- Category: Motoring
13 Jun 2013
- Written by Kris C. Lim / Text and photos
IT has been almost six years since I first drove the first-generation Hyundai Accent. My verdict then? It was a car with no dramatic body styling and no-frills interior designed for practical people.
For the 2013 model, Hyundai took more time to groom the Accent into a more serious compact car contender. The result: An outstanding and sporty diesel-fed hatchback.
Much like the Accent sedan, the hatchback has a signature hexagonal grille, headlamps, fog lamps and the “fluidic sculpture” statement—Hyundai’s design philosophy that embodies a flowing and dynamic form. The only difference is that the car has a new rear large tail-lamp cluster and a roof spoiler.
From the previous simple two-tone interior and slightly plastic dashboard, the new Accent hatchback displays the innovation of mobility with its refined dashboard, leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls and control switches that are all structured together. There’s also an advanced audio system that is compatible with an iPod or iPhone. USB and AUX ports are also installed for good measure.
The driver’s seat and tilt-telescopic steering wheel are motorized to easily achieve a preferred driving position. The luxurious cabin features intelligently designed displays and controls that are easy to read and use. One perfect example is the multi-information display located on the speedometer. It features a trip computer that provides driving range, average fuel consumption and distance to empty.
On the road, I never worried about the heat. The air-conditioning made us all feel like we were in the middle of an arctic storm even if it was so hot outside. It was hard to believe that I was driving a compact car because when I loaded some stuff in the trunk, I was surprised that I could accommodate two balikbayan boxes. My passengers also didn’t feel cramped at all as there was ample leg and headroom, and the seats were very comfortable. The 60/40 split-folding rear seats can also allow items such as bikes to fit inside the cabin. The Accent hatchback has standard interior features, including power door locks, power windows, and a rear wiper and washer.
A 1.6-liter CRDi engine powers the Accent hatchback. This diesel-fed powerplant delivers 128 ps of power and 260 Nm of torque, making the Accent one of the most potent compact hatchbacks in its class. The engine is so quiet that you can hardly feel the vibration as it idles. It’s cliché, I know, but that baby really purred like a kitten. During mixed city driving, however, I only averaged 13 km per liter.
The Hyundai Accent Hatchback is priced at P868,000.