2018 Hyundai Elantra GT Sport

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2018 Hyundai Elantra GT Sport - front
Picture by Mercedes Lilienthal
I typically really feel I’m conscious of the newest automotive choices as they hit the market, and even earlier than they arrive out–whether they’re not small automobiles. Nonetheless, whereas on the Portland Worldwide Auto Present this winter, my pal, Tuan, identified the newest iteration of the Hyundai Elantra GT. We drove the earlier model of Hyundai’s GT hatchback again in 2013, and regardless of the GT moniker, we discovered it lower than sporty.


I used to be actually impressed with the 2018 Elantra GT’s form. It had a European look to it that jogged my memory of a sporty Volvo crossed with a VW GTI. There was a good-looking twin-tipped exhaust, good trying 18” wheels/tires, and an athletic stance that basically did look “GT,” particularly in comparison with the earlier model.

The EGT, as I’ll name it, is powered by Hyundai’s 1.6-liter turbocharged and direct-injected four-cylinder engine making a wholesome 201 hp and 195 lbs/ft of twist hooked as much as a quick-shifting twin-clutch automated. Nicely, to my luck, this actual automobile was within the press fleet, so I used to be in a position to get every week’s value of seat time with this sporty hatch.

INTERIOR


Hyundai Elantra GT interior

Climb contained in the EGT and also you’ll discover a trendy, sporty inside. Its minimal styling is engaging and modern with crimson accents and stitching all through. The HVAC and infotainment is displayed on a dash-mounted display, like many different trendy automobiles. The seats have good bolstering and maintain you in place nicely, and there’s usable legroom within the again, too. This was the primary automobile I’d pushed that includes wi-fi telephone charging, as nicely, which labored very nicely with my LG G6 in addition to Mercedes’ Samsung Notice eight, which wears a really cumbersome Pelican case.

The inside is snug, sporty, and fairly pleasurable. We additionally actually preferred the all-glass roof which does open up for added contemporary air and light-weight.

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Elantra GT's cargo area
Picture by Mercedes Lilienthal
One factor we love about hatchbacks of almost each kind is their versatility, and the EGT has loads of it. The cargo space behind the rear seat can also be very ample and in a position to swallow up loads of gear.

DRIVETRAIN


Hyundais 1.6-liter T-GDI turbocharged and direct-injected engineAs talked about, the EGT is powered by a gusty turbo four-banger. Throttle is beneficiant and acceleration is unquestionably within the entertaining realm. The twin-clutch transmission works nicely, however frankly, may very well be a contact quicker with the up- and down-shifts; it’s not fairly as sporting as I’d like. When you had been uncertain, the EGT is front-wheel drive, placing it in the identical class because the VW GTI, Ford Focus ST, possibly even the little Fiat 500 Abarth, and different sizzling compact hatchbacks.

The engine is responsive and easy, and the exhaust produces a pleasant growl for a inventory system.

The entire works comes collectively fairly nicely; definitely higher than the final non-boosted Elantra GT.

CHASSIS/HANDLING

One among our largest complaints with the EGT of yore was its non-GT like dealing with. It was merely extra of a tourer than a … uh … grand tourer. Nonetheless, this has all been addressed with the brand new EGT. I’ve criticized Hyundai for suspension tuning that simply misses the mark prior to now, however that’s not the case right here. The trip could be very paying homage to the VW GTI: agency however supple, however not too stiff. The EGT is a reliable handler within the corners with very nicely managed roll and fast turn-in. Being we had been solely on the road, I used to be by no means in a position to actually push it, however on the backroads exterior of Portland, the EGT was enjoyable to pilot.

ECONOMY AND PRICING
Most sizzling hatchbacks are typically fairly frugal on the pump, and the EGT isn’t an exception. Gasoline financial system is rated at 26 metropolis, 32 freeway, and 28 mixed on 87 minimal gas.

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2018 Hyundai Elantra GT Sport - Rear
Picture by Mercedes Lilienthal
It’s not as costly at a GTI, nonetheless. Pricing begins at $19,350 for a base handbook (sure, you may get a handbook!), and goes up from there. Our loaded GT Sport with the automated stickered at $29,210. After all, you get Hyundai’s well-known guarantee with that, too. However you actually do get lots of automotive for the money with this and—bonus—a handbook transmission choice. And, to be frank, I feel the Elantra GT Sport appears nice. It is an awesome mix of contemporary, subtle styling, and sporty attractiveness. This may very well be my favourite styled Hyundai so far, really.

I’m glad Tuan confirmed me the Elantra GT on the Portland Autoshow. It was lots of enjoyable, appears nice, and is sensible. If I had been available in the market for a brand new, fun-to-drive, sporty hatchback, the Elantra GT would undoubtedly be on my purchasing record.


THE BASICS: 2018 Hyundai Elantra GT Sport
MSRP As Examined: $29,210
Engine: 1.6L turbocharged, direct-injection four-cylinder
Transmission: Six-speed twin clutch
Horsepower: 201
Torque: 195 lb/ft
Curb Weight: three,155 lbs.
Wheelbase: 104.three”
General Size: 170.9″
Suspension: F: MacPhearson strut
R: Impartial Multilink
Brakes: F: 12″ Disc w/ABS
R: 11.2″ Disc w/ABS
Wheels: 18″ alloys
Tires: 225/40/18
Gasoline Financial system (MPG): 26 metropolis, 28 mixed, 32 freeway
Gasoline Sort: 87 octane fuel
Last Level of Meeting: Ulsan, Korea

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