. Both come with an all-alloy 2.0-litre naturally aspirated four-cylinder engine producing 112kW and 192Nm. It features dual variable valve timing and a two-step variable induction system.

The Active can be paired to either a six-speed manual or automatic, while the Elite is only available with the auto. Fuel economy for the combined cycle is rated at 7.1L/100km for the manual and 7.2 for the auto.

Standard features are abundant, with auto headlights, a rear-view camera, and a 7.0-inch touch-screen interface with Apple CarPlay standard across the board. The Elite adds, among other things, dual-zone climate control, auto wipers, leather upholstery, and a 3.5-inch TFT instrument cluster display.

In terms of the size, the new Elantra is 20mm longer, 25mm wider, and 5mm taller than its predecessor, opening up more cabin space. The body design has also been drastically revised, sporting Hyundai’s new-look front end, LED taillights, and new more aerodynamically-designed bumper bars providing an overall coefficient drag of just 0.27.

PerformanceDrive is at the official Australian launch in Tasmania, and we will be publishing a more in-depth review and drive impression soon. Prices start from the following (excluding on-roads):

2016 Hyundai Elantra Active manual – $21,490
2016 Hyundai Elantra Active auto – $23,790

2016 Hyundai Elantra Elite auto – $26,490