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Hyundai Elantra GT 2018: Hyundai i30 для американского рынка

Hyundai Elantra GT 2018: Hyundai i30 для американского рынка

Обзор Hyundai Elantra GT 2018: внешний вид модели, интерьер, технические характеристики, системы безопасности, цены и комплектации. Видео тест-драйв модели и фотографии.

Содержание обзора:

  • Внешний вид
  • Салон
  • Характеристики Hyundai Elantra GT 2018
  • Системы безопасности
  • Стоимость и комплектации Хендай Элантра GT 2018 года
  • Видео

В первой половине февраля 2017 года корейский автоконцерн Hyundai в рамках ежегодной автомобильной выставки в Чикаго представил спортивную версию хэтчбека Hyundai Elantra GT. Правда, сразу стоит оговориться, что на американском рынке автомобиль предлагается под именем Hyundai i30, а также не имеет ничего общего с представленным в России седаном Hyundai Elantra.

Внутри компании новинка позиционируется как компактный и мощный спортивный хэтчбек, основными достоинствами которого выступают: отточенная управляемость, комфортный и вместительный салон, экспрессивный облик и дорогие отделочные материалы. Но на самом деле перед нами слегка перелицованный и оборудованный более производительными моторами хэтчбек Hyundai i30, так полюбившийся жителям Старого Света.

Любопытно, что на американском рынке Hyundai Elantra GT также предлагается в специальной модификации «Sport», получившей более агрессивное внешнее оформление, более крупные колёсные диски и красные декоративные элементы в салоне.

Внешний вид

Многих экспертов и автолюбителей удивил экстерьер новинки, который заметно изменился и это с учётом того, что во время рестайлинга новый кузов не использовался. Теперь во внешности модели наблюдается спокойствие, разбавленное прогрессивностью и умеренной элегантностью.

Передняя часть Hyundai Elantra 2018 GT оснащена большой выпуклой лобовухой, плавно переходящей в длинный капот, с абсолютно гладкой поверхностью, если не учитывать пару боковых рёбер. Что касается носовой части, то здесь красуется радиаторная решётка в «сеточку», и «огненные» светодиодные фонари, которые заметно сузились по сравнению с предшественником. Низ бампера выглядит весьма симпатично. Здесь находится миниатюрный воздухозаборник, трапециевидной формы, и большие вертикальные противотуманки.

В профиль автомобиль сильно напоминает своего предшественника. Куполовидная крыша, устремлённый вверх нижний контур окон, объёмные колёсные арки – это именно то, что делает погоду в экстерьере новинки. Стоит также отметить горизонтальные ребристости нанесённые на боковые дверцы корейца. Что касается аэродинамичности, то судя по форме кузова, у Хендай Элантра 2018 не должно возникать никаких трудностей с вхождением в воздушный поток.

Сзади автомобиль выглядит весьма прогрессивным и динамичным. Как ни странно, но на дизайн кормы почему-то не распространилась общая стилистическая концепция. В глаза сразу бросаются аккуратные фары, которые стали заметно меньше, и мощный бампер, оснащённый парой ходовых огней.

Если проанализировать внешность новинки, то складывается впечатление, будто она идеально подойдёт спокойным водителям, приверженцам тихой езды. Кроме того автомобиль излучает ощущение надёжности и солидности.

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

If you’ve shopped for a compact car lately, you’re probably familiar with the Hyundai Elantra GT, a hatchback version of the Elantra sedan that’s a little more upscale. We checked out the redesigned 2018 GT at the 2017 Chicago Auto Show.

The 2018 Hyundai Elantra GT hatchback is a fun-to-drive, sporty car that can haul your stuff like a small SUV.

Euro looks and driving manners with Hyundai’s value packaging and top-shelf warranty coverage should put it on any hatchback fan’s list.

As compact car sales decline in favor of small SUVs, Hyundai believes some Americans are ready for a third option: a compact hatchback that hauls like a small SUV but offers the driving fun and economy of a car. Hyundai is doubling up in this niche market for 2018 with a redesign of its Elantra GT hatchback and a new, sportier trim: the GT Sport, with a turbocharged engine and upgraded chassis. The 2017 version was a one-size-fits-all single trim. As before, the 2018 Hyundai Elantra GT is an Elantra in name, but is actually a U.S.-badged version of Hyundai’s global i30 hatchback with different underpinnings than the U.S. Elantra sedan.

The 2018 Elantra GT faces growing competition that now includes six compact hatches: a freshened Volkswagen Golf, plus the Chevrolet Cruze, Honda Civic, Subaru Impreza (redesigned for 2017), Toyota Corolla iM, Ford Focus and Mazda3. Each is distinctive in one way or another; body style is the one common denominator. But having more rivals isn’t bad if it helps hatchback cars become less of an oddity.

I went to San Diego to check out the new Elantra GT at a launch event hosted by Hyundai (per our ethics policy, Cars.com pays for its own airfare and lodging at such events). While there, I racked up miles in the city, in mountain canyons and in the desert in a base GT (with a full load of options) and in a GT Sport. Our Chicago-based editors also drove a manual GT Sport.

Looks More Golf Than Gaudy

The 2018 Elantra GT was designed . Show full review

As compact car sales decline in favor of small SUVs, Hyundai believes some Americans are ready for a third option: a compact hatchback that hauls like a small SUV but offers the driving fun and economy of a car. Hyundai is doubling up in this niche market for 2018 with a redesign of its Elantra GT hatchback and a new, sportier trim: the GT Sport, with a turbocharged engine and upgraded chassis. The 2017 version was a one-size-fits-all single trim. As before, the 2018 Hyundai Elantra GT is an Elantra in name, but is actually a U.S.-badged version of Hyundai’s global i30 hatchback with different underpinnings than the U.S. Elantra sedan.

The 2018 Elantra GT faces growing competition that now includes six compact hatches: a freshened Volkswagen Golf, plus the Chevrolet Cruze, Honda Civic, Subaru Impreza (redesigned for 2017), Toyota Corolla iM, Ford Focus and Mazda3. Each is distinctive in one way or another; body style is the one common denominator. But having more rivals isn’t bad if it helps hatchback cars become less of an oddity.

I went to San Diego to check out the new Elantra GT at a launch event hosted by Hyundai (per our ethics policy, Cars.com pays for its own airfare and lodging at such events). While there, I racked up miles in the city, in mountain canyons and in the desert in a base GT (with a full load of options) and in a GT Sport. Our Chicago-based editors also drove a manual GT Sport.

Looks More Golf Than Gaudy

The 2018 Elantra GT was designed in Europe, where hatches thrive and the Golf is a leader. The 2018 Elantra GT is only slightly longer, wider and lower than the 2017, but it looks more so thanks to a Golf-like boxy design that replaces the GT’s former curvy look. It’s a shape that manages to be practical while still looking sportier than the 2017. The box is more aerodynamic than it looks, too, with a respectable 0.3 coefficient of drag.

The 2018 GT also bears more family resemblance to the Elantra sedan thanks to its horizontal lines and a version of Hyundai’s large cascading grille. The grille is flanked by functional air inlets with vertical LED daytime running lights. The headlights stretch up and around the corners into a strong horizontal character line that extends all the way into the taillights and a rear end that looks wider than it is; a standard rear spoiler also lengthens the look of the roofline. Full LED headlights and LED taillights are available on the GT and standard on the GT Sport, as are old-school round chrome exhaust tips.

The horizontal theme extends to the dashboard, enhancing the impression of space inside. And it’s not just an illusion; the interior is roomy for a car this size. The front seats are comfortable and sufficiently padded. The backseat is firmer but has reasonable legroom and headroom for two. If you opt for the dramatic panoramic moonroof, the interior seems even airier, but headroom for a tall (6-foot-2) backseat passenger is just adequate.

The Hyundai Elantra GT Sport has a sportier feel inside, with black leather seats and red accent stitching, as well as red satin-metal-finish accent trim. It also adds a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob. Heated seats are standard on the Sport; ventilated seats are available.

The materials and trim of the GT and GT Sport interiors are competitive with rivals such as the Civic and Cruze, but they have some hard-plastic touch points that make them fall short of the upscale feel of Volkswagen’s Golf line — arguably the leader — and the Mazda3. Noise levels are generally good, but we did hear some road noise on rougher pavement, particularly with the Elantra GT Sport’s bigger 18-inch wheels.

A love-it-or-hate-it feature, there’s a standard 8-inch tablet-style touchscreen floating above the dash, flanked by buttons and knobs. Personally, I like the ergonomics; it’s easy to reach and see without looking down, though I’d prefer a less shiny surface. I know screens floating above the dash — used by Mazda and Mercedes-Benz, among others — are controversial, but I suggest you try it before dismissing it.

It Hauls Mass

The almost wagonlike new Hyundai Elantra GT shape offers about 8 percent more hauling space than the more rounded 2017. The cargo area is high, wide and deep, and it has a large hatch opening. We didn’t have a mountain bike on hand, but Hyundai says it will swallow one without removing a wheel. The 60/40-split folding backseat creates a nearly level floor with the two-position rear cargo floor at its higher setting, but to get maximum volume, you’ll have to put the rear floor into its lower position. Its maximum cargo room of 55.1 cubic feet with the backseat folded beats rivals such as the Golf (52.7 cubic feet), as well as the sleeker-styled Mazda3 (47.1) and Honda Civic hatchback (46.2). Space behind the backseat is a roller-bag-friendly configuration of nearly 25 cubic feet.

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The GT’s space gives lie to the notion that you need a small SUV to haul cargo: Honda’s popular HR-V SUV offers just 24.3 cubic feet behind the rear seat and 58.8 cubic feet total. And while the Elantra GT doesn’t offer all-wheel drive, the five-door hatchback does everything a small SUV can do in most situations in most climates.

Two Flavors Under the Hood

The GT’s base 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine makes 161 horsepower and 150 pounds-feet of torque, both down slightly from 2017 (173 hp, 154 pounds-feet). EPA-estimated gas mileage remains the same at 24/32/27 mpg city/highway/combined with the automatic transmission; those numbers drop 1 mpg across the board with the six-speed manual (compare them here). The base engine is adequate, even fun, in most situations and will suit many buyers, though you’ll want to plan well ahead to pass a semi.

The better fit for the car’s personality is the new GT Sport’s 201-hp, turbocharged 1.6-liter four, an engine also used in Hyundai’s Elantra Sport sedan and the underappreciated Veloster Turbo coupe. The Sport’s power edge over the base model is magnified by the delivery of its 195 pounds-feet of torque, beginning at a low 1,500 rpm versus 4,700 rpm for the 2.0-liter. You can choose to stir the gears yourself with a six-speed manual transmission (Hyundai estimates a high 30 percent of buyers will do so), or you can opt for the crisp-shifting seven-speed dual-clutch automatic with steering-wheel paddles. The 1.6-liter with the automatic transmission is the top fuel-economy choice, EPA-rated at 26/32/28 mpg. The manual is the least efficient GT at 22/29/25 mpg.

The turbo was a ball for carving canyon roads with the paddles to manage the gears. It was a lot more confidence-inspiring than the base engine while passing on the highway, with plenty of power and automatic downshifts that were quick and smooth. Its low-end punchiness, with only modest turbo lag, would make a more satisfying choice for daily commuting. The dual-clutch automatic, like most of its breed, will stumble occasionally at low speeds.

Other Cars.com editors drove a manual GT Sport in Chicago and reported it’s fun to drive, but having only six gears and a small engine means it’s not a rocket from a standing start. The engine doesn’t rev very quickly, suggesting a heavy flywheel — the norm for such a small engine. The clutch pedal is very light. The shifter is decent but has longer throws than we’d prefer. Also, you can’t add attractive tech and safety option packages to the manual-equipped GT or GT Sport; they’re available only on their respective automatic versions.

You won’t mistake the GT Sport for a true hot hatch like the Volkswagen Golf GTI or Ford Focus ST performance models, but it’s a lot warmer than the 2017 — enough to spice up your commute. A legitimate hot-hatch version, the performance i30 N, is going on sale in Europe, but there’s no word of it coming to the U.S.

Excellent Handling, With a Few Bumps

The Elantra GT Sport gets substantial chassis upgrades over the base GT, with a sport-tuned multilink rear suspension versus the GT’s torsion beam, plus bigger brakes and 18-inch alloy wheels versus the 17s on the GT. But even the standard GT setup was surprisingly nimble on twisting roads, and the ride was pleasantly firm for a non-sporty trim. The GT Sport, though, can be pushed harder and faster with confidence, and the ride was just a hair busier in the base GT.

Oddly, the GT Sport didn’t feel quite as taut or confident when pushed as an Elantra Sport sedan I recently drove. And the steering, while OK, had more boost and less feel than the surprisingly good steering in Hyundai’s refreshed 2018 Sonata family sedan I’d driven a day earlier. Overall, though, the GT is a whole lot of fun — more than you’ll ever find in an SUV.

User-Friendly Tech

Media and safety technology once limited to high-end cars is standard in the Elantra GT and GT Sport. An 8-inch touchscreen system, with or without in-car navigation, is standard, along with Hyundai’s latest-generation infotainment system and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration; wireless phone charging is optional. The system is intuitive, quick to respond and has crisp graphics. A useful detail: You can mix and match AM, FM and satellite station presets on one screen. The available Infinity premium audio system includes Clari-Fi technology to boost the sound of compressed music files. The combination delivered very good sound from my phone library.

All models have updated Hyundai Blue Link connectivity for remote starting, locking and climate control (including the rear defroster and side mirror heaters) via phone or smart speakers, such as an Amazon Echo. For 2018, Hyundai is including three years of free Blue Link remote services as well as free map updates for models with in-car navigation.

High-Tech Safety, at a Price

The 2018 Elantra GT had not been crash-tested as of publication, but it does offer — at a price — an array of safety tech once more common in high-end cars, rivaling the Honda Civic’s available features among the hatchback competition. Available systems include adaptive cruise control with stop-start capability; a front collision system with automatic emergency braking and pedestrian detection that operates up to 37 mph; lane departure warning and prevention; high-beam assist; blind spot warning; and rear cross-traffic alert.

A novel addition is a driver attention alert that detects weaving, lane encroachment, sudden movements and loose grip on the steering wheel. I tried these intentionally and found that they worked, and I didn’t suffer any false alarms in normal driving.

You’ll get the full safety buffet, however, only if you pony up for the GT Sport with the automatic transmission and a $3,850 Sport Tech Package, which also includes a bundle of other features, including ventilated seats up front. The GT Sport does at least get standard blind spot warning and rear cross-traffic alert; those are optional on the automatic GT.

Value?

The base GT with a manual transmission starts at $20,235 including destination charge. That’s an increase of $550 from the starting price for the 2017. The automatic transmission adds $1,000. The base tops out at $27,335 with Tech ($1,800) and Style ($4,300) packages that ladle on amenities — an array that would make an entry premium car blush — plus a blind spot monitor and rear cross-traffic alert. The new GT Sport turbo version starts at $24,135; add $1,100 for the dual-clutch automatic. It runs up to $29,085 with the Sport Tech Package’s array of pampering features, plus a full suite of safety features.

Either model, with or without the option packages, is more than competitive with — and in most cases priced a bit lower than — comparable versions of rival hatchbacks. Both GTs include free remote services and updates, plus Hyundai’s generous five-year/60,000-mile transferable bumper-to-bumper warranty and 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain coverage.

The standard GT can hold its own in driving and comfort with its rivals. The GT Sport won’t be mistaken for the more capable Golf GTI, nor does it attempt to be one. Think of it more as a GTI Light. But it can still put a smile into your daily drive while saving you perhaps a couple of thousand dollars for similar features, if not driving dynamics.

Подбор шин и дисков для автомобиля Hyundai Elantra GT 2018 1.6i Turbo PD

Подбор шин и дисков для автомобиля Hyundai Elantra GT 1.6i Turbo PD 2018 позволяет свести к минимуму возникновение различных проблем, которые непременно появятся, если автовладелец ошибется при их выборе. Зачастую это вызвано отсутствием необходимых знаний, как правило, об их технических характеристиках. Именно этим во многих случаях объясняются не только сложности при установке шин и колесных дисков, но и ухудшение управляемости, увеличение расхода топлива и снижение динамических качеств. Автоматизированная система подбора колесных дисков и шин, применяемая на сайте интернет-магазина «Мосавтошина», содержит массу технических характеристик практически обо всех современных грузовых и легковых автомобилей. Для того, чтобы задействовать все 100% ее возможностей, необходимо знать всего лишь марку, модель, год выпуска и модификацию своего транспортного средства.

Обращаем ваше внимание на то, что данный интернет-сайт носит исключительно информационный характер, вся информация носит ознакомительный характер и ни при каких условиях не является публичной офертой. Подробную информацию о наличии и стоимости указанных товаров и (или) услуг уточняйте у менеджеров отдела клиентского обслуживания.

Москва
Огородный проезд, 9Ас1
8 (495) 989-14-12

Авиамоторная, 65с1
8 (495) 989-14-12

Подольск
Быковская, 11
8 (495) 989-14-12

Ногинск
5-я Доможировская, 4
8 (495) 989-14-12

Санкт-Петербург
Рабочая, 7Л
8 (812) 242-81-10

Екатеринбург
Таганская 77
8 (343) 288-72-78

Уфа
Новоуфимская, 18
8 (347) 229-47-33

Архангельск
Дачная, 59
8 (8182) 60-88-18

Северодвинск
Южная 134
8 (8184) 54-87-78

Подбор шин и дисков для автомобиля Hyundai Elantra GT 2018 2.0i PD

Подбор шин и дисков для автомобиля Hyundai Elantra GT 2.0i PD 2018 позволяет свести к минимуму возникновение различных проблем, которые непременно появятся, если автовладелец ошибется при их выборе. Зачастую это вызвано отсутствием необходимых знаний, как правило, об их технических характеристиках. Именно этим во многих случаях объясняются не только сложности при установке шин и колесных дисков, но и ухудшение управляемости, увеличение расхода топлива и снижение динамических качеств. Автоматизированная система подбора колесных дисков и шин, применяемая на сайте интернет-магазина «Мосавтошина», содержит массу технических характеристик практически обо всех современных грузовых и легковых автомобилей. Для того, чтобы задействовать все 100% ее возможностей, необходимо знать всего лишь марку, модель, год выпуска и модификацию своего транспортного средства.

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Обращаем ваше внимание на то, что данный интернет-сайт носит исключительно информационный характер, вся информация носит ознакомительный характер и ни при каких условиях не является публичной офертой. Подробную информацию о наличии и стоимости указанных товаров и (или) услуг уточняйте у менеджеров отдела клиентского обслуживания.

Москва
Огородный проезд, 9Ас1
8 (495) 989-14-12

Авиамоторная, 65с1
8 (495) 989-14-12

Подольск
Быковская, 11
8 (495) 989-14-12

Ногинск
5-я Доможировская, 4
8 (495) 989-14-12

Санкт-Петербург
Рабочая, 7Л
8 (812) 242-81-10

Екатеринбург
Таганская 77
8 (343) 288-72-78

Уфа
Новоуфимская, 18
8 (347) 229-47-33

Архангельск
Дачная, 59
8 (8182) 60-88-18

Северодвинск
Южная 134
8 (8184) 54-87-78

Small overlap front: driver-side

Rating applies to 2018-20 models

Tested vehicle: 2017 Hyundai Elantra SE 4-door

The Hyundai Elantra was redesigned for the 2017 model year and the Elantra GT was redesigned for the 2018 model year. Beginning with 2017 Elantra models built after March 2016 and applicable to all Elantra GT models, the structure was reinforced at the junction between the door sill and hinge pillar and the driver frontal airbag was modified to improve occupant protection in small overlap crashes. (Information about when a specific vehicle was manufactured is on the certification label typically affixed to the car on the driver door or adjacent B-pillar.)

Action shot taken during the driver-side small overlap frontal crash test.

The dummy’s position in relation to the door frame, steering wheel, and instrument panel after the crash test indicates that the driver’s survival space was maintained very well.

The frontal and side curtain airbags worked well together to keep the head from coming close to any stiff structure or outside objects that could cause injury.

Forces during the crash contributed to a moderate risk of injury to the dummy’s left lower leg.

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test IDCEN1619
Lower occupant compartment
Lower hinge pillar max (cm)5
Footrest (cm)3
Left toepan (cm)1
Brake pedal (cm)2
Parking brake (cm)
Rocker panel lateral average (cm)2
Upper occupant compartment
Steering column
Upper hinge pillar max (cm)2
Upper dash (cm)3
Lower instrument panel (cm)3

Driver injury measures

Test IDCEN1619
Head
HIC-15538
Peak gs at hard contactno contact
Neck
Tension (kN)1.5
Extension bending moment (Nm)10
Maximum Nij0.26
Chest maximum compression (mm)25
Femur (kN)
Left1.9
Right0.3
Knee displacement (mm)
Left
Right1
Knee-thigh-hip injury risk (%)
Left
Right
Maximum tibia index
Left0.55
Right0.61
Tibia axial force (kN)
Left5.3
Right2.3
Foot acceleration (g)
Left89
Right94

Hyundai unleashes its most competent hatchback to date in the form of the 2018 Elantra GT.

If you’re looking for a reliable car for daily transportation, a sedan may seem like the obvious choice. As you’ve probably noticed, the conventional four-door has been losing ground in recent years, supplanted by small crossover SUVs. However, if you’re looking for a third option as a daily driver, a hatchback could be the ideal route.

Hatchbacks provide more usable cargo space than sedans, but retain the sporty driving dynamics and fuel efficiency you lose with a crossover. Hatchbacks also cost less than your typical crossover SUV. A hatchback like the 2018 Hyundai Elantra GT exists in that perfect sweet spot of enjoyability, affordability, and practicality.

Hyundai has done hatchbacks before, starting with many of its early entries in the North American market. More recently, Hyundai introduced the hip Veloster, as well as a hatchback version of the previous-generation Elantra, also called the Elantra GT.

But that Elantra GT felt more like an afterthought, born out of convenience and a need to expand the lineup. It didn’t feel fully developed and went largely unnoticed. But the new 2018 Elantra GT is a standout small car, and it’s perfectly suited to compete with the likes of the Volkswagen Golf, Ford Focus hatch, and Subaru Impreza wagon.

Look and Feel

What changed from the first generation of the Elantra GT to this year’s version? The first thing you’ll notice is that it has a more upright layout reminiscent of the Volkswagen Golf. It also has mature, sophisticated styling inside and out—another hallmark of the Golf. It’s safe to say Hyundai has its sights set on the German hatchback with the Elantra GT.

Great strides were made in the area of cabin styling. Risks were taken, and they have paid dividends. One bold design choice was the floating touchscreen in the center of the dash. In general, Hyundai interiors are handsome but staid. This, however, is a leap forward, giving the impression of a more upscale car.

There are just two trims for the Elantra GT—Base and Sport. The Base trim comes with 17-inch alloy wheels, an 8-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth connectivity, a USB port, and Android Auto and Apple CarPlay capability. The Base also comes with a 60/40 split-fold rear bench seat, SiriusXM satellite radio, and 6-way manually adjustable driver’s and front passenger seats.

Upgrading to the Sport adds LED head- and taillights, larger 18-inch alloy wheels, leather seating, heated front seats, push-button start, and dual-zone automatic climate control. The Sport also adds turn signals integrated into the side mirrors, a leather-wrapped shift knob and steering wheel, and an upgraded 4.2-inch TFT color display in the instrument panel.

Inside, the Sport features red accents around the Start button, climate controls, and vents. It also has a red accented shift knob and red stitching on the seats, shift boot, and steering wheel. That sounds like a lot of red, but it’s actually tastefully executed. Compare it to the red seats in the Civic Type R and even the Si, and you can see the Elantra GT Sport conveys that racy vibe without going overboard.

Performance

There are two engines in the Elantra GT, one for each trim. The Base trim gets a 2-liter inline 4-cylinder engine. It makes 161 horsepower and 151 pound-feet of torque. This engine can be paired with either a 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic transmission. Our test model came equipped with the latter.

The Sport comes with a 1.6-liter turbocharged four making 201 horsepower and 195 pound-feet of torque. This engine also comes standard with a 6-speed manual, while the optional unit is a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission with steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters.

With either trim, if the automatic transmission is selected, Hyundai provides a Drive Mode selector. Located next to the shifter, it provides Normal and Sport drive modes, and it truly changes the nature of the car. If left in Normal, acceleration is acceptable at best, but underwhelming when you’re trying to gain speed from a green light or when attempting to merge on a highway.

Put it in Sport mode, and the car livens right up. The transmission becomes more proactive, downshifting quickly when you want to accelerate. It also holds those shifts longer as the automatic works its way through the gears. The 2-liter engine still makes a lot of noise, but now it has the acceleration to match it.

We did not get to drive the Elantra GT Sport, but it should be noted that it shares an engine with its corporate cousin, the Kia Soul Turbo. In that application, it provides plenty of motivation, so it should be plenty in the Elantra GT Sport, too.

Even in the Base, cornering and braking were great. Body roll was minimal, and steering response was sharp. And yet shock absorption was on par with that of more upscale cars. Much of our week was spent on the cratered roads of New England, and all the while, the ride was smooth.

This is made more impressive by Hyundai’s differentiation of suspensions by trim. While the Sport trim has a multilink independent rear suspension, the Base trim has a torsion-beam setup. By comparison, a torsion-beam steup is a bit more rudimentary. One would expect the Sport trim to be the more impressive handler—and it likely is—but the Base has been fantastic to drive.

The fact that Hyundai differentiates suspension geometries among trims—and that the Base setup handles as well as it does—is a testament to the time and effort Hyundai engineers have put into developing the Elantra GT.

EPA fuel economy for the base engine with the manual transmission is listed at 23 mpg city, 31 highway, 26 combined. With the automatic, figures improve by 1 mpg, to 24, 32, 27.

As for the Sport’s turbocharged engine, EPA estimates are 22 mpg city, 29 highway, 25 combined with the manual. It jumps up to 26 city, 32 highway, and 28 combined if you opt for the 7-speed dual-clutch unit.

In our week with the Base automatic, we observed an average of 29.2 miles per gallon in mixed city and highway driving.

Form and Function

Too often, an automaker designs an interior that is bold or futuristic, and everyday usability suffers. The Ford Focus has a neat dash layout, but the controls are confusing at times, and it doesn’t have many places for all your stuff. The Elantra GT blends form and function by offering a front passenger area loaded with cubbies, compartments, and cupholders.

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The front seats of the Elantra GT are alright, but just alright. Side bolstering is good for keeping you in place when taking a quick corner, but over a longer drive, they may get uncomfortable. The back seats lack any real legroom. Kids can fit back there, but it will be a tight squeeze for full-size adults, especially if a taller adult sits in the front seat.

The Elantra GT provides plenty of cargo space. It has 24.9 cubic feet behind the 60/40 split-fold rear seats. Fold the rear seats down, and cargo space grows to 55.1 cubic feet. Both numbers are slightly better than those of the Volkswagen Golf.

Tech Level

With either trim, if you select the automatic transmission, a Tech Package becomes available. The Tech Package includes a massive panoramic sunroof, navigation system, ventilated seats, Infinity premium audio system, and a Qi wireless charging pad.

Such charging pads have typically been a value-add only for users of compatible Android phones, but Apple announced that its latest crop of iPhones, the iPhone 8 and iPhone X, will finally offer wireless charging. The X isn’t out yet, and we didn’t have an 8 to test, but Hyundai claims the Qi charging pad will be compatible.

At the center of the dash is the 8-inch Blue Link touchscreen infotainment system. It’s a vivid screen with easy-to-read fonts and a sensible menu layout. One of the only knocks I have against it is that I wish the icons were a bit larger. Overall, it’s a great system, and pairing a phone via Bluetooth was incredibly easy. You can also plug your smartphone into the USB port to use Apple CarPlay or Android Auto. These systems work seamlessly within the Blue Link touchscreen, allowing you to transition effortlessly between your smartphone’s podcast and the car’s radio.

Safety

The Elantra GT comes standard with front and side-impact airbags, electronic stability control, a tire pressure monitoring system, and a reversing camera with dynamic guidelines. Blind-spot detection with rear cross-traffic alert and lane-change assist are optional on the Base, but standard on the Sport trim.

Even without blind-spot detection, the Base trim comes with a blind-spot mirror that provides a wide-angle view of your flank and is a great low-cost safety solution.

The Sport model is available with forward-collision warning, adaptive cruise control, and lane-departure warning, but you don’t get the option to shell out for them if you get the Base. It would be nice to have the option available on both trims. For reference, Toyota provides the Corolla with Toyota Safety Sense P as standard equipment, incorporating many of these features at no extra cost.

The Elantra GT has not yet been tested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) or the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), but the 2017 Elantra Sedan is an IIHS Top Safety Pick+ when equipped with the same high-tech safety gear offered on the GT.

Cost-Effectiveness

Base MSRP for the 2018 Hyundai Elantra GT is $19,350. The Sport trim starts at $23,250, but with either trim, the price can jump if you start adding features and packages. Our Base automatic test model came equipped with the Style Package and the Tech Package, bringing the price up to $27,640. A fully loaded GT Sport will run just under $30,000. Pricing is very close to that of the Golf, which has a starting price of $19,895 and predictably climbs from there.

Even at that price, it’s difficult to find holes with the Elantra GT. Hyundai heard all the demands of the daily driver and addressed them, but didn’t stop there. The real surprise was that this car has been injected with a sporting nature, which should help reduce the monotony of the daily commute.

Our big question is how the Elantra GT Sport would stack up against a Volkswagen GTI. In considering Base trims, it would be hard to choose between this and a Volkswagen Golf as a refined, dependable daily driver. The fact that it’s such a tossup speaks to what a competent car the 2018 Elantra GT Sport truly is.

Оснащение Хендэ Элантра ГТ 2017-2018

Спортивная модель будет продаваться в нескольких доступных комплектациях. Самая доступная версия получит сразу семь подушек, систему кондиционирования, полный электропакет для водительского места.

Прочие комплектации будут оснащаться:

  • обивкой из кожи;
  • климатической установкой с несколькими зонами;
  • мультимедийным комплексом;
  • быстрым пуском двигателя и доступом в салон без ключа;
  • навигатором.

К тому же новинка будет оборудоваться целым рядом помощников и ассистентов.

2018 Hyundai Elantra GT Sport

Known as the i30 across the pond, the 2018 Hyundai Elantra GT Sport has the Volkswagen Golf GTI in its sights. Drawn under the watchful eye of Hyundai’s chief design officer Peter Schreyer, the compact hatchback’s sporty bodywork, clean lines, and attractive proportions make it far more fashionable than both its funky-looking predecessor and its dowdier sedan counterpart.

GTI of the Beholder

It takes more than crisply folded sheetmetal to challenge the hot-hatch royalty, however. So the Elantra GT Sport is armed with a 201-hp turbocharged 1.6-liter inline-four that boasts an additional 39 horsepower over the base Elantra GT’s naturally aspirated 2.0-liter. The 1.6-liter also has a plentiful 195 lb-ft of torque available from a low 1500 rpm. And indeed, Hyundai’s hottest hatch in the U.S. never felt out of breath on our drive across the winding roads east of San Diego, and the engine displayed little turbo lag when launching hard from a stop. Merging onto Southern California’s sun-scorched freeways revealed a disquieting amount of road noise entering the cabin, however.

The standard six-speed manual transmission features crisp action and well-defined gates, but its throws are on the long side, like a Christopher Nolan movie. An optional seven-speed dual-clutch automatic swaps cogs smoothly but has a tendency to rush to a higher gear to aid fuel economy. Engaging the automatic’s Sport mode helps temper that behavior, or one can tap the steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters.

The Elantra GT Sport has larger brake discs than the standard car, and the brake pedal is firm and reassuring underfoot. In place of the standard GT’s torsion-beam rear axle, the Sport gets a more sophisticated multilink arrangement. Hyundai also revised the springs, dampers, and steering gear, but despite these upgrades, the GT Sport fell somewhat short of delivering the buttoned-down refinement found in the class leaders when attacking twisting tarmac. Its body leans more than we’d like in turns, and the electrically assisted steering lacks the precision and feel of the units found in the Honda Civic Sport hatchback and the GTI. The GT Sport also doesn’t quite measure up to the VW in terms of power, with the GTI boasting up to 220 horses and 258 lb-ft from its turbocharged 2.0-liter four. To properly establish Hyundai’s go-fast acumen, its N performance sub-brand will introduce a zestier i30 N hot hatch later this year for Europe and other foreign markets. While the manufacturer has stated that the U.S. Elantra GT will see no such fortification, the next-gen Hyundai Veloster is slated to get the N treatment and will share much of the i30 N’s chassis and mechanicals.

Mainstream Virtues

But even if the GT Sport can’t quite deliver sporty driving zen, it’s still a competent car and has other virtues to recommend it. The standard leather seats are supportive enough for daylong stints, and every example packs dual-zone automatic climate control and rear HVAC vents. With all seats upright, the 170.9-inch-long hatchback boasts a competitive 25 cubic feet of luggage space; folding the 60/40-split rear seatbacks expands that figure to 55 cubes. Both of those numbers are just ahead of the Volkswagen’s, but a tallish liftover height could make loading heavy items somewhat difficult.

The Elantra GT Sport boasts a long list of included goodies, including LED head- and taillights, a blind-spot monitoring system, a proximity key with push-button start, and an 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system that’s compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. An available Sport Tech package adds a navigation system, a panoramic sunroof, ventilated seats, adaptive cruise control, automated emergency braking, lane-keeping assist, automatic high-beams, and more, but unfortunately the package is available only with the automatic.

Pricing has yet to be released, but we expect the GT Sport to start under $24,000, or roughly $1000 more than the Elantra Sport sedan. While the Elantra GT Sport is poised to be a great value and is certainly a good car, it can’t quite match up to the vaunted—and admittedly more expensive—Volkswagen GTI in terms of driving enjoyment.

Specifications

VEHICLE TYPE: front-engine, front-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door hatchback

ESTIMATED BASE PRICE: $23,500

ENGINE TYPE: turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 16-valve 1.6-liter inline-4, aluminum block and head, direct fuel injection

Displacement: 97 cu in, 1591 cc
Power: 201 hp @ 6000 rpm
Torque: 195 lb-ft @ 1500 rpm

TRANSMISSIONS: 6-speed manual, 7-speed dual-clutch automatic with manual shifting mode

DIMENSIONS:
Wheelbase: 104.3 in
Length: 170.9 in
Width: 70.7 in Height: 57.7 in
Passenger volume: 97 cu ft
Cargo volume: 25 cu ft
Curb weight (C/D est): 3050-3150 lb

PERFORMANCE (C/D EST):
Zero to 60 mph: 6.5-6.7 sec
Zero to 100 mph: 17.0-17.3 sec
Standing ¼-mile: 14.9-15.2 sec
Top speed: 130 mph

FUEL ECONOMY (C/D EST):
EPA combined/city/highway: 25-28/22-26/29-32 mpg

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