2018 HYUNDAI ELANTRA GT FIRST LOOK
2018 HYUNDAI ELANTRA GT FIRST LOOK BY AUTO CRITIC STEVE HAMMES
Lower, wider, and longer, the all-new 2018 Hyundai Elantra GT adds a more aggressive stance and interior volume to its clean European style and driving dynamics.
When the new hatchback arrives this summer, shoppers can choose between two models, the efficient, smooth running GT, or the more powerful and fun-to-drive GT Sport.
Elantra GT is based on the new-generation i30 model designed for the European market. While the outside dimensions effectively match that of most compact hatchbacks, clever ergonomics and packaging make room inside for five and more. With 96.5 cubic feet of passenger volume and nearly 25 cubic feet of cargo volume, Hyundai anticipates the EPA to classify the Elantra GT as a large car, unusual for this class. And with the rear seats folded, the GT offers bigtime hauling capacity.
Two -four-cylinder engines are offered; a direct injection 2.0-liter makes an estimated 162 horsepower and mates to either a six-speed manual or automatic transmission. Opt for the GT Sport and get the 1.6-liter turbo engine found in the Elantra Sport for output estimated at 201 horsepower along with 195 pound feet of torque.
The six-speed manual is available here too, or an athletic, seven-speed dual-clutch gear box. Hyundai tested and developed the Elantra GT on the famed Nürburgring in Germany, resulting in what they call a suspension tune that feels taut yet comfortable, minimizing unwanted body roll yet maximizing wheel impact absorption. Opt for the GT Sport and the rear torsion beam suspension is switched for a fully-independent multilink setup, standard 18” wheels and larger front and rear brake rotors for even more sportiness.
The Elantra GT also debuts the brand’s next generation infotainment system with an upgraded processor for greater responsiveness. And for added convenience, the Elantra GT integrates Amazon Alexa allowing owners to do things like ask Alexa to start their car.