The Hyundai Elantra GT N Line is a fun, stylish hatchback that handles nicely and offers a lot for around $20,000. The N Line is Hyundai’s take on bringing performance to more of the lineup to take on the Golf GTI and Civic Si. The N Line isn’t at the same level as the Veloster N, but it is still a worthy upgrade if you’re shopping the Elantra GT.
If you’re looking for a sporty compact car, the Elantra GT N Line is a car that you need to take for a spirited spin as you weigh your options.
You can choose from a six-speed manual that we tested or a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. You get standard support for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
While the Elantra GT is not completely new, the N Line is a new trim line that replaces the GT Sport. With this model, you get sportier looks, sport seats, and a new instrument cluster and steering wheel. With the N Line you also get a tuned engine and suspension.
Driving the Elantra GT N Line
While the upgraded style catches your attention, the real treat is in the performance changes. Hyundai stiffened up the engine mounts, springs and transmission mount as well as tuned the steering and shocks. This all adds up to a better driving experience than the outgoing Sport and one that delivers a sporty hatchback that can hang with the established players.
Expect to go 0-60 in about 6.5 seconds depending on your shifting skills. Under the hood is a 201-hp turbocharged 1.6-liter engine that is the same as in the Sport.
Twisty roads are plenty of fun in the Elantra GT N Line and it’s still quite practical as a daily driver. The stiffer suspension does mean you feel potholes and ruts more, but it’s not jarring.
Hyundai did an excellent job of tuning and upgrading the Elantra. The N Line is more than just a few visual changes and bolt-on upgrades, it’s a great start to this performance line.
The six-speed manual is rated for 26 mpg combined with 23 mpg city and 30 mpg highway.
Elantra GT N Line Style and Interior
The Elantra GT N Line gets a more aggressive style in the front and rear. It also adds in a new grill and a redesigned spoiler. There are new 18-inch wheels that look very sharp.
Inside there is red trim throughout the cabin and on the dash. There are N Line logos tastefully through the cabin and badging on the exterior.
The heated front seats are comfortable and there is a lot of soft-touch leather throughout the cabin on the six-speed manual. If you opt for the dual-clutch transmission and the technology package you get ventilated seats and a panoramic sunroof. It would be nice to see the panoramic sunroof come to the manual.
There is decent space for passengers in the back seat and the hatch adds cargo space to the mix. You can fold down the back seat and expand the cargo area.
Elantra GT N Line Tech and Safety
Hyundai offers a sportier-looking instrument cluster in the N Line and you get a healthy dose of tech with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto both standard. Both of these options simplify connecting your phone to the car for calls, music, navigation and messaging.
There is an available Infiniti premium sound system and you can easily connect your phone to Bluetooth for calls or music.
On the base N Line, you don’t get much in the way of driver-assist features. If you want adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, forward collision warning and a driver attention monitor you need to add the technology package.
The Tech Package is only available with the Dual Clutch Transmission and it includes BlueLink that allows you to remote start your car and unlock with your phone, ventilated seats, wireless charging for your phone and more.