Thursday, 17 January 2019

Hyundai Accent 2018 review

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 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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New Hyundai Creta: REAL reasons why everyone’s buying this compact SUV

The Hyundai Creta is India’s best selling SUV longer than 4 metres. Despite being around since 2015, people are still heading to Hyundai showrooms in droves to purchase the Creta. So why is it that everyone is still buying the Hyundai Creta? Here are seven reasons.

1. Design
Over the years, Hyundai has kept the design of the Creta as fresh as possible by launching special edition versions of the SUV from time to time.
The facelift launched in May 2018, refreshed the design, bringing the Creta more in line with Hyundai’s current design language with the signature cascade grille, new projector headlamps and revised bumpers. Also new are the Marina Blue and Passion Orange colour options along with the all-new Dual Tone Passion Orange and Black option.
Hyundai has ensured that Creta looks the part of an SUV and it sits right while not going overboard with the styling. This has really appealed to customers, who prefer its restrained yet likeable design.
2. Feature packed
The new Hyundai Creta comes packed with a host of spectacular features including a panoramic sunroof, 6-way electronically adjustable driver seat that also gets height adjustment, smart key band, wireless phone charge, speed sensing auto door lock, sliding front armrest and cruise control. The car also gets a new touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and MirrorLink, apart from Hyundai’s own iBlue Audio Control App.
3. Premium interiors

The facelifted Creta offers revised interiors and a dual-tone interior theme option. The upholstery is made of premium materials, which is appealing to potential owners.
Another addition to the interior includes a new and larger 7-inch infotainment display on the centre console. Owners can opt for a new Tangerine Orange interior colour pack to make the cabin more attractive.
4. Powerful yet frugal engine options
The Hyundai Creta is offered with three engine options – one petrol and two diesels, all of which offer a mix of power and fuel efficiency. The single petrol is a four-cylinder 1.6-litre unit that cranks out 122 Bhp @ 6,400 rpm and 151 Nm @ 4,850 rpm. The engine comes paired to either a manual or an automatic gearbox both of which offer 6 speeds and returns a mileage of 15.29 km/l.
The smaller diesel engine is a 1.4-litre turbocharged unit that cranks out 89 Bhp @ 4,000 rpm and 220 Nm of torque @ 1,500 rpm while returning a mileage of 21.38 km/l. The 1.4-litre diesel is only offered with a 6-speed manual gearbox.
The larger 1.6-litre turbo diesel unit comes paired with 6-speed manual or automatic transmission options and is the most powerful engine option on offer with the Creta. The engine churns out 126 Bhp @ 4,000 rpm and 260 Nm of torque @ 1,500 rpm. The Creta’s 1.6-litre diesel engine returns a mileage of 19.67 km/l with the manual gearbox option and 17.01km/l with the automatic transmission.
5. Safety
Hyundai packs the Creta with a host of safety features including multiple airbags (2 in the base variant that goes up to 6 in the top-spec variant). Other safety options found on the Creta include ABS, Hill-start assist control (HAC), Electronic stability control (ESC), Static bending lights (SBL) that bend light around a corner for better nighttime visibility, rear parking camera, anti-pinch power windows, and an electrochromic rear-view mirror that reduces the glare from trailing vehicles for safe nighttime driving.
6. Reliability
Over the years, Hyundai’s cars have proven to be extremely reliable and the Creta is no different. Also, Hyundai offers the Creta with a 3 years/unlimited kilometres warranty along with roadside assistance, which should take care of any unforeseen problems.
7. Good sales and service network
Hyundai has the second largest sales and service network in India among four-wheeler manufacturers after Maruti Suzuki. This means that potential Creta owners have a greater chance of looking at and test driving the Creta at Group 1 Hyundai.