By on November 7, 2018

Hyundai is bestowing upon the Elantra Sport the same visual refresh that will modernize its less-aggressive twin. Like the standard Elantra sedan, the Sport will receive a new hood, triangular headlamps, fascias, and updated taillights for 2019.

In fact, the only apparent visual difference between the two is that the Sport has unique exhaust tips and a honeycomb mesh grille while the plain-jane sedan uses chromed slats. That could change, however, as what we’re actually seeing is the Korean equivalent of the car — the Avante. But there’s little reason for Hyundai to make any major alterations for the U.S. market; the Elantra Sport might even keep that bedazzled bar running between the headlights and will assuredly have a set of unique wheels to further differentiate itself. 

Expect the modest interior changes to carry over, too. Those appear limited to new air vents and tweaked HVAC and console controls. But the Sport should bring some visual flare all its own, even if it isn’t apparent here beyond the bright red, bolstered seats — which may never make it out of Asia.

Mechanics should remain stable. Like the new Kia Forte GT and the current Elantra Sport, the car will be powered by a 1.6-liter turbocharged unit producing 201 horsepower and 195 lb-ft of torque. While exclusively front-wheel drive, buyers will have the option to send that power through either a six-speed manual or seven-speed dual-clutch.

The Elantra Sport should also maintain the more-sophisticated rear suspension setup the standard sedan lacks, in addition to slightly larger brakes. It should also have forward collision warning, lane-keep assist, and driver-attention alerts, as the brand intends to include SmartSense on most of the lineup as standard equipment.

Pricing creeps up slightly for 2019, with the Sport falling in between the $17,985 base model and $23,485 Limited trim. Hyundai’s earlier pricing announcements had the model sitting at $23,285 with a manual, a $600 increase from the previous model year. That doesn’t look to have changed, although you can bump up your transaction price by adding an 8.0-inch touchscreen with navigation, Blue Link, additional driving aids, and a premium audio system.

[Images: Hyundai]

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12 Comments on “2019 Hyundai Avante Previews Domestic Elantra Sport...”

  • avatar

    Underrated and enjoyable car – so much so that I actually checked into dumping my Jetta for one.

    The local dealer has one, advertised for $19,400, with the premium package (nav, uprated, sound, etc). Wow, right? The dealer advertises itself as “negotiation-free.” Even better. So I plugged the pertinent info into their payment calculator (miles per year, credit score, etc) and got – voila! – 0 down, $245 a month. Such a deal, right? I make an email inquiry.

    The dealership follows up with me, and – voila! – the same car is now going for $338/mo, $3,000 down. The cap cost has gone from $19400 to $21200. The idiot on the other end, who clearly flamed out of the Best Buy Assistant to the Assistant Manager Training Program, tells me the reason is that “Hyundai rebates don’t reduce capitalized cost.” Sure they don’t, old sport.

    Same runaround, bait-and-switch games I got from Hyundai the last time I looked into one of their cars at another dealership.

    At this point, who cares how good their cars are? If their dealership experience is like this across the board, then no wonder the brand’s getting f**ked with no lube. And you know what? If this is how their dealers behave, then they deserve whatever unlubricated f**king they get.

    • 0 avatar

      I’m sorry that was your experience because it’s a great car and I really enjoy mine. Ironically I nearly got a GTI but for the same rough treatment from the local VW dealer.

      • 0 avatar
        open country

        I’ve had similarly frustrating dealings with a Hyundai dealer who quoted me $15,500 MSRP on a 2018 Elantra VE, got me to the dealer, and it became $17,100 with the difference explained as “dealer installed options,” of which the car in question had none.

  • avatar

    Bring your own financing and buy it outright for the advertised price. Here in California (and I’m guessing your state as well) dealer’s can’t sell for more than their advertised price. They CAN, however, come up with very expensive financing — as you found out!

  • avatar

    Those triangle fog lamps or whatever they are, and the excessively “ground out” bodywork around them have to be the ugliest design attempt I’ve seen in years. Cheaper than if they went to the paper supply isle in WalMart.

    So where did the following verbiage come from? ” visual refresh that will modernize ” ? Hyundai insisted on it? Almost gagged.

  • avatar

    I kind of like this grille better. Seems to minimize the severe angularity, but still too severe. I like the somewhat conservative dash with integrated screen better than the GTs slapped on iPad approach.

  • avatar

    because no power seats or rear HVAC vents it was a no sale for me when i was looking in 2017.

    i still love the looks of the current generation car; the new one not so much…

    • 0 avatar
      Land Ark

      Agreed. The current one is handsome and understated. I have been eyeing it for a few years now as a potential.

      This new one is like everything else on the market – over-grilled and faux-hatchback,

  • avatar

    Really happy with my 2017 sport, not a big fan of this refresh.

    If I had to replace it today, I’d have to skip this new design and get it’s cousin, the Forte. The 2019 Forte looks sharp and much better than the 2019 Elantra, and the turbo model finally gets IRS.

    As a gen X Honda/Mazda fanboy, I feel like I’ve went completely off the deep end. First with a Hyundai purchase, and now I’m preferring a Kia. A Kia.

    • 0 avatar

      Yea, this refresh is a dealbreaker. Forte GT is a bit too boring though.

      I’m also a Honda fanboy (see screen name) who has found himself in a Kia (’13 Optima SXL), begrudgingly becoming more and more endeared with it. Hyundai/Kia suck and I’ll never buy any of their products again if I can help it- wish I had checked the recalls before buying. But the car itself is really good. Engine pulls strong, cold A/C, chassis is surprisingly fun, interior is well built with lots of toys. New headunit has modernized it. Really enjoying it. Going back to the mothership next go round though… I should have bought a Civic 1.5T

  • avatar

    I would’ve bought a Civic 1.5T if I didn’t think they look like doo doo.

    And now that it looks like there is a fuel dilution issue with that engine, I’m glad I didn’t.

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