2019 Elantra New Car Test Drive
Positioned between the small Accent and mid-size Sonata, the compact 2019 Hyundai Elantra comes in both sedan and less-popular GT hatchback form.
For the new model year, the Elantra sedan receives a mid-cycle freshening. Within the new front end, sharp headlights reach into the grille. New front fenders encompass the curvy hood. Interior revisions include a new instrument cluster. Active-safety technology, including automatic emergency braking and active lane control, is now standard on all sedans except the base SE.
GT hatchbacks carry on for 2019 with their “jelly bean” profile. The two body styles differ significantly.
Elantra sedans come in SE, SEL, Value Edition, Limited, Eco, and Sport trim levels. GT hatchbacks are offered only in base and N Line trim. Compared to sedans, they feature larger wheels, a sport-tuned suspension, and upgraded brakes.
Most sedans use a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine rated at a relatively mild 147 horsepower and 132 pound-feet of torque. The Eco edition uses a 1.4-liter turbo-4 that makes 128 horsepower and 156 pound-feet. Sport models upgrade to a 1.6-liter turbo-4 that generates 201 horsepower and 195 pound-feet, which promises considerably greater verve.
In SE and Sport sedans, a 6-speed manual transmission is standard. A 6-speed automatic is optional in those models, but standard in SEL, Limited, and Value Edition. The Eco version uses a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic, which is optional ? in retuned form ? for Sport trim.
GT hatchbacks get a 161-horsepower version of the 2.0-liter inline-4, with 6-speed automatic. In the GT's N Line edition, the 201-horsepower, 1.6-liter turbo-4 can have a 6-speed manual or 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. Every Elantra has front-wheel drive.
All sedans except the base SE now include active-safety technology, led by frontal-collision warnings with automatic emergency braking and active lane control.
The IIHS named the 2019 Elantra a Top Safety Pick+, if equipped with automatic braking and automatic high-beam headlights. The NHTSA gave the 2019 Elantra four stars overall, and noted its rear door panels intruded more in the side-impact test..
Prices do not include $920 destination charge.
SE 2.0 ($17,200 with manual, $18,200 with automatic) comes with cloth upholstery, air conditioning, keyless entry, tilt/telescopic steering column, a 5.0-inch audio-system display, Bluetooth, and 15-inch steel wheels.
SEL 2.0 automatic ($19,500) adds a 7.0-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, plus 16-inch alloy wheels. Active-safety features include forward-collision warnings, automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitors, and active lane control.
Value Edition 2.0 automatic ($20,500) adds dual-zone automatic climate control, keyless start, heated front seats, and a sunroof.
Eco 1.4T DCT ($21,050) has an efficiency-oriented 1.4-liter engine and dual-clutch transmission. Equipment is similar to the SEL, with 15-inch alloy wheels.
Sport 1.6T ($22,600 with manual, $23,700 with dual-clutch automatic) benefits from a more sophisticated rear suspension and includes a 1.6-liter turbo-4, LED headlights, alloy pedals, sport-tuned suspension/steering, and 18-inch wheels.
Limited 2.0 automatic ($22,700) includes LED headlights, leather upholstery, a power driver's seat, wireless smartphone charging, heated front seats, 17-inch wheels, and Infinity 8-speaker audio.
A $3,350 Ultimate Package for Limited brings pedestrian detection for the automatic emergency braking system, a sunroof, an 8.0-inch touchscreen with navigation, and adaptive cruise control.
GT Hatchback 2.0 automatic ($20,450) includes cloth upholstery, 17-inch alloy wheels, a sport-tuned suspension, remote keyless entry, and 8.0-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability.
GT Hatchback N Line 1.6 ($23,300 with manual, $24,400 with dual-clutch automatic) comes with the 1.6-liter turbo engine, adding 18-inch wheels, dual-zone automatic temperature control, heated front seats, leather seating surfaces, alloy pedals, paddle shifters, and keyless ignition.
A $3,850 Tech Package for N Line adds active-safety features and navigation..