Corolla’s, it doesn’t quite reflect on the road. While the Elantra goes from 0-100 kmph in about 12 seconds, the Corolla takes 13 seconds to hit the ton. While the Elantra covers close to 12 km to a litre of petrol, the Corolla betters it with 14 km.
Diesel: Again, the Elantra’s diesel motor produces higher power on paper than Corolla’s and it does reflect a lot on the road. The engine is refined, quiet and free revving. Even though you do encounter the turbo lag now and then, a slick and quick-shifting gearbox ensures you can get over it quite easily. The diesel Elantra hits the ton in just under 11 seconds! The engine is fuel-efficient too, and returns a good figure of 15 kmpl. The Corolla diesel is, unarguably, underpowered, and after you have driven the Elantra, the car feels underwhelming. The engine, though, has a decent low-end torque and this ensures you don’t feel frustrated by the lack of power, at least while driving in the city. But once you are on the highway, the difference shows. The Corolla goes from 0-100 kmph in a lazy 15 seconds. On the positive, the engine is highly fuel-efficient and, driven sensibly, can give you an amazing mileage of 19 kmpl in the city and 20-plus on the highway.
Hyundais are not known to be amazing riders and this you feel in the Elantra also, despite massive improvement over the previous model. The Elantra is very comfortable when you are driving it within city limits, and the slick steering response ensures you don’t get tired even after you’ve spend hours in that horrible traffic jam; the steering is so light that you can literally operate it with your index finger! But the same responsive steering gives you an almost minimalist feel when you are driving at high speeds, so you have to be a little more careful while changing lanes at high speeds. The suspension, too, feels wallowy at high speeds.
No such problems with the Corolla though. It’s comfortable, feels planted, is quiet and rides much better than probably all the cars