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What Car? says

2 out of 5 stars

For The Accent is cheap to buy and well equipped. All models are tough and practical

Against It's noisy, and handling is poor. Good used Accents are thin on the ground

Verdict Other than its sheer low cost, the Accent has little on its side

Go for… 1.6 CDXi

Avoid… 1.5 CRTD GSi

Hyundai Accent Hatchback
  • 1. The Accent is cheap to buy after a couple of years, thanks to scary depreciation from new
  • 2. Engine faults are rare, although gearbox problems plague older models from 2000-2002
  • 3. Remember that skipped servicing intervals invalidate that five-year warranty, so always check a car's logbook
  • 4. Axles and suspension are the second most common fault in Accents
  • 5. The cooling and heating system can give trouble, so check them out thoroughly before you buy
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