• 2018 Hyundai Elantra GT and Sport: Hyundai Aims for VW Golf and Honda Civic Buyers

    The 2018 Hyundai Elantra GT and Sport are two new hatchbacks that will directly compete with both the Honda Civic and VW Golf when they hit dealership floors this summer. Both new cars come from Hyundai’s European division where the car is called the Hyundai i30. In America there will be two versions of the car with two different engine options.

    The 2018 Hyundai Elantra GT will come standard with a manual transmission and a base four-cylinder that displaces 2.0 liters and produces 162 HP. A six-speed automatic transmission will be optional.

    The more interesting of the two new cars is the 2018 Hyundai Elantra GT that comes paired to a turbocharged 1.6-liter four that makes 201 horses and 195 lb-ft of torque. The GT also comes with standard with a manual 6-speed transmission, but you’ll be able to get a seven-speed dual-clutch unit as well.

    There are even more go fast parts on the 2018 Hyundai Elantra GT as Roman found out recently at the Chicago Auto Show when he got up close and personal with both cars in this TFL everything you ever wanted to know video.

    Roman Mica
    Roman Mica
    Roman Mica is a publisher, columnist, journalist, and author, who spent his early years driving fast on the German autobahn. When he’s not reviewing cars or producing videos, you can find him training for triathlons and writing about endurance sports for EverymanTri.com as our sister blog’s publisher. Mica is a former broadcast reporter with his Master’s Degree in journalism from Northwestern University. He is also a presenter for TFLcar’s very popular video review channels on YouTube.

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    8 thoughts on “2018 Hyundai Elantra GT and Sport: Hyundai Aims for VW Golf and Honda Civic Buyers

    1. grammar 3rd para:
      with a standard with a manual 6-speed transmission

      with a standard manual 6-speed transmission

    2. Hyundai aiming at vw golf wow they must think they really have something lol that’s like the person who buys a frs/brz and says yeah man I have a muscle car no you have a rear drive Prius that stole the rx8 recepie and the little triangle on the back bottom bumper sad all nice cars though

    3. I would prefer the Hyundai over the VW just because the local dealer is way better than anyone else in the area.
      Next the Elantra GT is probably the better value when it comes to features and technology, the civic will have more power and be faster, the VW will be in the review mirror unless you buy into the Golf R.
      Since 2012 Hyundai has been on par with Toyota and Honda in terms of quality and reliability, and offer a better value and warranty, and their dealer network is taking care of the customers.

      1. Scott n you must not know cars or numbers the golf is a very solid car and I can’t stand vw, Honda no comment the Hyundai makes commuters period they don’t have a SVT or SS or SRT or GTI program my point the lack of that sport program means their not serious it’s just a commuter period vw has nothing to be worried about. if you show up to your local car meet with a Hyundai or Kia you’ll get laughed out of their lol true statement I’ve seen it

        1. Because no one ever laughed at a civic with a fart cannon muffler because it is so worthy. You probably see more VW on the east and west coast, not so much in middle America just a few here and there, the occasional jetta and cc but nothing prominent. Yes there is GLI around a local Doctor uses as his commuter.

    4. Hi, Roman, they did a commercial where “Hyundai rhymes with Sunday”.
      I’m not a big hatchback fan, but this is nice looking. I had a 2004 GT sedan, my wife had the hatch, but the current gen looks small to the point of being an Accent hatch to me. This one should do well, looking a lot larger.

      1. you had a 04 accent gt you were one of the five people who bought them lol using accent and gt in the same sentence is like Prius and gt and sport all being in the same sentence atleast at that time they were affordable as Hyundais and kias are generally over priced by 3 grand now

    5. As if VW didn’t have enough problems. I don’t see honda buyers (at least mid 20’s to 30’s) buying this car. VW buyers on the other hand will likely be enthusiastic about buying a car that is not known for being shortlived & being maintenance handicapped. This car is probably a hoot to drive. Which is the only reason to buy the golf, it certainly isn’t the cost/concern of ownership. Congrats.

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