Consumer Reports Says 2018 Hyundai Elantra GT Is Fun To Drive With A Euro Flair

Hyundai launched the 2018 Elantra GT Stateside last year, and Consumer Reports have just got their hands on one.

Put through a few tests, the compact model was found to be quite fun to drive, with an almost hot hatch feel.

It’s no slouch, given that it’s powered by a 161 horsepower 2.0-liter GDI four-cylinder engine. The unit works together with a standard six-speed manual gearbox, but CR chose the optional six-speed auto instead.

The suspension is on the stiff side, but will absorb most bumps on the road quite easily. The Elantra GT has little body lean, and it’s nimble through corners.

Stepping inside reveals a cabin that “doesn’t feel cheap”, in the reviewer’s own words. There are some high quality materials throughout, the controls are easy to reach and use, and the front seats are comfortable and provide good support. Moreover, the 8-inch infotainment system, with smartphone integration, is offered at no extra cost.

Legroom on the rear bench is tight, and taller passengers will struggle to find a comfy position, but with the seats folded flat, the compact hatchback can carry large cargo, including a bicycle.

The 2018 Hyundai Elantra GT is also competitively priced, being offered from $20,250 with an automatic transmission. By comparison, that’s $290 less than what you would have to pay for the base Ford Focus.


  • Six_Tymes

    This isnt much different from the new veloster, meaning each share the same basic underpinnings i would think? the original veloster had its own character and style. Now, the new veloster isn’t all that different from this Elantra GT, and that’s not a good thing.

    • bd0007

      Totally disagree.

      The new Veloster sharing its underpinnings with the i30/Elantra GT (instead of the Accent) is a good thing, not only getting a longer wheelbase, but a more sophisticated suspenson set-up (IRS instead of a twist-beam at the rear like the old Veloster).

      And even better, the Veloster-N shares its suspension bits with the i30N which has been getting rave reviews overseas.

      As for pricing, the Civic (hatch) Sport Touring trim starts at $29k.

      The Sport trim for the Elantra GT starts at $23k (granted, the Sport Touring trim for the Civic comes with more kit).

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