2019 Hyundai Elantra Sport | Style & Hustle | TestDriveNow

2019 Hyundai Elantra Sport | Style & Hustle | TestDriveNow

There are 6 trim levels of the refreshed 2019
Elantra. But if you desire the one with the most power,
the best handling, the raciest transmission, a blacked-out grille, and a rear spoiler then
it’s this Sport model you’ll want to check out. After a lull which began with the redesigned
Sonata in 2014, Hyundai has recaptured their mojo. Along with their Korean counterpart Kia, the
new cars and SUVs they’re currently bringing to market reflect the brand ethos that garnered
so many accolades. And this refreshed Elantra Sport is the next
in line. When it was redesigned for the 2017 model
year the Elantra’s new look was met with a resounding thud. But with its thoroughly resculpted body including
LED headlights and awesome wheel designs this Sport model now has the curb appeal to match
its fun-to-drive nature. Affordable, efficient, fun and stylish, the
Sport packs a lot of attractive attributes into what is technically a midsize package. It’s spacious all around yet feels agile
like a sport compact should. I assume if you’re interested in this particular
Elantra than you want something a little more than the 147 horsepower base engine offers. Mechanically speaking, the Sport is the only
Elantra that runs with the 1.6-liter turbo-4 and a multi-link independent rear suspension. It’s also one of only 2 trims that can spec’d
with a 6-speed manual, or as is the case here, a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic. Output is rated at 201 horsepower and 195
pound-feet of torque that’s available starting at only 1500 RPM. So there’s a pleasing sense of urgency when
you get on it. There’s also a car-to-driver connectedness
here that’s instantly palpable and hard to find in a sub $27,000 car. The steering is really quick to react and
is perhaps the tastiest ingredient in the Elantra Sport recipe. Combined with a sport-tuned suspension, low
center of gravity, thinner sidewalls and some respectably grippy 18” rubber, this is a
car that’s fun to take through the corners, whether you’re paddle shifting or letting
the DCT work its quick gear changes in Sport mode. It’s got a little gusto to its sound and
keeps understeer to a minimum when you push it through the turns. It’s the kind of practical, everyday driver
that’ll keep its owner amused without going broke…its 29mpg on regular unleaded speaks
to that. And with Normal and Smart drive modes, the
Sport can take on a variety of personalities to match your mood. This little turbo does a great job everywhere
it’s utilized providing good low-end power and excellent fuel economy. I love the drive modes to accommodate different
styles and Sport is definitely spunky enough to keep the enthusiast entertained by adjusting
the steering effort, and the engine and transmission control logic for enhanced driving dynamics. And with Hyundai’s high performance N Line
now available, this Sport trim finds an appropriate middle ground. Just be cognizant of the fact that with the
Sport you’re going to feel and hear the road. And that’s the biggest knock against it;
it’s relatively firm ride and some unwanted road noise. Otherwise, it’s manually-adjusted, huggier
sport seats, real leather surfaces, flat-bottom-wheel and other Sport-specific touches make for
a nice package but hard plastics and a cheap headliner are there to remind you that you’re
still in a lower-end Hyundai. But no big deal; with the cool sport instrument
cluster, heated seats, a great sounding Infinity premium audio system and one of the best infotainment
systems on the market, the Elantra Sport treats its occupants quite well. And that includes the very accommodating rear
seats and amply-sized trunk. SmartSense is the name Hyundai gives to its
tech-driven safety features and for this year SEL trim levels and above add Forward Collision-Avoidance
Assist, Lane Keep Assist and Driver Attention Alert to the existing group of blind spot
warning, Rear Cross-Traffic Alert and Lane Change Assist. And I love the auto high beams. I’ve had way more fun here than I ever would’ve
thought and the features per dollar ratio here belies this car’s $26,995 as-tested
price. That includes the Premium Package with the
updated 8” touchscreen with faster processor, navigation, Clari-Fi technology to clean up
compressed audio and all of the Blue Link connectivity services free for 3 years. It’s simply a really solid, energetic, sporty
sedan ready to please its owners.

45 Replies to “2019 Hyundai Elantra Sport | Style & Hustle | TestDriveNow”

  1. So this car is expensive. I bought a 35th anniversary edition GLI 2019 and I got bigger engine more power same fuel economy better built better everything for 26995. VW to me is the bargain for what you get.

  2. I'm guessing the hatch version, the Elantra GT in the new N-Line trim is a notch or two sportier than the Elantra Sport sedan correct?

    I understand that the new Elantra GT N-Line replaces last year's Elantra GT Sport. The N-Line has a more aggressive body styling with an ungraded suspension.

    But one beef I have with the Elantra GT N-Line is, all the optional goodies like the upgraded stereo, panoramic roof and other goodies are bundled with the DCT. But I understand that with the sedan, you still could get the 6 speed manual with the one option package with all the goodies.

  3. Wtf is going on!?!? This is the new design? ? Also those wheels! 😂😂😂😂😂 what were they thinking!!!! Those wheels look super cheap!!!!! And tacky!!!!!

  4. All the LEDs but a incandescent third brake light irks me the most lol. But the Civic is still the best looking car in this class imo. The previous one looked fine I was shocked when this dropped out of nowhere a few months ago.

  5. This was a great review .. I learned a lot .. good look Steve ..I have to ask does the Elantra sport do enough to separate itself from its Kia brother under the turbo trim?

  6. And I like the wheels .. I wish they had a lil more concave to them .. but they look like most custom wheels today

  7. Hey Steve — fanboys are back, and they’re Volkswagen guys. They’re the GLI guys. I’ve noticed the same yeahoo types who like the Acura RLX when you reviewed the BMW X2.

    As regards for the Hyundai Elantra Sport, I think it’s a good alternative to the Honda Civic Si and the VW GTI and GLI. It’s main difference is the fact like tthe VW hot hatch and sedan, it’s there with the twin-clutch auto available where with the Civic Si doesn’t offer an automatic (and never will and why should it?).

  8. Take the GLI. Hyundai has engine fires, recalls and their turbos are a mess. Their dual clutch is even worse. Stay away from this mess

  9. The Elantra Sport appears to be a competitive entry in the category. Depending on one's priorities there are clearly some better choices but it's a nice well-rounded option. However, there's a real issue in comprehending and disentangling the various Elantra models and trims. The Elantra "Sport" is a 4 door sedan with the 201HP turbo 4 with the option of an MT or a 7 speed DCT and multi-link rear suspension for an MSRP of $22,600. But for only $100 more you can get the "Limited" edition with a larger 2.0L NA engine with significantly less HP (147), smaller wheels, and the only transmission choice being a conventional six speed transmission. Huh??

    Neither base model will give you all the bells and whistles you might expect. For the Sport there's a $2250 package that provides a number of upgrades including navigation and a better audio system among other things. And for the "Limited" trim there's an "ultimate"package that also includes navigation along with a sunroof, additional safety/convenience features, and "smart cruise control"and that goes for $3350! Wait! I'm confused! Now the price difference is over a thousand bucks. I thought it was a hundred. And I still don't get some of the features in the higher priced "Ultimate" than I can get in the "Sport?"

    Hold on, we're not done yet. There is both the Elantra and the Elantra GT and they're completely different vehicles. The GT is a hatchback, ten inches or so shorter than the Elantra Sedan. It comes in two flavors: the GT trim, making it the "Elantra GT GT" and the "Elantra GT N Line". The "GT GT" has a 2.0L NA engine rated at 161 HP (not the 147 HP from what appears to be the same engine as the sedan.) But the GT N Line has the same 1.6L turbo as the Elantra Sport. Got that? The GT GT doesn't have multi-link suspension but the N Line does with a price difference of nearly $3000 between the two. (Not the almost identical base prices of the Elantra Sport and the Elantra Limited.) The differences between the Elantra and the Elantra GT and between the Elantra GT GT and the Elantra N Line don't stop there but that's a rabbit hole not worth going down any farther.

    But wait! We're still not done. If you thought the Elantra GT N Line was Elantra equivalent of Veloster N, you were wrong. That vehicle is the much heralded Hyundai i30N. But to get one you'll have to move to Europe or (as I recall) Australia or some other spots. The "N Line" ain't the "N." It's simply the trim package and the performance features that distinguishes the Elantra GT GT from the Elantra GT N Line.

    Last year when Hyundai dropped the Santa Fe Sport and made the successor model the Santa Fe and renamed the previous Santa Fe the Santa Fe XL, I sympathized with the poor Hyundai salespeople who had to explain it all to customers. But that was nothing compared to this mess. SIx trim levels for the Elantra. Two more for the Elanta GT and a mix of features in all of them that makes little sense. If I were sadistic I'd play dumb, head to a Hyundai dealer, and demand that a salesperson explain it all to me. Or perhaps Hyundai should take pity on their salespeople and not call both the sedan and the hatchback both Elantras. That's only a start but it would be a help.

  10. Great Review Steve!! but spring is here! any news on the Review on the hellcat Redeye and nicolette vacousi? 🙂

  11. Something interesting, I went about 2 decades untill last year without hating the look of a new model, then Chevy fucked up the front of the Comaro and now a year later this…

    It's ugly!

  12. I'm not a fan of the front design. I know some people like it, maybe it'll grown on me. I do like that the headlights are LED on the higher trims. Should be standard though.

  13. Thank you for this Video, you are the first one to actually post a video with more details and actually driving it. I Test Drove one in Manual and it's an Amazing car and so is the Veloster R Spec aswell.

  14. spicy kimchi is nice. not bad, but this engine is getting over-used in several cars across 2 brands and it needs to be varied/enhanced a bit in my opinion in the different offerings. okay, now time for some bulgogi and OB.

  15. Am i the only one who thinks the pre-refresh model looked better? I really think the refresh was a step back. Looks ugly IMO.

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