Everyone multitasks when driving, even if we’re only thinking about work. So you have an entire road network full of vehicles driven by people not quite paying 100% attention. You know you are a great driver, but others may not be so good. The result? 94% of serious accidents involve human error.
How do you mitigate against human error? Hyundai added Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist to their 2020 Elantra for this reason. Their system combines forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking.
But does this work? Yes, it does. Even if you are not distracted by cell phone or baby in the back, there is still your reaction time. The average reaction time is 1.5 seconds, so at 100km/h you are going at 27.78 meters per second, meaning you will go 42 meters before reacting.
Let’s check what the experts say. This level of front collision technology helps reduce rear-end crashes by 50%, according to the US Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Even if you cannot avoid the accident totally, the early reduction in speed could result in your accident being embarrassing rather than dreadful.
A further aid to safe driving is the Elantra’s Lane Keeping Assist. This system monitors the lane markings on the road. Should the driver stray over these markings without indicating, a visual and audible warning will sound, and it will steer the car back into its lane.
The Elantra also has a driver attention warning system. It monitors driving patterns to detect reckless driving or driver fatigue. A sound and message on the display will warn the driver.
In addition to these safety features, the 2020 Elantra introduces some radical transmission changes. A continuously variable transmission (CVT) replaces the six-speed automatic that was common on most trim levels before. The Eco and Sport models offer a seven-speed dual clutch automatic transmission. However, the six-speed manual that used to be offered on the SE and Sport models have been completely phased out, most likely because of the lack of demand.
The CVT transmission comes with a strange feature: virtual gears to appease drivers used to normal automatic gearboxes. It does, however, improve fuel consumption significantly across all trim levels. CVT is a fascinating new technology. We urge you to google a video showing how it works.
The 2020 Elantra comes with the standard 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine giving 110 kW, the Eco 1.4-liter turbo with 95 kW and the Sport with a 1.6-liter turbo at 150 kW.
The 2020 Hyundai Elantra has just been released in the USA and is not yet available in South Africa. To view the superb range of current models available in South Africa or to arrange a test drive, please visit us at Group 1 Hyundai. If you’re looking for an older Elantra – view the range at Group 1 Cars.