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First Drive: 2018 Hyundai Elantra GT

A sporty hatchback in a sea of crossovers.

by on Aug.29, 2017

The 2018 Hyundai Elantra GT is a new hatchback that gives the maker a chance against popular crossovers and sport-utes.

The 2018 Hyundai Elantra GT Sport is something of a segment buster in a world where the automotive fleet is broken up into categories like passenger cars, pickup trucks, sport-utility vehicles and crossovers.

But as a hatchback, the Elantra GT isn’t all that easy to define. It doesn’t have the lifted seating position of a SUV and overall design reduces vehicles overall height, leaving it with the low-slung profile of a passenger car. The cabin is also surprisingly quiet, making it easier to hold conversations on a longer drive.

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With its scaled down proportions, the Elantra GT Sport is bound to remind some older motorists of a small station wagon or the Euro-style hatchbacks popular during the 1970s and 1980s. However, Hyundai’s designers have given the car’s exterior sheet metal character and a contemporary appearance. (more…)

First Drive: 2013 Hyundai Elantra GT

A European spin on a popular Korean compact.

by on Aug.08, 2012

The 2013 Hyundai Elantra GT.

After scoring a hit with its latest compact sedan, the Elantra, Hyundai is aiming to broaden the nameplate’s appeal with two spin-offs, the Elantra Turbo and the even sportier Elantra GT.

The maker has good reason to want to expand the line-up, considering Elantra’s success in the U.S. market.  The base car won the coveted North American Car of the Year award, last January, and Hyundai has ever since been struggling to meet demand. If anything, the 2013 Hyundai Elantra GT could put the model in even shorter supply.

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The GT is more than just a tarted-up version of the current Hyundai Elantra sedan. It features a distinctive hatchback body originally developed for Europe, where it is sold as the i30.  The version we’ll get here is largely the same motorists can buy in London or Berlin – though Hyundai has softened the suspension a bit for American tastes.

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