With a new suspension system resulting from a collaborative effort by Australian and Korean engineers, the latest Hyundai Accent is suited to Australian road conditions. Adding even more local flavour is some Australian input into the motor-driven power steering system, dampers, springs and tyres. As a four-door sedan or a five-door hatch, this recipe is sure to add appeal to Hyundai’s Australian market.
The Accent SR looks great in the driveway and matches its looks with impressive on-road performance. A 1.6-litre D-CWT direction injection petrol engine that comes standard with a 6-speed manual transmission, or an optional 6-speed automatic, provides 103kW at 6300rpm and 167Nm at 4850rpm. It also claims between 6.1-litres and 6.6-litres per 100km of fuel efficiency. Hyundai have tailored this car to deliver greater body control and quicker response times and succeeds admirably. Safety receives equally as much attention.
The Hyundai Accent SR earns the highest ANCAP safety rating with great stability management and traction control systems. Under skid conditions the vehicle combats uneven loading with an anti-skid braking system with brake force distribution and carries six airbags to protect passengers from a possible collision. A SR badge proudly proclaims some sporty body features.
Projector-beam headlights with LED positioning lamps illuminate the road ahead supported by a headlight escort function and automatic dusk sensors, while a newly-added spoiler brings up the rear.16-inch alloy wheels complete a very attractive design package that will definitely find appeal among those who appreciate the Japanese reputation for reliability and performance.