Udaipur and the Elantra’s fluidic design concept are familiar territory. Strangely though, bumps and Hyundai’s newfound chassis finesse aren’t. The straights of NH-76 look deceivingly flat across the horizon, but hide bumps that are a true test of a car’s chassis tuning. If it were the Verna, the rear would have lost grip first, followed by a twitch of the front end and by the time it would regain composure, much of it down to driver bravery, you would find yourself in the next lane. But the Elantra simply unloaded its springs after encountering said nasty bump, twitched ever so slightly and settled down to prepare itself for the next rogue concrete patch. Has Hyundai finally understood chassis composure?
It seems it has. The Hyundai quality centre in Chennai is listening — to us hacks and you the customer. This explains the Elantra’s better dynamics. Incidentally, they’ve attended to the Verna too and in the last few months the cars rolling out of Irungattukottai are better in a straight line. Indeed, Hyundai is sorting out the last vestiges of its problems and gunning for perfection.
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