|Hyundai Motor’s 2014 Accent|
The beloved Accent is one of those cars that may not be the hottest machine on the road, but fulfills all the practical needs of the modern day driver who has to get places fast with no hassle.
The Accent, which also goes by the name Verna, is a best-selling subcompact from Hyundai Motor that has been renewed time and time again since it was first launched in the late 1990s as the successor to the Excel model.
During my weeklong test-drive of this year’s four-door Accent, I found the car extremely satisfactory on most fronts, especially the driving experience and fuel economy.
Even the design was much improved, and this little car is now all about flashy LED headlights and eye-catching curves, which explains the stares I received while on the road.
I say little, but the Accent is hardly a Spark, as the cabin comfortably fits four and may even seat five.
The interior was decorated in a no-nonsense, minimalistic style that did not exactly exude class, but appeared to be adequately furnished. There’s no clutter and no sense of being overcrowded by gadgets, which is more than I can say for some Hyundai cars.
In terms of specs, the new Accent comes in a kappa 1.4 liter engine and a Continuously Variable Transmission that’s known to save fuel.
The fuel economy sits at between 14 to 19 kilometers per liter, depending on whether it’s a diesel or a gasoline model. That’s pretty much at the top of its segment.
Maximum power output was 100 ps at 6,000 rpm, while maximum torque was 13.6 kilogram-meters at 4,000 rpm.
What this all means is ― especially with the CVT ― while you get maximum fuel efficiency, you won’t get the kind of power found in mid or larger segment vehicles despite the loud noise it makes every time you push for it.
However, if you have to get behind the wheel on a daily basis to navigate the clogged roads of Seoul, this kind of setup may be more than you want to ask for. Parking was also a cinch thanks to the compact size of the car.
Considering the price runs from 11 million won to just over 18 million won for the most upscale model, the Accent is hardly a bad deal.
By Kim Ji-hyun