2002 Hyundai Accent GL Sedan 1.5 DOHC 4 cylinder


Practical reliability


Clutch master cylinder went 2015.

Door handle/lock mechanism repaired twice.

General Comments:

This little car has been my favorite to own and drive so far. Despite the small 1.5L 4 cylinder engine, the car is light and zippy with decent acceleration in the higher gears. I have not found the car to be troublesome in anyway, and except for the clutch master cylinder, the only new parts purchased have been according to the maintenance schedule. While this is definitely not an exciting vehicle drive, it is a highly drivable people mover with high fuel economy.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th May, 2015

1999 Hyundai Accent GL 1.5


Best little car out there


The cable from the gear lever to the gear box snapped at 120,000.

General Comments:

Excellent little car, I used it for my security business, and it was excellent.

No faults with the engine itself, interior began to wear out because of constant wear and tear (this car was used 24/7), but this was normal in comparison to the other security vehicles.

We thrashed, bashed, and drove this car hard, just normal regular services, and it never gave out on us.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th August, 2010

2009 Hyundai Accent 1.6


This is not worth the cost


The interior plastics scratched very easily, and the external side panels have chips from ordinary driving. The paint seems to have faded.

General Comments:

This is a relatively small car, but it seems to use a lot of fuel and costs me around NZ$60 in fuel every 10 days for ordinary driving to work and back. I only drive about 12 km per day, and I am not happy with the fuel consumption.

My second gripe is that the car has scratched inside very easily. The plastics are cheaply put together, which is a shame in an otherwise decent car.

There are gaps in the relatively low seats, and rear vision is not the best it could be.

The petrol cap feels fragile and is awkward. There is no rear wiper either, which is a let down on a relatively expensive car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 5th February, 2010

5th Feb 2010, 15:51

If you only drive 12 km one way, in any car with electronic fuel injection, your engine has not had time to warm up long enough for the engine management to operate in closed-loop mode. This is with all modern cars. If the coolant is not yet at a certain level, the ECU will ignore the signal from the coolant sensor and will operate the engine richer to comply with emissions regulations. Try driving out of town on a full tank and displace the fuel used, you'll see the difference.

I assume you do not use the motorway then? If you live in Auckland, you will be travelling in urban mode with hills -- and your fuel consumption will increase if you are pushing the weight of the car uphills, even on a slight gradient, as compared to urban on a level road.

Do an accurate consumption test -- fill the tank up until the nozzle clicks off, zero the odometer, run for 10 days, fill it up again until the nozzle clicks. That's the most accurate way of determining how much fuel you ACTUALLY used. Then the number of km on your odometer divided by the number of litres = your consumption. If your consumption is at least 9 km/L in hilly urban driving for an automatic, especially with air conditioning, that's pretty average.

2006 Hyundai Accent 3 Door Hatchback 1.6L


Value for money



General Comments:

A far cry from 1990s Hyundai workmanship. I am very impressed with its interior finish; although it is plastic everywhere, it doesn't feel cheap and nasty.

1.6 liter engine provides adequate power for day to day use.

Fuel economy of 7.5L/100km which is very reasonable.

Very happy with the MP3/CD stereo system. Steering wheel audio controls are extremely handy.

Plastic interior is however, prone to scratches.

Heated wing mirrors are perfect for cold mornings.

This is my first Hyundai. I am very happy so far.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 31st May, 2008

16th Aug 2008, 01:31

I am the original reviewer. Odometer had just clicked over 35000km on my Accent.

Had the car serviced by a local dealer at 32000km. All was good, Have not had any problems with this vehicle yet.

At the moment 90% of my driving are highway driving.

I am getting about 7L/100km economy out of it.

Road/engine noise at 100km/h is quite noisy but still bearable. for some reason engine's tuned to do 3000rpm @100km/h, rather high I would think.

I may get a set of new tires for my car at the next service.

Overall, a very good value car.

1st Oct 2009, 01:27

It's been 12 mths since my last review.

Just clicked over 50,000km.

Had its 45,000km service in March, All was good.

Only fault I can find is the Squeaky Clutch, sometimes when I put my foot down the clutch it squeaks. Will have it looked at the next service.

Replaced front tyres at 45,000km.

Overall very happy with the car.