Hyundai Accent: A capable performer at a reasonable price

Taking another look at the veteran Hyundai Accent

There has been a flurry of launches in the C segment in the country. The launch of the Toyota Etios has energized an already buzzing segment. The Etios is positioned against the likes of the Maruti Suzuki Swift Dzire, the Hyundai Accent Executive and the Tata Indigo Manza. Related: Toyota Etios vs. Maruti Suzuki Dzire.

While the Etios’ initial 12,000 bookings within the first fortnight of its launch created quite a stir in the industry, one car that has slipped under the radar and has gone about its business quietly and successfully is the Hyundai Accent. The car has been around for ages in India and has seen various versions, the most memorable being the Accent Viva CRDi.

Here we take a look at this quiet and capable performer that offers plenty of amenities.

Hyundai Accent Executive

The Hyundai Accent Executive comes with a fresh look chrome-trimmed front grille with Hyundai’s unique horizontal slats for that sophisticated look. Plus, it also comes with body coloured bumpers, waistline moulding, body coloured door handles, body coloured ORVMs on both sides, body colour rear garnish, tinted glasses, rear defogger, clear headlamps and a six-spoke full wheel cover that gives the car a sporty stance. The car has a ground clearance of 172 mm and come with 175/70 R13 tubeless tyres. Overall, the car doesn’t look bad, but it has been around for a long time and shows its age when compared to newer models like the Toyota Etios.

Hyundai Accent: A capable performer at a reasonable price
Photo: Hyundai Accent

The Hyundai Accent Executive’s cabin has a new upscale beige colour scheme. A contoured instrument pod in front of the steering wheel incorporates the speedometer, tachometer, and fuel and coolant temperature gauges. While the instrument cluster looks elegant, a cup holder in central console provides ease. The powerful air-conditioning system of the car, with the support of omni-directional airflow, keeps the temperature cool.

All seats are contoured and finished in good quality upholstery; rear-seat legroom and headroom is adequate. Rear seat splits 60/40 for storage of additional luggage.

The passenger cabin of the car is an original three-box design and is protected by reinforced steel sections in the front and back, dual side impact bars on all doors and large crumple zones in front and rear. The high roofline helps passengers have a proper seating posture.

Hyundai Accent: A capable performer at a reasonable price
Photo: Hyundai Accent rear

Standard equipment on the Accent includes power steering, a tilt steering wheel, passenger vanity mirror, adjustable front headrests, front seat armrest, door map pockets, and front seatback pockets.

The Hyundai Accent Executive has been crash tested to conform to global safety norms and provides optimum driver and passenger safety. The anti-submarine seats are specially designed to protect the passengers in the event of panic braking; these seats prevent the occupants from sliding forward and hurting themselves. The steering column is fully collapsible and minimizes risk of chest injuries in the event of a frontal impact. The Hyundai Accent comes with standard safety features that include a collapsible steering column, child-safety rear door locks, front/rear seatbelts, adjustable headrests, rear defogger, and central door locking.

Many of these features go missing in the baseline Toyota Etios. The basic Etios which costs Rs. 4.96 lakh, ex-showroom, Delhi, does not even come with power steering. So this is one thing to ponder over when choosing another car over the Accent. The standard Accent comes with these features at a price of Rs. 4.99 lakhs. A significant deal in terms of value for money.

Under the hood of the Hyundai Accent Executive lies a 1495cc SOHC in-line-4-cylinder engine that generates maximum power of 94 bhp @ 5500 rpm, with maximum torque of 123 Nm @ 3500 rpm. Power refinement and economy is best exemplified by its alpha engine, which is equipped with harmonically balanced cranks. The engine is designed with high velocity intake and exhaust ports, tumble airflow, dual intake valves and asymmetric rockers. The engine provides low-end pull and a wide band of power for a smooth ride on highways. According to Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI), the sedan gives 16.36 kmpl but in reality, according to various road tests, it delivers a mileage of 12.3 kmpl in the city and 13.5 kmpl on highways.

The dynamically tuned all-wheel independent suspension gives the Accent surprising athleticism on the road, round the corners and on most tricky surfaces. Pushed through corners, the Accent responds with predictable body roll.

Overall the Accent comes across as a very capable performer with lots of goodies for its price of Rs. 4.99 lakhs. Engine, ride quality and transmission are all top-notch and the mileage is above average for a car of its size. Surely give it a second thought if you’re in the market for a small sedan. There are many cars that have more advanced features and trendy looks than the Accent but the Hyundai’s trump card is its price.

Hyundai Accent Executive Technical Specifications

Model: Hyundai Accent Executive
Number of Doors: 5
Seating Capacity: 5
Fuel Capacity: 45 liters

Length: 4250 mm
Width: 1670 mm
Height: 1370 mm
Wheelbase: 2440 mm
Ground Clearance: 172 mm
Minimum Turning Radius: 5 m
Kerb Weight 1014 kg

Type: Hyundai Alpha
Number Of Cylinders: 4
Displacement: 1495 cc
Transmission: 5 Gears Manual
Max. Power: 94 bhp @ 5500 rpm

Max. Torque: 123 Nm @ 3500 rpm

Front: McPherson Strut with coil spring, Oil Shock Absorber
Rear Suspension Dual Link with coil Spring Oil Shock Absorber

Front: Ventilated Disc
Rear: Drum

Steering Type: Power assisted Rack & Pinion

Tyre Size: 175 / 70 R13