By on August 23, 2017

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Now that Steph has had his crack at it, we figured it was time for another one of us to get some wheel time with the 2018 Hyundai Elantra GT. Oh, and I spent about half an hour piloting the refreshed 2018 Hyundai Sonata, too.

I’ll cover the Sonata at the bottom of this report. For now, let’s talk about Hyundai’s hottest hatch, at least until the Veloster returns with an available N performance trim.

Based on the European Hyundai i30 but presented with unique-to-North America suspension tuning and powertrain choices, the 2018 Elantra GT arrives with a new design language and subtly enhanced proportions.

Hyundai will readily tell you the Elantra GT is a “tweener” – meant to be sportier than the standard Elantra sedan (including that car’s Sport trim), but not so sporty as to be a direct threat to the Volkswagen GTI and Ford Focus ST.

Not only that, but much like Honda told us regarding the midsize sedan segment, Hyundai will happily tell you that compact cars (sedan or hatch) aren’t dying at the hands of crossovers. Furthermore, the company even says that hatchbacks like the GT provide some of the same practicality that CUV buyers crave.

Indeed, Hyundai tried to prove this point by showing a slide pointing out that the Elantra GT has more cargo volume with the rear seat down than several CUVs (including the Audi Q3, which no one will cross-shop with ANY hatch, but whatever).

Hatchback practicality aside, most folks who plunk down money for this car are going to be looking for a commuter that’s fun to drive. Scored on that metric alone, the company mostly delivers. But considering that a GTI is sportier and more fun to drive, that’s a problem for the Elantra GT.

What’s that, you say? The Elantra GT is cheaper than a GTI? Yes, that’s true, and it holds true even when the Elantra GT is loaded to the gills in the uplevel/sportier Sport trim. Unfortunately, you can’t get a fully loaded GT Sport without sacrificing the clutch pedal. Hyundai’s product planner told assembled media he’d like it if a manual was available with a fully optioned version, but it’s not in the cards.

See, a fully loaded Elantra GT Sport comes with the Tech Package, and all the driver’s aids (automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, Blue Link smartphone connection app, lane-keep assist, high-beam assist, and driver-attention alert) in that package don’t play well with a row-your-own gearbox in Hyundai’s view.

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So much for a value challenger to the GTI that will give you all the bells and whistles while letting you shift for yourself.

Still, there are plenty of nice features, both standard and available, here. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are available, along with a rear-view camera, blind-spot monitoring with rear-cross traffic detection, lane-change assist, smart cruise control with stop/start ability, forward-collision warning, lane-departure warning, remote keyless entry, push-button start, tilt/telescope steering wheel, Bluetooth, USB, heated front seats, cooled front seats, LED head- and taillights, panoramic sunroof, and premium audio.

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On balance, the Elantra GT is probably closer to the non-ST Focus or the Mazda 3 in terms of comparison, but as I will detail below, both of those cars are a little more fun to drive. That doesn’t mean the GT Sport isn’t, but if sporting character is item one on your checklist, it won’t be your first choice. If you’re merely looking for a daily driver that can occasionally be wrung out, well, give the Hyundai a look alongside the Focus and Mazda 3.

That may make it sounds like the Hyundai sucks. It doesn’t. It’s just that, well, it’s hard to figure this car’s place (I’d be curious to how it compares to the Chevy Cruze hatch — a comparison I am not making, as I’ve yet to drive that vehicle). On its own merits, the car is fine, but it’s still somewhat less engaging than most of the competition, and not just the “hot” hatches but some of the “mainstream” versions, too. It’s a bit like a restaurant that’s good but not great – you’ll enjoy your meal, but you know you can do better, and perhaps for the same price.

The Elantra GT offers two engines – a 2.0-liter four-cylinder that makes 161 horsepower and 150 lb-ft of torque for the base version and a 1.6-liter turbocharged four that makes 201 horsepower and 195 lb-ft of torque in the Sport model. The base car is available with a six-speed manual transmission (unless you add the Style and/or Tech Packages, in which case it’s no clutch for you) or six-speed automatic, while the Sport is available with a six-speed stick (except with the Tech Package, as noted) or a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic.

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On the road, my biggest beef was noise, especially on the highway. Our drive took place in the western and southern suburbs of Chicago, and the first part of the drive was mostly toll road. Even when I turned the radio on, I had to crank the volume to drown out the ever-present clamor. That much din makes the car feel cheaper than it is, which is too bad, as the interior appointments and materials are par for the class and generally nice (except the headliner, which looked decidedly downmarket). Quick note – I didn’t get a chance to drive the base GT.

Most of my drive time came in a Sport DCT with the Tech Package. Acceleration was good but not great – enough pep for passing but a little more low-end grunt would be appreciated. Its ride was on the harsh side – bumps are definitely felt — but not fully unpleasant on the highway.

Hyundai got the steering mostly right with this one – it’s taut and responsive, especially in Sport mode. It’s on the light side, but not so much that you lose feel. Unfortunately, most “curves” on our drive were easily navigated doglegs, and traffic kept our speeds down, so I didn’t get a full sense of the car’s abilities when pushed. However, the sample suggests that, as noted above, the GT Sport is plenty sporty but perhaps not quite as grin-generating as the Focus or especially the 3.

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My time in the GT Sport with a manual was brief. I found the clutch take-up to be a bit abrupt at first but it didn’t take long to adjust, while the shifter had precise but slightly long throws. Other gearboxes in this class offer more fun, but this one is engaging enough to satisfy stick-shift buyers.

If you opt for the manual, note that there is no Sport mode – the default tuning for the steering is the same as the Sport mode in the DCT. I was told there’s no Sport mode because with a manual there’s no need for shift logic — it’s up to the driver. Makes sense.

Since selecting the manual costs you the Tech Package, you’ll say goodbye to navigation, but never fear, as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are available without the Tech Package. So too are blind-spot monitoring and rear-cross traffic alert.

I didn’t need heavy braking often, but the car’s brakes seemed up to the task.

Looks-wise, the GT is handsome but not a head-turner. I like Hyundai’s new grille in this application, and the GT has a nice sweeping look that keeps it from appearing too boxy. Inside, add Hyundai to the list of companies using an infotainment-display screen that looks tacked on to the top of the dash (as opposed to integrated). Underneath sits simple climate controls, and there’s a lot of open space on the dash. Gauges and the driver’s info center that sits between the speedo and tach are straightforward. Yes, there are knobs for audio tuning and volume, along with a few large buttons for other key functions.

Rear-seat space was acceptable but tight for my tall frame, and the rear cargo area is class competitive.

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If you can live without all the extra gizmos and doo-dads, a manual-trans GT Sport will cost a hair under $25K and might present a value for bargain hunters who want a sporty hatch – it’s cheaper than a well-equipped Mazda 3 Grand Touring with manual (and of course, Ford no longer offers a stick in the Focus hatch below the ST trim). A Mazda 3 Touring costs just a bit more when well-equipped.

Where it gets sticky is with the DCT – a loaded Focus Titanium costs less, and at nearly $30K for my test GT Sport with Tech Package, I could probably get a Focus ST. Obviously commuters won’t cross-shop the ST to the GT Sport, but if a Focus Titanium undercuts the GT Sport, that’s going to be an issue for Hyundai. If commuters are going for the cheaper car, and enthusiasts are spending the same money on something more fun to drive, that puts the car in a rough spot.

If you’re wondering about an N version that could stand up to the ST/GTI crowd, well, I forgot to ask and am firing myself for the offense. I’ve reached out to Hyundai and will update if I hear back, but I expect to get a boilerplate response about not commenting on future product. An N version with, say, 250 horsepower would be an intriguing choice.

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The Elantra GT Sport mostly delivers on being fun to drive, and is cheaper than most of the hopped-up hatches in the segment. Yet you can find “mainstream” hatches that are fun to drive for less money (Golf Wolfsburg and the aforementioned Focus leap to mind) or for a similar price (cough, Mazda 3, cough). That keeps it from standing out. Still, the manual-transmission model could serve as a bargain buy for those willing to forego some driver’s aids and convenience features such as cooled seats, nav, power driver’s seat, and a panoramic sunroof.

Hyundai has built a sporty hatch that’s pleasing to drive, but I fear it’s going to get lost in the crowd in this class. Possible remedies include the availability of a stick shift with the Tech Package and/or an N version.

2018 Hyundai Sonata 2.0T

My feelings about the sixth-generation Sonata were that it was a great-looking car that wasn’t all that fun to drive. When the seventh-gen car was launched, I flipped that around – the car was much more fun to drive but the styling was a snooze.

Hyundai seems to have felt the same way – the refreshed Sonata got a whole new front clip (not just grille) and rear end. The biggest changes are the grille (more of that Hyundai “cascading” thing) and LED daytime running lights and headlights. The openings around the DRLs now has chrome accents and the DRLs themselves have a look that Hyundai said was inspired by catamarans, while out back the trunk release is hidden in the logo and the license plate moves down to the bumper. There are new wheels and an updated interior, too, for those who are curious.

On road, the Sonata I drove – the 2.0T Limited trim with the 2.0-liter turbo four and eight-speed automatic transmission (a first for a FWD car, says Hyundai) – didn’t strike me as much changed, and that’s good. It had punch for passing and a pleasant highway ride with noise tuned out. Handling-wise, it’s not bad but it’s no Accord or Mazda 6. I had to put it in Sport mode to get the most out of it – the default Comfort setting just didn’t give taut-enough throttle or steering responses.

The interior changes are mostly subtle – the center stack has fewer buttons now, and the steering wheel has three spokes (including a D-cut shape on some trims). Subtle is good here, as the inside of the Sonata was never the problem.

Hyundai has cooked up a better-looking car that still isn’t as sharp as what it replaced, and it didn’t take away any of its driving dynamics. It’s a better Sonata, but that may not be enough with the two most dominant names in the midsize class both being all-new for 2018. Consider it a placeholder for now.

[Images: © Tim Healey/The Truth About Cars, Hyundai]

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39 Comments on “2018 Hyundai Elantra GT Sport First Drive – and 2018 Sonata, Too...”


  • avatar
    GermanReliabilityMyth

    Good. It’s about time the Elantra GT hype train got derailed.

  • avatar
    DeadWeight

    Hyundai – Our vehicles used to be worse, yet incredibly cheaper, than anything from Toyota or Honda and also came with a 10 Year/100,000 mile powertrain warranty.

    However, our vehicles are now still worse than their Toyota or Honda segment competitors, with a few exceptions (*cough* RAV-4, H-RV), and they’re statistically still less reliable, but our vehicles are now as expensive or even slightly more expensive than their Honda and Toyota segment competitors, while having much worse resale values.

    • 0 avatar
      DeadWeight

      *p.s. We STILL have some funky suspension tuning and odd steering feel characteristics in many of our vehicles, some major quality lapses (not caught pre-production, such as metallurgical flaws in actual production-volume engine blocks, our vehicles offgass as if they were horsehide tanning facilities, and a huge % of our dealerships will make you wished that you wore a full-body condom and took a full course of zithromax before interacting with the sales staff.

    • 0 avatar
      FreedMike

      They’re more expensive *on paper* than Toyotas. Do a quick scan of your Hyundai dealer’s website and you’ll find their stuff is discounted to high hell. When I was shopping Elantras, they were advertising five grand off MSRP.

      (Granted, a lot of that money on the hood was vaporware – recent college grads, conquest money, loyalty money, but in the end, you could get several thousand dollars off one by just rolling up to the lot.)

      And I think this is a mistake. The product’s good enough these days that it doesn’t have to have insane discounts to move it. I’m sure that if you wanted to drive a car into the ground with 200,000 miles on the clock, a Corolla would be a better choice, but who the f**k wants to spend 25% of his adult life driving that horrid little slug around? Not me.

      I think they’d be better off with lower, more reasonable “value” pricing than the “ask high, and give it away low” strategy they have now. And the dealership experience at Hyundai stores is AWFUL – try to work a deal over the phone, and you’ll get the “just come in and we’ll get you taken care of” BS.

      (And as far as Hyundai quality goes…my girlfriend’s on her fourth one, and they’ve all been pretty bulletproof.)

      • 0 avatar
        Kyree S. Williams

        Right.

        Last month, I started my search for a new car. I’ve pretty much narrowed it down to the Civic or Cruze, and I like each for different reasons…but I decided to drive the Elantra just for fun-sies. In typical Kyree fashion, the one I drove was loaded, although it didn’t have the turbo engine; the dealership said it had sold its last one a couple of days ago. But the store was stacked deep with N/A Elantra units.

        I found the car to be a perfectly adequate mode of transportation and full of toys with which to keep oneself busy—CarPlay / Android Auto, color IP LCD, navigation, blind spot monitoring, lane-departure warning, rearview camera, etc—but not inspiring to drive in any way. Nor did it exude any amount of permanence or real quality aside from the fact that it would probably unceremoniously continue to putter about long after its resale value had dropped to that of a used Happy Meal toy. In other words, it was an appliance, a disposable one.

        After the test-drive, the salesman got desperate and asked me what he could do to get me into the car that day. I regarded the Elantra’s $27,900 sticker price—ha!—and said that I’d take it off his hands if I could get it for $17K out-the-door (or about $6K less than the Civics and Cruzes I was considering). It was an outrageously-low offer and I knew it, but that’s genuinely what it was going to take to get me to choose it over any number of far-superior competitors.

        Then I went online later that day, and saw the same car on their website, discounted to $21K. So $17K wasn’t that bad of an offer, I decided.

        • 0 avatar
          nels0300

          I shopped the compact segment and ended up with an Elantra Sport for $18.5K with discounts anyone qualified for. I find the build quality to be excellent, steering and handling great. I come from a long line of Hondas and Mazdas.

          The other options for $18.5K were Corolla im, Jetta 1.4t, Mazda3 2.0L, and Honda Civic 2.0L.

          In my instance, I’d say it’s the competitors of the Elantra that are expensive and merely “OK”.

        • 0 avatar
          FreedMike

          @Kyree:

          Exact same experience I had checking out an Elantra last fall. It’d have been a perfectly adequate commuter-bot, and nothing else.

          And if you’re in for low-twenties…why not check out a Wolfsburg Golf?

          @nels0300:
          TP for my ’17 Jetta 1.4 was right around $16,000. Base, non turbo Elantra was also in the running, but frankly, I wasn’t impressed enough by the car to deal with all the stupid shenanigans the dealership was setting up to put me through.

          I’d have loved to check out an Elantra Sport, though.

          • 0 avatar
            nels0300

            I was looking at the SE Jettas, wanted the fake leather.

            The Elantra was more powerful, more fun to drive, better equipped, better looking, and better warranty than anything else I looked at.

            The Corolla and Civic were super bare bones. Wheel covers on the Civic.

            Elantra was $18.5K, payments are similar to the cable bill, and it’s fun to drive. I’d be happy if it only lasted 100K miles.

        • 0 avatar
          slavuta

          Kyree,

          Civic vs Elantra sport – the only thing better in Civic is if you don’t like leather…

          Elantra Sport has better brakes, steering. Civic had better clutch. Civic has better EPA numbers but Elantra sport is known to get 5mpg more in real life. And elantra sport can smoke Civic. Suspension is really nice in it. And you can have it really cheap. But the switch gear in Civic is better. But then comes that stupid dash.

        • 0 avatar
          DeadWeight

          This is my opinion, and it’s based on my life experience, but grabbing a lightly optioned new Sonata for 21k is probably better in many ways than buying an Elantra mid-optioned for 18k to 21k, unless one really wants a smaller vehicle and a hatchback and/or just (for whatever reason) otherwise loves the Elantra.

          We now can get new Camrys lightly optioned (which today means it’s not a stripper as in years past, and comes with many things standard that were options just 7 years ago – even 5 years ago, now) for 18k if one bargains hard and plays the game right. He11, they’re leasing Chrysler 300s with AWD and leather for $205 per month on a true $0 down sign & drive (sticker is $38,000) in metro Detroit.

          Hyundai and Kia both, whether judged by sticker prices or even ATP prices are not competitive at a time when Toyota and VW and many others are aggressively dealing (which is increasing as inventory is now legitimately piling up, by the way).

          A VW Golf decently optioned can be had for around 20k, and a GTI for around 25k.

          Hyundai and Kia are really losing sales, market share and other metrics due to the fact that their prior pricing competitiveness is gone.

          • 0 avatar
            nels0300

            The Elantra is a much better choice than the Sonata if you want a manual.

          • 0 avatar
            krhodes1

            As I pointed out recently, I bought a GTI *Sport* for under $24K in January.

            I don’t see how this is all that competitive with a regular Golf (I consider the base Golf a screaming bargain), never mind a GTI. Unless you just want max toys per dollar, and don’t care how it drives. I get that, a buddy has a fully loaded KIA Sorrento for exactly that reason.

          • 0 avatar
            Akiva Shapero

            last week my buddy got a 2017 VW GLI for $23.5k

          • 0 avatar
            gearhead77

            I’m taking delivery of a Golf Wolfsburg on Saturday. Night Blue with beige Vtex and a manual transmission. Under 20k with current VW incentives.

            I drove a Kia Forte SX with an automatic and it’s like night and day on so many levels. And while the comparison to a basic Golf isn’t quite right, if you compare the Forte to a GTI, it’s not close either.

            HyunKia has come a long way with their cars ( I had an 01 Elantra) but they still don’t sit right with me. I’ll take a staid Golf over a flashier Kia any day.

      • 0 avatar
        tallguy130

        Yeah the asking price and what they will accept are light years away. Don’t know if that’s the best sales model long term but I sure took advantage of it.

        I worked wth two dealers in the Columbus Ohio area. One was just as DW says, a full body condom would have been welcome. The other was willing to deal over email and I had terms worked out before stepping foot in the dealership. Was a great experience (plus murdering them on price).
        So would a honda be better? Yeah maybe, but I would have gotten a lot less car for more money. Is my Elantra Sport a track monster or going to best a GTI or ST? Nope, but I got 85% of that experience for my commuter car at about 80% the price of the competition.

        I’m starting to think that’s what Hyundai is going for. Just be a little better value for the price to make people think twice before walking into that Honda/Toyota dealer.

        “Hyundai – we’re that girl at the bar who’s a solid 6 but puts out”

    • 0 avatar
      bd2

      Hyundai/Genesis models ranked ahead of the Toyota/Lexus counterpart by C&D –

      Accent (not counting the Yaris iA as that’s really a Mazda)
      Elantra
      Tucson
      Santa Fe
      Ioniq
      G80
      G90

      Suspension tuning on Hyundais has been an issue in the past, but not really an issue these days – the box ute Kia Soul has been deemed to have a more comfortable ride than the Corolla.

      Over-boosted steering has also been an issue, but the one automaker which may be even worse in this regard has been Toyota.

      And you need to understand the correlation between ATP and residual values.

  • avatar
    ajla

    “the car is fine”
    “good but not great”

    Yep, I’ve stumbled into a Hyundai review.

    • 0 avatar
      bikegoesbaa

      I am surprised by the willingness of buyers to pay tens of thousands of dollars for something that is merely “adequate”.

      I can get reliable adequate transportation for $5k or less, an OEM has to offer something sublime to get me to pony up 5 times that.

  • avatar
    smavrides

    Hmmm…. pretty sure “2.0-liter turbo four and eight-speed automatic transmission (a first for a FWD car, says Hyundai)” is not true…

    You could buy a 2016 Chevrolet Malibu Premier with a 2.0T 8AT for quite some time now….

  • avatar
    Tosh

    The car refers to “sport” a lot, but doesn’t actually deliver any sport. The reviewer seems to have test driven the car in rush hour traffic with no real curves or hard braking, so was also unable to confirm any “sport.” Lame review for a lame car. Next!

  • avatar
    brettc

    So it sounds like the Golf is probably the way to go for a hatch with some power and decent fuel economy that doesn’t have a Polaroid branded tablet duct-taped on top of the dashboard.

    • 0 avatar
      slavuta

      You have to pick, tablet vs premium fuel, power vs reliability, and so on. Don’t paint picture as if Golf is so perfect.

      • 0 avatar
        brettc

        The Golf TSI doesn’t require premium. The GTI does though.

        I’m fully aware of VW reliability, owning them since 1998 except for a 2001 Hyundai Accent (which turned out to be crappier than any VW I’ve ever owned).

        I had some high hopes for the new Elantra GT, but based on the reviews so far, it can best be described as “meh”.

        • 0 avatar
          krhodes1

          Even my GTI Sport does not “require” premium. The official word is “maximum performance requires premium”, but the minimum specified octane is 87. And frankly, I can’t really tell the difference.

          The adder for 93 in SW Florida surpasses even my generous willingness to pay, at usually $.70+ per gallon over regular. So it gets regular.

          The only Golf that requires premium is the R, and rightly so considering the amount of boost that thing must run.

          IMHO, for the money there is just no better overall car than a Golf, in short, long, base or GTI forms. If only they would sell me a long GTI!

  • avatar
    Big Al From 'Murica

    I’ve owned 2 Hyundai’s now. Only time the first one was ever in the shop was over a timing belt that I didn’t have time to change because I was heading to Afghanistan. It was an absolute appliance, but at least it was a Maytag. The second is too new to know but I can honestly say the first was as reliable and boring as any of the Toyota my family owned.

  • avatar
    scott25

    I don’t understand why everyone thinks the Focus is so great. As someone who drives them every day at work, no. A Corolla is more fun to drive because at least it feels like you’re doing something you shouldn’t. It drives like a piece of plastic on wheels, and has almost no redeeming features other than the wide availability of a heated steering wheel and that it doesn’t have auto stop/start. I haven’t driven a current Sentra, Civic, or Elantra so I can’t compare them but the Focus is far below everything else in the class in most categories.

  • avatar
    donatolla

    “Unfortunately, you can’t get a fully loaded GT Sport without sacrificing the clutch pedal.”

    Maybe that’s because the people that would actually buy that particular Elantra have no interest in a manual? Seems pretty obvious and truthy.

  • avatar
    RedRocket

    Thanks for this. From reading the pre-introduction articles I was thinking this could be a bargain GTI and hence had it on my list for consideration. That was the first time I had ever considered the possibility of buying something from that company. Now that I read that it drives like just another Hyundai I can drop it.

  • avatar
    hubcap

    I thought this was going to be the N version that other markets are getting. Is that version even coming to North America?

    Hyundai’s marketing plan of offering more for less is solid. I haven’t driven the car so I’m going by reviews and each one that I’ve read says just about the same thing. The cars offers a lot of features but the driving dynamics aren’t there.

    Kinda sounds like modern BMW’s that aren’t the two series (except for the lot of features bit). We all know that enthusiast zeal regarding the way a car drives appeals to a small subset of the car buying public. Those that want that will probably choose something else. Or not, depending on price.

    Another thing to keep in mind is how you’ll feel about the car 1 or 2 years down the road. If you settle for this car because of the combination of features and price, but it doesn’t drive the way you want it to, that’s something you’ll have to live with.

    It can seem like a great deal at the time, but in retrospect, spending a little bit more to get something you really like might be better.

    • 0 avatar
      bd2

      No – we are not getting the i30-N, and instead will be getting the N version of the new Veloster (which now will share platforms with the i30).

      We may, however, get the N version of the new fastback bodystyle of the i30.

  • avatar
    Secret Hi5

    Any relation to James Healey?
    https://www.usatoday.com/staff/2415/james-r-healey/

  • avatar
    ponchoman49

    The best all around Elantra is the 2018 Special Edition that stickers for under 21K with a moonroof, leather wheel, heated seats, 7″ touch screen, Apple carplay and Android auto and several other included items. Sale price on the window is 18995.

    The new Sonata comes in a new SEL trim that includes an 8-way power seat, leather wheel, Apple carplay/Android auto, 7″ touch screen, 17″ alloys and several other features for under 25K sticker on sale for 22995.

    If you’re looking for performance neither of these will excite with the 2.0 147 HP engine in the Elantra or the 185 HP 2.4 in the Sonata. They are adequate everyday commuters.

    My friend drove a 2018 Sonata Sport 2.0T with the new 8 speed and said the transmission is more responsive and better behaved and shaves a few tenths off the 0-60 time and he saw a solid 35 MPG on a highway stint going 75 MPH. Didn’t have enough time to really put it through it’s paces but for a windshield price of 24995 it was a very nice car.

  • avatar
    Null Set

    You’re driving on toll roads and you’re worried about steering feel? Bwah ha ha.

    And what about its Nurburgring lap time? Can’t decide about a car without that right?

    This sounds like my favorite kind of car. A crappy, unrefined crypto-sporty car that I don’t have to worry very much about. Dents and scrapes will only add to the fun. It’s a modern Neon, a car that was crappy and unrefined but a guiltless hoot to drive.

    I look forward, 20 years from now, to your story about how you found one with a thousand HP motor shoe-horned in gathering fairy dust in a barn in darkest New Brunswick.

    And its Nurburgring lap time, naturally.

  • avatar
    Raevox

    It’s unfortunate that it seems to be getting panned for interior noise. My 17 sedan is pretty damned quiet and smooth. I almost want to get out and test drive a Sport, just to compare noise levels.

    Perhaps the interior noise is simply because of the nature of being a hatchback.

    I really enjoyed the Golf 1.8T I test drove. Too expensive, and the infotainment sucked despite the sound being light years better than the Elantra. But I just still don’t quite understand the willingness to purchase a vehicle with a long model history of being unreliable and expensive to fix. My 2004 Jetta was a freaking mess, and broke constantly. I barely got it past 45k miles in my ownership. I just wouldn’t buy another one until I was sure they were getting it right. Oh, and it was still expensive to fix AND to insure.

    Oh, the Elantra is actually cheaper to insure than our 16 Fiesta.

    Though to be fair, the Elantra was purchased as a daily driver. Which I love it for that, but if my personal life afforded me more choice, I’d have parked a Lexus IS350 in my carport spot.

    A decent review for a decent car. But I guarantee you, you can get dealers to undercut the competition pretty easily. Honda dealers in the East Bay still won’t really budge on price, especially for non-Si models. Nor will Mazda, surprisingly.


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