- Published: Wednesday, 19 November 2014 10:59
Singapore - Hyundai’s local distributor, Komoco, has begun sales of the new Hyundai Accent here since early November.
The car disappeared from showrooms here from 2010 onwards until now - the new model is the face-lifted fourth-generation version which began global sales in that year too. Local pricing conditions and the extreme difficulty of selling less expensive cars here due to Certificate of Entitlement (COE) prices, means this is the first time the new Accent is on sale here.
Like the third-gen model, the compact car is offered in both five-door hatchback and four-door sedan versions. The face-lift model adds a new look front end as well as some steering and suspension tuning improvements. Global models get LED daytime running lights, although Singapore's basic-spec Accent lacks this.
In sedan form, the car is almost 14cm longer than the preceding generation, with the wheelbase stretched by 7cm for increased interior room - a standard evolution in size also seen in the Honda City, for example.
Local variants come with a single choice of powertrain, a 1.4-litre inline four-cylinder engine (codename 'Kappa') with 100bhp. Mated to a continuously variable transmission, both hatch and sedan achieve 0-100km/h in 11.8 seconds.
Efficiency figures are quoted at 146g/km of CO2 and 6.2L/100km, which are decent, though not outstanding for the class.
Like other compact sedans, the car doesn't boast a huge equipment list, although it does have keyless entry, double airbags, ESP and a stereo with USB and auxiliary input.
Current pricing for the Accent is $100,999 with COE, which makes it one of the cheapest cars in its class. Specs and pricing for the hatchback are to follow soon.
Back in the days of older, less expensive car prices, sales were usually inversely tied to price, and compact cars like the Accent - a competitor for the Honda City/Jazz and Toyota Vios/Yaris - typically made up the bulk of the market.
With more stable COE prices, other Korean cars that could possibly see a belated Singaporean debut include the Kia Rio, Kia Picanto and Hyundai i20. Compact cars from European brands include the Volkswagen up! and Renault Clio.