2019 Hyundai Elantra GT Performance

$20,450 - $24,400
Price Range (MSRP)

With two engines available and three gearbox choices, the Elantra GT offers a good variety in the compact hatchback segment. The base 161-horsepower 2.0-liter and its accompanying six-speed automatic are a dull pairing, but the low-grip tires and simplistic suspension ensure it’s not a trim meant for performance. It’s still fun to chuck about with an enticing, playful chassis, but it’s the N Line that treads on hot hatch territory with an independent rear suspension, stiffened suspension tune, bigger brakes, and recalibrated steering, along with a turbocharged 1.6-liter motor developing 201 hp. Both drive the front wheels, though it’s the N Line that gets a choice between a six-speed manual gearbox, which comes standard with high performance Michelin Pilot Sport 4 summer tires, and a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic that makes do with standard all-season tires, compromising outright ability but improving upon economy and ease of day to day use.

2019 Hyundai Elantra GT Engine and Transmission

A base 2.0-liter naturally aspirated engine generates 161 horsepower and 150 lb-ft of torque, and is mated as standard to a six-speed automatic gearbox with a torque converter. The N Line gets a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder developing 201 hp and 195 lb-ft, paired to a six-speed manual gearbox as standard with a seven-speed dual-clutch Shiftronic automatic optionally available.

The standard 2.0 is a rather gutless engine, but the extra horsepower over the Elantra sedan is much appreciated. It would be better off with the manual gearbox that was available in 2018, but is still not an ideal engine due to the lack of torque that turbocharged competitors offer.

The turbocharged 1.6-liter engine in the Elantra GT N Line is the engine to have, as the turbo boosts power and torque figures to be usable in the real world without having to work the motor thoroughly, rewarding you with performance when you do. Performance is peppy and overtaking is easy, with hot-hatch chasing acceleration times. The standard six-speed manual gearbox is fun to row about, and comes with high performance summer tires in an effort to entice buyers into buying the ‘purist’ version of the N Line. A seven-speed dual-clutch automatic is marginally quicker and more efficient, and shifts rapidly between the gears, but takes away a certain amount of the fun-factor the N Line derivative is imbued with due to the enhanced suspension setup.

Hyundai Elantra has 2 engine options for 2019:

  • 1.6-liter Gas Engine
  • 2.0-liter Gas Engine

Hyundai Elantra has 3 transmission options for 2019:

  • 6-Speed Automatic with SHIFTRONIC
  • 6-Speed Manual
  • 7-Speed DCT with SHIFTRONIC
Hyundai Elantra GT
2.0-liter Gas Engine
Mazda 3 Hatchback
2.5-liter Gas Engine
Toyota Corolla Hatchback
2.0-liter Gas Engine
Horsepower 161 @ 6200 186 @ 6000 168 @ 6600
Torque 150 @ 4700 186 @ 4000 151 @ 4800
Transmission 6-Speed Automatic with SHIFTRONIC 6-Speed SKYACTIV-DRIVE Automatic 6-Speed Manual

Drivetrain

There’s just one drivetrain option for the 2019 Elantra GT, with a front-wheel drive chassis carrying over unchanged from before. Not only does the front-wheel drive architecture keep the costs down, but it maximizes interior space and is par for the segment with no rivals offering all-wheel drive until you cross over into the premium segment. You’re not found wanting for all-wheel drive at any stage as the front-wheels manage the ample power outputs efficiently. Even the N Line’s hotter engine fails to truly trouble the front end or overwhelm it.

MPG

Fuel efficient is decent on the Elantra GT, but not exceptional in this segment. The base 2.0 is estimated to achieve figures of 25/32/27 mpg city/highway/combined, with the default six-speed automatic, which is below turbocharged rivals like the Volkswagen Golf which achieves 29/37/32 mpg on the same cycles. The manual-equipped N Line consumes an estimated 22/29/25 miles per gallon, with the dual-clutch equipped variant upping those estimates to 26/32/28 mpg. From a dual-clutch equipped variant, with a fairly low displacement turbocharged engine, those figures are somewhat disappointing.

Hyundai Elantra GT
2.0-liter Gas Engine
Mazda 3 Hatchback
2.5-liter Gas Engine
Toyota Corolla Hatchback
2.0-liter Gas Engine
Combined 27 mpg 30 mpg N/A
City 25 mpg 26 mpg N/A
Highway 32 mpg 35 mpg N/A
Fuel Tank Capacity 14 gallons 13 gallons 13 gallons