As the average South African, whether single or family oriented, shops around for their next vehicle, the first things they consider the most important are; a) ‘I need something fuel-efficient’, and b) ‘What on the market today will give me the biggest bang for my buck on the deal?’
So, once all the research and weighing up the competition is done, the Hyundai Accent 1.6 Hatchback is a good choice in the hatch back segment. Slotting in comfortably between its brothers, the i20 and i30, its punchy little 1.6l engine plates up a healthy 91kW available at 6300 rpm, a decent 156 Nm of torque (available at 4200rpm) and, coupled with a super lightweight of 1035kg’s, means that the very good-looking Accent gets up to speed easily both in and about town, as well as comfortably sitting at the speed limits on the open road.
Gear changes are quick, with a light and easy to use clutch and, despite that power steering feels a little lifeless and that one notices some slight road noise anywhere over 100km/h, it’s an all-round pleasure to drive. Although Hyundai claim 6.4l/100, we managed a healthy low of 7.0l/100 without being too concerned about consumption figures. Still a great number no matter what anybody says!
Glancing around the cabin itself proves easy on the eye. There’s absolutely no clutter within the dash display, the instruments and infotainment are all pretty straight forward and easy to use, and the steering wheel-mounted audio and telephone controls are a comfortable finger reach away.
Air-conditioning with a very cool anti-bacterial pollen filter, rear park sensors, Bluetooth/CD/USB, ABS, Electric Windows, Air Bags throughout and Power Steering are some of the standard creature comforts you’ll find in the Hyundai Accent.
And speaking of comfort; should you find yourself settling for the cloth interior option, you’ll find the fabric is not only easy to live with, but proves hard wearing and durable. The leather option of course (+ R8000), extends the feel of relative luxury in a vehicle of this class.
The Hyundai Accent isn’t shy on space either and legroom is surprisingly good. Boot space is a decent 370l and does its job well, offering enough space for every day luggage and packing requirements.
Although the Hyundai Accent’s competition are the likes of the Ford Fiesta, Kia Rio, Chevrolet Sonic and Toyota Yaris respectively, the Accent is a great daily drive for both the single individual and family markets alike.
In my opinion, it’s the best looking option of the lot and at R234,900 you really have found that bang for your buck in a great ride with a whole lot of goodies inside.
The Hyundai Accent 1.6 Hatch offers the buyer a 5 year/150 000 km warranty, 5 year/90 000 km service plan and 5 year/150 000 km roadside assistance as part of the Hyundai Accent Hatchback package. Service intervals are 15 000 km.
Go and visit http://www.hyundai.co.za/passenger-vehicles/showroom/hatchback/accent-hatchback/ for more details and information.