Hyundai Motor Company is rated one of the most respected and trustworthy brands when it comes to manufacturing of automobiles. The Seoul-headquartered, South Korean car maker has some notable entities under its banner namely Hyundai Elantra, Hyundai Sonata, Hyundai Grand i10, Hyundai Eon, Hyundai Santa Fe and many more. Likewise, in the subcompact segment, one of the most reliable and prudent sedan is Hyundai Accent, which is also known as Hyundai Verna in many countries across the globe. Initially, its first generation was introduced in the year 1994-95 as a replacement to the aging Hyundai Excel. Moreover, the second and third generation models took-off in 1999-00 and 2005 respectively. And lastly, the latest version seen on Philippine streets is the fourth generation global model that came to core in 2011. The very attractive looking sedan receives Hyundai’s new game changing design ideology, the ‘Fluidic Philosophy’. Earlier, the South Korean car maker’s products were robust and dependable, but not that enchanting. However, with the radical change in the designing aspect, its vehicles have become very tempting treat. The captivating design of the Accent exteriors has several cues and curves flowing all over the body alongside aptly sweeping headlamp design and cornering tail lamp cluster at rear. The capacious inside too follow the suit from the outside pattern with fresh approach towards interiors with waterfall dash and console design. One of the main reasons of its success in Philippines among new buyers and fleet owners is its value for money proposition. In the country, Hyundai Accent is presented with conventional choice of gasoline and diesel as fuels. There is 1.4L gasoline engine available in as many as 5 variants and sole variant of 1.6L diesel engine to choose from. Both the engines witness state of the art technology when it comes to refinement, drivability and fuel efficiency. Offered in about 6 exterior shades, the five door sedan has got the up to date comfort, convenience and engaging features for the passengers inside. The active and passive safety features outfitted in the sedan are sufficient. In 2011, Hyundai Accent received 5-star rating in crash-test performed by NCAP-China.
Mileage and Fuel economy
The two fuel choices of Hyundai Accent deliver proper fuel efficiency with their technologically forward fuel injection system. The 1.4L gasoline engine provides a mileage of about 12-13 kmpl and 17 kmpl in city and highways respectively. Moving to the diesel option, the 1.6L CRDi engine delivers a fuel economy of nearly 14-16 kmpl in city traffic and on the longer routes the numbers reads approx. 18-20 kmpl.
The 1.4L gasoline run engine churns out an amazing power output of 100 PS at 6000 rpm. On the other hand the 1.6L diesel engine of Hyundai Accent develops a maximum power of 128 PS at 4000 rpm.
Acceleration & Pickup:
With the stunning power and torque values of its two engines, the Hyundai Accent has got very good acceleration and pick up figures. The 1.4L gasoline engine gets to the coveted zero to 100-mark in only 10 seconds alongside having a top speed of 140-160 kmph. The diesel companion is a bit slow against the peppy petrol engine and does its share of 0-100 kmph in 12-13 seconds. The top speed of diesel trim is nearly 150-160 kmph.
The first thing that Hyundai Accent sedan gets complimented for, is its very stunning yet adorable exterior design. The Fluidic Philosophy is rubbed so well that it stands out to be one of the best looking sedans in its segment worldwide. The frontage gets bold bonnet with character lines flowing towards the grille, while the classy looking front radiator grille that sports a chrome slat amid has company emblem i.e. ‘H’ positioned merrily. The fascinating swoop-back bi-function projector type LED headlamps appear absolutely magnificent, while just below is the large front body coloured bumpers with wide air dams and at the two corners is the unique ‘L’ shaped black fog lamp housing. The side profile of Hyundai Accent looks very aerodynamic with some amazing cues and lines running towards the rear. Furthermore, there are body coloured outside rear view mirrors (ORVMs) with side repeaters and body coloured door handles. Besides there are blacked B pillar and classy set of alloys on which the class leading structure stands firm. The rear part is interesting too with cornering tail lamp design that provides a harmonious feel. And sporty appearing rear bumper that has reflector is designed to ensure safety and style at the same time.
The Hyundai Accent undoubtedly appears large at first glance. It measures 4370 mm in length and 1700 mm in width and 1457 mm when it comes to height. The sedan has an overall wheel base of 2570 mm.
Just like the gorgeous exteriors, the fourth generation sedan makes all inclusive new approach towards designing of the interiors. The cabin is very spacious and with the light colour theme it looks more airy alongside nice fit and finish levels can be observed all over. At the front row there is very exclusively designed large grey-black combination dashboard and waterfall centre console that has integrated air conditioner blower, audio player, manual control switches, stowage holes etc. At one side of dash is decently illuminated instrument cluster with large display of speedometer, tachometer and others; while on the other side there is a large glove box and ac vents for convenience. The black steering wheel with grey accent and chrome company emblem looks premium. The upholstery used at the seats and door trims and plastics used at dash looks premium and is of good quality. The rear bench-type seat with fixed integrated headrests has sufficient space for three occupants along with reasonable legroom and handy elements.
There is apt comfort at front-rear seats that can assure stress-free long journeys for the passengers. Whereas, the powerful air conditioner with 4-vents comes with rotary type air-con control. There are several convenient aspects inside the cabin of Hyundai Accent that comprise of cup/bottle holders at floor console and rear, front map lamps, front head rests with adjust feature, seatback pockets, central door locks, chrome inside door handles, power windows, power side mirrors, portable ashtray, rear parcel tray and many more. Furthermore, the trip computer displays distance to empty, average fuel consumption, instant fuel consumption, average speed and time elapsed etc.
Considering the fact that Accent is a subcompact sedan the interior space is huge and has got sizable dimensions. Besides this there is large boot space of 450+ litres. The rear bench seat can also be folded in a 60:40 ratio allowing additional belongings with immense ease.
Engine and Performance:
The two commendable engines that embrace Hyundai Accent when it comes to performance are 1.4L Kappa gasoline and 1.6L CRDi diesel. The 1.4L Kappa engine with cutting-edge CVVT (continuously variable valve timing) has valve system of DOHC 16V. This engine comes with MPI (multi point injection) fuel system that assists it to churn out a maximum power of 100 PS at 6000 rpm and 13.6 Kgm of peak torque at 4000 rpm. This refined mill is presented with the choice of 6-speed manual transmission gearbox or the advanced CVT transmission. Likewise, the diesel mate is 1.6L CRDi with VGT and 16V HLA. The common rail fuel system engine develops a good supreme power of 128 PS at 4000 rpm and a high torque numbers of 26.5 Kgm at 1900 rpm to 2750 rpm. The diesel fuel choice variant is mated to a 6-speed manual transmission gearbox.
Stereo and Accessories:
The entertainment has always been the high point of Hyundai brand cars and Accent is no different when the question of engaging the occupants arises. The beautifully designed waterfall either has the 1-DIN or integrated audio player that can play FM, AM, CD, MP3 etc., whilst it also has the handy connectivity feature of USB and Bluetooth alongside Aux-in support. Additionally, the entertainment explores new dimensions as the top in line trims of Hyundai Accent are offered with LCD touch screen displays that also has ipod and navigation support besides the regular found in lower trim models. Streaming the music to the passengers are the 4-speakers incorporated at front and rear for surround sound effect.
Hyundai Accent has got sturdy set of wheels and tyres to set the onlookers speechless. The wheels offered on the lower trim models are 14-inch steel wheels with full wheel cap and 14-inch alloys on the mid variants alongside tyres of size 175/17 R14. Moreover the top variants receive large 16-inch alloy wheels with tyre size 195/50 R16. In addition, the subcompact sedan is bestowed with one full size spare wheel and tyre.
Braking and Handling:
The handling part of Hyundai Accent comes good at city traffic and highways. The 4-spoke tilt adjust steering wheel with MDPS (motor drive power steering) comes truly useful amid cutting traffic and effortless manoeuvring in tight spots and hassle free on longer routes at high speeds. The roadside undulations are easily swallowed by front suspensions that are basically McPherson Strut type with coil springs and rear ones with coupled torsion beam axle. The braking too is upright at high speeds and sudden braking in city limits, thanks to ABS. The front and rear brakes are ventilated disc and solid disc/drum in that order.
Safety and Security:
Safety of the occupants and security of the vehicle have always been given top priority by the South Korean auto giant and Hyundai Accent sedan follows the same vigorous tradition. The sedan has got sturdy built quality that can combat any mishap with adequate ease. The active and passive safety features consists of SRS air bags at front for driver and co-passenger, Anti-lock Brake System (ABS) with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), etc. Some more protection gears include 3-point ELR seat belts for all with pretensioners, keyless entry with anti-theft alarm, rear camera etc.
1. Very graceful and striking exterior design
2. Powerful choice of engines in the form of 1.4L gasoline and 1.6L diesel
3. Abundant features in top in line model
1. More features can be added in base and mid trims
2. Scope for more stowage options inside cabin