The secret behind the success of Hyundai Elantra GT is that it gives the notion of being developed keeping the European consumers in mind. Named as the Hyundai i30 in Europe, the car provides great space and nice fuel economy and can run around the city roads conveniently and park in a quite hassle free manner. And most importantly it also provides a nice teat for the eyes, something that Hyundai is pretty well known for.
The Hyundai Elantra GT offers great value for money at its $18,395 starting price and falls under a class of great names as its rivals come in the form of Ford Focus, Mazda 3, Volkswagen Golf and Subaru Impreza.
Hyundai Elantra GT offers great features such as Bluetooth phone connection, iPod connection, heated front seats, and even air conditioning in the glove box. The top trim also offers two optional packages for an extra $5,100.
If you choose to spend for the features package then it offers you power-adjustable leather seats, 17-inch alloy wheels, a sporty suspension and a great glass sunroof that opens up almost all the front half of the roof. Then there’s also the tech package that provides a navigation system integrated with rearview camera, automatic headlights and HVAC controls.
While the looks and the features and even the comfort level of the Hyundai Elantra GT are really world-class, its power and performance are really nothing to revel about. Driven by a 1.8-liter, four-cylinder engine that delivers 148 horsepower, the car is nicely drivable but not surely a winner on the roads.
While reviewing the car, we also faced a problem with the rear view creating some noises. The reason behind this is, while almost all cars with rear view cameras have a fixed lens mounted on at the rear end of the car, Hyundai for an esthetic cause chose to hide it behind the chrome Hyundai emblem on the tailgate. Thus, when you reverse the car, a small mechanism raises the Hyundai logo for the camera to come out and tell you if you are about to hit something at the back. When the car is driven forward, the Hyundai logo closes to hide the camera, and this little motor that raises and closes the emblem at the back may cause some brow raising noises.
While driving this wonderful car, we had to face yet another problem and this time it was the navigation system. The navigation system on the Hyundai Elantra GT is really good but then its nice voice stopped directing us all of a sudden. A lot of calls to the dealers and then finally to Hyundai laboratory technicians help us reset of the navigation system. However, the navigation system refused to say anything. But, this matter of concern should really not be of any botheration as Hyundai provides a fantastic warranty of 5 years/60,000 miles on the entire car, as well as 10 years/100,000 miles on the powertrain.
The Hyundai Elantra GT is a really worthy car on the whole and offers a lot to its owner.