Hyundai Nishat Motors Private Limited (HNMPL) just introduced the Elantra GL 1.6, bringing competition to Pakistan's upper mid-range automobile market. The price range of Rs. 4-to-4.5 million is intriguing since it comprises subcompact crossover SUVs. Kia Stonic is one of the most popular models in its price range. The 2017 Hyundai Elantra GL 1.6 is compared to its arch-rival, the Toyota Corolla Altis 1.6 Special Edition (SE), and the Kia Stonic EX, because it is priced similarly to both sedans:
The Elantra GL 1.6 has the same appearance as the GLS 2.0, which is a good thing. It has the same wedge-shaped quad-projector headlights with crisp Daytime Running Lights (DRLs), a clever front bumper, and an imposing front grille.
The side profile is sleek and straightforward. Side mirrors with integrated turn signals and two-toned alloy wheels with a sophisticated design are two standout characteristics.
The rear end is likewise identical, with a cutting-edge taillight design and clean, checkmark-shaped reflectors at the bumper's bottom. Overall, the Hyundai Elantra 6th generation is a stylish sedan with contemporary styling.
Since 2014, Pakistan has begun selling the 11th generation Toyota Corolla. Its design, which is neither ugly nor attractive, has become ingrained in the minds of the public.
It comes with a pair of optional LED project headlights with DRLs (halogen headlights are normal). The front boasts a sleek chrome grille for a sophisticated appearance.
Aside from that, the design is quite straightforward. 16-inch alloy wheels, body-colored door handles, and a clean overall appearance can be seen on the sides. The back is equally simple, adding to the modest appearance, although the chrome trim piece on the trunk lid and the new taillight design offer some flair.
In Pakistan, the 11th generation Corolla received a second makeover. The 'X' trim, which is the most recent makeover, features sportier-looking bumpers, but the general appearance remains the same. To summarize, the Corolla's design is modest, unobtrusive, and easy to live with.
With its whimsical aesthetics, the Kia Stonic EX, as a modern subcompact crossover SUV, appeals to a wider audience than the Corolla and Elantra. A projector headlamp with a DRL strip, a tiger-nose grille painted in silver and matte black, a sleek and contemporary front bumper, and a discreet bonnet design are all included on the vehicle's front fascia.
With a towering stance, functional roof rails, 15-inch alloy wheels, body-colored door handles, and a matte-black garnish on the bottom, the side profile is comparable to that of a normal crossover.
Stonic has a similar taillight design as Sportage, but without the middle red bar, an identical tailgate, and a matte-black rear bumper with a silver trim piece in the center.
Overall, the Stonic EX appears to be a daring and adventurous little SUV.
The inside of the Elantra has not aged as elegantly as the outside. In comparison to its competitors, the inside appears to be at least a generation old.
The cabin is spacious and understated, with plenty of tech features and clean aesthetics such as silver trim, a beige and black color scheme, a smart instrument cluster, and a simple central control stack.
The Hyundai Elantra is a spacious family vehicle with seating for two adults or three youngsters in the rear. In terms of comfort and functionality, it is a decent buy overall.
The interior of the Corolla is clean and well-designed, but the materials have a cheap feel to them. The silver and piano-black trim elements on the central control stack, on the steering wheel, and elsewhere give the vehicle a classy appearance.
Leatherette upholstery is used on the seats, and the seating posture is upright. The cabin is roomy enough for a young family of five (two parents and three children) or four adults, but the back seats are too cramped for anybody over six feet tall.
The interior of the Stonic, like that of many Kia vehicles, is basic and utilitarian. The design and layout are clear and uncomplicated. Although the internal plastics are rough, they allow for minimum wear.
Despite being a compact SUV, the Stonic has ample accommodation for four adults. Three people may sit in the rear seat, but only for short trips.
Elantra GL 1.6
The 1.6-liter 4-cylinder petrol engine in the Hyundai Elantra GL 1.6 generates 127 horsepower (hp) and 155 Newton-meters (Nm) of torque. The front wheels are driven by a 6-speed automatic transmission.
With Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD), and Brake Assist (BA) technology, the Elantra boasts ventilated disc brakes on all four wheels. In the front, it has McPherson Struts, and in the back, it has a torsion bar coil-spring suspension.
According to Oneshift, a Singapore-based automotive news source, the GL 1.6 has a combined city and highway fuel efficiency of 14 km/liter. On Pakistani highways, this figure may differ.
Corolla Altis 1.6 SE
The 1.6-liter naturally aspirated 4-cylinder petrol engine in the Corolla Altis 1.6 SE produces 120 horsepower and 154 Nm of torque, which is sent to the front wheels through a CVT automatic transmission.
McPherson struts are used in the front, while a torsion bar coil-spring suspension is used in the back. All four wheels have disc brakes with ABS technology.
The 1.6's quoted fuel efficiency is between 12 and 14 km/liter, however this might vary depending on driving style.
The Stonic EX comes with a 1.4-liter 4-cylinder petrol engine that delivers 98 horsepower and 133 Nm of torque. It exclusively provides power to the front wheels with a 6-speed automatic transmission.
It has front McPherson struts and rear torsion bar coil-spring suspension. It also includes front and rear disc brakes with anti-lock brakes.
According to international reports, the Stonic's 1.4-liter engine achieves a fuel efficiency of roughly 16 km/liter. However, considering Pakistan's intense traffic, poor road conditions, and poor fuel quality, the figures may change.
Prices and the Final Word
The Hyundai Elantra GL 1.6 has all of the amenities that a low-to-mid-range family vehicle needs. In terms of pricing, however, it does not have a considerable edge over its competitors. The prices for all three automobiles are listed below:
Hyundai Elantra GL 1.6
Toyota Corolla Altis 1.6 SE
Kia Stonic EX
All three automobiles are fine in general, but with price tags far above Rs. 4 million, they cannot be considered "value for money" items.
These cars are designed for a select group of automobile customers who can afford to spend a lot of money on style and luxury. Any one of these vehicles may be a good fit for such customers.