Competes with: Honda Civic Si, Subaru WRX, Volkswagen GTI, Volkswagen Jetta GLI

Seems like: An aggro Elantra

Powertrain: Turbocharged 1.6-liter engine good for as much as 201 horsepower; six-speed guide or seven-speed dual-clutch computerized transmission; front-wheel drive

Hits dealerships: Finish of 2020

In COVID occasions, we might all use a bit of extra pleasure, proper? Hyundai agrees. On the heels of the debut of its upgraded, fun-centric 2021 Veloster N hatchback, the automaker introduced the Elantra is becoming a member of the slight lesser N Line club for 2021 with an upgraded engine and the styling to match.

Associated: 2021 Hyundai Veloster N: Performance Standard, Automatic Optional

We now have excessive hopes. Hyundai’s Veloster N scorching hatch is our reigning Most Fun-to-Drive Car of the Year, so the Elantra N Line has some efficiency promise.


The Elantra was redesigned for 2021 with edgy new exterior styling, and the N Line builds on that look. It includes a low and vast look, and its cascade grille will get extra perspective with an N Line badge and particular geometric design; two air intakes flank the decrease portion of the grille.

It rides on 18-inch alloy wheels and will get further sporty wanting extras like gloss-black trim on the wheel wells, sideview mirrors and facet skirts. In again, there’s an built-in spoiler, twin chrome exhaust and N Line rear diffuser.


Inside, the cabin will get some performance-oriented add-ons resembling a leather-wrapped perforated N steering wheel with metallic spokes and N sport seats with leather-based bolsters. The gearshift additionally wears metallic and leather-based accents, together with alloy pedals. Wi-fi Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity are normal.

Engine, Transmission and 0-60 MPH

Below the hood is a turbocharged 1.6-liter engine paired with a six-speed guide or seven-speed dual-clutch computerized transmission. Hyundai says it’s good for as much as 201 horsepower and 195.2 pounds-feet of torque, which ought to sound acquainted: It powered the 2020 Elantra GT N Line hatchback. The 2021 GT will seemingly be a U.S. model of the Hyundai i30 that debuted on the 2020 Geneva International Motor Show in Switzerland.

Mechanical upgrades to the N Line embody elevated suspension stiffness, a multilink unbiased rear suspension and bigger entrance brake rotors. Hyundai mentioned the mannequin’s paddle shifters and a drive mode selector system also needs to improve the automotive’s sporty character.

The N Line engine joins the common mannequin’s 147-hp, 2.0-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine and the obtainable hybrid powertrain, which pairs a 1.6-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine with an electrical motor and a 32-kilowatt lithium-ion battery for 139 hp whole system output.


Hyundai says the Elantra N Line may have a bevy of security options, together with ahead collision avoidance help, lane preserve help, the semi-autonomous lane-following help, blind spot collision avoidance help, rear cross-traffic collision avoidance help and a driver consideration monitor.

Up subsequent, Hyundai says, is the Sonata N Line. It’ll use a brand new turbocharged 2.5-liter engine and be launched later in 2020.

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