2020 Hyundai Avante Review: Mass Rapid Advancement [w/ video]

Lionel Kong

The radically restyled Hyundai Avante is packing lots of cool tech under the hood


Updated December 18, 2020 with video review
First published November 25, 2020

The seventh-generation Hyundai Avante is at once a radical redesign and reassuringly familiar face. Once one of Singapore’s best-selling cars, its popularity has been chipped away in recent years by the growing popularity of SUVs and crossovers, but the new car looks promising, once you get past the slightly higher than expected price tag that most cars in this category seem to have trended into. 

Marketing forces are at work in product categorisation again, and Hyundai now classes the Avante a four-door coupe rather than a sedan. Hyundai calls the design ‘Parametric Dynamics’, and it certainly looks the part with a sleek front end and a roof that slopes seamlessly to the tail of the car. Call it whatever you want, but this is a nicely designed car that has long moved past the utilitarian roots of the first-gen Hyundai Elantra from 1990. 

The naming convention is another slightly confusing issue as only in Singapore and South Korea does the car retain the Avante nameplate, and in the rest of the world the car is still called the Elantra. 

At 4,675mm in length and 1,825mm wide, it’s 45mm longer and 25mm wider than the current Honda Civic, a car that’s often seen as a major competitor to the Avante. A newly developed 1.6-litre four-cylinder engine powers the car, though with just 123 horsepower it’s best to call it accomplished rather than actually quick. Power is transmitted to the front wheels through a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT). However, Hyundai calls its system the IVT for Intelligent Variable Transmission. It uses a chain drive which practically eliminates the loosey-goosey rubber-banding effect of conventional belt-driven CVTs. 

The car is available in ‘S’ and ‘Elite’ trims, with the Elite version getting some fancier bodywork chrome, a set of larger 17-inch wheels, better leather seats with memory for the driver’s position, and LED headlamps over the S version’s halogen units. 

Continue to Page 2: What’s inside and how does it drive?

Page 1: Intro
Page 2: Interior
Page 3: Driving Experience
Page 4: Conclusion and Video Review

Pages: 1 2 3 4


4-door 5 seat avante Elite hyundai petrol sedan

About the Author

Lionel Kong

An old hand from the bad old days of crazy COEs, the straight-shooting, ex-CarBuyer editor is back in the four-wheeled world. Rumours that he went to another country to start a Judas Priest tribute band are unfounded.

Related Models


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

CarBuyer – Revolutionizing The Online Car Marketplace In Singapore

Buy Used And New Cars Online
Start your car buying journey with CarBuyer as we connect you seamlessly to the industry’s best CaseTrust-SVTA accredited car dealerships. As a one stop car online portal you can now buy your new ride, be it a pre-owned car or a brand new car from trusted dealers all over Singapore, all in one place. Our ever expanding listing of quality and covet-worthy cars, new and second hand, from both owners and trusted car dealers, will leave you spoilt for choice. Refine your search by vehicle type, registration year, price, mileage, engine type, transmission, annual depreciation value and more to find the car that best suits your needs, taste and lifestyle. You can even search for your car by dealer or directly by owner.

Sell Your Car In An Instant With Confidence
We all know how selling a car in Singapore can be a daunting task especially for a first time car seller; from trying to get a valuation for your car, finding a trusted dealer, to getting the best quote on your vehicle. CarBuyer understands the hassle and even the costs involved and have as such partnered with Huawei to develop a FIRST in Southeast Asia AI car valuation tool that is able to provide a car’s resale value at the snap of a finger. Backed with a consortium of trusted CaseTrust-SVTA accredited car dealers you can be assured that you are getting the best price for your vehicle and do not have to worry about any hidden costs.

The Ultimate Car Shopping Experience Online
CarBuyer platform is the first of its kind to be backed by Huawei’s Artificial Intelligence and cloud computing, enabling it to be able to offer users transparency and enhanced security, all with the one aim of enhancing customer experience. So come on over to buy and sell used cars online at the best prices at CarBuyer Singapore. Connect easily with dealers in real-time via our online video call feature, or schedule a test drive when you’re ready. Have some questions? Get them answered instantly with our chatbot moderated by our responsive team. Stay in the loop with our car-related tips, reviews and news. Learn the ins-and-outs of your car, as well as global and Singapore’s car updates at your own pace.