Auto review by Veeno Dewan

The 2013 Elantra GT is Hyundai’s replacement for the Elantra Touring and boxy is out and the recent Hyundai flair with its often-spectacular styling cues is in for this new car.

Like the Touring, the 2013 GT has four doors and a hatchback. It may be all searing curves and creases, but it is still immensely practical and better looking to boot. The rear seat fold for a flat cargo area and cargo capacity is down just a tad due to the curvy exterior. It is not too overdone or fancy and has just the right tone of sportiness and class. The bright red paint on our tester looked outstanding with the bright alloy wheels. Of note is the fact that a two –door Coupe version is also to be released with the GT. The GT starts at $19,149, the Coupe at $19,949 and both models are powered by a 148 horsepower 1.8 liter four cylinder engine with 131 lb-ft of torque driving the front wheels. The transmissions is a choice of either a six- speed manual or six-speed automatic

Interior wise I found headroom and legroom surprisingly spacious for four adults, even with the optional panoramic sunroof installed. The GT is roomier than the coupe and standard equipment level as on all Hyundai’s is exceptional.

The $19,149 GT still offers heated front seats, air, keyless entry, Bluetooth, cruise and driver-selectable steering modes. The $21,349 GLS adds a panoramic sized sunroof; power seats, alloy wheels and host of other goodies. The Coupe SE at $19,949 model offers air conditioning, heated seats, Bluetooth, and a sunroof for $25,199, whilst the SE adds an automatic transmission, optional 300-watt sound, navigation, a back-up camera, leather seat surfaces and dual-zone climate control. The tilt/telescoping steering wheel and eight-way adjustable driver’s seat offer excellent driver ergonomics.

Our GT SE Tech tester also featured the technology pack with: leather seating surfaces, climate control and auto dimming rear view mirror with home link Our tester rang in at $26,349.
The level of material, creature comforts and the cool smart interior design is simply hard to beat at the price. Comfortable, firm leather seats and well-textured plastics are set off by metal look trim and a neat well laid out dash.

On the road the Elantra GT corners quite impressively with the selectable steering modes including Normal, Sport and Comfort, which vary the amount of electrical assist for more, feel and weight according to driver preference.

The Touring’s fully independent suspension includes Sachs shock absorbers and a stiff rear V-beam design with an anti-roll bar; MacPherson struts with coil springs and rear multi-links, so the engineering is impressive. The turning circle is small and the braking is also very responsive with as standard four-wheel disc brakes are standard on all trim levels. With its compact footprint, short wheelbase and tuned suspension the Hyundai GT feels like a sporty European compact car and is very enjoyable to toss around corners. Wind and road noise is very muted thanks to a low coefficient of aero drag (0.30).

And it is economical to run as well taking regular gas and offering fuel efficiency numbers as follows according to Natural Resources Canada of (litres/100 km): 7.2 city/4.9 highway.

The Elantra Touring includes Hyundai’s excellent as- standard 5- year/100,000 km warranty that comprises 3- year/unlimited km 24-hour roadside assistance. With a very good price, the versatile format, quality, and sporty handling, the Elantra GT is a favorite of mine. . Highly recommended if you need a sporty compact hatchback.

2013 Hyundai Elantra GT Priced from $19,149