Hyundai Accent Active is cheap, solid and sensible, if a little bland
The updated and entry-level Hyundai Accent Active replaces the superseded Hyundai i20 range as Hyundai’s cheapest model. The Hyundai Accent is offered in hatch and sedan body styles, and Active versions are offered with either a six-speed manual or a constantly variable transmission (CVT), the only Hyundai model to be fitted with a CVT. More expensive Accent models use a conventional six-speed auto.
The Hyundai Accent Active is priced from $14,990 for the manual and $16,990 for the CVT.
What we like:
- Roomy interior
- Refined engine
- Solid build quality
- Reasonably comfy
Not so much:
- Engine refined but underpowered
- Average fuel consumption
- Basic equipment levels
- Lacks pizzazz and allure of some rivals
Bare necessities. The Accent Active’s cabin is all about the bare necessities. Your money buys you air conditioning, a heater, five seats, an array of airbags, a touchscreen entertainment system with Bluetooth handsfree and audio streaming and little else.
The Accent Active might be the cheapest Hyundai, but the traditional (read very good) Hyundai build quality remains. All interior plastics and trimmings – most of which are grey – feel durable and the seats are comfortable if a little flat and for a car of this size, head, leg and shoulder room are impressive. You’ll only fit two adults in the back though.
Oddment storage is at a premium in the cabin, as the Accent does without a centre console, but so it its rivals the Suzuki Swift, Mazda2 and Kia Rio. The latter two also feature more enticing cabins which are more likely to appeal to younger buyers. The Accent is a little too sensible and Plain Jane. It is better built than the Swift, though.
Boot space is rated at 370 litres.
Under the Bonnet
The Hyundai Accent is powered by a 1.4 litre four-cylinder engine that develops 74kW @ 6000rpm and 133Nm @ 3500rpm. Performance and acceleration are modest at best, and the engine needs to be worked hard to pluck up the courage for overtaking or to defeat steep hills.
As mentioned earlier, the engine is surprisingly quiet and refined though, and the noise from the CVT transmission is kept to a minimum and the CVT does its best to keep the little motor spinning within its powerband.
Average fuel consumption was a little disappointing for a car of this size, with an average of 7.5 litres per 100 kilometres across a mix of city and suburban driving.
On the Road
The Hyundai Accent Active handles as any city car should – the steering is light, manoeuvrability is good and the ride is firm without being unpleasant. While the engine may be hushed and quiet, there was notable road noise at freeway speeds, and to a limited extent the Accent felt tinny especially when road debris flicked up and made contact with the Accent’s floorpan.
Disc brakes are fitted at all four corners, a big plus for the Accent, when many rivals only have drum brakes fitted at the rear.
The Hyundai Accent range is covered by Hyundai’s five-year unlimited kilometre warranty
Name: Hyundai Accent Active
Engine: 1.4 litre four-cylinder engine, 74kW @ 6000rpm and 133Nm @ 3500rpm, CVT and front wheel drive
Price: $16,990 plus on road costs
Country of Origin: Korea