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Jeffrey N. Ross | Aug 19, 2020

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As crossovers continue to overshadow their lower hatchback counterparts, cars like the 2020 Hyundai Elantra GT N Line exist to show that life isn't always better with added ground clearance.

Despite carrying the same name, the differences between the Elantra sedan and Elantra GT hatchback are as different American football and European football, and that is especially true when factoring in the N Line model. Formerly known as the Elantra GT Sport, the N Line model was introduced for the 2019 model year, and while it's not an all-out hot hatch like the Veloster N, this new trim level does help bring some sporty design cues to Hyundai's compact hatchback.

2020 Hyundai Elantra GT N Line Exterior

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While the Elantra sedan received an angular facelift for the 2019 model year, the 2020 Elantra GT hatchback carries over with the same style this car debuted with for the 2018 model year.

As an example of how different Americans and Europeans still are when it comes to compact cars, the Elantra GT rides on a wheelbase that is two inches shorter than the sedan and the overall length is nine inches shorter. This helps give the hatchback sportier, more appealing proportions. The design might not be as extroverted as the Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla hatchbacks, but the details are what makes the Elantra GT one eye-catching compact.

Up front, the 2020 Hyundai Elantra GT gets Hyundai's cascading grille with a pattern commonly seen on Mercedes and Infiniti products, and the N Line package adds distinct wheels and bumpers. LED headlights and taillights to complete the car's sporty appearance, and this bolder style looks especially good with this tester's Fluid Metal paint job.

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2020 Hyundai Elantra GT N Line Interior

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Like the exterior, the cabin design of the 2020 Hyundai Elantra GT is totally different from the sedan, but it offers the same class-leading interior with surprising materials, quality and fit and finish. Matching its outward appearance and name, the GT N Line serves up a sportier cabin. Lined mostly in black, and it adds stylish accents like the sport pedals, red stitching on the perforated leather seats, red trim on the instrument panel, and Hyundai's "N" logo on the steering wheel and shift knob.

Even though the Elantra GT N Line looks the part of a sport compact, it still has an interior that is practical and comfortable. In terms of cabin tech, the Elantra GT comes with the large eight-inch infotainment screen as well as standard Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility. Those exclusive N Line leather sport seats with the embossed N logo are cool looking, and they are also extremely comfortable and supportive. This hatchback has no problem accommodating five adult passengers, and the sunken rear load floor gives the Elantra GT 24.9 cubic-feet when the rear seat is up.

Folding the rear seats down more than doubles the cargo capacity to 55.1 cubic-feet, but the downside of doing so is that there is a considerable height difference between the seats and the rear cargo area.

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2020 Hyundai Elantra GT N Line Powertrain

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Formerly known as the GT Sport, the 2020 Hyundai Elantra GT N Line is powered by a 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder putting out 201 horsepower and 195 lb-ft of torque. While an advanced seven-speed DCT is available as a $1,100 option, this tester was equipped with a six-speed manual transmission. With this powertrain configuration, the front-drive compact returns EPA-rated fuel economy estimates of 23 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway, making it the least efficient but most engaging of the 2020 Elantra GT lineup.

More than just an appearance package, the N Line also gives the Elantra GT some added handling improvements. For starters, the N Line upgrades to a multi-link independent rear suspension setup, compared to the torsion beam rear suspension of the standard Elantra GT. The N Line also gets stiffer springs, larger sway bars, retuned shocks, and tighter steering calibration. As you’d expect, all that hardware makes for an engaging driving dynamic. As a nod to the handling capabilities the Elantra GT N Line has, if you opt for the manual transmission, it comes from the factory wearing grippy Michelin Pilot Sport4 tires.

Hyundai likes to tout that the new Elantra GT was tuned on the famed Nürburgring, and it doesn't take a long test drive to show that this European testing paid off. In respect to its sporting capabilities, the GT is surprisingly close to hot hatches like the VW GTI and Honda Civic Si.

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2020 Hyundai Elantra GT N Line Safety

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The one area where the 2020 Hyundai Elantra GT is really outshined by its rivals is safety. That starts with the hatchback's four-star overall crash rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

While the Elantra GT is available with advanced safety technologies like lane keeping assist, smart cruise control and forward collision warning, this tester was not equipped with these features.

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2020 Hyundai Elantra GT N Line Overall

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Compact hatchbacks have always been practical and reasonably priced, but the 2020 Hyundai Elantra GT N Line proves that these cars don't have to be boring – to look at or to drive.

Packing the practicality of a small CUV and the value of a compact sedan, the Elantra GT has instantly become a dominating force in this hatchback segment thanks to its style, efficiency and affordability, and the addition of the N Line model throws in a little added nimbleness for good measure.

In its base form, the 2020 Hyundai Elantra GT has a starting price of $20,650, the peppier, turbocharged Elantra GT N Line starts at just $23,500. Adding only the destination charge, the Elantra GT N Line we drove had an as-tested price of $24,475.

Make sure to visit your local AutoNation Hyundai dealership and test drive the 2020 Hyundai Elantra GT today!

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2020 Hyundai Elantra GT N Line Specs


4-door, 8-passenger, AWD


3.8L V-6, 291 hp, 262 lb-ft
8-speed automatic


19/24 mpg (city/hwy)

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