Sometimes we overlook the great cars available under $20,000 and this week we’ve been scooting around town in one such vehicle. A decent ride, excellent gearbox, well equipped – it’s a Hyundai Accent SR

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[contextly_sidebar id=”Ff4ou9KDdTA5DPSEYK7CvHMnALrB5vv9″]Make: Hyundai

Model: Accent

Variant: SR

Engine: 1,591cc, 4 Cylinder petrol

Transmission:6 Speed manual

Vital Stats: 103 kW @ 6300 rpm

Torque: 167 Nm @ 4850 rpm

Hyundai Claimed Fuel Economy: 6.1l/100km

EFTM Claimed Fuel Economy: 6.8/100km

MRRP Price: $18,990

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Wow Factor: For a car under $20k it’s a nice cabin and a good ride.  Buyers of the Accent are looking for something reliable with a bit of space – it ticks the boxes.

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Most Impressive: I think Hyundai’s infotainment system while simple is one of the best of the old-breed.  We’ve moved a long way in recent years, and while there’s no apps or such tech in here, it’s a simple easy to use and easy to understand touch-screen interface.  Bluetooth phone and streaming audio, along with AUX inputs and iPod connectivity mean you have a great choice for entertainment systems in an affordable car.

Not So Impressive: As a daily drive you won’t find much to complain about – perhaps a little tendency for understeer if you push it into corners, but if that’s the kind of thing that’s worrying you – you’re looking at the wrong class of car.

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Early Verdict: Wouldn’t hesitate to recommend the Accent for it’s solid ride and easy to use in-car systems.