2018 Chevrolet Spark vs. 2018 Hyundai Elantra GT

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Both the Spark and the Elantra GT have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front-wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available collision warning systems, lane departure warning systems and rear parking sensors.


Chevrolet pays for scheduled maintenance on the Spark for 2 years and 24,000 miles. Chevrolet will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance (up to 2 oil changes). Hyundai doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the Elantra GT.

There are almost 4 times as many Chevrolet dealers as there are Hyundai dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Spark’s warranty.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Spark gets better fuel mileage than the Elantra GT:




Elantra GT



1.4 4 cyl./Manual 5-Spd

29 city/39 hwy

23 city/31 hwy

2.0 4 cyl./Manual


1.4 4 cyl./Manual 5-Spd

29 city/38 hwy






22 city/29 hwy

1.6 4 cyl./Manual


1.4 4 cyl./Auto

30 city/38 hwy

24 city/32 hwy

2.0 4 cyl./Auto


1.4 4 cyl./Auto

30 city/37 hwy






26 city/32 hwy

1.6 4 cyl./Auto


The Spark offers an optional continuously variable transmission (CVT). With no “steps” between gears, it can keep the engine at the most efficient speed for fuel economy, or keep it at its peak horsepower indefinitely for maximum acceleration. The Elantra GT doesn’t offer a CVT.

To help the driver achieve optimum performance and fuel economy, the Spark has a standard up-shift light to indicate when to shift based on power needs and conditions. The Elantra GT doesn’t offer an up-shift light.

Suspension and Handling

For better maneuverability, the Spark’s turning circle is 1 foot tighter than the Elantra GT’s (33.8 feet vs. 34.8 feet).


The Chevrolet Spark may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 650 to 750 pounds less than the Hyundai Elantra GT.

The Spark is 2 feet, 3.8 inches shorter than the Elantra GT, making the Spark easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The Spark is 7.9 inches narrower than the Elantra GT, making the Spark easier to handle and maneuver in traffic.

Servicing Ease

An Oil Life Monitor is standard on the Spark to save the owner time and money by calculating maintenance intervals for oil changes based on actual driving conditions. This takes the guesswork out of keeping your vehicle in top condition and helps it last longer. Hyundai doesn’t offer a maintenance reminder on the Elantra GT.


The power windows standard on both the Spark and the Elantra GT have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Spark is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The Elantra GT prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

The Spark LT/ACTIV’s available driver’s power window opens or closes with one touch of the window control, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths. The Elantra GT’s standard driver’s power window switch has to be held the entire time to close it fully.

The Spark has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. The Elantra GT only offers an automatic headlight on/off feature as an extra cost option.

Economic Advantages

Insurance will cost less for the Spark owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Spark will cost $600 to $895 less than the Elantra GT over a five-year period.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Chevrolet Spark will be $2264 to $4053 less than for the Hyundai Elantra GT.

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