It’s an Accent, but not as we knew it. This is the three-door Accent Atlantic, which must hold the sales fort until Hyundai’s new Astra-sized car is launched next summer.
What’s it like?
Stodgy, but not unremittingly unpleasant. The 12.3sec 0-62mph claim feels about right; it will cruise quietly enough at 70mph. But venturing beyond makes you wince a little. The ride is the best bit dynamically: apart from a lack of damping control, the Accent protects you from the road well.
What it doesn’t do is put you in touch with it. Early-onset understeer and woefully uninformative steering make hustling along a combination of courage and guesswork.
The interior provides all the kit you can ask for at this price (metallic paint being the only option), excepting a decent stereo.
Should I buy one?
There is the five-year transferable, unlimited mileage warranty to consider. And the Accent Atlantic offers almost C-segment space for B-segment money. But it’s still hard to recommend a car that feels like stepping back into the ‘90s.