Over the last few years, we’ve been impressed with the value, style, and quality that Hyundai has delivered throughout all their vehicles. So when we were offered a week with the new Hyundai Elantra GT N Line, of course we said yes please. New, longer name aside, this hatchback turned out to be no different.
What is the Elantra GT N Line exactly? The Elantra GT Sport we tested a couple years back was the predecessor to this car. That one was a manual, this one came fitted with the optional dual-clutch automatic. We really liked it then, and with this redesign and N Line additions we like it even more now. Stepping up to the N Line gives you a unique front bumper, rear bumper, wheels, and LED headlights. Inside you get sport seats with the N logo stamped on them, and a sport steering wheel with red accents. Materials are a mixed bag of soft and hard touches, but for its price point, it does a night job accenting the cabin with different colors and textures. The sport seats are comfortable and the back seat had ample room. The panoramic glass roof made the black interior feel airy, and the infotainment is still one of the best in the business.
We’ve tested the new new Veloster Turbo, as well as the sportier Veloster N, and we enjoyed the driving experience of both models. This Elantra GT N Line comes with the same 1.6L turbocharged four-cylinder engine as the Veloster Turbo. The 201 horsepower and 195 lb-ft of torque are ample for this small car and the dual clutch does a decent job at quick shifting. If you’re really looking for fun, leave it in sport mode and shift the car yourself. The programming for the transmission was a little lazy for our liking when really driving spiritedly. The signs of fun with this car come in the twisty sections of your favorite roads. Michelin Pilot Sport 4 summer tires are standard on the N Line and we truly enjoyed the levels of grip they provided. Understeer is minimal, and torque steer is non-existent when having fun on your local roads. We haven’t driven a GTI in a while, but this was pretty close to the last one we sampled.
On our day to day commuting in the Elantra GT N Line, we averaged an excellent 34 miles per gallon over the week. The suspension is slightly stiffer on the N Line, but it is still very agreeable for everyday. Highway commuting shows that there is a little bit of tire noise and some wind noise making its way into the cabin, but overall for the price point these were small complaints.
At the end of the day, would we pick this as our favorite hot hatch? No, we’d probably go the extra mile and have our cake and eat it too with Hyundai’s own Veloster N. That being said, if you’re looking for something a little more practical, offers more cargo room and a symmetric amount of doors, the Elantra GT N Line is an excellent choice. And who knows, maybe the Elantra will be the next model to get a full N release in the US?
|2019 Hyudnai Elantra GT N Line
|7-speed EcoShift DCT||$1,100|
|As Tested MSRP||$29,380|