2013 Hyundai Elantra GT Compact review and pictures

Posted on Wednesday, 27 June 2012 , 18:06:35 byDan

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Hyundai Elantra GT Compact

Carmaker Hyundai developed a replacement for the Elantra Touring and its name is the 2013 Elantra GT. The automaker hopes to have a lot of clients and even compete with Ford Focus and Mazda3. There are not a lot of differences between the model and the i30 even if it features some reworked headlamps and different wheel and tire options. The new Hyundai Elantra GT has different dimensions as well. For example, it is 9-inches shorter in length in comparison with the sedan and rides on a 2-inch shorter wheelbase. The model is a little taller and wider, but remains the lightest compact car in its class. In terms of design, the model features pronounced front wheel arches and a lot more giving the GT a fresh appearance with different elements that make it perfect for the European customers.

The interior is also different from the Elantra sedan. Even so, the dashboard, center stack and instrument panel are clean, but not so modern in comparison with the sedan. The materials used are all high-quality ones. The steering wheel, shift knob and more are wrapped in leather offering a great touch sensation. The Elantra GT has 96 cubic feet of interior space, but the real win is the 51 cubic feet space of cargo space available with the seats folded. Under the hood it hides a 1.8-liter inline 4-cylinder engine just like the sedan version, capable of developing 148 horsepower and 131 lb. ft. of torque. All this output is being sent to the wheels through a 6-speed manual transmission. This is the first time the carmaker has employed a driver-selectable steering system, with Comfort, Normal and Sport modes on offer. The officials said that the selectable steering will only be offered on the Elantra GT, just to test the reaction of the buyers, but it would be a good idea to spread it throughout the lineup. Sales will begin soon.