I like your Accent, man

2011-10-05 11:51

The Accent has been around for quite some time now, 44 years in fact.

It began life as the Korean automaker’s first product, the Pony, in 1976, and has grown to become one of Hyundai’s top-selling models in the global market.

In 2001 Hyundai set out to become a leader in producing top quality products by the year 2010. In 2009 they achieved this goal by ranking within the top five.

Just look at their current range of vehicles sporting that very stylish “fluidic sculpture” design language which has gained many an admirer. The Sonata is a case in point with its coupe style design.

Hyundai recently launched the new Elantra and i30; both featuring the same design language as the other models.

Now in its seventh generation, the Accent follows the recent change in design started by the ix35 SUV, which focuses on twin rising fold lines along the body and a hexagonal grille. Hyundai call it “fluidic” and to be honest, I really do fancy it. It is a good-looking car, a four-door sedan but with a distinct coupe shape.

The car is longer and wider than the previous model making it the biggest within the segment. This means more space and comfort for front and rear seat passengers.

The interior is also impressive. Hyundai have gone to great lengths to ensure that all the necessary luxuries have been added – such as aircon as standard across the range – while keeping costs down.

The Accent GLS model is seriously kitted out – things like iPod connectivity (with attachment cable), a Bluetooth hands fee system and an MP3 radio are standard features as well as a multifunction steering wheel, electric windows, side mirrors and park distance control in the rear. The GLS model is very impressive when it comes to standard specs and at R167 900 it is a fantastic deal.

Safety is also very important; all models have ABS and EBD along with numerous airbags.

Three derivatives will be available in the range: a GL basic-spec model with only the essentials, a five-speed manual GLS and a four-speed GLS auto. All models will be fitted with a fuel-efficient and durable 1.6 Gamma engine with 91kW of power and 156Nm of torque.

The Accent handled our route from Johannesburg to Bronkhorstspruit with ease. It took all the bumpy roads in its stride. Hyundai have gone to great lengths to ensure a quiet and comfortable driving experience. The 1.6-litre motor is gutsy and has enough power to get you moving when needed.

The Accent is a great car for young families or people looking for an alternative to the Toyota Yaris and Polo Vivo Sedan. Definitely worth considering if you want to talk the talk.

Quick Stats

Make: Hyundai Accent
Engine: 1.6-litre manual/autoPower: 91kW
Torque: 156Nm
Fuel consumption: 6.1 l/100km/ 6.4 l/100km
CO2 emissions: 145g/km / 151g/km
Price: from R146 900 to R167 900

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