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2019 Hyundai Elantra Walk Around

Freshly facelifted, the Elantra has turned into a standout in the compact-sedan category. Bold headlights reach deeply into the grille. The hood curves gracefully, while the beltline stretches into the rear roof pillar.

Eco, Limited, and Sport versions feature LED running lights. When unlit, they appear as a mirrored surface.

Visually, the GT Hatchback is more a Euro-hatch lookalike. Its headlights are far removed from the low, wide grille.

Interior

Elantra sedans and hatchbacks share some interior shapes, but they differ considerably. GT interiors benefit from a cleaner, more spare look. The sedan is spacious for a compact, with a clean, well-organized cabin, but looks a bit more busy.

GT hatchbacks offer good space for four adults. Sedans are a bit better able to handle five.

Front seats are about right for a compact. Most models feature grippy cloth seat upholstery. The Elantra Limited substitutes satisfying leather. Elantra Sport front seats grip tighter and provide deeper bolstering, delivering excellent support.

Rear-seat sedan riders get 35.7 inches of legroom. Hatchbacks offer a little less. The sedan’s back bench is flat. Taller riders can expect good head clearance.

Sedans show a few thrifty-looking details, while hatchbacks are fitted with nicer materials. Relatively narrow roof pillars permit good outward vision in either.

Sedan touchscreens integrate well with the lineup of buttons below, and clearly arranged climate controls employ toggle-style switches. Floating GT touchscreens sit high, flanked by buttons and knobs.

Sedan trunks hold just 14.4 cubic feet of cargo. Hatchbacks allow an additional 10 cubic feet, when rear seatbacks are upright. Space grows to 55 cubic feet with seatbacks folded flat.

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