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2020 Hyundai Elantra GT N Line
offers fun on a budget
Though I couldn’t find 0-60 times for the
N Line, Car and Driver found an earlier
version got there in 6.6 seconds, which is
2020 Hyundai Elantra GT N Line: A little bit awesome for an Elantra.
of budget-conscious fun?
Shifty: I’ve said it before and I’ll say it
Price: $24,630. $155 for floor mats.
again _ if you’re going to buy a little car,
Conventional wisdom: Car and Driver likes learn how to drive a stick. The 6-speed
manual transmission raised the Elantra GT
that it’s “handsome all over, capacious
several levels higher on the fun spectrum
cargo storage, frugal highway fuel
economy,” but not that the “base engine than it would otherwise have landed. Little
has feeble acceleration, limited fun factor, shiftable cars just want to zip from a stop,
popular features require priciest model.” zig around turns, and zag to a stop. There
are few joys this pure.
Marketer’s pitch: “The sporty, spontaneous
Of course, this means getting used to the
upshift indicator light telling you it’s time
Reality: Definitely fun, and maybe even
to shift during most of your driving time,
more budget conscious than we realize.
because working the engine lightly is no
fun at all, but that light is easy enough to
What’s new: Last redesigned for the
2019 model year, the Elantra gets few
changes for 2020.
The clutch is not too hard on the left leg,
The sporty N Line tested might be ripe
either, though I didn’t even put 100 miles
for bargain hunters, as Hyundai says a
on the odometer during this test week.
new N Line is being developed for 2021. And I certainly never found stop-and-go
Whether it will land by then, though,
seems uncertain, if that’s all they have to
On the curves: The little Elantra GT has
say about it in August.
been pretty fun in most of the incarnations
Up to speed: Though Car and Driver
I’ve been able to test, and this spirit
makes a negative reference to the
remains alive and well. Country roads are
Elantra’s power level in the low-end
a delight.
price range, the upscale N Line doesn’t
Highways, unfortunately, are a bit of a
have any of those issues. The 1.6-liter
as the Elantra GT hit bumps and
turbo GDI in the N-Line version creates a
a little hard. Not as bouncy as
whopping 201 horsepower, a great deal
for a little baby like the Elantra.
a Soul, but still a little rickety.

By Scott SturgiS
The Philadelphia Inquirer

Driver’s Seat: It’s a not-so-cheap version
of a cheap car, so I wasn’t preparing
myself for the coddliness of a Lexus. But
the GT’s seats did OK, though; my wife
didn’t complain until I asked what she
thought, so that means not so terrible.
Friends and stuff: The rear seat is not too
awful. It’s roomy in the feet and legs, a
little less so in the head, but not as bad
as I expected. The seat itself is low of
comfort, and reclines a bit too much.
Thanks to the GT hatchback, cargo space
is 24.9 cubic feet with the rear seat up
and 55.1 with the seat folded. Pretty
generous, for its size.
Play some tunes: The Elantra receives
the standard Hyundai stereo, with 8-inch
display and six speakers. Sound is really
good for a basic Hyundai model, at least
a B+. (Definitely plays rings around the
basic Toyota version.)

attractive enough. Plenty worthwhile for a
less-expensive ride.
Keeping warm and cool: Giant dials
control the temperature, and buttons
control the fan speed and location. Seat
heaters were also included with this car,
which is a nice touch for the price range.
The vents themselves, though, are over
designed and hard to direct; the Lovely
Mrs. Passenger Seat felt too much air
blowing on her for most of our travels
Fuel economy: When you ignore that shift
indicator light, expect to pay the price.
I averaged about 25 mpg in a raucous
round of testing in Chester County. Feed
the Elantra whatever.
Where it’s built: Ulsan, South Korea
How it’s built: Consumer Reports gives the
Elantra GT a predicted reliability of
5 out of 5.

In the end: I wish I’d have been able to
Controls are easy to follow, with dials for drive this more, so that must mean the
volume and tuning, and the touchscreen is Elantra GT gets my nod.


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