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Sunraysia Daily Saturday, March 18, 2017
EW cars can be found basking in the glow
of the halo tag but the Elantra SR earns
its place in the sun at the head of the
sixth generation of the Hyundai line.
The company’s ‘little big car’, the Elantra, has
been given a leg up in the performance stakes
with the addition of a 1.6 turbocharged direct-
injection petrol engine.
With links to the next-generation Hyundai
i30 that’s due out soon, Elantra SR Turbo
engine provides sporty capability to match its
good looks, plus high levels of comfort and
Elantra SR Turbo’s suspension has been
adapted for Australian conditions by Hyundai’s
well-respected local chassis and suspension
The model comes in two variants, with the
potent engine matched with either a six-speed
manual transmission or optional seven-speed
dual clutch automatic transmission with
steering-wheel mounted paddles. The former
was the test vehicle.
In keeping with its sporty character the
Elantra SR Turbo enhances Elantra’s Fluidic
Sculpture styling with a ‘pumped up’ body kit,
which includes a deep front sports bumper and
a grille with piano-black surrounds.
A red ‘Turbo’ badge, plus revised dusk-
sensing bi-xenon headlights with red inserts
make a powerful up-front statement. The LED
daytime running lights have been lifted above
the large air intakes which direct airflow and
reduce turbulence around the front wheel
Aerodynamics are further improved by
sculpted deep side skirts, while signature
slimline tail-lights and sports rear bumper with
diffuser and ‘SR’ badge leave no doubt as to
the car’s character.
The SR Turbo earns Elantra flagship status
with high standards of materials, fit and
finish, augmented by a comprehensive cast of
comfort, convenience and connectivity features.
This includes exclusive deep front bucket
sports seats with generous side bolsters and
embroidered ‘Sport’ logo. Black perforated
leather-appointed upholstery with contrasting
red stitching is standard. Red contrast stitching
can also be found on the sculpted split rear
bench seat, flat-bottomed multi-function
steering wheel and gearshift gaiter.
The driver’s seat is 10-way electrically
adjustable and includes lumbar support, the
front passenger seat is height adjustable and,
for the first time in Elantra, both front seats
offer three-stage heating.
The cabin also incorporates alloy pedals
and a power-operated sunroof with manually
retractable sliding privacy and sun protection
A sports instrument cluster incorporates
newly repositioned fuel and engine
temperature gauges. A large 3.5-inch TFT LCD
display in the instrument binnacle features a
digital speedometer and trip computer.
In addition to the 7.0-inch touchscreen audio
system with MP3, digital iPod, Bluetooth,
Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity
it shares with Elantra Active and Elite variants,
SR Turbo features steering-wheel mounted
The 1.6-litre T-GDi turbocharged engine
records maximum power and torque figures
of 150 kW at 6000 rpm and 265 Nm between
1500 and 4500 rpm, which is 34 per cent and
38 per cent up respectively on those delivered
by Elantra Active and Elite’s 2-litre MPi petrol
Transmission is either a six-speed manual
or seven-speed dual clutch type, the latter
with paddle-shifters on the new flat-bottomed
multifunction sports steering wheel.
Also exclusive to DCT-equipped Elantra SR
Turbo is Hyundai’s driver-actuated Drive Mode
Select system with Normal, Eco and Sport
modes, optimised for responsive steering and
slick gear shifts.
Standard are Hyundai’s passive and
active safety features, including six airbags
and electronic stability control, which have
helped the sixth-generation Elantra achieve a
maximum five-star ANCAP safety rating.
New and exclusive to Elantra SR Turbo are
blind spot detection, lane change assist and
rear cross traffic alert.
With peak power of 150 kW available at
a high 6000 rpm the engine showed a good
flexibility, which was emphasised by generous
maximum torque of 265 Nm being on hand
between 1500 and 4500 revs.
Both offered comfort and convenience in
town traffic and a pleasing amount of free
rein on the open road. However, mindful of
the need to maintain revs in all gears, lazy
changes were punished by the odd sad stalling
The new platform, designed and developed
in Europe and refined at both the iconic
Nurburgring Nordschleife in Germany and
at Hyundai Motor’s Namyang Research and
Development Centre in Korea, was further
honed over thousands of kilometres on
Australian road surfaces. Circuit high-speed
handling tests also were performed locally.
So it was not surprising that the SR Turbo
ride and handling was a match for the versatile
Expect combined urban / highway
fuel economy with the six-speed manual
transmission to be 7.7 litres per 100 kilometres
and 7.2 litres per 100km with the six-speed
Classed as a small car in the scheme of
things in modern-day motoring, the cabin is
neither cramped nor claustrophobic, offering
occupants a major share of the spirited driving
experience in comfort.
The SR Turbo is a worthy flagship for the
Elantra with its sleek, sculpted looks, sporty
character and quality appointments, all for
around $30,000, and could give rivals a run for
For all your Hyundai inquiries contact North
Star Motors LMCT 8341 at 29 Orange Ave,
Mildura, phone 5021 3866 or visit www.nstar.
Hyundai’s sporty addition
to small-car class
The Hyundai Elantra is given a lift in looks and
performance by the SR Turbo.
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