Road Test: 2018 Hyundai Elantra GT Sport

Road Test: 2018 Hyundai Elantra GT Sport

Story by Brenda Washington

Specifications:

Price: $28,499 (MSRP

Engine: 1.6L turbocharged DOHC 16-valve inline-4

Trans: 7-speed dual-clutch transmission

Power: 201 hp@ 6,000 rpm

Torque: 195 lb-ft @ 1,500 rpm

Curb Weight: 3,050 lbs./ 1,383 kg

Fuel Consumption: (L/100km – City/Hwy) 10.7/8.1

 

New for 2018: The Elantra GT 5-door is all-new for 2018 and shares many of the same mechanical components as 2017’s redesigned Elantra sedan.

Segment Competitors:  Honda Civic Si, VW GTI, Ford Focus ST, Fiat 500, Subaru WRX, Kia Forte5, Mazda 3

The Skinny: The Hyundai Elantra GT Sport appears to the Korean manufacturers take on a hot-hatch as it offers the convenience and space of a hatchback but with some sporty appearance and driving characteristics mixed in. While not as refined as some of its rivals, it offers a good driving experience that is more enjoyable than we expected.

Pros: Incredibly impressed with the amount of cargo space for a car of this size.

Cons: We found the interior finish to appear a little cheap.

The Verdict: Although the car did get a few second looks, it wasn’t exactly my cup of tea in terms of appearance although I did enjoy the coloured stitching inside as well as the overall layout of all climate and infotainment controls. While I would expect people to be tempted to look into some of its more established competitors, the Elantra GT Sport could surprise a few people.

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