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Hyundai updates hot-selling Accent Sport light car

Korean Accent: Hyundai has updated its best-selling Accent light car, with some minor visual tweaks for the 2018 model year.

MY18 update brings refreshed styling, minor interior changes for Hyundai Accent

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Hyundai logo20 Sep 2017

By ROBBIE WALLIS

MONTHS after consolidating its range by dropping the entry-level 1.4-litre engine, Hyundai has given its best-selling Accent Sport light car an update for the 2018 model year, while retaining the same pricing that starts from $15,490 plus on-roads for the six-speed manual.

Visual changes to the refreshed Accent Sport include a tweaked front-end with matching mesh upper and lower grilles, new headlight bezel colour, metallic strips on the door mirrors and an updated exterior colour palette including Chalk White, Lake Silver, Pulse Red and Blue Lagoon, which joins the existing Phantom Black and Sunflower hues.

Interior changes are similarly subtle and include new fonts for the speedometer and tachometer graphics, including a redesign of the rev-counter redline.

Also included is a four-speaker audio system with a 5.0-inch touchscreen display, auxiliary and USB inputs, Bluetooth connectivity and Apple CarPlay compatibility.

Other standard equipment includes six airbags, 16-inch alloy wheels, cruise control with steering wheel-mounted controls, power windows and electronic stability control.

As with the current range, the Accent Sport is offered with a single level of specification in both hatchback and sedan bodystyle, with the choice of six-speed manual or automatic transmissions.

With pricing unchanged, both manuals set buyers back by $15,490 plus on-roads, while opting for the auto raises the asking price by $2000 to $17,490, easily undercutting other top-spec rivals in the light car segment.

Metallic and mica paint finishes are the Accent Sport’s only option at an additional $495.

No changes have been made to the Accent Sport’s 1.6-litre GDi aspirated petrol engine, which continues to produce 103kW at 6300rpm and 167Nm at 4850rpm.

Hyundai Motor Company Australia COO Scott Grant said the Accent Sport remained a quality value proposition in the light car segment.

“Accent has never been such great value-for-money and stands as an impressive entry-point car to a great range of vehicles, all highlighted by local suspension development work enhancing ride and handling and underscored by a great five-year warranty,” he said.

The Accent Sport has been the best-selling model in the competitive light car segment with 11,675 sales through the first eight months of 2017, representing a 4.4 per cent increase over its 2016 total.

It leads other rivals such as the Mazda2 (8334), Toyota Yaris (7849) and Honda Jazz (4929).

It also finished last year on top of the light car segment sales table with 18,703 units sold, again ahead of the Mazda2 (13,639) and Yaris (12,158).

2017 Hyundai Accent Sport pricing*
Hatchback$15,490
Hatchback (a)$17,490
Sedan$15,490
Sedan (a)$17,490
*Excludes on-road costs

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