At least that’s how William Clavey from Jalopnik described it in his review of the 2017 Hyundai Elantra Sport. In fact, he wouldn’t be ashamed to recommend the sixth-generation Elantra to his own mother.
What sets the new Elantra apart from its predecessor is the Superstructure platform that features plenty of Hyundai’s homemade steel and almost 400 feet of structural adhesives for a tight seal. The end product is a solid chassis that can easily soak up road imperfections for a smooth ride, even with a sport-tuned suspension.
The Elantra Sport may be a comfortable daily driver, but it can also attack corners quickly thanks to a multilink rear suspension. There’s plenty to like with the way it drives; almost seamless clutch take-up, firm brakes, quick steering and sharp turn-in. Did we mention the upgraded 12-inch rotors new set of 18-wheels?
Powering the sport compact is the Veloster’s 1.6-liter turbo four, pumping out 201 horsepower and 195 lb-ft of torque. That’s an extra 54 ponies compared to the standard Elantra. Sending all that power to the front wheels is either a six-speed manual gearbox or Hyundai’s in house seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.
If that’s not convincing enough, the base model Hyundai Elantra Sport starts at a very affordable $21,650!