2018 Hyundai Elantra GT Sport

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2018 Hyundai Elantra GT Sport - front
Picture by Mercedes Lilienthal
I usually really feel I’m conscious of the most recent automotive choices as they hit the market, and even earlier than they arrive out–whether they’re not small vehicles. Nevertheless, whereas on the Portland Worldwide Auto Present this winter, my good friend, Tuan, identified the most recent 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 precise car was within the press fleet, so I used to be capable of get per 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 screen, like many different trendy vehicles. The seats have good bolstering and maintain you in place effectively, and there’s usable legroom within the again, too. This was the primary car I’d pushed that includes wi-fi cellphone charging, as effectively, which labored very effectively with my LG G6 in addition to Mercedes’ Samsung Word eight, which wears a really cumbersome Pelican case.

The inside is comfy, sporty, and fairly fulfilling. We additionally actually preferred the all-glass roof which does open up for extra contemporary air and lightweight.

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Elantra GT's cargo area
Picture by Mercedes Lilienthal
One factor we love about hatchbacks of practically each sort is their versatility, and the EGT has loads of it. The cargo space behind the rear seat can also be very ample and capable of 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 certainly within the entertaining realm. The twin-clutch transmission works effectively, however frankly, could possibly be a contact quicker with the up- and down-shifts; it’s not fairly as sporting as I’d like. In the event you have 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 scorching 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 effectively; definitely higher than the final non-boosted Elantra GT.

CHASSIS/HANDLING

One in all our greatest 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. Nevertheless, 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 may 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 effectively managed roll and fast turn-in. Being we have been solely on the road, I used to be by no means capable of actually push it, however on the backroads outdoors of Portland, the EGT was enjoyable to pilot.

ECONOMY AND PRICING
Most scorching hatchbacks are usually fairly frugal on the pump, and the EGT isn’t an exception. Gas economic system is rated at 26 metropolis, 32 freeway, and 28 mixed on 87 minimal gasoline.

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2018 Hyundai Elantra GT Sport - Rear
Picture by Mercedes Lilienthal
It’s not as costly at a GTI, nevertheless. Pricing begins at $19,350 for a base guide (sure, you may get a guide!), 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 a whole lot of automotive for the money with this and—bonus—a guide transmission choice. And, to be frank, I feel the Elantra GT Sport seems to be nice. It is an excellent mix of contemporary, subtle styling, and sporty beauty. This could possibly be my favourite styled Hyundai so far, really.

I’m glad Tuan confirmed me the Elantra GT on the Portland Autoshow. It was a whole lot of enjoyable, seems to be nice, and is sensible. If I have been available in the market for a brand new, fun-to-drive, sporty hatchback, the Elantra GT would positively be on my purchasing checklist.


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”
Total Size: 170.9″
Suspension: F: MacPhearson strut
R: Unbiased Multilink
Brakes: F: 12″ Disc w/ABS
R: 11.2″ Disc w/ABS
Wheels: 18″ alloys
Tires: 225/40/18
Gas Financial system (MPG): 26 metropolis, 28 mixed, 32 freeway
Gas Sort: 87 octane gasoline
Closing Level of Meeting: Ulsan, Korea

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