Hyundai Accent Hatch 1.6 Fluid Manual review

Hyundai Accent 1.6

Hyundai Accent 1.6

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.

Hyundai Accent 1.6 Fluid

Hyundai Accent 1.6 Fluid

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.

Don’t get me wrong. This is not a shabby offering, it’s just not exciting. It is a practical car solution for somebody who just wants reliable wheels. It is worth a look.Accent-Hatch-108

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.

 

 

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Hyundai Accent 1.6 GLS Automatic review

Hyundai Accent 1.6 GLS automatic

Hyundai have been continuously improving their cars by leaps and bounds. The present Accent not only looks so much better than it’s predecessor but it is much better.

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.

EXTERIOR

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.

INTERIOR

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.

DRIVING IMPRESSIONS

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 BAD

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.

THE GOOD

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.

CONCLUSION

The Accent is very good value for money motoring for the smaller family.

SPECIFICATIONS

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

PRICING

Prices start from R156 900. Price of ACCENT 1.6 GLS AUTOMATIC as tested is R178 900.