DubiCompare: Toyota Camry v/s Hyundai Elantra: Which Is The Best Premium Sedan?

Premium sedans have consistently held the top spot as the preferred choice in the UAE region. They deliver an ideal combination of spacious interiors, advanced features, smooth rides, and value for money. Consequently, these sedans are widely adopted for both personal and commercial purposes, often serving as chauffeur-driven taxis.

In this week’s DubiCompare feature, we’re putting two of the most sought-after premium sedans head-to-head: the Toyota Camry and the Hyundai Elantra. Time to find out whether the South Koreans have made a superior car compared to the Japanese contenders.

Toyota Camry v/s Hyundai Elantra: Dimensions

Rear Legroom965mm965mm
Ground Clearance145mm135mm
Boot Space493L402L
Fuel Tank50L47L

The Toyota Camry is larger than the Elantra, featuring a 105mm longer wheelbase. Despite these size differences, both models are specifically engineered to prioritize rear passenger comfort, resulting in similar rear legroom. However, the Elantra falls short in front and boot space when compared to the more spacious Camry.

Toyota Camry v/s Hyundai Elantra: Exterior Design

Taillights LEDLED
Fog LampsNoNo
Boot Lip SpoilerYesNo
Shark-Fin AntennaYesYes
Chrome TrimsYesYes

Both the Camry and the Elantra have a premium appearance with a hint of sportiness. The Camry adopts a more mature design, whereas the Elantra leans towards a sportier aesthetic with a honeycomb grille, stylish lighting, and a sleek roofline. It’s worth noting that the Camry stands out with its larger wheels, offering a more proportionate look compared to the slightly smaller wheels on the Elantra.

Toyota Camry v/s Hyundai Elantra: Interiors & Features

Instrument Cluster9-inch10.25-inch
Head-Up DisplayNoHybrid Only
Android AutoYesYes
Apple CarplayYesYes
Wireless ChargerYesYes
Climate ControlDual-ZoneDual-Zone
Ambient LightingYesYes
Seat VentilationNoFront Seats
Leather UpholsteryYesYes
Powered SeatsFronts SeatsFront Seats
Powered Rear SunshadeYesNo

Hyundai has incorporated more technology and convenience features in the Elantra compared to the Toyota Camry. The Elantra includes ventilated seats and large displays for both the instrument cluster and infotainment system. In contrast, the Camry prioritises rear passenger comfort and introduces features such as a rear automatic sunshade.

Toyota Camry v/s Hyundai Elantra: Engine & Performance

This aspect can be complex, given that both sedans are imported into the country with both GCC and non-GCC specifications. Toyota provides the Camry with three engine options, and Hyundai offers the Elantra with a similar choice. However, for this comparison, we are excluding the base-spec engines – the 2.5L non-hybrid for the Camry and the 1.6L non-hybrid for the Elantra – as these engines typically come in a non-GCC specification. Let’s now examine how the other two powertrain options compare on both these sedans.

Hybrid Engine Comparison

Capacity2.5L i-41.6 i-4
Max Power215hp139hp
Peak Torque221Nm265Nm
Acceleration [0 to 100km/h]9.1 seconds10.5 seconds
GearboxeCVT6-speed DCT

Toyota has popularized hybrid systems, and this is evident in this comparison as the Camry delivers more power and performance compared to the Elantra. People have also praised the Camry Hybrid for its excellent fuel economy figures. The Hyundai Elantra Hybrid, being the newcomer, still offers decent performance.

Non-Hybrid Engine Comparison

Capacity3.5L V62.0L i-4
Max Power298hp157hp
Peak Torque356Nm191Nm
Acceleration [0 to 100km/h]6.3 seconds9.8 seconds
Gearbox8-speed AT6-speed AT

Once again, the Camry holds the edge as the more powerful option due to its larger V6 engine. Hyundai’s 2L engine is more efficient compared to the Camry’s 3.5L V6 engine. Additionally, the Hyundai Elantra 2L provides respectable performance with a 0 to 100 km/h time under 10 seconds.

Toyota Camry v/s Hyundai Elantra: Safety

Safety FeaturesCamryElantra
ISOFIX AnchorsYesYes
Surround ViewNoYes
ADASLevel 2Level 2
Lane Change MonitorNoYes

When it comes to active safety features, the Elantra’s Level 2 ADAS stands out with a broader range of features, thanks to a more extensive sensor array and a 360-degree camera setup. The lane-change monitor displayed on the Elantra during lane shifts adds a valuable element for safe manoeuvring. On the other hand, while the Camry includes sufficient safety features, it falls slightly short in terms of a crash-avoidance active safety net because of a missing 360-degree camera feature.

Toyota Camry v/s Hyundai Elantra: Price

In the final consideration, the choice becomes clearer for buyers exploring these two premium sedans. As mentioned earlier, both the Camry and Elantra offer a variety of trims in both GCC and non-GCC spec, leading to fluctuating price ranges across different dealers.

Toyota Camry:

For those seeking a slightly larger sedan with powerful engine options, the Toyota Camry in the UAE is priced approximately between AED 105,000 for the base-spec 2.5L non-hybrid variant, reaching up to AED 143,000 for the top-spec Hybrid Limited variant.

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Hyundai Elantra:

On the other hand, for buyers looking for an affordable premium sedan, the Hyundai Elantra’s base variant with a 1.6L non-hybrid engine costs around AED 76,000, while the top-spec 1.6L hybrid variant is available for approximately AED 95,000.

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