"The uplevel Elantra GT Sport starts at $24,350 and gets a 201-horsepower, 1.6-liter turbocharged engine and a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. The rear suspension is more sophisticated, and the brakes are larger than in the base version. This upgraded hardware combination creates a much more entertaining car to drive.
"Quick, direct shifting adds to the driving engagement, though we noted some hesitation when starting from a rolling stop. Generally speaking, this gearbox has less low-speed jerkiness than we've experienced in other dual-clutch transmissions. Ultimately, we think the turbo is best experienced with a manual transmission.
"The staff lauded the handling, describing the car as fun to drive, but we found the ride to be rather stiff. It doesn't pull off the dynamic balance as well as the VW Golf, which handles very well but also has a comfortable ride. While the sound from the turbo engine at full song could be invigorating, it could also become a bit gruff at times."
-- Jeff S. Bartlett, Consumer Reports