The 2016 Hyundai Accent The 14-inch wheels look puny within the arches, and the hubcaps don’t look much different from those on an old Getz. Further cues marking this off as an “economy” model are black plastic door handles and foglight covers, though the “E” still gets rear reflectors, which look nice.
If there is one lasting impression the Accent leaves, it’s that it’s fast. Bloody fast. The boost comes on at just over 1,500rpm, and doesn’t run out of breath till it’s past 4,000rpm. Thanks to short gearing, the rush only starts to peter out at over, oh, 160kph. But as those speeds are illegal outside of a racetrack, that’s not an issue, is it?
If there are any issues, it’s that the engine feels strained off-boost, and the clutch and gearshift are a bit finicky. Accidentally selecting third gear when trying to find first is embarrassingly easy.