2020 Hyundai Elantra GT N-Line review: Sufficiently sporty, slightly sedate

Appearances can be deceiving. The Elantra GT may well not seem way too offended on the outside the house, but get it on the right highway, and you happen to be in for some very good situations.

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The 2021 Hyundai Elantra sedan may well be residing in 2050 with its wild, triangular styling, but the Elantra GT hatchback stays clothed in yesteryear’s design for the foreseeable long term. In spite of the more mature countenance, the GT is however receiving significant updates, which include past year’s new N-Line trim that replaces the outgoing Sport product. It can be no entire-extra fat Veloster N, but there is a complete whole lot to like about this below-the-radar 5-door, and I imagine it’ll attraction to a really large swath of activity-adjacent customers.


  • Good clutch pedal
  • Enough space for individuals and cargo
  • Beneath-the-radar appears to be like

Never Like

  • Just-okay acceleration
  • Interior appears to be like a tiny cheap
  • Severe ride quality

A new previous seem

In spite of getting an “previous” design in comparison to its sedan sibling, the 2020 Elantra GT however appears to be like very good, just a bit much less odd. The grille is properly proportioned, there is a really robust shoulder line driving to the back again and the rear finish consists of just plenty of creases to preserve issues interesting. The N-Line variant throws some marginally more aggressive baubles into the mix, like a new lip spoiler, black mirrors, 18-inch alloy wheels and angrier bumpers, but none of it is so shouty that you really feel a tiny ostentatious on the highway (wanting at you, Honda Civic).

The Elantra GT’s interior also stays near to its nonsporty roots. Although quite a few of the contact factors are really respectable, I really feel the inside lacks the visible punch and in shape-and-complete of competitors like the Honda Civic Si and VW Golf GTI, which present a few more interior reminders of the car’s sportier mother nature. That claimed, the hatchback’s red accents are welcome and the leather-based seats are the two easy and supportive. The back again will not really feel like it is really skipped out on any of the entertaining, either, sporting the very same products and supplying up a reliable amount of money of space for taller travellers.

Speaking of space, there is a area for just about every thing in the Elantra GT. The door pockets are segmented and capable of holding larger sized goods like Nalgene-model water bottles, which is very good since the cup holders surface to be aimed more to smaller sized containers. Just in advance of the shifter is a cavern that houses a wireless unit charger, or space for more tchotchkes. But wait around — there is also a slot future to the cup holders, in addition to a heart armrest deep plenty of to vacant your pockets into. The GT N-Line is however a family motor vehicle beneath all this go-rapidly stuff, immediately after all. The cargo ability is really respectable, way too, supplying up a shade below 25 cubic feet of storage with the seats up. That’s a smidge guiding the Honda Civic Hatchback, but it is really leagues in advance of the 5-door Toyota Corolla.

3-pedal harmony

1 of the GT N-Line’s closest competitors (it starts off with an H and ends with -onda Civic Si) left me sensation underwhelmed by how its regular three pedals labored in conjunction with the relaxation of the powertrain. You can find no this kind of difficulty present at Hyundai, though the GT N-Line’s clutch pedal is weighty and communicates its bite place with precise sensation, producing shifts a lot easier and more predictable than the Honda. The Elantra also has almost no rev hold, so spirited driving can include spirited shifts with much less driveline violence or unwanted clutch slipping. The shifter by itself may well have some common-length throws (I wish the Veloster Turbo’s B&M small shifter had been in this article), but the stick is exact and properly weighted.

It (mostly) will get greater from there, way too. The Elantra GT N-Line makes use of the very same engine as the previous GT Sport product: a 1.six-liter, turbocharged I4 pushing 201 horsepower and 195 pound-feet of torque to the front wheels. You may well imagine that the turbo-four would make some meaty torque down reduced, but the engine essentially feels closer to a by natural means aspirated car, glomming on to the forward movement in a more linear trend as the revs increase, petering off about 500 rpm right before redline. That will make it a tiny much less enjoyable to drive in website traffic or in urban regions in typical, and sixth-equipment acceleration also feels stunted on the freeway — a tiny bit of reduced-finish grunt goes a extended way, Hyundai.

Speaking of urban driving, the non-adjustable suspension is certainly on the rigid aspect — so considerably so, in truth, that choppy sections of community streets essentially make me want to take a breather. Mix this with the thin (225/40) bands of Michelin Pilot Sport four summer tires wrapped about every single rim, and ease and comfort is difficult to come by at any place, even on streets you formerly imagined had been easy.

The Elantra GT’s six-pace shifter is awesome, I just wish it was related to a motor with more reduced-finish torque.

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Even so, as soon as the Hyundai finds a suitably sinewy back again highway, the hatchback is a blast. I never get weary of whipping this factor about, even if it is really a tiny on the choppy aspect. Default and Sport modes are the two out there, but I discover the default method to carry the greatest mix of steering excess weight and throttle sensitivity, even when I am sensation significantly corner-carve-y. The system roll is minimized, and what’s left serves as a very good reminder that all autos do, in truth, have restrictions, even when they are more than-weary to hell and back again.

Although the GT N-Line may perhaps stay at the forefront of its segment for its entertaining aspect, it is really certainly not atop the podium when gas overall economy arrives into participate in. The EPA estimates this hatchback will reach 23 miles for every gallon city and thirty mpg freeway, figures I uncovered to be sufficiently achievable if generally unimpressive. For context’s sake, the 2020 Honda Civic Si Sedan will nail 26 mpg city and 36 mpg freeway (and then some, in my knowledge), when the marginally more mature VW GTI arrives in at 24 and 32, respectively. The Si is the only motor vehicle of the three to mandate a six-pace guide, way too the two Hyundai and VW present dual-clutch automatics for a tiny excess thrift.

Superior tech, as expected

It can be finding to the place where I am jogging out of new text to convey my praises for Hyundai’s infotainment tech. It can be been excellent for decades, and even with small changes as other OEMs roll out flashy new getups, it continues to be excellent in the Elantra GT N-Line. Its eight-inch touchscreen is beautifully sized for the interior, and the focused dwelling monitor lets me get all the facts I will need at a rapid look, and a single contact (or button press) is all it requires to go to a monitor particular to navigation or new music. Apple CarPlay and Android Car are the two bundled, jogging by way of the front USB port tucked into the heart console.

Having said that, the GT N-Line feels guiding the situations when it arrives to ports. You can find a single USB-A port up front, with additional 12-volt electric power resources in close proximity to the USB port and in the heart armrest. Two forward USB ports ought to be the absolute minimum in 2020, and which is not even accounting for the truth that rear-seat occupants get dick-all in the way of juicing up.

Safety programs are also sort of a bummer if you want a guide Elantra GT N-Line, since all you get is a backup digital camera with mediocre resolution. If you want any security programs at all, you have to shell out an additional $1,100 for the dual-clutch transmission, then a different $3,850 for the Tech Package, which adds adaptive cruise command, automated emergency braking, a greater seem procedure, wireless device¬† charging and a electric power driver’s seat, in addition to a panoramic sunroof. Competition present all those people security programs in guide-outfitted autos, some of which are even regular, so why can not Hyundai? Of course, AEB will stall the motor vehicle if it engages, but who cares? I would somewhat restart the motor vehicle than shell out for a collision deductible.

Hyundai’s infotainment procedure has soldiered on more than the decades with only minimal updates, which is fantastic, since it is really been really darn very good this complete time.

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How I would spec it

The 2020 Hyundai Elantra GT N-Line carries a beginning value of $23,500, with my tester ringing in at $24,590 immediately after $955 for desired destination and $one hundred thirty five for carpeted flooring mats. No solutions are out there for the guide product further than those people foolish supplier extras, either. Looking at I would take the guide more than the DCT any day of the week, this is how I would spec it, I guess — even though I would in all probability pick white paint so the black exterior trim pops more.

Down to brass tacks

If a midpriced sporty motor vehicle is what you happen to be immediately after, there are some exceptional solutions on present. The Subaru WRX brings all-wheel drive into the equation, but the driveline is a tiny harsher and when the interior is about on par with Hyundai’s, it is really only out there as a sedan. The Honda Civic Si has the two coupe and sedan form variables, and it suits like a glove on back again streets, but its extremely-gentle-and-numb clutch pedal is the absolute pits. The VW Golf GTI is the perennial segment darling, but its beginning value is almost $six,000 over the Hyundai, and I you should not know if the remarkable in shape and complete is value that — even if the plaid seats may well be.

Take into consideration the 2020 Hyundai Elantra GT N-Line to be a marginally more adult variation of the WRX, GTI or Si. It can be a tiny tamer the two in its appears to be like and in the powertrain department, but it however has no difficulty allowing free and fulfilling the driver with every single flick of the wheel.