A couple of years ago, compact sedans were all about fuel efficiency, hybrids, and low-powered engines. Well, all of that has changed. Automakers like Honda and Ford are now rolling out high-powered pocket rockets that have enthusiasts that are on the budget rushing to the showrooms. Recently, we’ve seen the Ford Focus ST, Ford Focus RS, Honda Civic Sport, Honda Civic Si, and more. Hyundai is now jumping in on the action with the Hyundai Elantra Sport and the recently revealed Hyundai Elantra GT.
Today, we take a closer look at the new 2017 Hyundai Elantra Sport. Available only as a sedan, the Hyundai Elantra Sport is the third variant added to the compact sedan’s lineup. Powered by a turbo engine and available with a 6-speed manual transmission, the Hyundai Elantra Sport is everything a performance compact sedan shopper can want. Top that with a quality built interior and innovative technology features, the Hyundai Elantra Sport is really changing the game for the model.
The 2017 Hyundai Elantra Sport builds on the recently redesigned Elantra model with a very grown-up exterior. The exterior on all 2017 Hyundai Elantra models is definitely more dynamic and more sophisticated than previous versions of the compact sedan.
Exclusive to the 2017 Hyundai Elantra Sport model are updated front and rear elements that differentiate from the rest of the Elantra lineup. The Hyundai Elantra Sport carries a hexagonal grille with a “Turbo” badge, aggressive side sills, horizontal LED daytime running lamps, HID headlamps, standard LED taillights, dual chrome exhausts that are fitted into the rear bumper, and 18-inch wheels that are wrapped in Hankook Ventus Noble high-performance all-season tires.
The 2017 Hyundai Elantra Sport (and all other Elantra models) sits on a wheelbase that measures 106.3 inches with an overall length of 179.9 inches. The width comes in at 70.9 inches and the overall height comes in at 56.5 inches.
Compared to other sporty compact sedans, the Hyundai Elantra Sport adopts more of a subtle and elegant look rather than aggressive and overly dynamic. Nonetheless, it’s fun show up to a race and have people thinking that the Hyundai Elantra Sport isn’t capable of something fun.
The 2017 Hyundai Elantra Sport builds on the regular Elantra’s award winning interior with a bunch of updated features.
Standard features include heated sport seats with red contrast stitching, a flat-bottomed leather steering wheel, leather-wrapped shifter, alloy pedals, and a jet black headliner. There are also ‘Sport’ logos on the seats that let you know that this is something special.
Standard tech features include a 7-inch display infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability, SiriusXM, push-button start, Sport gauge clusters, USB, Bluetooth audio streaming and smartphone connectivity, a rearview camera and more. Going for the upgraded Premium Package will add an 8-inch display with navigation, 8-speaker Infinity sound system, Blue Link connectivity, a power sunroof, and a range of driver assist technologies.
The 2017 Hyundai Elantra Sport offers 42.2 inches of legroom for front row passengers and 35.7 inches for rear passengers. With that in mind, we have to say that even though the Hyundai Elantra Sport is meant to be a little aggressive, the interior is extremely comfortable and the ride quality is very smooth.
Let’s get right to the Sport part. The 2017 Hyundai Elantra Sport is powered by a 1.6L Turbo-GDI inline four cylinder engine making 201 horsepower and a maximum torque of 195 lb-ft. Mated to a 6-speed manual or a 7-speed dual clutch automatic transmission, 0 to 60 mph comes in just 6.3 sends with a top speed of 125 mph.
The engine isn’t the only ‘Sport’ part of the Elantra Sport. The sporty compact sedan also comes with a rear multi-link independent suspension, 12-inch front brake rotors, larger front and rear stabilizer bars, higher spring and damper rates, updated steering and retuned final drive ratios. With all those upgrades, you can definitely feel the difference when compared to a standard Elantra. Handling is extremely tight and it is very fun to throw this thing into the corners.
The quick acceleration, tighter handling, and overall sporty driver are further enhanced by a re-tuned exhaust that provides an exciting sound as you pass by cars on the roads.
Still wondering what the fuel economy figures are like? The 2017 Hyundai Elantra Sport offers an EPA-rated 22/30 mpg* (city/highway) or 25 mpg* combined.
Adding onto the standard safety features, the 2017 Hyundai Elantra Sport comes standard with blind spot notification, rear cross traffic alert and lane change assist.
The 2017 Hyundai Elantra Sport is just the beginning for the brand in the sport world. The Sport trim-level will carry over to the Elantra GT hatchback model and there are rumors of an even more powerful Elantra. Prices for the 2017 Hyundai Elantra Sport start at $21,650**. If you’re in the market for a sporty compact sedan, make sure you visit your local AutoNation dealer for a test drive today.
*Based on EPA mileage ratings. Your mileage will vary depending specific vehicle trim, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, and other factors.
**MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, destination charge and options. Dealer prices may vary.