2018 Hyundai Elantra GT • Hyundai i30 TECH REVIEW (1 of 2)

After a rock solid effort with the Hyundai Elantra Sport, Hyundai Motor America brings the European designed & engineered Hyundai i30 to the the USA. MotoMan heads to his open air studio in San Diego, California to dig into the differences between the 2017 Hyundai Elantra sedan and the 2018 Hyundai Elantra GT & Hyundai Elantra GT Sport. He also shares some theories as to why this type of car has struggled for love in the US but may be changing . . .

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klextacy says:

On hatchbacks… YES! Love them. This looks really promising.

Stephen Butler says:

Hyundais seem to be getting better and better. Not long back I was comparing the 3 door i30, against mine, it seemed OK. One thing I noticed was how light the doors was, my 3 door GTC, the doors are stupid heavy. Would that be because the stinger steel in the frame, they can have lighter doors. They must be under half the weight of the ones in my car.

Jason Schwartz says:

Yes bring on the hatchbacks!!!

Alberto Waizel says:

I love Hatchbacks I used to have a Suzuki swift. Great channel btw. I watch you from Mexico. Take care.

FrostFire says:

I love hatchbacks and wagons. I have a 2014 Kia Forte5 that I bought new and it’s the best car I’ve ever owned. I’m pretty excited about this Hyundai! If there was a better deal to be offered when I was shopping, I might’ve ended up with a previous gen Elantra GT but the dealers around here weren’t interested. I very rarely see anyone with a Forte5 around my city of Houston so when I do, it’s a neat feeling.

Andrea Salmon says:

I have the 2016 elantra gt and i am very happy buy it last august love it

MissTroy says:

Are you in California?

MissTroy says:

What are credit criminals?

CGS Sir says:

When will this be available

Bigron says:

I absolutely love sport hatchbacks. My last one was a Pontiac Vibe GT. Ohio USA

carlos alberto flores says:

Ottawa Canada

max says:

3 doors and 5 doors rule here on the east coast

Tech Defender says:

I hope this get compared to the mazda3 hatch which is currently the best hatch out in my opinion. Civic hatch (stop spec trim) comes close but the cvt ruins it. I’m waiting for comparisons vs it so I can make a decision. If it drives as great as the mazda I’ll get this hyundai over it, it just has so many more cool things

New User says:

Is there a basic automatic transmission. I’m in the market and have some money to blow for a brand new car….amd I’m thinking about hyundai

ManateeMentality says:

The infotainment tablet-like screen in the Elantra GT Sport is a bit unsightly but it’s incredibly responsive and easy to use. It’s a real step up from the unit in the Elantra Sport sedan.

Barobran92 says:

I live in Canada and we love hatchbacks here, they’re a lot more common here, that being I said I chose the 2016 Elantra sedan over the 2016 Elantra GT because I preferred how it felt, but that may change for my next car, I love the new GT.

Riccardo Santopietro says:

I love hatchbacks and wagons. Anyone who rags on them and shops for an SUV is a hypocrite.

Juliet Shen says:

Can’t wait for the drive video! Living vicariously through this right now. Awesome car.

Alex K says:

I wonder if BMW has given Hyundai any shit for calling this car an i30.

jitti soolt says:

I’m European. Different market, don’t know the channel or presenter before hand. Really enjoyed the presenter, his enthusiasm and knowledge. Excellent video. Also – friends!

pan0rama says:

To answer your questions: yes, hatchbacks are great. Great as daily drivers, as well as weekend car for active people who would rather not buy/drive compact SUVs. This particular one is actually on my short list to consider as my next vehicle.
I’m looking forward to first drive review.

chuckwalla says:

Good looking car aside from the headlight and the c-pillar/spoiler designs.

SimpleGamer says:

I’m from the US and I love hatchbacks. I would tell my friends that I wanted to buy a hatchback or a wagon and they’d say all kinds of crap about it. You get the driving dynamics of a car with the space of some CUVs. What’s not to like about that?

Roy McLellan says:

MotoMan,  I’ve noticed that on many of the power output reviews, you mention that torque comes in low and stays flat until 4k RPM (for instance), but Horsepower doesn’t come in until 5kRPM.  does that mean that there is a 1K RPM drop-off in power band?  If I’m driving aggressively, keeping my RPM’s high, am I in danger of losing power momentarily as the car’s power shifts from torque to horsepower?

Andrew Ung says:

I can’t wait to test drive this car. Very practical especially at this stage of my life, 34 yrs old, Southern California, with traffic commute. It has the drive I want with the tech and convenience for weekend adventurers.

Yung Padawan says:

Too bad we don’t get the i30N 2.0 turbo with 250hp or if you get the sport upgrade package 275 hp. DSG and looks more aggressive and according to all the reviews is a riot to drive.

roblesjant says:

Will the Elantra GT Sport have a significant price increase over the Elantra Sport sedan?

William Guisto says:

I’m looking forward to seeing this car at our local auto show in November. I currently have a 2016 GTI and not sure I would be happy without a VW but you never know. I don’t think all hatchbacks are created equal when it comes to practicality. My Jetta had much more cargo space with the seats up than does my GTI… not a great car for airport pickups. On the other hand, my wife’s Crosstrek has done some impressive IKEA runs. I’d say just don’t assume the hatch is more practical than the sedan. If the next Jetta returns to its Golf with a trunk roots, I’ll be talking a serious look when it’s new car time.

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