Hyundai Accent 1.6 GLS automatic
I think VW, Toyota and Ford must be looking over their shoulders with some trepidation. This Accent is the equal of the Polo, Yaris and Fiesta. It is by no means perfect, but it is up there right with the rest. It makes up in higher specs what it arguably does not have in name or technological prowess.
The Accent looks like a quality car, with flowing lines and an interesting wing-like crease at door handle height rising up to the boot. The nose is better looking in the flesh than in pictures. It has intelligent looking headlights, the traditional Hyundai grill and fog lights recessed in flared pods. The rear seems rounded off. Almost as good looking as the Elantra.
The car is as pleasant inside as it is to look at outside. The materials used are designed to be pleasing to the eye and pleasant to touch. It does not look cheap. The hard bits have either been cleverly textured or are finished in a smart glossy piano black.
The seats are comfortable, and the driver’s is fairly adjustable. You can get a comfortable driving position. Instruments are clear and easy to read. The switches are well placed and are intuitive to use.
The sound system has Bluetooth, Aux / iPod / USB Connections, 4 speakers and two tweeters.
The Accent’s accelerator steering are both very sharp and take a bit of getting used to. The car is well behaved on the road and is easy to park, especially as it has rear park sensors.
General roadholding is good and predictable. Brake action feels right.
The steering action is a little weird. It is almost too light, but you will get used to it. The other aspect is a little nasty. At speed it wants to be centred so if you are driving round a long gentle bend it works against you. Once again it it is something one will get used too quickly.
There is no vanity light. The multi display in the centre console has a distracting glare at night.
Everything appears to be well put together. There were no rattles or squeaks in the test car. The warranty is an excellent 5 years. That tells you Hyundai are pretty confident about the build quality.
Power 91kW / 6 300 Torque 156Nm / 4 200 0 to 100km/h 11.4 seconds
Fuel consumption Hyundai claims 6.4 litres/100km. I got 7.1 litres/100km.
Warranty 5 years or 150 000km
Prices start from R156 900. Price of ACCENT 1.6 GLS AUTOMATIC as tested is R178 900.