The Accent gives you a lot of car for the money, with good space and kit compared to its supermini rivals. It's also painless to drive and own
The driving experience and looks are bland. The engine runs out of puff at higher speeds and the level of safety equipment is below par
On the road
What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is
Three engines are offered. The big seller is the 84bhp 1.3 which goes well, although you need to use the gears, and returns 45mpg. The 104bhp 1.6 is lively and still manages 40mpg. The frugal 82bhp 1.5 CRTD common-rail turbodiesel returns 51.4mpg, but it feels rough at low revs and power delivery is limited to a very narrow band.
Ride & Handling
Both the four- and five-door behave similarly, regardless of engine choice. None are likely to set the pulse racing and are outclassed by European rivals. The ride is firm and jars over larger bumps, while the handling is best described as adequate rather than accomplished. Vague steering does not help the cause.
The 1.3 engine has to be worked hard and there is a consequent racket in the cabin, even when cruising at motorway speeds and especially from the diesel. Too much road noise filters in, too, and makes longer journeys a chore. Wind noise is not so much of a problem, but the controls have too much slop in them.