Drive – Hyundai Accent Active Review

27 May 2015 | Author: | Comments Off on Drive – Hyundai Accent Active Review

Ever since its more than two decades Hyundai has relied on attractive to win over buyers more with Japanese or European

Even with the arrival of the i30 hatch, the maker pitched as cheaper than the Toyotas and of the world.

But the cheapest version of the new city car will cost you the amount of money as a Ford and more than the entry-level and Toyota Yaris.

It’s bigger, more and better equipped than rivals but the pricing is still a albeit one based on a growing of admirers and an enticing five-year that promises peace of for first-time new-car buyers.

and equipment

The Accent starts at for the manual five-door Active with a four-speed automatic costing an extra $2000. climb to $20,990 for the more equipped Premium model.

Standard fare on all models Bluetooth phone and audio as well as USB and iPod ports.


The base-model Active 14-inch steel wheels, the mid-spec Elite buys alloys. The most expensive model gets all the goodies, parking sensors, leatherette trim, a rear-view camera, climate control and push-button All cars get a full-size spare under the boot floor.

The Accent trumps its main with an impressive level of equipment available as standard the range. Six airbags are standard on all as is stability control. A clever is the seat-belt reminder for all five invaluable for drivers with children.

You also get an economy with a digital indicator on the panel telling you the most time to change gears.


Unfortunately, cruise isn’t available on any model in the Hyundai says it is working head office to address the

Under the bonnet

The Accent’s petrol engine is a lively with appreciably more than some rivals in class. That translates to response off the mark, while the is also happy to rev, with an accompanying level of in the cabin.


The manual’s of a sixth gear can create buzzing when freeway but around town the engine about its business with a of fuss.


The shift on our manual test car was light and while the clutch pick-up was easy to get used to.


Hyundai Accent

Fuel consumption city driving hovered 8.5 litres per 100 kilometres, which is to good for a car of its size. Claimed consumption of 6.0L/100km is good for the

How it drives

The new Accent feels a assured and solid car than its although it still lacks the finesse and confidence of the class-leading in this segment.


The culprit is the vague steering, reacts slowly to inputs and … around centre. The copes with rougher surfaces pretty well, with the odd jolt through the over bigger potholes.


The car also settles well after bigger, bumps, although it can struggle to composed over corrugations cornering.


It doesn’t as well as some small but it is competent and predictable in its responses to inputs.


Noise is acceptable in the cabin, although the and suspension can get noisy on coarse

Comfort and practicality

The Accent no looks cheap and cheerful Hyundai has made big improvements in the quality of its cabin materials and the of the cabin itself. Hard still dominate but clever surface finishes and attractive break up the expanse of black and plastic to create a more feel.


There are still short cuts, though. is no reach adjustment on the steering and the seating position doesn’t the adjustment of some rivals, can make it hard to get comfortable. vision is a concern as well, a letterbox-size rear window and rear pillars creating spots.


You do, however, get an amount of rear leg and headroom, as as a deep boot, with of room for shopping and bulkier and decent storage bins.

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