When Hyundai initially flaunted the most up to date Elantra hatchback, which obtains GT badging, we were excited. Once more joining the four-door car in the Elantra family members, the hatchback's European origins, as well as appealing looks, meant an experience distinct from that of the car. Like its precursor, this Elantra GT is sourced from Hyundai's European operations, whereas the car comes from the South Korean mothership. Yet for all this, the GT isn't really specifically a Volkswagen Golf wearing Korean garments.
That kind of experience is restricted to the Elantra GT Sport, which flaunts a 201-hp turbocharged engine and also an extra innovative multilink back suspension. The regular GT is a little bit a lot more pedestrian, packing as it does Hyundai's long-serving direct-injected 2.0-liter inline-four as well as a twist-beam back axle. With 161 horsepower as well as the optional six-speed automatic transmission ($1000) that we think most GTs will be outfitted with, our examination example displayed typical performance. We produced the GT to 60 mph in 8.0 secs and also noted a moderate 0.83 g of grasp from its all-season tires on our skidpad.
Although enjoyable isn't a specific focus on this details Elantra design, the body stays sensibly flat via corners as well as the cars and trucks aren't loathing to change instructions aggressively. It's competent, never obstructing of sports maneuvers, yet neither does it plead the chauffeur to explore them the way a Honda Civic or a Mazda 3 does. It also falls just short of those cars and trucks' suspension refinement. There is a Sports setting, but it just affects the powertrain calibration. The sharper transmission, as well as throttle actions, are welcome if a bit of sync with the remainder of the car's more kicked back behavior. And while the four-cylinder talks softly as well as use punchy response around town, it goes boomy and a little bit thrashy at the higher engine speeds extra quickly gotten to in the Sports setting or by a chauffeur quickly.
Still, the GT is plenty pleasant. The trip is managed as well as comfortable. At highway rates, the cabin is quieter than a Mazda 3's as well as roughly on the same level with the Honda Civic hatchback's, albeit a little louder compared to the hushed VW Golf and Chevrolet Cruze hatches. Remain on the highway enough time as well as you'll delight in almost 40 mpg; we videotaped 37 mpg during our highway fuel-economy test, 5 mpg above the EPA's freeway estimate for the GT and adequate to prolong the auto's range to greater than 500 miles. Front-seat convenience is excellent, and also the cabin overall radiates downplayed course with soft-touch top door panels and a mature style. Following industry patterns, the GT takes on a touchscreen display screen that jabs out of the control panel like a futuristic pillar. It's difficult to fault the layout, considering that the screen is surrounded by a wide variety of big, easy-to-jab button faster ways too essential food selections.
Functionally, the indoor lives as much as the assumptions of its hatchback billing. Behind the back, seats lie 25 cubic feet of freight room, and also a two-position tons floor can be set flush with the top of the back bumper (concealing a superficial cubby listed below) or a few inches lower, sans cubby. Folding the back seat level-- or, in this situation, almost flat-- open an added 30 cubic feet of storage space. Those totals eclipse every essential competitor (consisting of the Mazda 3, Ford Focus, Chevy Cruze, and VW Golf) save for the Civic hatchback, and also the Honda hardly edges the Elantra GT in seats-up quantity. Seats folded, the Hyundai beats the Honda, as well.
For something with so small a footprint that could fit so much stuff inside, the Elantra GT is rather handsome. At each end of its tidy flanks, there are ripped functions as well as high-end describing, and the overall ambiance is reminiscent of the timeless Golf. The checklist of basic functions is nearly as striking as well as consists of 17-inch aluminum wheels, LED running lights, the aforementioned 8.0-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and also Android Auto, warmed door mirrors, a 3.5-inch driver-information display screen in the scale cluster, automated headlights, and Bluetooth phone connectivity. Our examination cars and truck added just the transmission as well as $125 in carpeted floor mats for a budget-friendly grand overall of $21,360.
Other than blind-spot monitoring, the base Elantra GT does not use most of the active-safety features available in an increasing variety of rivals. The blind-spot tech becomes part of the $1800 Style bundle, which additionally includes heated front seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel as well as the shift knob, a power driver's seat, dual-zone automatic environment control, a bigger shade instrument-cluster display, and also a proximity trick with push-button start. The $4300 Tech plan (which requires the Style package) includes absolutely nothing in the way of safety and security gear past Hyundai's Blue Link telematics arrangement and an electronic parking brake, but it does bath the GT with leather upholstery, navigation, LED fronts lights, aerated pole positions, costs sound, as well as a lot more.
Relating to safety and security technology, Honda's base Civic hatchback with the CVT can be had with lane-departure caution, a lane-keeping feature, forward-collision caution, and also flexible cruise ship control for an additional $1000, bringing its overall rate to just $21,700; ditto Subaru's Impreza hatch, which packages those exact same features under the EyeSight banner for $1395 in addition to the 2.0 i Premium trim degree's $22,655 MSRP. Even Toyota's $19,745 Corolla is consists of lane-departure caution and also a forward-collision warning as standard, and also automated emergency braking is consisted of in the $21,270 Mazda 3 Sports hatchback and also in the $22,415 VW Golf Wolfsburg.
To obtain any one of the above functions in an Elantra GT, you have to pony up nearly $30,000 for a totally filled Sports version with the automatic transmission. We're all for motorists paying attention and also avoiding crashes on their own, however, consumers seeking solid-goods transport are seeking the progressively common active-safety equipment that the fundamental GT lacks. The Hyundai is or else an acceptable, uncomplicated maker.