Used Hyundai Accent Hatchback 1999 - 2003 review

Category: Family car

Section: Our recommendations

1999 - 2003 review
Hyundai Accent Hatchback (99 - 03)
  • Hyundai Accent Hatchback (99 - 03)
  • Hyundai Accent Hatchback (99 - 03)
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Our recommendations

Which used Hyundai Accent hatchback should I buy?

Pick from two trim levels and three engines.

The GSi has twin front airbags, alloy wheels, a CD player, remote locking doors and electric windows, while the CDXi adds side airbags, a trip computer and air-conditioning.

We'd go for the top model. This cost £2000 extra from new but will scarcely be any dearer two years on.

Turning to the engines, the 1.6 is the one to have, because it shifts the car well, but remains economical. The 1.3 in cheaper Accents needs working hard and kicks up a racket as it does so.

Your other choice is a 1.5 diesel, which is also noisy and delivers most of its power across a narrow rev band, making it awkward and unpleasant to drive.

An automatic gearbox is available, but only on the 1.6 CDXi, which is the dearest model, so it's not an option many new owners took - and very rare on the used amarket as a result.