For the Indian car buyer, there have been plenty of options in the D-segment saloon or executive sedan segment to choose from.
When the new Toyota Corolla Altis with price range Rs. 11.99 to Rs. 16.89 lakh was unveiled for the first time in India at the 2014 Auto Expo, it received positive response, compared to the outgoing model. The 11th generation Corolla Altis has been given a more modern look with its large swept back headlamps, LEDs, a solid chrome front grille and a well contoured rear design. Toyota has surely taken care of a few design issues which were vital in the competitive D-segment.
And why not? With an all-new, refreshed Hyundai Elantra that’s far bolder and much more competitive with respect to features, it’s clear that there is competition in this segment. The Elantra still looks appealing with the fluidic sculpture. The interiors also now blend in bit better with its competitive set. The sleek and modern cabin inside the Elantra and the stylish hourglass center console stands out.
Let us put these two head to head and find out which of these two best tows the line of fun, practicality and value for money in the D segment.
The Elantra diesel version comes with 1582 cc volume, 125 bhp, 260 Nm torque and 190 kmph top speed with mileages of 22.7 kmpl for manual and 19.5 kmpl for auto transmission models. The petrol version has a 1797 cc volume, 146 bhp, 177 Nm torque and 195 kmph top speed engine and gives mileages of 16.3 kmpl and 14.5 kmpl for manual and auto transmissions, respectively. The Altis has a 1.8-litre VVTi petrol engine and the 1.4-litre D4-D diesel engine. Both the motors would get 6-speed manual gearboxes as standard, while the petrol model will also be offered with a 7-speed CVT gearbox.
When you consider the ride and handling, both the cars have their own pros and cons. The Corolla has a stiffer suspension but the steering is too light. And the Elantra is uneven in its transitions.
Both Toyota and Hyundai have worked on the interiors. The Altis looks almost like a mid-size car and with the legroom of the rear seats boosted by a few inches, this car looks spacious. Interior materials are also striking and perhaps as striking as those of the Elantra.
Both the cars come with the best safety features like ABS-EBD and safety bags. With its 6 airbags and hill start assist for convenience, the Elantra has earned five-star federal scores and the Top Safety Pick nod for it.
The approximate price of the Elantra varies from Rs. 12.74 to Rs. 16.03 lakh while that of the Corolla Altis is Rs. 11.99 to Rs. 16.89 lakh.
Another hot selling car in the Indian market, the all new Toyota Etios Cross with starting price 5.7 lakh onwards.