Most of us have to commute towards the same destination day in and day out, be it dropping off the kids or getting to work and it can start feeling dull after a while. AutoWeek thinks the 2018 Hyundai Elantra GT Sport can provide an escape from the mundane.
What we have is a commuter car injected with even more sportiness to appeal to enthusiast; featuring multilink independent suspension, 5 mm rear stabilizer bar, increased front and rear spring rates, sport-tuned dampers, and large 12-inch front rotors. Not only that, the Sport variant gets a peppy 1.6-liter turbocharged inline-four engine, delivering 201 hp and 195 lb-ft of torque.
Once on the highway the GT Sport’s upgraded suspension feels like it’s on the firmer side, but that’s fine because it’ll improve handling and discomfort will be forgotten once you punch the throttle. The turbo will quickly accelerate the hatchback up to speed and passing with a downshift is a breeze.
But to really enjoy the Elantra GT Sport, one may need to take the longer, curvier road to work. Tackling those corners, the body remains rigid and there’s barely any roll. Once you’re out of a turn, simply grab a lower gear, let that heavy foot work the throttle and the car will quickly speed on to the next turn. A heavily weighted steering wheel with plenty of feedback will inspire confidence in any driver.
“If you want a rewarding, fun-to-drive hatch that can be packed with tech features, the new GT Sport is worth a test drive.”