One more hatchback, 2016 Hyundai Elantra GT. After the discontinuation of Elantra coupe last year, many people thought that compact car will slide down to only one available option in the U.S. However, European GT hatchback still hangs on, and apart from basic sedan models, represents the current lineup of 2016 Hyundai Elantra GT.
Under the Hood
Unlike its sedan sibling which gets to choose between couple of engines, 2016 Hyundai Elantra GT is offered with a single option under the hood. 2.0L I-4 unit raises 173 hp and 154 lb-ft of torque and the engine is tied to 6-speed manual transmission. If you can’t be bothered with old-fashioned gearbox, there’s a 6-speed automatic unit available through optional package as well. Even though both sedan and GT share all of the features, especially when their engines are the same, these are still different cars which drive slightly different too.
|The Engine range|
|Type||DOHC D-CVVT (Dual Continuously Variable Valve Timing)|
|Materials||Aluminum block and head|
|Displacement||2.0L / 1.999 cc|
|Horsepower (estimated)||173 HP @ 6.500 RPM (ULEV)|
|Torque (estimated)||154 LB-FT @ 4.700 RPM (ULEV)|
|Fuel economy:||24 mpg/33mpg/27mpg|
Design – Inside and Outside look
Elantra GT definitely looks much sharper than sedan version. It is more modern and it seems like the car is few years ahead of its sibling. However, we can expect a redesign of Elantra sedan in the coming months which should annul the differences. In any case, Grand Tourer features beautiful, large trapezoid grille which stretches across the whole frontal fascia (something like Audi). Large, vivid headlights and contrasting foglights fit the picture well, while around the back, Elantra features another set of large tail-lights and a big bumper. All in all, Elantra GT is a cute hatchback which makes us wonder: “Why aren’t there more of these cars in the states”?
|Overall length||169.3 Inches|
|Overall width||70.1 Inches|
|Overall height||57.9 Inches|
Interior is generally the same in both GT and sedan, but again, there are some differences. It is no secret that GT has been redesigned before the sedan, and its instrument panel is much more upright and angular. All the controls are still here, and their arrangement is basically the same. 7-inch high-resolution display with navigation is optional, and so are HD radio and Siri integration. Since GT comes trimless, it offers plenty of other options as well and you alone can choose its build. Basic seats are covered in cloth, and so are base door panels. Options allow leatherette door inlets and leather-trimmed seats.
Ventilated front and heated rear seats are also a part of optional package, but at least heated front seats are standard. 2016 Hyundai Elantra GT even offers optional panoramic sunroof which most of its competitors don’t. Apart from all mandatory safety systems, compact hatchback offers a rearview camera, driver’s blind spot mirror and automatic headlights.
2016 Hyundai Elantra GT Price and MPG
GT is rated at 24 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway, no matter which gearbox option you choose. Models with manual transmission start from $18,800, while automatic transmission upgrade costs $1,000 more. Moreover, tech package which includes most of the above mentioned features, costs $3,950 which can put compact hatch in mid-size category considering price.
2016 Hyundai Elantra GT is a car we can definitely recommend, especially in the U.S. where market suffers from the lack of hatchbacks. Compared to its sedan counterpart, Grand Tourer brings updated styling and all of its features to the table. Currently, the hatch is more exciting than sedan; bottom line.