2007 Hyundai Accent Sport 1.6 gas from North America
Check engine light has come on three seperate times.
I bought the car new after researching all the other subcompacts around, because it was different from the cookie cutter cars of other manufacturers and seemed to be a good balance of useability, fun, reliability and efficiency.
Going on 34,000kms I've have no big problems with the car.
There are a few things that could use improving though.
1-Why does the drivers seat have an armrest and the passengers does not?
2-Why isn't cruise control standard?
3-Why isn't ABS standard?
4-The interior plastic trim is not very hard wearing. My door panel is all marked up from the seat belt retracting.
5-There is lots of room with the rear seats folded down, but the load area should be flat. The large bump makes loading large objects difficult.
6-Dash lighting should be a different color, the neon green can becoming tiring on long night drives.
7-The stereo isn't bad, but could stand to be of a little better quality.
All these points are small thing for the most part, but could make a very good car into a great car.
The car has preformed great as a daily driver. performance is more than adequate, but the car tends to struggle on bigger hills.
Fuel economy has been good, but not amazing. I usually get between 475-600kms per tank which is good, but with those numbers I feel like I should have 130-140bhp to play with rather than 110. The tank is a pain too. If you top up all the way you can get another 7 litres of gas in which means an extra day or two before filling up.
The cargo area is spacious and can move a suprising amount of stuff. (I've manged to fit a set of 35" truck tires with wheels in)
Rearward visibility isn't very good so parallel parking and reverse parking is more of a hassle then need be, but than seems to be a trend in current cars.
The ride is fine, a little stiff with the sport package, but the trade-off is you get very good handling.
The interior is nice and comfy, but after a long drive it feels good to stretch out.
Overall the car has been a great buy and I plan on keeping it for years to come. If I had to I'd definitely buy it again and I would reccomend it to anybody wanting a good, inexpensive little car.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 3rd November, 2007
I'm aware that the rear seats fold forward, the seat bottom flips up, you take the headrests out and fold down the backs. I don't deny this, I just said that the cargo area with the seats folded down is not flat. There is the normal flat loading surface and then about a 4 inch bump onto the back of the seats.
And I'm aware that the top level SE has ABS, etc. but I think it should come standard, as it now does in many other new cars, and that not only the top model has it. My car is the third highest of the four sub-models, and does not even have these as options.