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Cars Review: Hyundai Accent

Nowhere to go but up for this Korean carmaker

by Gelo Gonzales | Mar 24, 2011
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Credit Hyundai for earning our trust. [firstpara]

The Sonata made the Camry's and the Accord's take notice. Their Tucson, meanwhile, has become quite the common sight in the streets.

They are doing something right, to put things bluntly. Now, with the Hyundai Accent, their ace against the likes of the Honda City, and the Toyota Vios, Hyundai makes another step towards the right direction.

While Hyundai's designs used to reflect European aesthetics, they've shifted to become more Asian in design. And that is reflected as well with the Accent.

This car is sure to fit right in with the cars in The Fast and the Furious. We're sure that for those who are into import tuning, and street car modification, the Accent is looking like a mighty yummy prospect.

Bold lines run through the sides, as well as having two lines running parallel on the hood's middle section. The front foglamps, and the headlamps angles sharply, giving the car a confident look.

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All these, along with the wide grille on the bottom front, and overall aggressive stance, make this a car that's sporty and youthful. The City and the Vios are a bit more subdued by comparison. The car's interior, well, it's pretty standard, but we love the instrument cluster which glows like a bluish flame.

The least expensive model, the GLS 1.4 CVVT AT has a price tag of P688,000, while the top-of-the-line model, the Accent GLS CVVT 1.6 AT comes in at P808,000. The former packs 108 horsepower at 6,300 RPM and features 14" wheels, while the latter boasts 124 horsepower at 6,300 RPM and 16" Alloy wheels.

The premium features of the CVVT 1.6 AT include a 3-spoke steering wheel with audio controls and bluetooth pairing capabilities. Safety features include dual SRS airbags. In its class, the Accent's power is right where it should be. It's lithe, and acceleration won't be an issue. Although it's very snug inside, don't expect a luxurious ride, because that's something that it's not built to do. It's a city driver very much like the Vios and City. And especially with rising gas prices, the Accent is a very fuel efficient driver. Do check out Hyundai Asia Resources Inc.'s model list page for full trim specifications and prices.

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So now, where does the Accent exactly figure in? The only thing we can assure you right now is that the Accent and its aforementioned competitors are very close when it comes to price (from 700,000 to 800,000 grand), engine performance, and set of features. We reckon it will all just boil down to taste, or your own affinity to a brand. The Accent is definitely appealing to the eyes, is a solid subcompact, and most importantly, is a worthy ally for Hyundai's ongoing push to be known as a trustworthy carmaker.

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