2018 Hyundai Elantra GT Starts at $19,350

Sportier than a VW Golf but not quite a hot hatch. Where does the new Elantra GT fall?

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When Hyundai unveiled the hatchback variant of the 2018 Elantra, we weren't sure what to classify it as. It has all of the qualities a new hot hatch has—a turbocharged four-cylinder (on the Sport trim), practicality, sharp looks, nearly 200 horsepower, and a desire to oust the Golf GTI as hot hatch king with the help of its European-exclusive brother. Either way, the new Elantra GT is a handsome beast worthy of appearing on our hatchback shopping list. 

Hyundai announced new details about the 2018 Elantra GT and GT Sport in a press release Wednesday, stating that the Elantra GT is geared towards those looking at CUVs but who want a more reasonable price tag and a more enjoyable driving experience. The new Elantra GT is styled specifically to emulate European-style hatchbacks, complete with a lower profile, wider stance, and more storage space- more than 25 cubic feet to be exact.

The Elantra GT will make 161 horsepower from its 2.0-liter GDI engine and can be had with either a manual or automatic transmission. Move up the GT Sport and you get turbocharged 1.6-liter GDI engine making 201 horses, plus a more pricey seven-speed dual-clutch transmission option if you don't want the manual. The Elantra GT Sport also gets bigger brakes to complement its 18" alloy wheels. 

Its interior gets a technology overload with smartphone integration features like wireless charging and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, as well as Hyundai's innovative Blue Link smart features. It also receives a suite of Hyundai's driver assists such as Smart Cruise Control, Lane Keep Assist, and Automatic Emergency Braking. 

The 2018 Elantra GT starts at $19,350 and its sportier sibling at $23,250, which is a bargain for those in need of a family car with some punch. A release date still hasn't been announced, but the Elantra GT is itching to get out on the roads as soon as possible.