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2018 Hyundai Elantra Walk Around


Less daring than past Elantra models, the current version is attractive in either body style. With their shapely sheetmetal, sedans are actually more aerodynamic, though the Euro-styled GT hatchback has a lower, wider stance.

The GT gets a tightened-up version of Hyundai’s large trapezoidal grille, with a mesh pattern. Hatchback daytime running lights differ from the sedan’s LED units. Sedans have three taillights flanking an upturned decklid, while the GT rear end is more rounded.

Interior

Even though the Elantra is considered a compact, interior dimensions approach midsize. Material quality is low-budget, black plastic.

Most controls and the touchscreen angle toward the driver. Front seats are generally good, but the sedan is more comfortable, with better bolstering on the seat cushions. Sport models feature deeper bucket seats, with fabric that maintains a stronger grip.

Back-seat riders get ample head and knee clearance, but seat cushions aren’t as comfortable. Sedan rear seats are on the low side, giving six-footers abundant headroom. Rear legroom is an inch tighter in a GT hatchback.

Sedans boast 14.4 cubic feet of cargo volume, appropriate for a compact. Cargo space in hatchbacks has grown to 24.9 cubic feet, expanding to 55.4 cubic feet with split seatbacks folded.

Upper models contain more sound-deadening material. Fit and finish tends to be better in GT models.

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