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#35 of 94 Re: 2013 Hyundai Elantra GT [winwin3]
Mar 28, 2012 (5:25 am)
Thanks for posting that review! Although it's not directly comparable to what we'll get here since we'll be getting a different engine (the 1.8L GDI vs. the 1.4 GDI and the TDI in the UK car), it did answer some questions for me, such as:
* Is the load floor flat, with the flip-up rear seat bottom? Apparently not, as the reviewer said there was an incline. Will have to see how obtrusive it is. I'd prefer a flat load floor, ala Focus.
* How's the stick shift? That got positive remarks from the reviewer. Hopefully we'll get the same setup.
* How's the interior quality of the base model? Seems very good, although no way to tell if the UK base model is what we'll get as the base model.
* How's ride quality and noise? Seems like a smooth-riding, quiet car, at least with the 16" wheels (which is what I'd get).
* How's the Bluetooth? Seems to work very well. That is an issue on some cars.
Interesting that the reviewer thought the 1.4L was peppy, since it has less power than what we'll get here. So the 1.8L should be just fine for people like me who have no need to grossly exceed legal limits with regularity.
The issue with the FE meter peaking at 50 mpg is weird... I've never seen a limit that low. My Sentra maxes out at 60, and I often peg that out when coasting, going down grades etc. I've seen others (including on a Grand Caravan I owned!) that maxed out at 99 mpg. It's not really an issue for average FE, but certainly for instantaneous mpg.
#36 of 94 Re: 2013 Hyundai Elantra GT [winwin3]
Mar 28, 2012 (6:11 am)
Looks like the improved the steering some, that's a concern of mine. Sounds like the ride with the standard suspension and 16 inch wheels is good and sporty, I'm guessing the 17 inchers and extra sporty suspension might be too stiff (and I'm not sure I want that monster heavy sunroof anyway). Gauge cluster looks nice. I wonder when they'll release 2013 brochures, this is bound to be in there.
#37 of 94 Just thinking out loud...
Apr 04, 2012 (8:29 am)
...but wouldn't an Elantra GT Turbo with the 1.6L Turbo out of the Veloster Turbo be SOO VERY NICE?
#38 of 94 Re: Just thinking out loud... [bpizzuti]
Apr 04, 2012 (10:51 am)
Hyundai needs to save something for 2014.
#39 of 94 Re: Just thinking out loud... [backy]
Apr 04, 2012 (11:32 am)
You know they're going to announce it right AFTER I buy my Elantra GT, right?
#41 of 94 Re: Just thinking out loud... [bpizzuti]
Apr 04, 2012 (3:24 pm)
I'll be sure to tell you how fun it is when I buy one in mid-2013.
#42 of 94 Re: Just thinking out loud... [backy]
Apr 04, 2012 (7:05 pm)
If I can wait that long I'll be getting one too. Then again, if I can't wait there's always the Veloster Turbo, depending on how the MPGs work out. They're estimating 38 MPG highway for the manual.
#43 of 94 Package annoyance
Apr 07, 2012 (6:44 pm)
Ok, just got back from the NY Auto Show, where they had both the Veloster Turbo and the Elantra GT for me to drool over. And then I looked at the info sheet for the GT. Particularly the last part:
* 17 inch alloy wheels
* Sport tunes suspension
* Panoramic Sunroof
* Front side mirrors with turn signals.
* Leather seats, steering wheel, shift knob
* Power seats
* Aluminum pedals
* One touch up driver's window
* Requires Style Package
* Rear camera
* Auto climate control
* Smart key (or whatever Hyundai calls it)
* Automatic headlights
So basically, in order to get any of the cool options, you must also get the monsterous panoramic sunroof. And that's one thing that I was most definitely not impressed with. It's too big, the design forces the front to retract over the rear, it's heavy, it's likely that it'll heat up the car quite a bit in the sun, and the only shading is a thin piece of fabric that acts as a blackout shade, and it's over an inch from the glass. As well as being a bit cheap. I'd really prefer to avoid that sunroof if I can but they're also requiring a panoramic sunroof on the Veloster Turbo in order to get the rear camera (luckily that's adding a much smaller amount of glass). Did someone at Hyundai get a discount on sunroof glass or something?
#44 of 94 Re: Package annoyance [bpizzuti]
Apr 07, 2012 (9:36 pm)
You mean not even the leather-covered wheel and shift knob are standard on the GT, as on the old one? No sport-tuned suspension standard, as on the old one? Not even a one-touch-up driver's window standard?? That's a really basic GT! What's "GT" about it?
I don't need nav/rear camera/auto climate/smart key/auto headlights/aluminum pedals/power seat/leather seats/panoramic sunroof. But I wouldn't mind the turn signals in the mirrors (safety), sport tuned suspension (but with 16" wheels), one-touch-up windows, and leather wheel/shifter. At least maybe the base price will be pretty reasonable, as de-contented as it is.
Did you see anything about the GT that you LIKED?