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Car reviews - Hyundai - Accent - 3-dr hatch

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Compared to the X3 Excel, Hyundai's LC Accent is the most improved car of the year

Hyundai logo29 Mar 2001

By P TIBBLES

THE fact that the Hyundai Excel's replacement is bigger and more spacious is good news. Even better is that the new car is more refined, with improvements to ride quality, engine performance and general "feel". The bigger, stronger body means improved safety and a driver's side airbag is standard from the base model upwards. Priced to compete in the light car class, this small South Korean is a tempting choice that is really only let down by an awful manual gearshift and numb steering.
Model release date: 1 June 2000 to 1 February 2003

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The four-cylinder Alpha engine - now in its third generation with the Accent - was the first all - Hyundai automotive powerplant

Previous model

Hyundai Excel X3

Released: September 1994
Ended: June 2000
Family Tree: Accent

Sadly the Excel will be remembered for its controversial front-end problems. Available in sedan or three or five-door hatch form, it was a small car priced to compete in the light-car class. The 1.5-litre, four-cylinder engine gained an extra camshaft, along with more power, in 1998.

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