A car’s specifications are an indication of what the market wants, but in the case of the Hyundai Accent, it may well have addressed certain needs. Here’s a rundown of the Accent’s spec sheet through the years, including Top Gear PH's observations.
It's the latest beneficiary of Hyundai's Fluidic Sculpture design language. That much is already evident. You've noticed it looks like the Tucson, which was the first vehicle to carry Hyundai's new design language. We'll just have to wait and see though if the car's "smooth, undulating character lines and sloping fenders distinguished on its body frame…would leave car admirers running for their nearest Hyundai showrooms."
The interior looks good. The all-new Accent is also the newest vehicle in Hyundai's local line-up to execute the X-design fascia that was first introduced in the Tucson a year ago.
It's got a manual transmission variant. With five forward gears to choose from to power the 1.4-liter Gamma CVVT petrol engine that produces 107hp and 136Nm of torque.
The all-new Accent is one safe car. Besides being equipped with an anti-lock braking system and electronic brake force distribution, the all-new Accent has a strongly-constructed body frame been designed to spread energy on the outer frame to protect the vehicle’s occupants and its fuel tank. A knee-protection pad also helps protect the driver from serious knee injuries in a collision.
It's the automotive equivalent of High Definition. That's how HARI calls the all-new Accent as it has turned one of its existing nameplates "into one seamless and high-quality innovation made for the fast tracks, amplifying its features into thrill-inducing details and intensifying its power into soul-stirring performance to create one definition of amplitude, vigor, and intensity flawlessly rendered into one engineering entity."
It's sexier than the old Accent. It's longer by 90mm and yet it's only 5mm wider and 20mm shorter. Add to that its coupe-like profile, eagle-eye headlights and boomerang-shaped fog lamps and the all-new Accent makes its predecessor look like a refugee from the 1990s.
The actual diesel engine specs? Well, there are 1.4-liter and 1.6-liter versions of the Accent diesel overseas, both CRDI. We, however, believe that Hyundai is selling the bigger 1.6-liter diesel here, rated at 126hp and 265Nm. Pretty good numbers, if you ask us.
The first variant is equipped with a 1.4-liter GL Gamma CVVT Multiport Fuel Injection engine. This produces a maximum output of 108hp and it comes with a five-speed manual transmission. The other variant is packed with a 1.6-liter GLS Gamma CVVT Multiport Fuel Injection powerplant.
It's also eco-friendly. With is engines equipped with a multi-point fuel injection system, the Gamma engine consumes gasoline efficiently as it injects fuel equally on its four cylinders for a more accurate and stable combustion while emitting very low levels of carbon exhausts.
Its 1.6-liter equipped variant also gets an Alternator Management System that improves the Accent’s charging efficiency by ensuring the proper flow of voltage to the battery while the engine is running. It also recharges the battery routinely to ensure its longevity.
The all-new Accent features a more solid structure thanks to an increased use of advanced high-strength steel 13% stronger than in the previous model. Torsional rigidity has also been increased by an impressive 32% via 98.5 meters of structural adhesive. Another benefit of the more rigid construction is reduced noise and better driving dynamics which has been further enhanced by its improved suspension and steering.
If there is one lasting impression the Accent leaves, it's that it's fast. Bloody fast. The boost comes on at just over 1,500rpm, and doesn't run out of breath till it's past 4,000rpm. Thanks to short gearing, the rush only starts to peter out at over, oh, 160kph. But as those speeds are illegal outside of a racetrack, that's not an issue, is it?
The E variant sedan is as bare as can be. While a Spartan four-speaker stereo, central locking, power windows and mirrors, and hydraulic power steering come as standard, there's little else. Not even an adjustable steering column. Safety equipment is limited to the built-in Isofix points. Airbags and ABS are conspicuously absent. There's no keyless entry, and it's worrisome that the door locks don't pop open if you accidentally shut the doors with the locks engaged. Despite the large trunk, carrying long cargo is out of the question, as the rear seats don't fold down on this variant.
For hyper-milers like me, this is a dream come true, a hybrid killer that can hit 35km/L with the right techniques. For your typical enthusiast, however, driving like a bat out of hell without paying the price at the pumps is probably reason enough to take the plunge.