2018 New Cars

2018 Hyundai Elantra GT Sport, First Drive

The 2018 Hyundai Elantra GT is an enticing entry-level hatchback. It comes in two variants the GT and GT Sport. The Hyundai is busy sprucing up its car portfolio for 2018. Furthermore, the Elantra is one of its popular and top selling models. The changes in styling and amenities are noteworthy.

2018 Hyundai Elantra GT front

2018 Hyundai Elantra GT – Sharp Lines Dominate the Body

From outside, it is hard to understand how roomy the cabin of 2019 Hyundai Elantra Gt is. The default cargo capacity is almost 25 cubic feet- which trounces most rivals. In fact, the hatchback offers more cargo space than Elantra sedan. Unless you are very tall, you will not jostle for space in the rear row. There are a few bits of hard plastics but overall the cabin looks quite aesthetic and designed with utility in mind.

The exterior colors for GT include Black Noir Pearl, Scarlet Red Pearl, Electric Blue Metallic, Symphony Air Silver etc. The sharp lines dominate the body of the car and honeycomb mesh grille also adds to the oomph.

Amenities and Safety

For an entry-level hatchback, both trims of the 2018 Hyundai Elantra GT get laden with enough amenities and safety features. The GT trim gets solar control glass, LED daytime running lights, projector headlights, automatic headlight control, and 17-inch alloy wheels. It also gets 8-inch display infotainment setup, satellite radio, Bluetooth, cruise control etc. The GT Sport trim gets Full LED headlights, 18-inch alloy wheels, Leather seats, heated front seats, dual fully automatic temperature control, proximity key entry, leather-wrapped steering wheel, etc. The touchscreen infotainment is the breeze to use.

The GT trim gets safety features like Anti-lock Braking System, Vehicle Stability Management, Traction Control System, and Tire Pressure Monitoring System, plenty of Airbags. The GT Sport trim additionally gets Blind Spot Detection, Lane Change Assist, Optional safety features are Automatic Emergency Braking, Driver Attention Alert, and Forward Collision Warning etc. This trim can be equipped with Style and Tech packages at extra cost. There is a Tech package for Sport trim as well.

2018 Hyundai Elantra GT interior

Powerful Engine and Gearbox of the 2018 Hyundai Elantra GT

The 2018 Hyundai Elantra GT is powered by a DOHC 2.0 liter engine making 147 HP. The GT sport gets a more powerful turbocharged 1.6-liter engine that generates 201 HP. Both engines are clubbed with a 6-speed manual transmission unit. But the GT Sport can be clubbed optionally with a 7-speed Dual Clutch Transmission unit. The ride quality is better in the Sport trim owing to the deployment of an advanced multi-link rear suspension unit. The fuel economy is quite decent with the city/highway: 27/24/32 mpg.

2018 Hyundai Elantra GT rear

Date of Release and Price

The 2018 Hyundai Elantra GT is now available for sale. However, the GT trim price begins at $20.000 approx while GT Sport costs approx $24.000.

Wrap Up

The 2018 Hyundai Elantra GT is a nice sporty hatchback that offers enough features and good performance at a low price. The styling is sleek and the cabin is utilitarian. The Hyundai uses good engines and safety features are also good. You also get plenty of customization choices for both trims. It can cope with rivals like Ford Focus and Honda Civic with ease.

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