The new Hyundai Elantra GT was named 2018 Compact Car of the Year during the 2018 Auto123.com Awards ceremony, held this past November 22nd in Toronto. It beat out the two other finalists in the category, the Subaru Impreza and the Mazda3.
The jury deemed at the end of a tight battle that the Elantra GT did just that much more to impress, starting with its European-inspired styling and its 201-hp turbo engine. Reworked from end to end, it also offers lots of space, options and modern features. Android Auto/Apple CarPlay compatibility and Hyundai’s new BlueLink telematics system add another level of connectivity.
As with all recent models by the automaker, the level of quality throughout is virtually beyond reproach, in terms of materials used and assembly. On the road, the chassis is reassuringly solid, even when inching the vehicle past the posted speed limit. The suspension is relatively firm for a car not mandated with providing sporty performance.
The base engine (2.0L, 162 hp) does yeoman work, the 6-speed automatic transmission also, without complaint. As for the trunk of the Elantra GT hatchback, it offers a total volume of 705 litres, more than the Honda HR-V crossover, for example.
What Hyundai has to say about its Elantra GT...
“The Elantra GT serves as Hyundai’s answer to rapidly elevating customer values and preferences toward technology, individuality in style, and flexibility in the highly competitive compact car segment. This sporty hatchback was designed in Europe and fine-tuned on the famed Nürburgring race circuit in Germany. Experience precise and responsive handling for a rewarding drive on your daily commute, weekend adventures, and everything else in between.”