Published: Wednesday, April 19, 2017 | 10:15 PM
A four-door compact sedan, the Hundai Elantra comes in four trim levels: SE, Eco, Limited, and Sport. This review will focus on the Sport trim.
The Sport trim is the more powerful and sportier version of the Elantra. It is equipped with a turbocharged engine and a six-speed manual transmission. It also has 18-inch alloy wheels, sport-tuned suspension and steering, bigger brakes, special front and rear fascias, xenon headlights, and some interior touches such as alloy pedals and a black headliner. The Premium package (equipped on my car) adds a sunroof, heated rear seats, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a bigger driver information display, an 8-inch touchscreen, voice commands, a navigation system and an eight-speaker Infinity sound system.
The turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine produces 201 horses and 195 lb-ft of torque. It comes standard with a six-speed manual transmission. Expect to get 22/city, 30/highway and 25/combined mpg.
On the inside the Elantra Sport is well appointed with high quality materials used throughout and plenty of room for passengers fore and aft. Cargo space is good with 14.4 cubic feet of space and split and folding rear seats that add space for longer stuff.
Driving the Elantra Sport is a fun experience with the turbocharged engine sending the car sailing down the road. Handling is good with the car hugging the road around turns and the ride is light. You’ll enjoy the music not the road noise on your drive.
On a budget? Want something sporty that has room for passengers? Give the 2017 Hyundai Elantra Sport a test drive.