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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.