2019 Hyundai Elantra Gets A Bold New Facelift And Updated Technology

The Hyundai Elantra is entering the 2019 model year with a bold new design that will likely provoke strong reactions.

Set to go on sale in the United States this fall, the facelifted model has been extensively updated as the car has been equipped with a new front fascia, triangular headlights and a revised grille.  Designers also created a new hood and restyled front fenders.

The sides remain largely the same, but the rear end has a new bumper and an updated trunk with an integrated spoiler. Rounding out the changes are restyled wheels and new taillights which have a more dynamic appearance.

While most facelifts focus on the exterior, Hyundai has made a handful of updates in the cabin. The changes aren’t very noticeable, unless you know where to look, but the car has been equipped with a new instrument cluster and updated switchgear.

While the infotainment system looks familiar, it’s actually an all-new AVN 5.0 version which features a larger 8-inch display and a faster processor for improved responsiveness. The system also features improved menus and a bird’s eye view function for navigation.

Speaking of technology, the 2019 Elantra has an assortment of SmartSense safety systems. These include Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist, Lane Keep Assist and Driver Attention Alert. The model can also be equipped with additional systems such as Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist with Pedestrian Detection, Safe Exit Assist, Lane Change Assist and Blind-Spot Collision Warning with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert.

Under the hood, three different engines will be available. The Elantra SE, SEL and Limited are all equipped with a 2.0-liter Atkinson-cycle engine that produces 147 hp (109 kW / 149 PS). The Elantra Eco, on the other hand, has a turbocharged 1.4-liter with 128 hp (95 kW / 130 PS). The latter engine is connected to a seven-speed dual clutch transmission and allows the model to return an EPA-estimated fuel economy of 35 mpg combined.

The third engine is a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder which can be connected to either a six-speed manual or an optional seven-speed dual clutch gearbox. The engine will be offered exclusively in the Elantra Sport and Hyundai says that model will debut later this year with similar styling changes.


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  • matrem

    That looks awful. The pre-facelift at least had dignity.

    • donald seymour

      This man deserves a thousands up-vote. Please people up-vote this man. He deserves it.

      • Dennis Scipio

        No, It doesn’t look that bad, imo.

        • donald seymour

          Somebody make a prayer line for Dennis. This man needs his inner vision renewed.

    • bd0007

      Pre-facelift it was one of the more handsome compact sedans (lux brands included).

      Now, it”s a total mess up front.

      Also messed up the face of the Tucson with its facelift; just not as badly.

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    • Christian

      come’on …. Call it Opel Insignia !

  • Will_95LV

    The rear looks alright but the front makes me want to rip my eyes out

  • Christian

    we don’t care! where is the NEW Z4!!!!!!!! WHERE IS SHE….as batman would yell

  • Leconte Dave

    one of the ugliest car on the road

  • TheBelltower

    This is about as attractive as a Corolla. Which is not a compliment. That front grille looks like it cost about $5.

    • Christian

      “hatin on simple cheap car that will run you from A to B, yet transport more women (or men ) than the Lamborghini on your poster!

      • schnittz

        There are other simple and cheap cars that are much better then this POS

    • D83

      In My Opinion, Corolla’s front fascia is 100% better than this, i like the sharp, keen, low, aggresive like new Corolla. This new Elantra feel like old design plus sharp edge.

  • TheToadPrince..~~ToadSquad

    sharp exterior..kinda audish…but that interior is the samr as the sonata.

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  • Jp

    I wonder what the Sport version will look like, as an owner of the previous model. The updates in the cabin look great, however I have to be honest I’ll stick with mine, these exterior updates don’t fit the car well at all…

    • Leconte Dave

      I think the sport will keep the same design but with the updated interior

  • Althea Later

    That grille is a visual disaster. Cheesy and cheap. Looks like broken pieces of HVAC system fell out and they attempted to glue it back together. The tail-lamps could not get any more cliché. Enough already with those. Can’t they think of something new?

  • charlotteharry57

    Compared to the god-awful mules that were out and about testing, I hate to admit it, but I kinda like it. That being said, the 2019 Jetta wants its hood back.

  • Able

    To Hyundai and Kia, please stop putting reverse and/or rear indicator lights outside the actual tailights. It doesn’t look good, it just looks messy and it needs to stop.

  • That’s a NO for me.

  • Raul

    People and their idiotic comments. LOL this is why reading their comments just shows their intelligence

  • Six_Tymes

    Its “Bold” and its still over priced

  • Loquacious Borborygmus

    That front… a love child resulting in a Toyaudia. Or is it Audyota?

  • Jason Miller

    As a 2017 Sport owner, no thanks. The new Forte is miles better than this. I don’t expect the new Sport to look much better…

  • Tinky-Winky

    idk.. those triangular headlights are just cartoonish. I hope it’s not becoming a trend to make particularly ugly facelifts such as this and Škoda Octavia.

  • charlie bear

    On thing is sure, the next facelift is guaranteed to be better than this.

  • DantesLegions

    Nooooooo… You were doing so well Huyndai…

  • MultiKdizzle
  • SkyBill40

    That front fascia is… ugh.

  • Craig

    Once again I stand alone. I think it looks good.

    • MultiKdizzle

      I think it’s sharp.

    • Nordschleife

      Its definitely not as bad as so many make it seem.

  • Finkployd

    Looks like something Ssangyoung would make :/

  • Enoch Gabriel Gonzales

    That triangle intersection between the grille and the headlight destroys everything. If you try to watch the included video, and see the car from afar where that triangle is less visible, the car actually looks quite decent.

  • WalthamDan

    Q: How to ruin a car design

    A: Hire Hyundai designers

    • PK

      shut up! go yankees! <3

  • klowik

    Looks too funny. People don’t want to buy this to be laughed at.

  • Bo Hanan

    I like it better than the Altima and Camry. And everybody copies everybody. I also see restraint, which is refreshing.

  • SteersUright

    I have to applaud them for being bold but, damn. Didn’t anyone review and sign off on this atrocity before it was green lighted for production?

  • no25

    Hyundai: “our cars will look better than Alfas!”
    Also Hyundai: ^^^

    • Galaxium

      That concept will be used for the next Sonata.

    • Nordschleife

      This is a refresh. Hardly a true transition

  • Galaxium

    I know I should dislike the design but it keeps growing on me fast. It’s starting to look a lot more sharp and upscale to me.

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  • D83

    The facelift version feel Too much?? I wonder if Hyundai want to make the design busier?? Previous generation Elantra was the best for me, compare this new one.

  • Dude

    I like it

  • :/ Yurr

    Oh lord I knew this was coming 🤧

  • Alx

    The front looks like it’s mid-facelift…. actual facelift. Keep stitching!

  • Matthew Boyd

    Love the grille and taillights.

  • Liam Paul

    it’s not bad, the front end once you get used to sharp lines. I think the interior is a nice evolution of the current interior as is the back end. The hardest part for me is the front end but it is growing on me the more I look at it.

  • Paul

    That’s an attractive little car. Although that said, I am not a fan of the headlights and the multiple individual lamps under a single lens cover treatment that some ore turning to.

  • Sébastien

    Really very Audi A5ish (just from the grille and hood)

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