Completely redesigned for 2018, the Elantra GT shares many of the same mechanical elements as the newest Elantra sedan. Even so, the GT hatchback is different, since it effectively focuses on the European market. Thus, it has a special exterior style and interior design. The interior is not only different from the sedan but also from other Hyundai models. It looks good and better than a rather conservative sedan, but it retains user-friendly controls. We also love the 8-inch touch screen that comes standard with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
The 2018 Hyundai Elantra GT offers two different versions. The basic version has more power than the Elantra sedan, but its fuel economy is worse, which may reduce its appeal if fuel economy is your priority. The GT Sport model has a turbocharged engine with 201 horsepower and results a better fuel economy. With better power and fuel economy along with improved handling capabilities, make the Sport the more desirable choice.
No matter version you choose, you will love the Elantra GT blend of style, performance and space. Along with models like the Mazda 3, Honda Civic, Volkswagen Golf and Subaru Impreza, the Hyundai 2018 GT Elantra is worth a try if you’re planning on shopping for hatchbacks.
Trim and Features
The 2018 Hyundai Elantra GT is five-passenger, four-door compact hatchbacks available in base and Sport trim levels. The regular Elantra sedan is reviewed separately.
Standard equipment for the base Elantra GT includes 17-inch alloy wheels, LED running lights, a rearview camera, a height-adjustable driver seat, 60/40-split folding rear seats, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration, an 8-inch touchscreen interface, Bluetooth, satellite radio and a USB port.
The optional Style package is worth the cost. It adds keyless ignition and entry, rear cross-traffic alert, blind-spot monitoring, dual-zone automatic climate control, heated front seats, a power-adjustable driver seat, a leather-wrapped steering wheel.
The 2018 Hyundai Elantra GT Sport get the Style package as standard along with 18-inch wheels, bigger brakes, LED headlights, a more sophisticated sport-tuned suspension, an electronic parking brake, upgraded leather upholstery and gauges.
The base GT can be equipped with the Tech package, which adds the Sport brakes, LED headlights, electronic parking brake plus a panoramic sunroof, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, ventilated front seats, a navigation system, Blue Link communications, a seven-speaker Infinity audio system and a wireless smartphone charging pad.
The GT Sport Tech package includes those features along with automatic high beams, forward collision warning and automatic braking, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning and intervention and a driver inattention warning system.
The 2018 Hyundai Elantra GT is front-wheel drive and each trim has its own engine unique.
The base GT is powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 161 horsepower and 150 pound-feet of torque. It paired with either a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic transmission. In performance testing, the 2018 Hyundai Elantra GT base accelerates from zero to 60 mph in 8.0 seconds. EPA fuel economy for the automatic stand at 27 mpg combined (24 city/32 highway), the manual rated at 26 mpg combined (23 city/31 highway).
Like the Elantra Sport sedan, the 2018 Hyundai Elantra GT Sport is powered by a 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine generates 201 horsepower and 195 pound-feet of torque. Besides the six-speed manual, this engine can be paired with seven-speed, dual-clutch automatic transmission.
In performance testing, the 2018 Hyundai Elantra GT Sport accelerates from zero to 60 mph in 6.5 seconds. Not only more powerful, this engine is also more efficient. It delivering EPA fuel economy rating 28 mpg combined (26 city/32 highway) with automatic and 25 mpg combined (22 city/29 highway) with the manual.
Release Date and Price
The 2018 Hyundai Elantra GT is on sale and arriving now at dealers nationwide. Key competitors include the Honda Civic Hatchback, Mazda 3 and Volkswagen Golf.
Starting at $20,235, the 2018 Elantra GT offers strong value when you consider its long list of standard equipment. The Sport trim is pricier at $24,135 but adds even more features and more power. Both trims give you a more entertaining utility vehicle with a smaller footprint, better driving dynamics, and a spacious cabin with lots of tech.