Hyundai Accent 1.4 GL Review
Back to basics

Story and Photos by Alvan Sio
8 Jan 2016


We tested the automatic version of the Accent a while ago and it came with a CVT. As petrolheads and car lovers we tend not to appreciate the finer points of having no gears at all (or unlimited gears, depending on how you see it) fully.

You see when there’s a manual version available for two grand less (as of 4th Jan 2016), there really is no better way to get back in touch with the finer points of driving than to choose it.

I’m not saying that we loathe CVTs or that we don’t recommend it, but let’s consider the context of the car in question.

It’s the most basic sedan you’ll find in Hyundai’s range, and this is the most basic spec – manual gearbox.

The people that buy these things are on a tight budget and just want to save all they can but get a halfway decent car to go about their business with. So when you get a slick shifting 6-speed manual that costs less than 90 grand (remember COEs were 90k at one point) you might want to consider removing the rust off your left leg.

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Engine Capacity 1368cc
Engine Type Inline 4
Compression Ratio 10.5:1
Bore x Stroke (72 x 74)mm
Power 100bhp @ 6000rpm
Torque 133Nm @ 4000rpm
Power to Weight 96.6 bhp per ton


Acceleration 11.8s (0-100 km/h)
Top Speed 185 km/h
Fuel Consumption (combined) 16.1 km/L

Misc Technical Data

Transmission 6 -speed Manual
Drive Type FF
Steering Hydraulic


Body Type Sedan
(L x W x H)
(4370 x 1700 x 1457) mm
Wheelbase 2570 mm
Turning Circle 5.2 metres
Kerb Weight 1035 kg
Fuel Tank Capacity 43 L


Brakes (Front) Discs
Brakes (Rear) Discs