The 2018 Hyundai Elantra adds a versatile hatchback to the fold and makes the case more compelling as a compact competitor in a segment that is full of value.
The 2018 Hyundai Elantra is all elbows, as far as we are concerned. Only a few years ago he got lost in the melange of the compact car, a mixture of middling economic mishaps.
Now, the Elantra is a full-fledged competitor with a recent history of sharp style delivery, a spacious cabin, and strong features at a reasonable price.
The 2018 Hyundai Elantra GT joins the lineup as a hatchback model, but its name is somewhat misleading, not directly related to the Elantra sedan.
That’s because the Elantra GT has a full passport. The hatchback is built in South Korea with Europe in mind-it is the Hyundai i30 with a new name for States.
In many ways, the hatchback is superior to the sedan not only in interior space and finish, but also in the suspension configuration. The hatchback is predictably larger and more versatile, but we are not in love with its ergonomics.
Instead, we appreciate your premium suspension configuration that only shows your budget roots when the road becomes terrible. The direction of Elantra GT is lightweight, but accurate, and the hatchback feels planted, albeit a little heavy on the corners. These are mostly good things, and the comparison with a Volkswagen GTI is a good one to do.
If you are not influenced by the hatchback argument (which would be in the majority, too) the sedan is competent all the same. Although its base engine is not as powerful, the Elantra Sport can be a fun, compact tossable that no one would blame to consider.
This year, Hyundai moderately shuffled some options and packages on the Elantra after a full review for the 2017 model year.
In the same way that the Elantra was pushed into position in 2011, we can see the same game going on in 2017 when it comes to challenging European competitors.
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2018 Hyundai Elantra Styling
The 2018 Hyundai Elantra is not as audacious as its predecessors, but it really does not need to be. Hyundai is not fighting for attention like it once was, and the new Elantra GT reflects that attitude.
Starting with the most popular sedan, carve a cleaner hole in the air. The grille is lower and wider than the old cars, which helps the Elantra advertise on the road.
The sedan has deeper lines through the doors, but merges with the fenders and the roof line in a better way than in previous years.
In comparison, the Elantra GT interchanges the large trapezoidal grid with a pinched version and a mesh insert. The headlights are more hawkish, with a different lamp set than the sedan. The hatchback does not receive the same daylight LED light that the sedan receives, and we wish it did.
Around the back, the sedan uses a trio of taillights and a decklid upward to finish its shape, while the hatchback clears its lines with a rounder affair to the rear.
Like Guns’ N Roses, we are not sure that the double album does not have a better effort in the middle somewhere, but we will take what we have between Elantra and Elantra GT.
Inside, the sedan’s movements are what we like a little more.
The Elantra cribs the linear form of the Sonata, with a touch of preference towards the driver singing most of the controls and the touch screen towards the first seat. A healthy dose of black plastic belies the Elantra’s sharp exterior and is an unwanted step away from Elantra’s last less than economic look.
The Elantra GT feels pressured with its touch screen placed in haste that rises from the central grilles. The core group does not feel as considerate either, probably due to the international life of Elantra GT as a multi-market hatchback sold worldwide.
2018 Hyundai Elantra GT Review
2018 Hyundai Elantra Performance
The 2018 Hyundai Elantra has athletic intentions – they only fall closer to marathon than the sprinter.
Although Hyundai offers the Elantra 2018 and the Elantra GT with sportier siblings, its performance is firmly in the middle of the competition.
The Elantra sedan offers three engine options, while the Elantra GT stands in two. The base version is a 2.0-liter line-4 that makes 147 horsepower (162 horsepower in the Elantra GT) and 137 pound-feet of torque (150 pound-feet in Elantra GT). A 6-speed manual transmission is standard equipment on both models, but will probably be a rare view in batches. A 6-speed automatic is more likely and predisposed to conserve fuel. Tilting the gear selector allows drivers to select their own gear and give life to the engine.
The sedan and hatchback also share a 1.6-liter turbo-4 in the sport settings that adds plenty of pep. The busy turbo-4 improves power by more than 25 percent, all the way up to 201 hp and 195 lb-ft, which can be shuffled through a smooth 7-speed automatic double-clutch or our pick-up 6 speed manual.
The power goes down in the speed range, and pushes up to 4,000 rpm. We say that sports models should click a race up to 60 mph in 7.5 seconds, but our tests have been largely informal so far.
The Elantra Eco (sedan only) uses a 1.4-liter turbo-4 engine and 7-speed automatic double clutch to maximize every drop of dino juice. It is not as exciting to drive as any of the models, and we have found that large gaps between the first three gears exacerbate the model’s power shortage.
The Elantra uses two types of suspension configurations, depending on the model, and we are fans of both. Anything without a “Sport” logo uses a common MacPherson front, rear beam configuration that excellent body tasks to suffocate bumpy roads.
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2018 Hyundai Elantra Fuel Economy
It is possible to get better fuel economy than the 2018 Hyundai Elantra, but those options are few.
The 2018 Hyundai Elantra is relatively fuel efficient, but will not keep pace with class leaders.
According to the EPA, most of the Elantra sedans will handle 28 mpg city, 37 highway, 32 combined with a 2.0-liter inline-4 and 6-speed automatic.
The Elantra SE models do not have as many features and are rated separately at 29/38/33 mpg. The Elantra Eco models drive slightly better fuel economy, but require a tempered right foot to keep the 1.4-liter out of reinforcement, which earns a 32/40/35 mpg rating by the EPA. The Elantra Sport sedans are rated at 22/30/25 mpg.
Automatic-equipped hatchbacks are rated at 24/32/27 mpg, while manually-equipped sport hatchbacks are 22/29/25 mpg, according to the EPA.
Comparatively, only one Elantra reaches 35 mpg combined, while almost the entire Honda Civic range is rated there, or higher.
2018 Hyundai Elantra Feature
Start with the SEL models and go from there. The 2018 Hyundai Elantra remains reasonable at any level, but there is more lower value in the range.
The 2018 Hyundai Elantra starts at a modest $ 17,835 with reasonable equipment for that price. The sedan is equipped with 15-inch wheels, a six-speaker audio system, manual transmission, fabric upholstery, a 3.5-inch LCD display and a handshake.
That’s admirable for the price, but not great.
Most buyers will start with the SEL Elantra that is swapped out on a 7.0-inch touch screen with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, 16-inch wheels, cruise control, Bluetooth features, 2017. It starts at $ 1,900 more than the base model manually equipped and includes an automatic transmission.
By 2018, Hyundai combined its Popular finish package in SE models in a new trim level, called SEL. It’s still good value in the segment, but competitors like Honda and Toyota are catching up.
A Level of Finish Value Edition adds top-of-the-line comfort Limiteds such as a sunroof, heated seats, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, and dual-zone climate control, but pauses for upholstery leather.
Limited trimmed Elantras offer chrome lashings in and out, leather seats, telematics, 17-inch wheels, two USB charging ports, keyless ignition, and uprated headlamps. Limited models offer an enhanced 8.0 inch infotainment screen with navigation.
Sport models are trimmed similarly to limited versions, but offer a more powerful engine and the same optional features as Limited models.
The Elantra Eco models are closer to SEL models, but sub in smaller 15-inch wheels for better fuel economy.
The Elantra GT models start closer to SEL models, but Hyundai has not yet delineated prices for those versions yet. Stay tuned.