Review: 2018 Hyundai Elantra GT

Review: 2018 Hyundai Elantra GT

You may know the Elantra as Hyundai’s best-selling compact sedan, a ride that’s reliable, stylish, and comes loaded with features. Drivers in Richmond who need a bit more space and flexibility may find just what they need in the Elantra GT, a hatchback with an available turbocharged engine.

The 2018 Hyundai Elantra GT comes in two trims, so whether you want a basic ride or a deluxe version, Colonial Hyundai has your back. See what you can expect from this innovative new compact hatchback in our full review below, then visit our Chester dealership for a test drive. 

Comfort and Convenience

The Elantra GT comes in a base or Sport trim. The base trim features standard premium cloth seating, 6-way adjustable driver’s seat, a 60/40 split-folding rear seat, a tilting and telescoping steering wheel, and steering wheel-mounted controls. Additionally, it’s equipped standard with an 8-inch display audio with high-res touchscreen, Sirius XM Radio, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, Bluetooth hands-free and streaming audio, USB and auxiliary input, and speed-sensitive volume control.

The 2018 Elantra GT Sport has standard leather seating, heated front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, Proximity Key with push-button start, and leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob. Optional features on both trims include a power driver’s seat with lumbar support, ventilated front seats, 8-inch touchscreen navigation, Infinity premium audio, Clari-Fi Music Restoration Technology, a Wireless Charging Pad, BlueLink telematics, and HomeLink universal transceiver.

Performance and Fuel Economy

The Elantra GT’s base engine is a 2.0-liter inline-4 mated to a 6-speed manual transmission, with the option for a 6-speed automatic SHIFTRONIC transmission. The powertrain makes 161 horsepower and 150 lb-ft of torque. Manual models have a fuel economy of 23 MPG city and 31 MPG highway, while automatics get up to 24 MPG city and 32 MPG highway.

The GT Sport has a 1.6-liter turbocharged inline-4 mated to a 6-speed manual transmission, with the option for a 7-speed Dual Clutch transmission with paddle shifters. This system makes 201 horsepower and 195 lb-ft of torque. Manual models get up to 22 MPG city and 29 MPG highway, and automatics get up to 26 MPG city and 32 MPG highway.

Both models come standard with front-wheel drive and automatic/dual clutch models feature Drive Mode Select. The base GT has 17-inch alloy wheels, and the GT Sport has 18-inch alloy wheels.

Safety and Technology

This generation of the Hyundai Elantra has been named a Top Safety Pick+ by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Each model comes standard with Vehicle Stability Management, Electronic Stability Control with Traction Control System, and Hillstart Assist Control, as well as a full suite of airbags and all the active and passive safety features you’d expect in a modern car.

The GT Sport has standard Blind Spot Detection with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert and Lane Change Assist (both are options on the base model). The upper trim also comes available with Forward Collision Warning, Smart Cruise Control, Lane Departure Warning, High Beam Assist, Driver Attention Alert, Lane Keep Assist, and Automatic Emergency Braking.


Starting at $18,350 MSRP

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