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Better, stronger and safer, Hyundai’s big baby aims at pensioners as well as punks

12 May 2006

ACCENT has grown up. The one-time entry-level Hyundai has had a complete model change, bringing in improvements to safety, space, performance, refinement and driveability. But at $16K for the hatch and $17.5K for the sedan, the Accent’s competition is formidable. And even though it is now classed as a ‘light’ rather than ‘small’ car class contender according to VFACTS, the public’s perception of cheapness – a legacy of the old ‘driveaway’ days – is still an issue. One thing’s for certain though – this Hyundai deserves to make new friends.

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Model release date: 1 May 2006 to 1 January 2010

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LC Series II Accent

Released: March 2003
Ended: May 2006
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THE PG (Post Getz) Accent was relegated to fuddy-duddy status as the European-inspired light car finally convinced the world that Hyundai was serious about quality affordable baby cars. In this light the 2000-vintage LC Accent seemed like last century, with its unrefined drivetrain, low-fi cabin presentation and so-so dynamics. Only cheapness, a long warranty, spirited 78kW/143Nm 1.6 twin-cam four-cylinder engine (tied to a four-speed auto or five-speed manual gearbox), and sizeable cabin and boot space for its class were plus points. In the end this Accent became a rental-car special, with only a single-level three and five-door hatchback becoming available. Nobody will be lamenting the LC’s demise.

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