JOHNNY: Yes, what you see is what is in our garage, a 2020 Hyundai Elantra GT N LINE M/T. That’s a mouthful, and here’s what it means. The GT Elantra is the Grand Touring model, which also means it’s a smaller, fun, runabout. The “N” in N Line comes from the driving test center, Nürburgring, Germany, and the Hyundai’s huge R&D Centre at Namyang, South Korea. The N Line car get 201 HP from the 1.6L 4-cylinder Turbo GDI (gasoline direct injection) engine. The standard GT without Turbo GDI has 161 HP. The standard GT gets 25 mpg city, and 32 mpg highway, while the GT N Line gets 23 mpg city and 30 mpg highway. Also, and really think about this, the standard GT starts at $20,600 and the GT N Line is $23,500. Lastly, the M/T means Manual Transmission, and our had a super smooth 6-speed floor shift and a really nice clutch. There are so many really good things about the Hyundai line that we like and the Elantra GT N Line M/T has them all as standard, too. First, I liked the styling. It doesn’t try to be a sports car, but it does come across as sporty. It doesn’t try to be a station wagon, but just looking at it from the outside, you know passengers can easily enter and exit the back seats. You also realize that with those back seats down, you are going to have room for lots of stuff. So, before you ever turn the key in the ignition you know you have a sporty, practical, runabout.
While the interior image I chose shows an automatic transmission, I like the way it displays. There is an openness to the cockpit, but you also feel in control of the car.
LAURIE: This car IS blue—bright, vibrant, blue—and it’s a terrific little runabout car…even with manual transmission. However, there is a reason, as Johnny pointed out, for a 4-cylinder turbo that gets 201 horsepower in such a small car and that’s handling. This is a responsive vehicle that transitions smoothly between gears. And that’s important in a stick-shift. A lesser car runs the risk of that moment’s “pause” between gears when the car loses momentum and when that happens, it’s another moment or three or four before you can get back up to speed—often with hesitation. Not so the 2020 Hyundai Elantra GT Inline.
Now, you do “pay” for it in mileage. A car this small should get more than 27 mpg on average—but that’s the price of having an engine of this nature. So, the question becomes, why is this important—and, well, another question: who would this be important to?
It’s important for the driver who wants to be in control, wants the car to respond to her and not the other way around. Car manufacturers have made it increasingly easy for the car to make the decisions and the driver, less. In the imminent days ahead of self-driving car, the car, not the human, will have full control. My point is, the driver who enjoys being the master of his ride will buy this car—and enjoy it. Whether it’s crawling through city traffic or letting loose on the open highway, it’s all up to you.
Is this a comfortable car? Hmmm… for short distances. I don’t see this as a long-haul drive. What’s more, it’s tight to get into and out of with relative low headspace and very tight space from foot-to-knee behind the steering wheel. Yes, you can adjust your seat but when you do, your center of gravity, so to speak, is pretty low to the ground—almost like a sports coupe. I’m not keen on that. In fact, I’d go so far to say that this is a car with somewhat of an identity problem. It drives like a standard shift coupe, yet it’s designed as a small family car. Which begs the question of room in the second row—surprisingly, plenty of room! And the hatchback? You can put a week’s worth of groceries for a family of four. Put the second row down and you’ve got plenty of room for a trip to the hardware store, nursery, even a medium size dog kennel. I like that.
Would I drive this car in a snowstorm, in sleet, hail, freezing rain? No, this is a fair-weather car and the reason I say that is because it is somewhat low to the ground. But as I said, it’s a great go-about-town (or city) car and, as with all Hyundais, delivers a lot of bang for the buck.
If I had to pick a standard transmission vehicle would I buy this? Probably not. But then again, my first car was a 1974 Toyota Landcruiser, the original, all-steel body, no-suspension-offroad vehicle that you had to get out of in a snowstorm to turn the hubs on the wheels before you could engage the hubs. So, my mindset is stick shift equals offroad. For the sportscar enthusiast who’s married, has two kids, and still wants to feel the thrill of the road with his hand on the shift, then this would be a natural.
Johnny, honey….wrap it up…
As always, Hyundai’s come with America’s Best Warranty, which includes a 5-year/60,000-mile new vehicle warranty and 5-year Unlimited Roadside Assistance. Companies don’t offer that if they think you are going to have a problem. They offer that when they believe you are NOT going to have any problems.
Here are few of the standard features on the Hyundai Elantra GT N Line with M/T: Blind-Spot Collision Warning (BCW) with Rear Cross-Traffic Collision Warning (RCCW), Side-mirror turn signals, Leather seating surfaces, Proximity Key with push button start, 4.2-inch TFT display (Super Vision), Dual automatic temperature control with auto defogging, Leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, Power driver seat with lumbar, Heated front seats, Driver’s auto-up/down window, Sliding armrest.
Under Advanced Safety Technology we get: Electronic Stability Control (ESC) with Traction Control, Antilock Braking System (ABS) and Hill Assist Control (ASC); Front, Front Side Impact and Side Curtain Airbags; and Driver’s Knee Airbag (that’s a new one).
The point being in all this, you get a lot of car for the money. Is it the quietest car I have ever driven? No. Is i the smoothest riding car I have ever driven? No. For the money is it in the top five of cars I would consider for what it is – a sporty, practical runabout? It most certainly is.
HYUNDAI DEALERS in the environs of Pinehurst, NC.
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Southern Pines, NC 28387
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