I have owned my Accent for just over an year and a half. its a Y reg and has been very reliable, the odd bit of rust here and there but nothing terminal. The MOT's have been reasonably cheap and sailed through them without many things to fix. The rode is pretty comfortable and the car pulls well enough for a 1.5, the space is really good too being 6'6 myself i fit well in the drivers seat with just enough room for a shorter person to fit behind me. The boot is more than sufficeint as i am a computer technician and am able to fit more than 3 computers plus tools and spare parts inthe boot aswell as a standard AA tool kit. Its really good on fuel too long journeys the milage racking up to over 300 miles on a single tank of petrol which some newer cars can struggle to do especialy when a full tank is only about £45. I would deffinatley recoment this car or a newer version of this to friends or family.
The Accent is not a car I would have considered buying - in fact it was given to me! It is a 2001 reg with 50k and full dealer service history, so probably one of the best examples with all the kit included with the CDX trim.
The levels of equipment are very impressive on the CDX, with air con, power steering, ABS, electric windows all round, remote central locking, sunroof and alloy wheels. On paper it really is good value for money - an Escort-sized car for Fiesta money. As an everyday car it is difficult to fault, it has plenty of room for five people, plus an enormous boot. Unfortunately, no-one told the mechanical designers of this fact, as with a full car the rear suspension bottoms out harshly on any small bump, leading to a cripplingly uncomfortable ride for rear passengers.
Unloaded, though, the ride quality is nice and supple, although the less said about the handling the better. The Accent really is a barge, prone to horrible understeer and a really wallowy feel if pushed at all. The 88bhp engine adds to the effect, with a really breathless, agricultural feel to it, that refuses to be revved and makes a real meal of it when you try.
The whole car has a cheap feel to it, you can tell it has been built down to a price with the horrible plastics, dreadfully clunky gearbox that has a throw of about a foot between 1st and 2nd and cheap interior plastics. The seats are also very unsupportive - they are both uncomfortable on long motorway journeys (not helped by the engine and wind noise) and unsupportive through the corners to the point you feel you will fall out of them.
Reliability seems to be an issue as well. With our low-mileage, full service history model we had the engine warning light come on various times, constant random warning lights illuminating and disappearing apparently randomly, worn synchromesh on the gearbox, and I even managed to overheat the clutch going up a slight incline in a line of traffic. The brakes are very strong but have no feel, and the ABS cuts in every time you go over a drain which gets quite wearing after a while. Oh, and the bootlid falls on your head every time as the struts can't support its weight, the alarm will go off for no apparent reason, the radio/cassette (yes, cassette) can't find any radio stations and the driving position on long journeys is cripplingly uncomfortable.
There are some plus points though. Everything, bar the gearbox, is very light to the touch, and the turning circle is second to none which makes parking it a doddle. It is also very practical, cheap to insure, cheap to service, relatively cheap on petrol for such a heavy car, and lets face it, no-one is going to steal it.
However, I really was only too glad to see the back of it. In comparison, I had a Ford Escort afterwards with a 90bhp 16v engine that, despite being three years older and double the mileage, was better in almost every single way. If you want an escort-sized car for Fiesta money, buy an older Escort.
I have had my Hyundai Accent 1.5 CDX for just over a year now its a 'W' registration so it was one of the first ones in this country. I decided to go for a Hyundai because my friend reccomended them to me. I decided to go for the 1.5 CDX because I wanted the higher powered engine and the luxury of air con, power steering and electric windows etc. When I first picked up the car I could not belive how smart it looked, it is sensible but shifts! Since I have had the car I have had no problems with it what so ever it has been 100% reliable and when it has been for a service they have been a fair price. The extra power in the engine on the CDX had been a great advantage because I drive down motorways a lot and it has given me that extra over taking power and smooth drive. In fact some times it is so quiet you have open the window to check there is other cars on the road!!! The accent has been my first Hyndai car and when I upgrade my car next year I will be definaly be going for another Hyundai because they are exellent value for money and are 100% reliable.