Redesigned for the 2021 model year, the new Hyundai Elantra becomes a much more mature vehicle potentially helping the efforts to keep sedans alive in an automotive sales market that is dominated by crossover and sport utility vehicles.

In the compact sedan segment, the Hyundai Elantra has always been a notable vehicle and in its seventh generation it takes on a new design language with an effort to attract automotive enthusiasts through performance trim variants of the N Line and new Elantra N.

Diving into the new 2021 Hyundai Elantra this week I get to experience the compact sedan in the N Line trim, a trim that adds noticeable improvements in the performance realm with a different engine over all other trims. While the new Elantra N Line should not be confused with the Elantra N, they both add an enthusiastic appeal to the brand and the compact Elantra to build off a decent platform that starts with a 2.0-liter naturally aspirated 4-cylinder engine with 147 horsepower. From there, the Elantra N Line does away with the naturally aspirated engine and goes with a 1.6-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder that’s good for 201 horsepower and 195 lb-ft of torque. The major highlight for enthusiasts is the new Elantra N Line has a 6-speed manual transmission as standard. My test vehicle has its turbocharged engine mated to an optional 7-speed automated dual-clutch transmission, which still elevates the attraction of such a vehicle that moves with authority and quick shifts. The new Elantra N Line gets up to 60 mph in about 7 seconds, which is a huge improvement over other trim levels of about 1.4 seconds.

2021 hyundai elantra n line side

The 7-speed dual-clutch transmission does well for a direct feeling but suffers from some unwanted clutch slippage upon light throttle applications. The downshifts are timed perfectly and are executed quickly even when using the manual shift paddles on the steering wheel. The steering feel is somewhat heavy but provides no usable feedback through the electric-assisted rack.

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By: Malcolm Hogan
Title: 2021 Hyundai Elantra N Line Review & Test Drive
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Published Date: Wed, 08 Dec 2021 13:22:19 +0000

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