Review of 2020 Hyundai Elantra Limited
The elegantly angular lines of the 2020 Elantra Limited follow in the footsteps of its hugely successful 2019 model. The marque’s top-seller that year, this compact sedan is becoming a golden goose for Hyundai.
While sticking to largely the same working formula, the main differences in the 2020 models are mechanical. Both automatic and six-speed manual transmissions are replaced by Hyundai’s innovative continuously variable transmission.
For buyers concerned with maintenance costs, an outstanding advantage of the Hyundai Elantra range is its ten-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty. Practical but unexciting, this could save them thousands of dollars over the course of a decade.
Far lower than Canada’s comparatively high average fuel consumption of 8.6 Leg/100 km, the SEL, Value, and Limited models post a budget-friendly 6.5 Leg/100 km. All are fitted with the same four-cylinder 2.0 L engine, rated at 132 pound-feet of torque, with a useful 147 hp.
Benefits of the 2020 Hyundai Elantra Limited
Comfort is the watchword for the 2020 Elantra Limited interior, particularly for drivers. An eight-way power seat provides solid lumbar support, for less-fatiguing long trips, with heated front seats ensuring winter comfort.
Sophisticated beige or black leather upholstery matches the leather-wrapped shift knob and steering wheel. With a centre armrest and its convenient cupholders, the rear seats fold down in a 60/40 split, offering added capacity that expands experiment generous 14.4 cubic feet of trunk space.
A new dual-zone automatic climate control system runs on a high-efficiency positive temperature coefficient heater. The main advantage of this device is that heating is no longer reliant on hot engine coolant, with temperatures maintained more easily. Another major advantage is that there is no need to deal with traditional (and hard-to-fix) heater cores, leading to lower long-term maintenance costs.
Other up-market features in this model include leatherette door inserts, dual illuminated vanity mirrors, and sun visor extensions, and a rear-view camera.
Packed with Technology
The 2020 Elantra Limited trim is loaded with a generous assortment of safety, convenience, and entertainment.
The safety features available for the 2020 Elantra Limited include:
- Blind-Spot Collision Warning (BCP), flashing a visual alert when a vehicle is in the blind spot, and sounds an alarm if attempting to change lanes with a vehicle in the blind spot;
- Rear Cross-Traffic Collision Warning (ROCCA), alerting the driver when vehicles approach from either side while backing out of a parking space;
- Lane Keeping Assist (LAK), with audio and visual alerts, when drifting across lanes, applying corrective steering if the drift continues;
- Driver Attention Warning (DAW), detecting inattentive drivers by monitoring their driving patterns, with sound alarms and visual alerts;
- High Beam Assist (HIBA), automatically shutting off high beams as oncoming vehicles approach, and switching them back on once they have passed.
For added convenience, drivers can sign up for one of Hyundai’s Blue Link Connected Car system packages. For Canadian drivers, the Remote package cools or warms the vehicle for ten minutes before they arrive, through the Remote Start with Climate Control feature. The Blue Lake smart phone also lets owners unlock and relock their vehicles remotely.
On the entertainment side, the 2020 Elantra Limited offers wireless charging, and an eight-speaker Infinity premium sound system, with a five-inch infotainment colour display, as well as Bluetooth, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay.
The Ultimate Package for the 2020 Elantra Limited trim includes a navigation system with an 8” colour touchscreen with navigation and real-time traffic information, and a 4.2” colour TFT instrument cluster display, as well as a power sunroof, and an integrated memory system for the driver’s seat and side mirrors.
Other safety options include
- Smart Cruise Control (SCC), using radar to maintain a safe distance from the car in front, and automatically slowing down as required;
- Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCRA), warning when the vehicle ahead slows down or stops, with emergency braking applied automatically if too close;
- Safe Exit Assist (SEA), preventing passengers from leaving a parked car when vehicles are approaching from the rear, overriding attempts to deactivate the Electronic Child Safety Lock.
Family Friendly Choice
With so many standard features shared among its trims, the Hyundai Elantra Limited price range is both narrow and affordable. For families seeking comfort and safety, this is a great option that won’t break the bank.