2018 Hyundai Elantra GT (i30) hatch vs sedan: What are the differences seen side by side?

The new Euro-developed i30 is being sold as the Elantra GT. In this side by side comparison we see how different the Elantra GT/i30 is to the Elantra sedan.

2018 Hyundai Elantra GT - front, grayGT/i30
2017 Elantra SedanSedan
Both the Hyundai Elantra GT (i30) and Elantra sedan ride on the same platform, but they have completely different bodies.
2018 Hyundai Elantra GT - rearGT/i30
2017 Elantra SedanSedan
The Elantra GT (i30) has a shorter 2,650mm (104.3-in) wheelbase, while the Elantra sedan has a 2,700mm (106.3-in) wheelbase. The GT/i30 is naturally shorter too at 4,340mm (170.9-in) than the Elantra sedan at 4,570mm (179.9-in).
2018 Hyundai Elantra GT - interior, dashboardGT/i30
2017 Elantra SedanSedan
While the Elantra sedan has a dashboard that looks like a shrunken version of the one on the latest Sonata, the Elantra GT has a more upscale dash with that Euro-chic free-standing tablet-style design for the infotainment system.
2018 Hyundai Elantra GT - front seatsGT/i30
2017 Hyundai Elantra Sport - front seatsSedan
The top-end Turbo models both feature the same chunkier, more heavily bolstered front seats.
2018 Hyundai Elantra GT - steering wheelGT/i30
2017 Hyundai Elantra Sport - interior, dashboard, steering wheelSedan
They also feature the same flat-bottomed sports steering wheel.
2018 Hyundai Elantra GT - rear seatsGT/i30
2017 Elantra SedanSedan
The rear seats don't look too different, and in the sporty turbo models aren't that shapely, so you might slide around a bit if you're ensconced back there.
2018 Hyundai Elantra GTGT/i30
2017 Elantra SedanSedan
We prefer the practicality of the hatch's boot, but America and Asia prefer the safety and security of an enclosed trunk area.
2018 Hyundai Elantra GTGT/i30
2017 Elantra SedanSedan
The Elantra sedan has a simple, but large six-point grille, while the GT/i30 hatch has the company's latest cascading grille. This grille style will make its throughout the range, and will appear on the updated Sonata sedan.
2018 Hyundai Elantra GTGT/i30
2017 Elantra SedanSedan
While the physical presentation of the infotainment systems differs wildly, under the skin they probably aren't that different.


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Derek Fung

Derek Fung

Editor-at-large — Derek has a lifelong love for all things automotive, from the dullest Camry to record shattering Bugattis. Prior to starting up Between the Axles he was a reviewer for CNET Australia and the founding editor of its Car Technology channel. [Read more]