Accent Hatch 1.6 Fluid Manual
There is a very small gap between the i20 and the i30 models in the Hyundai hatch range. Hyundai says so. Its called the Accent Hatch. No t to be confused with the Accent sedan, which feels a different car.
The Accent Hatch is an economical, value for money model which stands apart from the normal range, aimed at the company car niche.
The hatch looks quite modern on the outside and is plain but pleasant on the inside. It is a no frills but not a stripped down offering from the Korean value car brand. It is a car you would not buy based on an emotional response. Its practical, affordable transport. Its bland enough that your bookkeeper would buy one, much like she would have bought an old Corolla 15 or 20 years ago. In a way the Acccent Hatch replaces the Toyota Conquest niche in the market. That is not a bad thing.
The interior is much like the sedan with which it shares many components. Instrumentation is very complete as is the list of comfort equipment.
The seats remain comfortable even after 30 minutes and seem to have a durable cloth covering, leather is a R8 000 option. The fit and finish is good and materials although not luxurious are fine.
Equipment includes steering wheel-mounted audio controls, USB/aux ports for multimedia, integrated Bluetooth for phone calls and music streaming, height adjustable steering wheel, height-adjustable driver’s seat, four-speed air conditioner, and park distance control.
On the road the Accent performs acceptably. Steering is a little light for my liking, but effective. It is not a peppy drive, but rather steady and sedate, a result of being set up for economy. Hyundai claims 6.4l/100km in general use. In reality it is more like 7.4, which is still good.
I found the road noise to be more than expected. On the open road it has a bit of a whine or drone which I found irritating.
The six speed manual gearbox is good but the rather ancient four speed automatic should be treated with circumspection.
The car as tested costs R234 900, which I feel is a little expensive. I would rather go for a Suzuki Swift at R188 900.
Also look at the Ford Figo, VW Vivo, Kia Rio, Hyundai i20, Toyota Yaris, Suzuki Swift or Renault Sandero.
The manufacturer’s warranty is for a good 5 Year / 150 000 km and the service plan for 5 years or 90 000 km.