In the ‘90s and early ‘00s when small sedans were really all the rage, the Elantra was a forgettable budget alternative.

A lot has changed since then, though. SUVs invaded the driveways of the world and Korean manufacturers have moved from playing second-fiddle to the Japanese to the forefront of most vehicle segments.

For 2019 the Elantra range has been overhauled with every variant re-named and a new face to match. Do the latest changes continue the Elantra’s charge to the front of small sedan town, or put a damper on its momentum?

I spent a week in what's likely to be its most popular variant – the Active – to find out.