Hyundai Elantra GT

The 2017 Elantra GT features a 2.0L 4-cylinder putting out a healthy 173 horsepower and 154 pound-feet of torque. This configuration is rated at 24 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway. Two transmissions are offered, a 6-speed automatic or a 6-speed manual, both send power to the front wheels.

The Elantra GT comes with a 6-speaker stereo with USB and MP3 auxiliary input jacks, SiriusXM satellite radio, a tilt and telescoping steering wheel with audio controls and cruise control functions integrated into it, a remote keyless entry system, daytime running lights, a blind spot mirror and Bluetooth audio.

The new for 2017 Value Edition package adds 17-inch wheels, sport-tuned suspension, heated front seats, front fog lights, automatic headlights, a leather shift knob and steering wheel and leather seating surfaces. As the name would imply, the Value Edition Package is a fantastic bargain.

A tech package is available for the Elantra GT, though it requires buyers to also spring for the Value Edition Package. Adding both will net buyers a panoramic sunroof, dual-zone automatic temperature control, a 7-inch touchscreen that houses the navigation system, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, a rearview camera, ventilated front seats and side mirrors with integrated turn signals. It also comes with Hyundai's Blue Link system. Blue Link allows owners to connect to their car via their smart phone, allowing owners to lock or unlock their car, check in on vehicle health and security or even automatically call for help in the event of an accident.

Safety is handled by a full suite of airbags including a driver's knee airbag system. Traction control, stability control and anti-lock braking systems are all standard, while a rearview camera is a standalone option.

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What do the Honda Civic Type R and Volkswagen Golf R have in common? They're the most performance-focused specimens in their respective lineups and undoubtedly what car enthusiasts would want in the garage if shopping those nameplates. Sadly, not all bank accounts can handle a near-$40,000 wallop, which is where cars like the Civic Si and Golf GTI come in.

The Si and GTI are sporty cars with more manageable price tags, sitting between civilized base models and the most potent range-topping performers. Going forward, however, you'll have to remember to include the Hyundai Elantra GT N Line among the list of go-to sporty compacts. The Elantra GT gets a performance nudge for 2019 and it's very, very good.

N style

Hyundai has recently been making major strides in raising its performance game. The Veloster N was the first vehicle sold in the US with the full-fledged N performance treatment. The Korean automaker is planning to roll out more N products, a halo car and N Line offerings acting as gateway entries to the performance sub-brand. The 2019 Elantra GT is the first to debut with the N Line makeover, offering mild styling and performance tweaks over the outgoing Elantra GT Sport.

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The Good The Hyundai Elantra GT N Line strikes an aggressive pose, packs a punchy drivetrain and respectable handling chops.

The Bad The tighter suspension and low-profile tires result in a slightly choppy ride.

The Bottom Line Hyundai's Elantra GT N Line is a legit alternative to the Honda Civic Si and Volkswagen Golf GTI.

Editors' Rating
  • Performance 7.5
  • Features 8
  • Design 8
  • Media 7.5

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