Hyundai is expanding its N performance sub-brand with fire-breathing version of its new Elantra compact car. The 2021 Elantra N is powered by a 286-hp version of the turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder from the spunky Veloster N hatchback. Buyers can choose from either a six-speed manual transmission or an eight-speed automatic. We’ve grown quite fond of the Veloster N during its stay with us for a 40,000-mile long-term test, and the Elantra’s upscale vibe should add another layer of desirability. When the Elantra N hits the market—which we expect to happen in late 2021—it will challenge the Subaru WRX, the Volkswagen Jetta GLI, and the upcoming Toyota GR Corolla.
What’s New for 2022?
The 2022 Elantra N will be an all-new model in Hyundai’s budding performance-oriented N lineup.
Pricing and Which One to Buy
Hyundai hasn’t released any pricing information for the Elantra N, but we know that it will come basically fully loaded, with the only choices offered being exterior colors and the manual or automatic transmission. We are anticipating a starting price around $30,000 and a host of performance, technology, and safety features to carry on Hyundai’s value-packed business model.
Engine, Transmission, and Performance
Hyundai’s new sport compact sedan inherits its turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder from the Veloster N hatchback. That engine makes a stout 275-hp in the Veloster N, but thanks to an overboost feature the company calls N Grin Shift, the Elantra N boasts a 286-hp rating. That gives the Elantra N a big power advantage over the Jetta GLI. An eight-speed automatic is available but we’re happy to report a six-speed manual is standard. During our brief test drive, we noted aggressive throttle response, crisp handling, and a sonorous exhaust note, all of which bodes well for the production model. The Elantra N’s longer wheelbase gives it a more compliant ride than the Veloster N but it still delivers the surefootedness we look for in a sports sedan. When we get a chance to take the Elantra N to our test track, we’ll update this story with test results.
Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG
According to the EPA, the most fuel efficient version of the Elantra N is the one with the six-speed manual, which earned ratings of 22 mpg city and 31 mpg highway. Going with the automatic drops those numbers to 20 mpg city and 30 mpg highway. When we get a chance to test the new performance sedan, we’ll put it through our 75-mph highway fuel economy route and update this story with results. For more information about the Elantra N’s fuel economy, visit the EPA’s website.
Interior, Comfort, and Cargo
The regular Elantra’s dramatically-restyled cabin has a decidedly cockpit-like look and feel which translates perfectly to the racier Elantra N. The sportier-looking ambiance is enhanced by sport seats with aggressive bolsters, metal-accented pedals, and a smattering of N badges. Rear seat passenger space is more generous here than in the Veloster N and the trunk offers more space for cargo. A sunroof is available, but only if you get the automatic transmission.
Infotainment and Connectivity
The Elantra’s all-digital dashboard carries over to the N model, with a large 10.3-inch digital gauge display sharing real estate with a 10.3-inch infotainment display that’s angled slightly toward the driver. Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, in-dash navigation, and a Wi-Fi hotspot are all likely to be standard features.
Safety and Driver-Assistance Features
A host of driver-assistance technologies will likely be on the menu as standard features. For more information about the Elantra N’s crash-test results, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) websites. Key safety features are likely to include:
- Standard automated emergency braking with pedestrian detection
- Standard lane-departure warning with lane-keeping assist
- Available adaptive cruise control with lane-centering feature
Warranty and Maintenance Coverage
The Elantra N offers Hyundai’s now-legendary 10-year/100,000 mile warranty. The only other brand to offer such a warranty is Kia, but Hyundai’s models come with three years of complimentary maintenance as an added perk.
- Limited warranty covers 5 years or 60,000 miles
- Powertrain warranty covers 10 years or 100,000 miles
- Complimentary maintenance is covered for 3 years or 36,000 miles
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