Hyundai Elantra vs Toyota Corolla Altis Comparison

Toyota Corolla Altis vs Hyundai Elantra Comparison:


"The Elantra petrol looks promising on paper. It puts out more power and more torque than the Corolla's petrol mill. But in reality, Elantra's age-old torque convertor transmission, loses out big time, to Corolla's state-of-the-art CVT gearbox. The Corolla shifts seamlessly, unlike the Elantra's gearbox, which takes its own sweet time to execute the shifts."

Corolla Altis vs Elantra Video Comparison:



Pricing & Features:
Elantra’s top-end 'SX O' petrol-automatic variant retails for 20.9 Lakh Rs. On road, Delhi. While it’s arch-rival, the Corolla Altis, sells its range topping ‘VL’ petrol-automatic, for 21.7 Lakh Rs. which is around 80,000 Rs. more expensive, than the equivalent Elantra. In spite of being cheaper, the Elantra ‘SX O’ also has way more features than the Corolla Altis ‘VL’ like Side & Curtain Airbags, Xenon HID Headlamps, Automatic Tailgate Opening, Dual Zone Climate Control, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, Electric Sunroof, Ventilated Front Seats, Auto Front Windscreen Defog and a Cooled Glovebox. While the Altis only has a few extra features, that are absent in the Elantra like LED Headlamps, Gearshift Paddles, Auto Headlamp Levelling and a Rear Sunshade. The Elantra ‘SX O AT’ diesel, costs 22.2 Lakh Rs, whereas Toyota does not offer a diesel-automatic option at all.

Pricing of other Variants: 
Elantra ‘SX O’ (petrol, manual) costs 19.3 Lakh Rs.
Corolla Altis ‘GL’ (manual) costs 20.1 Lakh Rs.

Elantra ‘SX O’ (diesel, manual) costs 20.5 Lakh Rs.
Corolla Altis ‘GL’ (diesel, manual) costs 20.8 Lakh Rs.

Common Features: 2 Airbags, ABS, ESP, Hill Assist, AC, Automatic Climate Control, Power Steering, Power Windows, Parking Camera, Parking Sensors, Electrically Adjustable & Folding Mirrors, Fog Lamps, Rear Defogger, Height Adjustable Seatbelts, Automatic Light Sensing Headlamps, LED Daytime Running Lights, Alloy Wheels, Leather Upholstery, Electrically Adjustable Seats, Rear Ac Vents, Telescopic Steering Adjust, 8” Touchscreen, Navigation, Infotainment with FM, USB, Aux, Bluetooth + 4 Speakers & 2 Tweeters, Steering Wheel Switches, Adaptive Cruise Control, Push Button Start & Smart Key, Auto-Up Anti-Pinch Windows, Auto Dimming Inside Mirror

Extra Features in Elantra (SX O AT): Side & Curtain Airbags, Xenon HID Headlamps, Automatic Tailgate Opening, Dual Zone Climate Control, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, Electric Sunroof, Ventilated Front Seats, Auto Front Windscreen Defog, Cooled Glovebox

Extra Features in Corolla Altis (VL AT): LED Headlamps, Gearshift Paddles, Auto Headlamp Levelling & Rear Sunshade

Fuel Efficiency:
The Elantra petrol has an ARAI mileage of 14.6 kmpl, which is 2.1 kmpl less than the Corolla Altis. In our real world tests, the Corolla Altis automatic was consistently 2 kmpl more efficient than the automatic Elantra, while the difference in the manual geared petrol cars was less than 1 kmpl. The Elantra diesel has an ARAI certified mileage of 22.5 kmpl, which is 1.2 kmpl more than the Corolla Altis, but in our back-to-back tests, the Corolla was actually half a kmpl more efficient than the Elantra thanks to better low-end torque and lesser turbo-lag requiring less frequent gear-shifting around city streets.
 
ARAI Mileage (kmpl):  
Elantra (petrol, manual) – 14.59, Corolla Altis (petrol, manual) – 16.7
Elantra (petrol, automatic) – 14.62, Corolla Altis (petrol, automatic) – 16.7
Elantra (diesel, manual) – 22.54, Corolla Altis (diesel, manual) – 21.3
Elantra (diesel, automatic) – 18.23

Fuel Cost for 75,000 km (in Rs.):  
Elantra (petrol, manual) – 4.35 Lakh, Corolla Altis (petrol, manual) – 3.80 Lakh
Elantra (petrol, automatic) – 4.65 Lakh, Corolla Altis (petrol, automatic) – 3.80 Lakh
Elantra (diesel, manual) – 2.40 Lakh, Corolla Altis (diesel, manual) – 2.55 Lakh
Elantra (diesel, automatic) – 2.50 Lakh

Performance & Drivability:
Petrol:
The Elantra petrol looks promising on paper. It puts out more power and more torque than the Corolla's petrol mill. But in reality, Elantra's age-old torque convertor transmission, loses out big time, to Corolla's state-of-the-art CVT gearbox. The Corolla shifts seamlessly, unlike the Elantra's gearbox, which takes its own sweet time to execute the shifts. Toyota has also equipped the Corolla with those delicious gearshift paddles, which simulate virtual gear ratios, when you need some instant overtaking punch. Both cars delight the occupants, with their incredible refinement and sound deadening, but the Elantra more so than the Corolla. Albeit the Elantra's mill does get a bit thrashy than Corolla's does, at the redline.

Power (PS@rpm): Elantra – 152@6200, Corolla Altis – 140@6400
Torque (Nm@rpm): Elantra - 192@4000, Corolla Altis - 173@4000
Kerb Weight (kg): Elantra – 1295, Corolla Altis – 1255
 
Power to Weight Ratio (PS/ton): Elantra – 117, Corolla Altis – 112
Torque to Weight Ratio (Nm/ton): Elantra – 148, Corolla Altis – 138
 
Diesel: 
When it comes to diesels, the Elantra turns the tables on the Corolla. Unlike the boy racer fraternity, who keeps criticizing the Corolla, for its piddly little 1400cc diesel mill, we actually agree with Toyota, that the middle aged gentlemen who buy C-Segment sedans are hardly ever going to even utilise, the full potential of a 1400cc engine. The Elantra is not just a more powerful car than the Corolla. Not that the performance advantage isn't noticeable. Elantra has a whopping 40% better power-to-weight ratio and a 20% better torque-to-weight ratio than the Altis. Elantra's performance is noticeably better than Corolla's, across the rev-range. But that's not all, it is also far more refined and free revving than the Altis. Not to forget, it is is also more fuel-efficient than the Altis. Something which the middle aged customers who buy these cars will find hard to argue against.

Power (PS@rpm): Elantra – 128@4000, Corolla Altis – 88@3800
Torque (Nm@rpm): Elantra - 260@1900-2750, Corolla Altis - 205@1800-2800
Kerb Weight (kg): Elantra – 1335, Corolla Altis – 1270
 
Power to Weight Ratio (PS/ton): Elantra – 96, Corolla Altis – 69 (difference 39%) 
Torque to Weight Ratio (Nm/ton): Elantra – 195, Corolla Altis – 161 (difference 21%) 

Space & Comfort:  
Both cars have spacious, comfortable and plush cabins, but even then, only the Elantra really makes you feel like you have entered a car with a snobbish badge, rather than something humdrum like Hyundai or Toyota. Infact Hyundai have gotten so good at building cabins that they feel like an upgrade over some Audis and Beemers, just try getting out of an A3 and immediately getting inside an Elantra! Both car have tremendous, in fact a bit excessive knee-room and legroom all around. Accommodating 3 passengers in the rear won't be a problem. Even boot-space is more or less identical in both cars with Elantra having 475 litres of it and the Corolla Altis having 470 litres of boot volume.
 
Length (mm): Elantra – 4570, Corolla Altis – 4620
Width (mm): Elantra – 1800, Corolla Altis – 1775
Height (mm): Elantra – 1465, Corolla Altis – 1475
 
Ride Quality & Handling:  
Neither of these cars are meant for the petrolheads amongst us. They were meant to be overtly safe and predictable around the curves, not feel-some or responsive like the Octavias and Jettas of this world. They were made to be effortless to drive, not enthusiastic. They weren't made to be involving to drive, but rather they were made to isolate the occupants from the roads beneath and they do a decent job of it. Ride quality is plush, even for the rear passengers and their suspensions work silently never letting you know of the hard work that it is doing. The Altis holds a small advantage over the Elantra thanks to increased ride height which helps it face the lunar landscape of Indian roads a bit better. Elantra on the other hand wins the title of most improved suspension over the last generation if that's any consolation.

Ground Clearance (mm): Elantra – 167, Corolla Altis – 175
 
Tyre Size:  
Elantra – 205/60R16
Corolla Altis - 195/65R15 (J & G), 205/55R16 (GL & VL)

Wheelbase (mm): Elantra - 2700, Corolla Altis - 2700

Reliability & After Sales Service: 
Both Brands are evenly matched when it comes to providing excellent service support in our country. Hyundai is still on a back-foot when it comes to the inherent reliability of its vehicles compared to Toyota. Toyota's bulletproof reliability is not a new thing. A brand new Elantra might even be as trouble free as a Corolla, when it is new. But eight years down the line, the Corolla will still retain its trims in a flawless state, while the Elantra will have started showing a few signs of aging. There are Corollas that have covered three lakh kilometers and still going strong on the road, while the Elantras being sold today might not be able to hold it together for that long.

Resale after 5 to 7 years est. (Lakh):  
Both these cars are bound to hold excellent residual value over the next 5 to 7 years.

Elantra (petrol, manual) – 9.10 Lakh, Corolla Altis (petrol, manual) – 9.45 Lakh
Elantra (petrol, automatic) – 9.50 Lakh, Corolla Altis (petrol, automatic) – 9.90 Lakh
Elantra (diesel, manual) – 10.25 Lakh, Corolla Altis (diesel, manual) – 10.40 Lakh
Elantra (diesel, automatic) – 10.75 Lakh

Total Cost of Ownership (in Lakh): (Vehicle Price + Fuel Cost – Resale Value)
Overall, both the Elantra and the Corolla work out to be equally heavy on the pocket over an ownership period of 5 to 7 years. Interestingly though, the Elantra diesel-automatic, works out to be almost 2 lakh rupees cheaper than the petrol version and over a lakh and a half rupees cheaper than the automatic Altis.

Elantra (petrol, manual) – 14.60 Lakh, Corolla Altis (petrol, manual) – 14.45 Lakh
Elantra (petrol, automatic) – 16.05 Lakh, Corolla Altis (petrol, automatic) – 15.65 Lakh
Elantra (diesel, manual) – 12.65 Lakh, Corolla Altis (diesel, manual) – 12.95 Lakh
Elantra (diesel, automatic) – 13.95 Lakh

Verdict:
Driving a Corolla is like going bald or having grey hair. It just makes you look 10 years older than what you really are. Of course, nobody can argue with Toyota's bulletproof reliability and practicality which has been perfected through 7 generations over the last 40 odd years, it is also hard to ignore the fact that the Corolla is the bestselling car in the World. But then competition has also never been stronger. Hyundai has really cracked it with this New Elantra. Given Hyundai's track record over the last two decades, we can surely say that the ownership experience is going to be at least close to that of a Toyota. It is certainly better value for money than the corolla, thanks to a double whammy of a lower price tag and a long list of extra features. But the most important thing is that, driving the Elantra is not going to make you look old, it is going to make you look rich and even feel rich, which is why the Elantra trumps the Corolla Altis, taking the honours in this competition.

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