2019 Hyundai Elantra GT Hatchback

2019 MODEL
$20,450

7.6

Overall Rating

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2019 Hyundai Elantra GT Hatchback Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide


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Abhinandan Banerjee Senior Correspondent Updated on: October 10, 2019


In the growing competitive market of hatchbacks in the country, many brands have had iterations of their versions of hatchbacks and not all have been successful in doing the same. Hyundai is offering the Elantra GT as its bet in the hatchback market and wants to make a mark with the same. The Car was first brought in sale to the US in 2018 and the 2019 version remains unchanged from that.

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Pros

Stylish Interiors

Intuitive Touchscreen Infotainment System

Exhaustive list of Standard Features

Great Cargo Space

Better Driving Dynamics than the rivals

Cons

Average Noise Insulation from Engine Noise

Sub-Par MPG Figures

What's New?

No significant changes


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$20450

bodystyle

4dr Hatchback

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

FWD

engine type

displacement

122 cu.in.

horsepower

161 hp @ 6200 rpm

torque

150 lbs.-ft @ 4700 rpm

transmission

6-speed shiftable automatic

chassis

frame type

Unibody

suspension front

front independent suspension

suspension rear

Semi-independent rear torsion beam suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

61.1/61.5

dimensions

wheelbase

104.3 in.

length

170.9 in.

width

70.7 in.

height

57.7 in.

curb weight

2943 lbs.

ground clearance

5.9 in.

capacity

passenger volume

96.5 cu ft.

cargo volume

55.1 cu ft.

towing capacity

750 lbs.

payload capacity

1025 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

7 sec.

zero to 100 mph

7.3 sec.

standing ¼-mile

15.2 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

25/27/32 mpg

highway range

448 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

5 yr. / 60000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

10 yr. / 100000 mi.

powertrain warranty

120 months. / 100000

corrosion warranty

7 yr. / unlimited

roadside assistance

5 yr. / Unlimited


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Styles

 2019 Hyundai Elantra GT Hatchback in Black Noir Pearl color  2019 Hyundai Elantra GT Hatchback in Ceramic White color  2019 Hyundai Elantra GT Hatchback in Intense Blue Metallic color  2019 Hyundai Elantra GT Hatchback in Scarlet Red Pearl color  2019 Hyundai Elantra GT Hatchback in Summit Gray color
Black Noir Pearl

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Ratings

Features

7.5

Interior

7.5

7.6

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2019 Hyundai Elantra GT Hatchback Base

Base

power
161 hp @ 6200 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
27 combined

$20,450


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 6A) Starting at $20,450 MSRP (25/27/32) 161 hp @ 6200 rpm, 2 L, I-4, regular unleaded
6-speed shiftable automatic front wheel drive 5

Expert Review

7.6

Overall Rating


The 2019 Hyundai Elantra GT comes powered by a 2.0L Inline-four, naturally aspirated motor that belts out 161horses and 150 lbs.-ft. of torque. Hyundai has further made things easier by packing all of the stuff in just one trim. Yes, there's only one trim on offer currently. However, a GT N-Line variant is also available but that is a completely different vehicle mechanically which is why we'll treat as a different car altogether. Having said that, this 2.0L unit is mated to a manual gearbox as standard and a six-speed automatic transmission is also available as an optional. The MSRP for the Elantra GT is set at $21,235, exclusive of the destination charges and the optional extras.

2019 Hyundai Elantra GT Front
2019 Hyundai Elantra GT Front
2019 Hyundai Elantra GT Rear
2019 Hyundai Elantra GT Rear

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2019 Hyundai Elantra GT Hatchback Features

7.5/10

Hyundai offers the Elantra GT in just one trim and it is stuffed with all the features that you would expect from a vehicle of this stature. This also translates to a smaller optional list. Frankly, you won't mind that at all since you get everything that one could ask for. Features like Blind Spot Monitoring System, Automatic headlamps, integrated Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are all offered as standard with the GT. All of this is bundled in the MSRP of $21,235.

The GT also comes with 2 separate packages, namely the Style and Tech Package for an additional $1,800 and $4,300 respectively. The former adds some aesthetic enhancements to your GT while the latter brings the latest technology at your disposal.

Trim

Elantra GT

MSRP

$21,235

Features

Heated and Powered ORVMs

 

Driver's side Blind Spot Mirror

 

Projector Headlamps with LED DRL's

 

Automatic Headlight Control

 

17' Alloy Wheels

 

8' Touchscreen Infotainment with Apple Car Play and Android Auto

 

6-way adjustable driver seat with height adjustment for front seats

 

60/40 split-folding rear seats

 

AM/FM/HD Radio/SiriusXM Satellite Radio

 

USB and AUX Input

 

Steering mounted Audio, Cruise and Bluetooth Controls

 

Speed Sensitive Audio Control

 

Leather-wrapped tilt and telescopic adjustable steering wheel

We Recommend

Since it is the only trim on offer, there is not a lot that you can choose from. However, we'd recommend you add the Tech Package too, as it brings along a host of segment-leading features such as LED headlamps, a panoramic sunroof, leather seating surfaces and Electronic parking brake with automatic vehicle hold.

2019 Hyundai Elantra GT Hatchback Engine and Performance

The Hyundai Elantra has athletic intentions'4they just fall closer to marathoner than sprinter.- Carconnection

The 2019 Hyundai Elantra GT comes powered by a 2.0L, inline-4 pot that delivers 161hp and 150 lbs.-ft of power and torque respectively. These figures are very much in line with the rest of the cars from this segment. There is enough power available on tap for the city-commuting purposes. The engine responds well to throttle inputs and feels eager to accelerate when driving with the right gear. However, doing that will get the engine to be more vocal and unsettled too. 

Transmission duties in the Elantra GT are handled by a 6-speed manual unit that comes in standard. Users, however, have the option of upgrading to a 6-speed shift-able automatic transmission. The manual unit is slick shifting and is a pleasurable experience while changing them. The automatic gearbox on the other hand also operates smoothly most of the times and is predictable at most times. The only setback with the automatic unit is that if you floor the throttle, it takes its own sweet time before kicking down to the right gear.

Models

Hyundai Elantra GT Hatchback

Chevrolet Cruze Hatchback LS

Toyota Corolla SE Hatchback

Honda Civic LX Hatchback

Mazda 3 Sport Hatchback*

Subaru Impreza 2.0i Hatchback

Ford Focus Hatchback*

MSRP

$21,235

$20,495

$22,010

$22,345

$21,285

$20,980

$21,415

Engine

2.0 L inline-four

1.4L Turbo Inline 4

2.0 L inline-four

1.5L Turbo Inline-4

2.0 L inline-four

2.0L Flat 4

2.0L Inline-4

Transmission

6-speed Manual

6 Speed Automatic

CVT

CVT

CVT

8 Speed Automatic

6 Speed AMT

Drivetrain

FWD

FWD

FWD

FWD

FWD

AWD

FWD

Horsepower(hp)

161hp @ 6200 rpm

153hp@5600rpm

168hp @ 6600 rpm

158hp @ 6500 rpm

152hp @ 6000 rpm

152hp@6000rpm

160hp@6500rpm

Torque(lbs-ft)

150@4700 rpm

177@2000rpm

155@4800rpm

138@4200 rpm

145@4000 rpm

145@4000rpm

146@4500rpm

*2018 models used as reference

The Corolla leads the pack with the maximum power of the lot. It is then followed by the Elantra GT with just 7 horses less than the former. The Focus isn't left much behind either. The Civic is the least powerful vehicle in this comparison and while all of these vehicles come with a front-wheel-drive setup, the Subaru is backed by its legendary All-Wheel-Drive system.

Acceleration

The 161hp motor in the Elantra GT offers average performance in terms of acceleration. With a 0-60 MPH time of 8.6 seconds, the Elantra GT is among the slowest vehicles of the segment. If you keep going ahead, the quarter-mile mark further comes in 15.5 seconds. The power delivery is linear and doesn't really excite the enthusiast in you. 

Within the city limits, the GT is a pleasure to drive around. There is plenty of power always ready at your disposal irrespective of the gear you're in. This personality, however, flips altogether once you take the GT to the freeways. The engine seems to be stressed at all times and performing overtakes might need some planning before execution. 

Models

Hyundai Elantra GT Hatchback

Chevrolet Cruze Hatchback LS

Toyota Corolla SE Hatchback

Honda Civic LX Hatchback

Mazda 3 Sport Hatchback*

Subaru Impreza 2.0i Hatchback

Ford Focus SE Hatchback*

0-60 MPH(sec)

8.6

8.1

9.4

8.2

8.1

NA

8.5

Quarter mile(sec)

15.5

16.2

16.5

NA

16.0

NA

16.7

Emission

(Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

6.8

5.5

5.7

5.1

5.6

5.5

5.7

Curb Weight (lbs.)

2943

2917

3060

2901

2940

3047

2987

*figures are from 2018 model years

In terms of the competition, the Chevrolet Cruze and the Mazda 3 are at the top as they both take 8.1 seconds to reach the 60MPH mark. In terms of the slowest performing cars, it's the ultra-frugal Toyota Corolla that takes the honors with its 9.4 seconds time to do the 60MPH dash. The Elantra GT stacks up in the middle of the lot accompanied by the Focus that also accelerates to the 60MPH at the same time.

Ride and Handling

Hyundai(s) of the past have had a soft suspension tune for providing a comfortable ride quality. For the city commuters, this could be a plus point but it gets unsettling on the freeways. Hyundai addressed this issue with the current generation Elantra GT by eradicating the squishy nature of the suspension. The New Elantra offers the same comfort as before but blends in sportiness with its stiffened suspension setup, well, "stiff" as per Hyundai's standards is still soft. That said, the Torsion Beam at the rear accounts for the stiffness in the suspension and strikes a nice balance between ride comfort and stability, even on the freeways.

The steering has been worked on as well and it now offers way more feedback on the highways than any of its predecessors ever did. It is a bit too light at low speeds and doesn't match the feel of a Civic or Mazda 3. We, however, feel that most consumers will be satisfied with the plush ride of the Elantra in the cities, as that is where its strength lies.

Braking

Hyundai says that they have heavily worked on the braking performance of the Elantra GT and the improvements in the brake rotor sizes are an indication of the same. The 124 ft. stopping distance from 60MPH is a definite improvement over the previous-gen model but it still is a long way from perfection.

There is a good and confident bite from the brake pads and the brake pedal travels slightly more than normal before you feel the bite. It might get a little cumbersome for a few, but it grows on you in a while. 

Models

Hyundai Elantra GT Hatchback*

Chevrolet Cruze Hatchback LS

Toyota Corolla SE Hatchback

Honda Civic LX Hatchback

Mazda 3 Sport Hatchback*

Ford Focus SE Hatchback*

Subaru Impreza 2.0i Hatchback

Brake Front (in.)

12

10.8

11.5

11.1

11.0

10.9

10.9

Brake Rear (in.)

10.3

10.4

10.5

10.2

10.4

9

10.8

60-0 MPH (ft.)

124

110

120

NA

122

110

NA

As with the engine performance, Cruze manages to outrun its competition in the braking performance as well but it is matched here by the mighty Ford Focus. All others in this comparison have similar stopping distances including the Hyundai.

2019 Hyundai Elantra GT Hatchback Fuel Economy

The Elantra GT's naturally aspirated 2.0L Motor delivers decent power figures but it comes at a price of fuel economy. With a combined overall figure of 27MPG, the Elantra GT ranks amongst the least thrifty cars in the segment.

Models

Hyundai Elantra GT Hatchback

Chevrolet Cruze Hatchback LS

Toyota Corolla SE Hatchback

Honda Civic LX Hatchback

Mazda 3 Sport Hatchback*

Ford Focus SE Hatchback*

Subaru Impreza 2.0i Hatchback

MPG (city)

24

29

32

31

28

24

28

MPG (highway)

32

38

42

42

37

34

36

MPG (combined)

27

32

36

36

31

28

31

Fuel Tank Capacity(Gal.)

14

13.7

13.2

12.39

13.2

12.4

13.2

Range(Miles)

378

438.4

475.2

446.04

409.2

347.2

409.2

The Honda Civic and the Toyota Corolla, on the other hand, offer an amazing fuel economy of 36MPG while the Honda Civic does it without compromising much on the power figures as well. The Elantra remains out of question here.

 

2019 Hyundai Elantra GT Hatchback Interior

7.5/10

The Elantra's interior is definitely a top selling point. It's well built, attractive and spacious. In addition, the controls are logically placed, and getting in and out is a breeze. - Edmunds

Layout, Seating and Comfort

The interior layout of the 2019 Elantra GT remains unchanged from the previous year model. The interiors do feel spacious from the inside however, they still don't match the Civic in terms of airy and spacious feel inside the cabin. The seats offer superior levels of comfort and bolstering and the padding isn't firm either. You won't mind spending hours on them.

One of the best aspects of the interiors of the Elantra is its driver-centric dash layout. Unlike the touch screen systems used in most of its rivals, the controls for audio, climate and other functions are actual physical buttons. This makes it easily accessible for the driver while on the go without offering much distraction from the road.

Models

Hyundai Elantra GT Hatchback

Chevrolet Cruze Hatchback LS

Toyota Corolla SE Hatchback

Honda Civic LX Hatchback

Mazda 3 Sport Hatchback

Ford Focus SE* Hatchback

Subaru Impreza 2.0i Hatchback

Passenger capacity

5

5

5

5

5

5

5

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

39.1/56.2/42.2

38.9/54.9/42

38.4/53.9/42.0

39.3/57.0/42.3

38.5/57.2/42.2

38.3/55.6/43.1

39.8/56.7/43.1

Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

38.5/55.4/34.8

37.8/53.2/36.1

37.6/54.5/29.9

37.4/55.0/36.0

37.6/54.4/35.8

38.0/52.6/33.2

37.2/55.6/36.5

The Elantra GT offers good headroom and shoulder room even at the rear seats as well. However, when it comes to legroom, it falls shorter than most of the rivals and this further accounts for the cramped up seating position in it.

Cargo Capacity

The Hyundai Elantra leads the segment when it comes to one of the best-in-class cargo capacity behind the rear seats. With around 25 cubic feet of storage space on offer, the Elantra GT can hold a lot of stuff in its cargo area and the low loading bay makes access to the same, a relatively easy affair as compared to the others.

The tailgate lifts quite high that further emphasizes on easier loading/unloading factor. Hyundai has also provided the Elantra with nets for the cargo area in case you want to hold some luggage in a place.

Models

Hyundai Elantra GT Hatchback

Chevrolet Cruze Hatchback LS

Toyota Corolla SE Hatchback

Honda Civic LX Hatchback

Mazda 3 Sport Hatchback*

Ford Focus SE Hatchback*

Subaru Impreza 2.0i Hatchback

Cargo Capacity (cu.ft)

24.9

22.7

17.8

25.7

12.4

23.2

20.8

The Honda Civic still leads the pack in terms of the storage space on offer with its massive volume of 25.7 cubic feet as opposed to Mazda 3's meager 12.4 cubic feet of space. The Elantra GT and the Ford Focus stack up head to head with the former just inching ahead of the latter. Subaru's 20.8 cu.ft of cargo space is also overshadowed by the Chevrolet Cruze leaving it for the 5th position.

Infotainment System

Sticking to the Global Hyundai trend of providing a high level of creature comforts inside, most of them are dependant on the infotainment system itself. Adhering to the same notion, the 2019 Hyundai Elantra GT comes packed with a superb list of infotainment features on board. Some of these include:

  • 8' Touch Screen Infotainment System
  • AM/FM/HD radio with dynamic parking guidelines
  • Android Auto and Apple Car Play
  • Bluetooth with Hands-Free Telephony and Voice Recognition
  • USB and AUX Inputs
  • Speed-Sensitive Auto Volume Control
  • Steering Mounted Audio, Bluetooth, Cruise Control
  • In Glass AM/FM Antenna

Interior Features

As with the Infotainment, the Hyundai Elantra comes brimmed with other features inside the cabin too. Some of these features are:

  • Cargo, Map Lights
  • Tilt and Telescopic Adjust Steering wheel
  • 3.5' Multi Info Display
  • Seat Folding release on the seat
  • 6 Way adjustable driver seat
  • Height Adjusting seats for front passengers
  • Front Passengers Slide/Recline
  • 60/40 Split-folding rear seats

2019 Hyundai Elantra GT Hatchback Exterior

Hyundai's emphasis on design is just as important as its fantastic warranty. The Elantra looks more sophisticated than its price tag suggests. It's not gaudy, either, though we admit the large hexagonal grille is borderline gaping.'- Kelley Blue Book

Design

Ever since the "Fluidic 2.0" architecture was released, Hyundai instantly became a hot topic in the automotive industry. This architecture brought along a plethora of design elements that gave the Hyundai vehicles a totally refreshed look. Carrying this baton forward, the all-new 2019 Hyundai Elantra isn't behind either. Its sleek exterior makes sure you grab eyes wherever you go. 

Hyundai has not fiddled with the design of the 2019 Elantra and it remains the same as compared to the 2018 model. Some changes such as, the headlights now follow a triangular pattern and house LED inserts which to some minds may resemble a certain 'Japanese' brand. The fog lamps have also been given the same triangular treatment. The front grill, called the Cascading Grill is now reminiscent of the design being followed by Hyundai(s) all over the world. There are new tail lamps at the rear, housing the brand's logo in between them on the trunk lid. Underneath the logo, you will also find the ELANTRA badge written in bold letters which again kind of reminds of a certain Japanese brand. 

Dimensions

The Elantra GT is one of the most spacious cars on the inside but on the outside, it looks otherwise. The exteriors are quite "reserved" in proportions as compared to other rivals in the segment, and this makes life a hell lot easier while maneuvering around tight space or parking in crowded areas. You do miss out on the commanding road presence though.

Models

Hyundai Elantra GT Hatchback

Chevrolet Cruze Hatchback LS

Toyota Corolla SE Hatchback

Honda Civic LX Hatchback

Mazda 3 Sport Hatchback*

Ford Focus SE Hatchback*

Subaru Impreza 2.0i Hatchback

Length(in)

170.9

175.3

169.9

177.9

180.3

171.1

175.6

Width(in)

70.7

70.5

69.9

70.8

70.7

71.8

70.0

Height(in)

57.7

57.7

57.1

56.5

57.3

57.8

58.9

Ground clearance (in)

5.9

5.6

5.1

NA

6.1

NA

5.1

Wheelbase (in)

104.3

106.3

103.9

106.3

106.3

104.3

105.1

In terms of the ground clearance as well, the Elantra GT boasts of a generous 5.9 inches of ground clearance while the Mazda 3 offers an even higher, 6.1 inches of clearance. The latter also features the longest wheelbase of the lot translating to the most spacious interiors in this segment. The Subaru Impreza's 5.1-inch clearance lines up with the Corolla and both of them lose out on this front.

Exterior Features

The Hyundai Elantra GT is one of the best-looking hatchbacks in the segment, hands down. It sports a massive number of exterior features that further add to the overall appeal of the hatch from the outside. The 2019 Edition comes with features like:

  • Driver's Blind Spot Mirror
  • Heated, dual Power and body-colored side mirrors
  • Mist Function windshield wipers
  • Projector Headlights with LED DRL's
  • Automatic Headlight Control
  • 17' Alloy Wheels
  • Body-colored door handles

2019 Hyundai Elantra GT Hatchback Safety

The Elantra GT offers decent amount of Safety Features for the passengers inside the cabin. The rivals do offer a certain higher level of standard safety features but Hyundai has reserved them for the optional list. Let's also not forget about the reinforced chassis that the Elantra boasts of. Though carried unchanged from the past year, it doesn't really need any more upgrades as it feels stable and planted at all times, let alone structural rigidity. If you don't believe us, then check out the NHTSA ratings for the 2019 Hyundai Elantra. NHTSA has rewarded it with "4 stars" out of 5 which is commendable for a vehicle from this segment.

Some of the Standard Safety Features inside the 2019 Elantra GT Hatchback includes:

  • 7 Airbags including Side Impact and Curtain for Front passengers
  • ABS with VSM, ESC, HSA, and TC
  • Brake Assist
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System
  • LATCH for Children
  • Child Safety Locks

2019 Hyundai Elantra GT Hatchback Competition

Hyundai Elantra GT vs. Toyota Corolla Hatch

The Corolla has been one of the world's most sold cars ever. Despite its lower power and torque figures, Toyota garners good sales numbers because of its stupendous dependability, practicality, and efficiency. The Elantra GT, on the other hand, offers truckloads of performance and an exhaustive set of features on the inside. So if you are a Tech-loving guy, the Hyundai is the Hot-Hatch for you. However, if you've come to this review keeping practicality in your mind, then the Toyota Corolla offers better worth for its price.

Hyundai Elantra GT vs. Ford Focus Hatch

The Ford Focus has been one of the best driver's car in the compact hatchback segment. Backed by its rich heritage in the rally world, the Focus is a much better driver-friendly car than the Elantra. It is involving and encourages spirited driving styles. On the other hand, the Elantra is inclined more toward the comfort front and it does the job pretty well too. The cabin is more organised and subtle even on unpleasant roads. It also offers tremendous value in terms of features and practicality, not to forget its massive cargo space.

Hyundai Elantra GT vs. Mazda Mazda3 Hatchback

The Mazda 3 has been always known for its good looking interiors and great driving dynamics. The engine inside the Mazda is one of the refined in its class. As of writing this, however, there is no official word on Mazda's launch in the US. On the other hand, if you want a sporty car with sporty credentials and great cargo-carrying capacity, the Elantra GT Will suit your bill well.

2019 Hyundai Elantra GT Hatchback Final Verdict

The 2019 Elantra GT is a big step up from past Hyundai(s) and the powerful engine and the big cargo space on offer, further adds to the practicality aspect of this hatch. It offers a lot of features on the inside and it is also pretty engaging to drive, be it in the city or on highways. Keep aside the average fuel economy and the inadequate legroom inside the cabin, the Elantra GT has everything else you would need from a modern-day Sporty Hatch.

FAQs

What is the difference between Elantra and Elantra GT?

The Elantra refers to the sedan sibling of the Elantra GT, which itself is a hatchback.

Is the Elantra GT a compact car?

The Elantra GT has been constructed pretty conservatively, thanks to the "Fluidic 2.0" architecture. This further enables a hassle-free drive even in heavy traffic conditions due to its compact dimensions.

What models are available for the 2019 Elantra GT?

As of now, the Elantra GT is offered in one trim only, however, an "N-Line" trim is also available but it is a completely different car with better mechanicals under the hood.

Does the Elantra GT come with a warranty?

The Elantra GT is backed up by a 5-year/60,000-mile warranty that lines up with its rivals in the segment, if not better. For more information, head over to the features tab on the top of this page.