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Hyundai's Korean Accent

By James Cleary, 28 Jul 2011 News

Hyundai’s Korean Accent

The onslaught of new and updated models continues at Hyundai with the arrival of the fourth generation Accent in Australia.

The onslaught of new and updated models continues at Hyundai with the arrival of the fourth generation Accent in Australia.

Designed on home soil at the Korean giant’s Namyang R&D centre, the new car is offered in sedan and five-door hatch variants across three specification grades - Active, Elite and Premium (hatch only). Price ranges from $16,990 for the Active manual hatch to $23,990 for the Premium.

Powered by a 91kW/156Nm version of the 1.6-litre ‘Gamma’ petrol four, the new Accent is available with a choice of five-speed manual and four-speed auto. Although 1.4 and 1.6-litre diesels as well as six-speed manual and auto boxes are available in the Accent in other markets, Hyundai Australia says the spec chosen was, “the most appropriate of the options available for the local market.”

At 4.1-metres long for the hatch, and 4.4-metres long sedan the Accent sits between the i20 and i30 in terms of overall size and interior space. And although there is some overlap with i20 on powertrain (the 1.6-litre version of which shares the Accent’s engine) and price, the availability of an Accent sedan offers yet another niche option in the Hyundai line-up.