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.
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