I love your Accent!

We were so delighted to share our August-event with ladies such as Vivian Mashaba, charismatic and engaging, she is the Dealer Principal of Hyundai Woodmead and commands attention wherever she goes. With some of the most popular and most reliable vehicles currently on South African roads under her roof, we are thrilled to be reviewing the Hyundai Accent Hatch this month.

The Concept:

A compact Hatchback that has been expressly designed to make your daily commute safe, reliable and economical.

The Looks:

The Accent has been around for some time, but the newest iteration of it offers a much sportier overall look. The rear has been restyled to add a bit of cheeky character, and the upswept taillights add to the sense of modernity. The side profile is still clean-cut with languid lines that seem to elongate the body, culminating in a neat, aerodynamic nose with eager eye-like headlamps. Like it’s sedan sibling, the graceful lines of this Hatch are not over-the-top new, but instead, speaks of a genuine and contemporary sense of class that is literally just perfect for the busy city-dwelling woman.

The Feel:

The Accent is what I like to refer to as an “ace” in my reviews – it’s almost like a secret weapon in my repertoire when I am asked by someone what vehicle I would recommend, in a specific segment. The Accent is one of those vehicles that is just good at most things it is supposed to do – it is great to look at, it feels comfortable inside, it has a lovely price tag and promises to be excellent in terms of reliability. All this results in a general feeling of “peace of mind”.

The Features:

As safety is one of the first boxes I tick in my reviews, the Accent’s list of standard features is substantial for this segment. A regimen of airbags, remote keyless entry, ABS and EBD as well as ISOFIX child seat attachments make this a well-kitted vehicle for a woman who needs to be kept safe. With remote start, Bluetooth handsfree and park distance control as added features on the Accent, ease of use and convenience are also taken into account. A 370-litre boot offers a surprising amount of space for school bags, groceries or picnic equipment.

The Drive:

With clever inclusions such as sensor-assisted parking, driving the Accent is not just effortless, but it feels almost second nature. There is one engine option – a 1.6-litre petrol engine that produces an ample 91 kW of power and 156 Nm of torque – but it can be paired to either a six-speed manual gearbox or a four-speed automatic. I had the manual for a test drive and enjoyed the ability to easily upshift when I wanted to. There was no sticking or tugging to slip into a higher gear, and everything felt really simple and smooth; the Hatch manages corners with ease and feels competent at higher speeds too. The manual version manages fuel consumption of around 6.4 litres per 100 kilometres, which isn’t at all bad for this segment.

The Score:

The Accent, with its down-to-earth nature and excellent warranties, earns 7.5 crowns out of 10.

Where to Find It:

Check out the Accent Hatch at Hyundai Woodmead, or visit the website at http://www.hyundai.co.za

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