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What’s the Difference Between the 2017 Hyundai Elantra and Elantra Sport?

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2017 Hyundai Elantra vs. Elantra Sport Differences comparison

Back in July, Hyundai announced that it would be releasing a Sport version of the bestselling Elantra. However, the Elantra Sport wasn’t just going to be another trim level of the compact sedan, like SE, Eco, and Limited are. The Sport variant would be bringing unique changes to the Elantra that weren’t previously offered.

So which version of the Elantra is right for you? Let’s compare to the basic Elantra to the new Elantra Sport and find out.


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Comparing the Elantra to the Elantra Sport

Much like the Santa Fe Sport is to the Santa Fe, the Elantra Sport will enhance the performance of the Elantra in new ways.

The basic Elantra is powered by a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine with 147 hp, while the Sport is upgraded to a 1.6-liter turbo four-cylinder engine that hits over 200 horsepower and over 190 lb-ft of torque. However, both versions have the same transmission options: six-speed manual or seven-speed Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT)–though the Elantra Sport’s DCT gets paddle shifters.

Moving to the back of the vehicle, the Elantra Sport gets independent multi-link rear suspension to give it a better driving experience than the basic Elantra.

Inside, the Elantra Sport does exude “performance,” as it’s outfitted with a pair of front sport seats, upholstery with red contrast stitching, and a flat-bottomed steering wheel. It will also come with many tech features that are only optional add-ons for the lower Elantra trim levels.

The Hyundai Elantra Sport is not yet offered to US customers through Hyundai’s website, but when it does, we’re curious to see how well this sport-ified version sells.


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    The difference is that the Elantra Sport has a totally different rear suspension set up, plus an optional $900 suspension tuning that makes it have almost no leaning when cornering for a go-cart experience. People who have driven the tuned suspension version compare it to Volkswagen Golf GTI in road manner.

    It is a shame that the regular Elantra didn’t get this suspension set up.

    The i30 comes with this suspension set up as a standard feature.