I had a friend staying with me just before Christmas. She’s a research scientist at a large aquarium in America and gets around the globe studying whales, turtles and seabirds. We wound up talking about mosquitoes in Alaska and how they hatch on one specific day then form a swarm of billions looking for blood.
While mosquitos are attracted to dark colours, humans, on the other hand, have their own preferences, and that’s why vehicle manufacturers often come up with specific colour palettes that work like a brand, and that also give the best chance of attracting a wide base of purchasers. You might remember the WRC blue that Subaru used, or Ferrari’s red.
Hyundai’s model year (MY) 14 Accent comes in a range of colours that are distinctive, including this Green Apple which is easy to spot in a crowded car park after Christmas shopping amongst the plethora of silver and white cars. Look a little closer and you’ll see changes from the previous model: new 16-inch alloys, plus a boot spoiler, projection headlights and heated wing mirrors.
The other things that are new in the Accent are the Mando mono tube suspension, keyless entry and start, cruise control, Hyundai’s GDI engine and a six-speed automatic – no whining CVT gearbox here.
The 16-valve DOHC 1.6-litre engine produces 103kW and 167Nm of torque (13kW and 11Nm more than the older MPI engine) and will return 6.6l/100km with a mixture of around town and highway driving – a figure I found realistic in my test drive. It could do with a little more torque. When driving around town it seems like it either wants to accelerate, or you’re losing speed and it’s difficult to find a speed that it will sit at, especially with this 4kph speed tolerance during the holiday period. Continue reading “Hyundai Accent Elite 2014 Review” »