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4DR DSL DELUXE
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Height adjustable drivers seat
Passenger Knee Airbag
Remote Central Locking
Body Coloured Bumpers/Mirrors
Well made, quiet
Spacious, reliable, good value.
No other engines
Only one motor!
No 5dr hatchback
No ESP offered
No alloys, leather
Not the prettiest, so-so handling, resale.
As with all booted superminis, the Accent saloon is oddly proportioned and not especially attractive. The overwrought detailing around the lights clashes with the rest of the rather drab bodywork, too. The hatch is much cuter but hindered by the lack of a 5-door version.
The 1.4 can reach 100km/h in 12.3 seconds and tops out at 168km/h, but the numbers don’t quite convey how happy the Accent is to zip along, whether it’s on the open road or around town. However, it needs a broader engine range.
The Accent handles with competence, if not excitement. The chassis is actually pretty balanced, and the car can be thrown around surprisingly easily. While there’s some weight and feel through the steering, it’s a bit too slow to be truly sport. There’s a lot of body-roll and tyre protestations too.
There isn’t too much to complain about inside the Accent. The controls are in the right place (with the exception of the wiper and indicator stalks), the seats are comfortable, and all the knobs and buttons are simple to use. However, the stereo is cheesy, and it’s not so comfy for taller drivers.
The Accent is superbly well made - it’s the quality of the materials that lets it down. The plastics don’t look bad, but they are hard and hollow to the touch. Ride quality is acceptable, and the Accent is surprisingly hushed.
All Accents have front airbags, foglamps, front seat belt pre-tensioners with load limiters, three 3-point seat belts and headrests in the rear and ISOFIX child seat anchors. ESP and side and curtain airbags aren’t offered.
Considering that the Accent is supermini money it offers a lot of space in saloon form. The rear seats are surprisingly commodious, the boot is huge and in-cabin storage space isn’t bad either. The hatch isn’t as spacious is the back or the boot and rear access is hindered by 3-door only bodywork.
The Accent isn’t especially cheap, although it is bigger and better equipped than most superminis. Running costs will be low, thanks to a small engine, great reliability and cheap servicing. Resale won’t be pleasant, however.
The Accent GL comes with air conditioning, remote locks, CD player, four electric windows and (heated) mirrors. A trip computer and front foglights are standard on the GLS, but alloys are optional.
Only one engine powers the Accent, a perky 95bhp, 125Nm 1.4 litre that zings away nicely and makes the Accent feel much livelier than the numbers might suggest. Where’s the rest of the range, though?