Nov
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2019 Hyundai Elantra Sport

2019 Hyundai Elantra Sport in Intense Blue

2015 Audi Q52019 Hyundai Elantra Sport M/T

Class: Compact Car

Miles driven: 340

Fuel used: 13.4 gallons

CG Report Card
Room and ComfortB-
Power and PerformanceB+
Fit and FinishB-
Fuel EconomyB-
ValueA-
Report-card grades are derived from a consensus of test-driver evaluations. All grades are versus other vehicles in the same class. Value grade is for specific trim level evaluated, and may not reflect Consumer Guide's impressions of the entire model lineup.
Big & Tall Comfort
Big GuyB-
Tall GuyB-
Big & Tall comfort ratings are for front seats only. "Big" rating based on male tester weighing approximately 350 pounds, "Tall" rating based on 6'6"-tall male tester.
Drivetrain
Engine Specs201-hp 1.6-liter
Engine TypeTurbo 4-cylinder
Transmission 6-speed manual
Drive Front-wheel drive

Real-world fuel economy: 25.4 mpg

Driving mix: 55% city, 45% highway

EPA-estimated fuel economy: 22/30/25 (city, highway, combined)

Fuel type: Regular gas

Base price: $22,600 (not including $920 destination charge)

Options on test vehicle: Carpeted floor mats ($135)

Price as tested: $23,655

 

Quick Hits

The great: Bargain pricing; snappy acceleration; fun manual shifter

The good: Crisp handling with decent ride quality; clear control layout

The not so good: Some low-buck interior materials

More Elantra price and availability information

 

John Biel

The Hyundai Elantra compact sedan comes a number of different ways to try to serve a variety of needs for that supposedly endangered species, the sedan buyer. That includes a Sport model with a veneer of driving entertainment overlaid on its fundamental economy-car role.

2019 Hyundai Elantra Sport

The Elantra Sport is a rather stealthy sporty car–a unique grille insert, subtle rear spoiler, a Sport badge on the decklid, and upsized wheels on low-profile tires are the only exterior visual cues.

Twenty nineteen Elantras all receive an exterior and interior freshening to their 2017-vintage packages. Sports have been updated with a reshaped and resurfaced black grille, and a specifically trimmed version of the revised instrument panel with a unified enclosure for driving gauges and the in-dash touchscreen, altered ventilation vents, and different controls for the climate system. But the powerteams and chassis features that set the Sport apart from its siblings remain as they have been.

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2019 Hyundai Elantra Sport, M/T

The Elantra’s cabin is fairly basic, but the Sport’s red trim accents and other sporty trim pieces help spice things up. Rear-space is class competitive for the most part, though the sloping roofline cuts into headroom for tall passengers.

Among Elantras, the Sport has exclusive claim on a turbocharged 1.6-liter 4-cylinder engine that puts out 201 horsepower and 195 lb-ft of torque—far and away the most power in the product line. The engine comes paired with a 6-speed manual transmission as standard equipment, but a 7-speed automated-manual gearbox is available as an $1100 option. When Consumer Guide tried out an Elantra Sport in 2017, it had the automatic, but CG’s ’19 tester stuck with the stick. For 2020, the manual transmission is no longer available, leaving the 7-speed auto as the only choice.

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Elantra Sport Trunk

The Elantra sedan offers a respectable 14.4 cubic feet of trunk space, and the aperture is generous enough to swallow large cargo items fairly easily.

Happily, 3-pedal driving in a Sport is a delight. The 6-speed shifts with a high level of precision—there’s no rubberiness—and an easy-to-use clutch needs no tricks for smooth take-up. They make for an uncomplicated and fun driving experience, and of course they let drivers play with the spiced-up 1.6. Not noticeably hampered by turbo lag, the powerplant makes the Elantra Sport snappy off the line. This reviewer logged 203.9 miles in the test car, with a 50/50 mix of city- and highway-type driving, and saw 26.13 mpg, which exceeds the EPA’s combined-mileage estimate of 25 mpg. (City and highway projections are 22 and 30 mpg, respectively. Note that the automatic trans has better EPA ratings than the manual.)

There’s more that sets the Sport apart from other Elantras, starting with an  independent multilink rear suspension (in place of the others’ torsion-bar unit), a rear stabilizer bar, and larger front disc-brake rotors. Handling won’t embarrass any premium-grade sport sedans, but it‘s quite good relative to its direct competitors, and it does this while still delivering a pleasing degree of ride quality. With its bigger binders, the Sport comes securely to a stop without conspicuous nosedive.

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Elantra Sport, 6-speed

Shown here are two of the main ingredients that make the Elantra Sport an accessible fun machine: the 201-hp 1.6-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder, and the crisp-shifting, fun-to-use shifter for the 6-speed-manual transmission (sadly, the manual is being dropped for the 2020 model year, but it’s still available in the 2020 Elantra GT N-line hatchback).

Since we first sampled the Elantra Sport, LED headlights, a power sunroof, blind-spot detection, and rear cross-traffic alert have joined the complement of standard-equipment. Continued telltale Sport features include distinct 18-inch alloy wheels and low-profile tires, bright-metal pedal faces, a leather-wrapped flat-bottom steering wheel, sport front bucket seats, special black headliner, and a specific gauge cluster. Other standard items are LED taillights and daytime running lights, hands-free “smart trunk” release, 3.5-inch thin-film transistor (TFT) information display in the instrument cluster, seven-inch color touchscreen display audio system with six speakers, HD and satellite radio, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity, smartphone/USB and auxiliary-input jacks, two charging USB ports, heated front seats, push-button starting, remote keyless entry, lane-keeping assist, and forward-collision avoidance assist.

Hyundai Elantra Sport Wheels

Aggressive-looking 18-inch wheels are standard equipment.

Some Elantras are nicer than others inside, but not even the line-capping Limited that CG previously tested could be considered outright luxurious. Textured black dash trim and contrast stitching on the leather upholstery further the Sport look, but use of soft-touch materials is limited to the door centers, armrests, and lid of the console box. The bucket seats are effectively supportive. Driving controls are big and legible. Convenient volume and tuning knobs help make the audio system easy to use, and the reorganized climate controls use direct-setting dials and just a few clearly marked buttons.

Passenger room in front is good, but the rear seat can be short of legroom if tall occupants in front need lots of stretch-out space. Three-abreast rear seating for adults isn’t really practical. Headroom is plentiful in either row. Thin roof pillars clear the way for good all-around driver vision. Cabin storage of incidentals is met by a big glove box, a modest console box, a covered bin with auxiliary/USB ports and two 12-volt plugs at the front of the console, and a net pouch on the back of the front-passenger seat. Pockets with bottle holders are in all four doors, and there are pairs of exposed cup holders in the console and the rear pull-down center armrest.

The trunk displays good space for the class, with a wide, flat floor and a low liftover. The 60/40-split rear seats fold for added cargo capacity, albeit at several inches above the level of the trunk floor. In addition, a bulkhead behind the seats reduces the passage between trunk and interior. Still, even with these loading obstacles, this tester managed to get a coffee table and a bedroom nightstand into the trunk and folded seats.

In today’s automotive environment, a sedan with a manual transmission is a rare sight. The 6-speed Elantra Sport provides its mix of engaging driving characteristics, feature selection, and compact-car utility for a tempting base price of $23,520 with delivery. Now you know how much unicorns cost.

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Elantra Sport, Intense Blue, 2019 Hyundai Elantra Sport

The Hyundai Elantra Sport is a fabulous budget-performance buy that boasts a spunky 201-hp engine, a decent list of standard safety features, great all-around practicality, and as-tested bottom-line price under $24K.

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2019 Hyundai Elantra Sport