Every once in awhile Americans notice some of the European cars that aren’t offered in the United States and get just a bit green with envy. Those drivers can now have the 2013 Hyundai Elantra GT which is inspired by its European only cousin, the i30. The i30 debuted at the Frankfurt Motor Show back in September and I guess Hyundai was listening because they pretty much duplicated it, called it the Elantra GT and debuted it at the Chicago Auto Show a few months ago.
Of course the i30 and Elantra GT do have some differences including different wheel and tire options and slightly refreshed headlamps. The Hyundai Elantra GT is also nine inches shorter than its European cousin, yet rides on a two inch shorter wheelbase. Even with this it is just a bit wider, taller and 100 pounds heavier, which is still 151 pounds lighter than its most heated competitor, the Mazda 3.
This cute little compact from Hyundai, the Elantra GT would be the perfect car for new drivers or people who aren’t in a hurry to get where they want to go. This is because as cute and sporty looking as this car is, the 1.8 liter inline four cylinder four engine only give 148 horsepower. Of course this isn’t bad considering these horses pull such a low amount of weight, but if you are looking for more power, you might end up frustrated.
There are a couple big selling points to this model including the 51 cubic feet of cargo space and 96 cubic feet of interior space. This is the most space you will get in this car segment leaving it feeling less claustrophobic than the Mazda 3 by a long run. The interior is also one of the best for the subcompact category. The Hyundai Elantra GT starts at $18,395 with a $775 destination fee. If you want the automatic, that is another $1,000. A fully loaded model with navigation, sunroof, leather seating and more will cost around $25,270.