With an entry point to the Elantra GT range of more than $20,000 you’d expect a premium, well put together interior. The Elantra GT doesn’t disappoint with high-quality materials and a simple, easy to use layout. Standard cloth seats are comfortable and offer a range of standard manual adjustments paired with a height and reach adjustable steering wheel. Leather is optionally available on the GT and standard on the N Line, with heated seats available on both derivatives. The rear of the cabin offers limited legroom and headroom is also more cramped than expected. Two sets of LATCH anchors are standard in the rear, but fitting rear-facing child seats is dependent on the height of the front passenger.
The Hyundai Elantra GT offers seating for five occupants, though the rear is suitable for at most two adults below six-feet tall. The front seats offer a good range of adjustment and are comfortable, if a little firm. The rear seats are more cramped, with legroom not suited to taller passengers and headroom more cramped than it should be. The cramped rear quarters also mean rear-facing child seats might not fit behind taller front passengers. From the driver’s perch, forward visibility is good, as is rearward visibility through a large rear windscreen. The side mirrors do obstruct vision during cornering but only minimally.
Hyundai Elantra GT
Toyota Corolla Hatchback
|Front Seat Legroom||42 inches||N/A|
|Front Seat Headroom||39 inches||42 inches|
|Rear Seat Legroom||34 inches||N/A|
|Rear Seat Headroom||38 inches||38 inches|
The base Elantra GT gets cloth upholstery as standard, with leather an optional extra. Just two color choices are available, black and beige, which are dependent on the exterior colors of Ceramic White, Scarlet Red, and Black Noir. The beige option also equips beige dash accents and door panels. On the GT N Line, black leather is the only color and material choice available, with red contrast stitching on the seats, gear shift level, and N Sport steering wheel and red accents found around the air vents and on the steering wheel itself. The leather upholstery and extra support from the N Line seats makes them the best interior choice.
As standard, the Elantra GT features an eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system boasting AM/FM/SiriusXM satellite radio/HD Radio functionality and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. The system also features USB ports and auxiliary inputs, and the screen acts as a display for the reverse camera. Available options include an uprated system with onboard navigation, a premium Infinity seven-speaker stereo system with Clari-fi Music Restoration technology, and QI wireless charging for supported devices. Blue Link Connected Car Systems are also optionally available and part of the Technology package for the N Line model.
The Hyundai Elantra GT’s hatchback body configuration lends itself to supreme cargo space with 24.9 cubic feet available behind the rear seats of the Elantra GT. The load area is deep, and features a double-floor - which is eradicated with the Infinity sound system equipped - for extra loading ability, but could make loading of heavy items a difficult affair. The rear seats fold in a 60/40 split, but don’t fold flat, reducing the practicality of a claimed 55.1 cubic feet of available storage space. Both figures are higher than the Chevrolet Cruze (22.7/47.2) and Volkswagen Golf (22.8/52.7).
Inside the cabin there are numerous storage areas, including ample space in the door pockets for water bottles, as well as anti-tip design front cupholders. The front storage bin is large enough to accommodate modern smartphones, with charging points available too, while the storage beneath the front center armrest is small, yet practical for smaller items you don’t want loose around the cabin.