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