DON’T look now but after the i20, i30 and Elantra, there’s yet another new and
not-so-compact Hyundai for light and small-car buyers to contemplate.
, , This
time the almost-forgotten Accent badge has been exhumed, worn on an all-new set
of clothes that brandishes the brand’s ‘fluidic sculpture’ design philosophy.
, Better than that though, the RB-series brings five-star safety and a choice
of two very spacious body styles, to give the Korean conglomerate a blanket
presence in the sub-$25,000 classes.
, , However, the competition is fiercer
than perhaps even Hyundai cares to admit.
Model release dates: August 2011 - July 2015
A complete departure from the angular LC/LS series, the MC Accent introduced an
all-new light-car platform that brought significant driveability, safety, and
refinement benefits compared to the old car.
, , An Asian and US-market
focussed model, Hyundai did away with a five-door hatch for a rounded
three-door and four-door versions, both powered by a 82kW/145Nm 1.6-litre
twin-cam four-cylinder petrol engine driving the front wheels via a four-speed
automatic or five-speed manual gearbox.
, , Initially just the single model
variant was launched, but from May ’07 the range was expanded to encapsulate
the S and SLX nomenclature.
, , However, like its predecessor, this Accent
neither scaled the sales heights of its 1990s X3 Excel ancestor nor the smaller
and cheaper TB Getz, and the facelifted model that appeared in Korea some 18
months before its RB successor was ready was never sold here.