Joel Helmes road tests and reviews the 2014 Hyundai Accent SR.
The Hyundai Accent is now offered in a model with a little life breathed into it.
Known as the Accent SR, prices start at $18,990 for the six-speed manual version, $20,990 if you want an automatic.
Featuring the same naturally aspirated petrol engine as the Hyundai Veloster, the Accent SR delivers 103kW and 167Nm, or a total of 12kW and 11Nm more than the standard Accent.
I checked out the version fitted with the manual transmission and my thoughts are that this offering is certainly much more mild than wild!
Acceleration, both from a standing start and at speed is fairly pedestrian, and you notice it more because with the sporty accompaniments that the SR features, your expectations are up.
Those sporty touches include attractive 16”alloys, beefed-up suspension and leather-wrapped steering wheel. There are also plenty of Accent SR badges to remind you of what car you purchased.
One thing I did find curious was the lack of Hyundai’s ‘Flex-steer’ feature, a common sight in other Hyundai models.
A major plus in the Accent SR though is the fuel economy – I averaged a very impressive 7.7L/100kms in a week of city driving. The official combined usage figure is 6.1L/100kms.
Inside the cabin, well, some nice touches and some pretty disappointing bits too. Some of the plastic feels really cheap and nasty, while the seat fabrics and the aforementioned leather steering wheel pick up the overall feel a little.
The colour touchscreen is also a highlight, sadly though sat-nav and a reversing camera are absent and can’t be added even as an option. The driver info screen is small and dated and the gauges, while no doubt designed to look sporty, just aren’t very attractive.
Another big disappointment in the Accent is that the steering adjustment is tilt-only and thus I never felt 100% at home in the cabin.
I like the simple air-conditioning controls though and the twin power outlets and USB/Aux audio inputs are well placed.
Legroom front and back in the Accent is fairly limited, the boot space is about on-par for a five-door hatch. The glove box and centre storage bin are adequately sized.
All models in the Accent range, including sedan and hatch, boast a five star ANCAP safety rating.
Summing it up – The Hyundai Accent SR is a fairly tame little sports model. It’s not going to get your heart racing, but it looks alright and the generous warranty, very reasonable pricing and impressive fuel economy help keep it in the game.
NUTS and BOLTS
Engine: 1.6 litre petrol producing 103kW and 167Nm
Transmission: Six-speed manual or six-speed automatic
Safety: Five stars
Warranty: Five years
Origin: South Korea
Price: From $18,990