This is what the Top Gear PH has said about the venerable Hyundai Accent through the years. Here's a quick breakdown of our observations from our reviews.
Compared to Hyundai’s own 1,400cc Accent sedan, which is also available with either one of the two transmissions, the hatchback represents a P150,000 to P160,000
premium. Meanwhile, compared to the top-of-the-line 1,600cc automatic-transmission sedan, the diesel automatic hatchback costs only P40,000 more.
On the side of the 1,493cc DOHC common-rail direct-injection diesel engine that resides under the hood of this Accent hangs a desirable variable-geometry turbocharger. To a gearhead, it’s one of the most sought-after components in the
entire automotive kingdom since it allows for a wide engine power band, thereby increasing the responsiveness and fuel efficiency of the engine.
The Accent is one of the best-kept secrets in the subcompact category. Its superb fuel efficiency, fun-to-drive factor, interior that’s bigger than it looks, and the split-folding rear seat work together in delivering a good car that’s easy on the pocket for the prospective used-car buyer.
If the exterior is distinctive, the interior is rather conventional. The trim is in all-black, with bits of metallic silver to relieve some of the monotony. The gauges are traditional large round analog units that indicate engine and vehicle speed, with digital bar graphs for fuel and coolant temperature. The trip computer data is displayed in the middle, with an “eco” indicator lighting up whenever you drive efficiently.
The Accent diesel uses either a six-speed manual or a four-speed automatic. We sampled the automatic, and it did a fine job of delivering the enormous torque. Shifts were quick and unobtrusive. The transmission is there just to make the car go faster. There’s hardly any need to downshift for more acceleration.
The Accent is powered by a common-rail diesel engine—just like what you’d find in a hulking pickup or SUV, but right-sized for application in a subcompact hatchback.