Hyundai has added a hatchback variant to the Accent range. There are two models in the range, one automatic and one manual, both powered by the familiar 1.6-litre petrol engine.
The petrol-injection engine, with Continuously Variable Valve Timing (CVVT), has a displacement of 1 591 cc and has a maximum power output of 91 kW and peak torque of 156 Nm. Its CO2 emissions are measured at 152 g/km for the manual derivative, and 161 g/km for the Accent Hatchback with the automatic transmission. A combined fuel consumption figure 6,4 litres/100 km was recorded in the manual, while the automatic derivative delivered average fuel consumption of 6,8 litres/100 km.
The front is similar to its predecessor with curvy headlamps and a two-piece black bezel design. The standard sporty fog lamps blend with the body. Rounded edges of the grille modernize the Accent Hatchback. A 60:40-split rear seat back makes it possible to extend the standard luggage area of 370 litres. The hatchback sports alloy wheels with 195/50R16 tyres. The spare wheel is also a full-size alloy.
Interior standard features include steering wheel audio controls, electric side mirrors and windows as well as iPod and USB connectivity. Another convenience feature is the rear Park Assist System with a bleeping warning sound. Driver and passenger airbags are standard. Anti-lock brakes and electronic brake-force distribution take care of a passive safety. Sharper handling is promised by a motor-driven power steering system.
Pricing starts at R234 900 for the 1.6 Fluid manual and the automatic goes for R244 900. Seven colours are available: White Crystal, Sleek Silver, Clean Blue, Ocean Blue, Veloster Red, Sonic Silver and Phantom Black. Hyundai’s five-year/150 000 km warranty, five-year/90 000 km service plan and five-year/150 000 km roadside assistance is part of the package.