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Hyundai Accent

(2000 - 2006)  Rating

Hyundai Accent

The Hyundai Accent is rather dull but full of luxury goodies

Engine Engine power Fuel consumption Fuel type 0-100 (0-60) Top speed
1.3 12V 75 hp 6.4 l/100km Petrol 14.7 s 163 km/h
1.5 CRDi 81 hp 5.5 l/100km Diesel 14 s 170 km/h
1.3 12V 86 hp 6.8 l/100km Petrol 12.5 s 169 km/h
1.5 12V 88 hp 7.5 l/100km Petrol 11.5 s 173 km/h
1.5 16V GT 99 hp 7.2 l/100km Petrol 10.5 s 180 km/h
1.5 16V 102 hp 6.7 l/100km Petrol 10.5 s 179 km/h
1.6 16V 104 hp 7.4 l/100km Petrol 10.3 s 190 km/h

Body type Hatchback
Number of doors 3/5
Number of seats 5
Engine position Front
Driven wheels Front
Length 4 200 mm
Width 1 670 mm
Height 1 395  mm
Wheelbase 2 440 mm
Ground clearance 120 mm
Weight (normal) 1 065 kg
Weight (max) 1 555 kg
Boot space (min) 321 l
Boot space (max) 859 l
Fuel capacity 45 l


   The Hyundai Accent was in production since 2000. It was available as a 4-door sedan, or a 3- or 5-door hatchback. Comparing with the previous generation car, this one has a more angular body and larger dimensions. In 2003 the Hyundai Accent received a minor facelift.

   The Accent was produced with six petrol engines and one diesel. All of them go well in the city, but on the motorway, they have to be worked hard. However all of them feature a decent fuel economy, especially the 1.5-liter common-rail turbodiesel, but you have to work a lot with gears. Unfortunately no performance variants of this car were available. Furthermore an automatic gearbox is available only on the most expensive 1.6-liter model.

   The ride is disappointing. Suspension is hard and the handling is only average. Steering doesn't give enough feedback.

   Engines of the Hyundai Accent are noisy, especially the 1.3-liter petrols and diesel. The cabin is poorly isolated from the outside sounds, so the road noise easily filters inside. Surprisingly the wind noise isn't an big matter.

   The Hyundai Accent produced since 1999 till 2006 was one one of the cheapest cars on the market in tit's class, so you shouldn't expect anything special for that price. Furthermore the Hyundai has a rather bad reputation for producing not reliable cars. Furthermore it's resale values are poor.

   Inside the Accent it is obvious, that manufacturer tried to improve the cabin, but the materials still look and feel cheap. Driver's position is comfortable, as all models come with a seat adjustments for height and steering wheel can be adjusted for height only. Controls are easy to read.

   Driver and front passenger have decent head and legroom, but the rear seats are suitable only for children. It is cramped and lacks space for knees. The boot is average, but well shaped.

   All models were fitted with twin airbags and ABS with electronic brake force distribution. The cheapest trim lacks side airbags and alarm. Deadlocks were not fitted on the Hyundai Accent at all.

   Furthermore all models were completed with alloy wheels, electric front and rear windows and CD player as standard. Air conditioning and trip computer came as an options.

   Production of the Hyundai Accent ended in 2006. Recently a new-generation Accent is produced.


   Advantages: A lot of car for the money and well equipped.

   Disadvantages: The cabin looks dowdy and materials are cheap. Restricted space for rear passengers' knees.

   Verdict: Dull but full of luxury goodies. 

   Also consider: Fiat Stilo, Toyota Yaris.


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