The current generation of Hyundai’s smallest hatchback, the Accent has been on sale since 2011 and despite facing stiff competition from newer models, it remains the best-seller in the light car segment.
How does a hatch that’s changed very little over the years continue to sell well in a market, which continues to get tougher? I set out to find what’s appealing about it.
A decent multimedia system is essential for keeping yourself and your passengers entertained during the journey.
In the Hyundai Accent for sale, you’ll find a small 5.0-inch touchscreen with Bluetooth and Apple CarPlay. If you’re a Samsung user (like myself) you’re left wondering where the Android Auto is?
Android Auto is available, but needs to be requested at the dealer which will perform a 15-minute software upgrade to unlock this feature.
Rear parking sensors are an optional extra, whilst there are some great standard features such as the noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) levels inside the car. During my trip very little road noise infiltrated the cabin and having driven several of the Accent's rivals, it’s one of the quietest of the bunch.
Another positive is the 1.6-litre engine. The four cylinder produces 103kW/167Nm, which in this class, feels like a Ferrari.
Unlike some small cars, the Accent doesn't feel out of its comfort zone on the highway, there’s enough power throughout the rev-range to make overtaking easy.
Connected to the engine is a six-speed (torque converter) automatic with manual shifting. Last year the base model Accent was fitted with a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) auto, while the torque converter was reserved for the top-spec SR model.
As Hyundai has trimmed the range down to just the Sport, the CVT has been dropped in favour of the traditional auto while there’s also an optional six-speed manual.
There are four-wheel disc brakes compared to the usual combination of front discs and rear drum brakes of the competition.
The Hyundai Accent for sale is best suited to driving through city streets and busy shopping centres.
The Accent’s small size allows it to fit into tight spots. The steering can feel heavy when switching from Reverse to Drive, but the rest of the time it’s light.
Walking back to the Accent with groceries in hand was a reminder that the exterior styling is splendid.
What is attractive about the Accent is a boot that makes objects disappear like a magician’s pocket.
There's 370 litres (VDA) of load space on offer in the Accent, enough to easily swallow my shopping and a massive bag of clothes ready for the charity collection bin.
As already mentioned, the Accent range consists of one car, the Sport, which is available as a hatch or sedan, at Group 1 Hyundai.
One plus for the Accent is the full-sized alloy spare tyre. The only other car in this class with a full-sized spare is the Volkswagen Polo, but that’s a steel wheel.
The official average fuel consumption for the Accent auto is 6.6L/100km.
Hyundai’s smallest hatch has a zippy engine, a comfortable interior and loads of boot space. These are the reasons the Accent Sport is still the best selling car in the light car segment.
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