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2019 Hyundai Elantra GT: First Look

  • The 2019 Hyundai Elantra GT replaces the old Sport model with the sporty new N Line variant.

  • The upgrades from the Sport to the N Line model are more than just in the badging.

  • The Elantra GT N Line has the appearance of a high-performance N car at an affordable price.

As Hyundai gradually brings its high-performance line of N models to its lineup exemplified in the Hyundai Veloster N hot hatch, it’s also bringing sporty aesthetics to more affordable models. One of the first examples we’re seeing of this is the 2019 Hyundai Elantra GT N Line hatchback.

What Does “N Line” Mean?

Whenever you see the word “line” in a trim level for a car, it usually means it’s an appearance package. We see this in cars like ST Line Fords and R-Line Volkswagens. Now Hyundai is joining the party of affordable, sporty-looking cars with the Elantra GT N Line which brings with it an aggressive body kit, N Line specific 18-in wheels wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport summer tires, and of course, N Line badging.

The N Line is replacing the outgoing Elantra GT Sport model as the step up above the base Elantra GT.

Mechanical Upgrades

The catch of the Elantra GT N Line is that it doesn’t quite deliver the performance of a full-blown N car. However, it does carry over the Elantra GT Sport’s 1.6-liter turbocharged inline four engine, which delivers respectable performance at 201 horsepower and 195 lb-ft of torque. We’re not sure we’d call that a “hot hatch,” but it’s a nice upgrade over the base engine which is a 2.0-liter naturally aspirated 4-cylinder making 161 hp and 150 lb-ft of torque.

On the Elantra GT N Line you have a choice of either a 6-speed manual transmission or a 7-speed DCT automatic. Other mechanical upgrades you get by opting for the N Line include a sport-tuned suspension, revised steering calibration and stiffer mounts for the engine and transmission making for a tighter driving experience.

Pricing and Availability

You might not be getting the performance of a proper N car, but you’re also not paying an N car price. The 2019 Hyundai Elantra GT N Line starts at $23,300 for the manual transmission with the DCT setting you back an extra $1,100. The base Elantra GT is only $20,450. All of these prices are before Hyundai’s $885 destination charge. The 2019 Hyundai Elantra GT is in U.S. showrooms now. Find a Hyundai Elantra for sale

Eric Brandt
Eric Brandt
Eric Brandt is an author specializing in Oversteer content, new car reviews, and finding the best car, truck, and SUV deals each month. Born and raised in Wisconsin, Eric can often be found exploring the north woods on his 1983 Honda Gold Wing when the weather allows it. Father of four, husband of one, and unapologetic minivan enthusiast. Eric mastered driving stick by having a 3-cylinder Chevy... Read More about Eric Brandt

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