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Agile 2018 Hyundai Elantra GT offers impressive cargo space Featured

Nov 06, 2017 Hit: 44 Written by 
Storage space is a key selling point on the 2018 Hyundai Elantra GT
Storage space is a key selling point on the 2018 Hyundai Elantra GT Photo by Matt Myftiu/AutoTechReviews.com

A mainstay of the compact car segment for a quarter-century, Hyundai’s Elantra comes in many forms, from its base SE model to the Eco version to the Sport version, and a few in between.

But for 2018, the lineup gets another shakeup, this time with the introduction of the Elantra GT, a compact hatchback which ups the performance aspect a bit compared to the other choices.

I recently spent some time in an Elantra GT, which is based off the European version of the Elantra, and I’m back with a full report on how it measures up against other small hatches.

LOOKS

Being a hatchback, a form which is growing more common in this segment, the focus is going to be on storage space, and the Elantra GT delivers. You get ample trunk room (55 cubic feet with the rear seats folded down, 25 with them up; numbers that rival some small SUVs).
But as far as using the back seat, you better have some kids or short adults sitting there. Such is the woe of the compact car segment -- you usually have to choose between more trunk or more back seat, and rarely if ever do you get both.


On the plus side, front seats are quite roomy and comfy, interior materials are above average quality, and the exterior of the Elantra GT is somewhat attractive for the segment, particularly up front. The vehicle offers 17-inch alloy wheels, LED daytime running lights, and projector headlights.

And for a smaller vehicle, there is a generous amount of storage locations for your keys and wallets and drinks and things (unlike some other vehicles, where that seems like an afterthought, or something not even thought about).

Additional Info

  • Vehicle:: 2018 Hyundai Elantra GT
  • Price as tested:: $21,360
  • Best feature:: Storage space, agile drive quality, low price
  • Rating:: 3.5 out of five stars
  • Who will want this vehicle?:: Buyers who seek both a bargain and an enjoyable small car experience


ENGINE, HORSEPOWER

The Elantra GT I tested offered a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine; which boasted 161 horsepower, and 150 lb.-ft. of torque. Those who love to shift gears will be glad to hear that a manual transmission is standard, but you can also choose a 6-speed automatic transmission.
While I won’t exactly call it a hot rod, I will say the time I spent in the Elantra GT was quite enjoyable. It’s not so much a pure power vehicle, it’s more in the details and how the overall ride feels and responds to you. I enjoyed my experience with the automatic transmission, and by many accounts the experience with the manual is even more enjoyable.

Quiet is a word I would apply to the ride of the Elantra GT for the most part, though at times the road noise does seep through.

TECHNOLOGY, SAFETY

On the tech side of things, the infotainment system was set up in a very user-friendly way and I instantly knew how to use it. It featured an 8-inch Display Audio AM/FM/HD setup with 6 speakers; and is compatible with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. You get a USB port, an auxiliary input jack, steering wheel mounted cruise and audio controls, and Bluetooth connection for phone calls and streaming.

 

Regarding the Elantra GT’s safety features, it lacks the standard bells and whistles of more expensive vehicles, but you still get: Electronic Stability Control with traction control, Anti-lock brakes, Hill Assist control,  and front, side and knee airbags

Other options on the Elantra GT, if you want to upgrade, include: heated front seats, navigation, premium audio system, plus a safety package including adaptive cruise control, blind spot warning, automatic emergency braking and more.


MPG
Official numbers on the 2018 Hyundai Elantra GT I tested were 24 city/32 highway/27 combined, and I was able to get those numbers or better in real-world testing. Some of the less powerful versions of the Elantra go much higher -- with the Elantra Eco being the champ at 32 city/40 highway.
The bad news is that compared to its competitors in the compact hatchback segment from Chevy, Toyota and Honda (among others), the fuel mileage numbers on the Elantra GT are low.


PRICE

My test vehicle (a 2018 Elantra GT with auto transmission) had a final pricetag of $21,260; If you don’t need the GT, a base Elantra sedan starts just south of $17K, but with incentives can dip down below $14K..


You’ll have much less cargo space if you go this route, but In today’s world of higher and higher vehicle prices, finding a vehicle at that price is a rare treat, and should help sales of the overall Elantra brand..

BOTTOM LINE

With its European influence and strong overall design plus responsive ride, there’s a lot of good to discover in the 2018 Hyundai Elantra GT. For those seeking a smaller vehicle, this is definitely one to consider.

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