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Journeys : Oct Nov 2011
State of the Art Independent Units • 24 hour Emergency Response • Beautiful Gardens & Community Centre • Close to Shops, Restaurants and Beach • 2 & 3 Bedroom Units Available • On Site Care Taker • Maximising Lifestyle, Minimising Stress firstname.lastname@example.org www.rochesbeachliving.com.au For sales enquiries, Free call 1800 246 418 State of the Art Independent Units • 24 hour Emergency Response • Beautiful Gardens & Community Centre • Close to Shops, Restaurants and Beach • 2 & 3 Bedroom Units Available • On Site Care Taker • Maximising Lifestyle, Minimising Stress email@example.com www.rochesbeachliving.com.au For sales enquiries, Free call 1800 246 418 Darren Moody First drives Hyundai Accent The first generation Accent helped put Hyundai on the map as an up-and- coming manufacturer. While somewhat basic, many found homes and proved a reliable and affordable alternative to Japanese offerings. Accent sits in the light car class. It has both hatch and sedan body styles although the hatch is the dominant choice in this category – only around 15 - 20% are likely to be sedans. The entr y- level Active is pr iced at $16,990 (plus on roads) for the manual, add $2000 if you want the four-speed auto. Mid-spec Elite gets 16” alloys, upgraded interior and dash trim, and fog lights. The cabin feels quite spacious for a car in this category and headroom is good in both front and rear. Standard Bluetooth and USB connectivity, w ith steering wheel controls for audio and phone are standard across the range, options generally not seen as standard in the light car segment. Accent was released with a competent 1.6L petrol engine producing 92kW while delivering 6L/100km in manual form. Hyundai advises that a diesel is on the way shortly along with a direct injection petrol engine at some point next year. Steering is well-weighted and quite direct. While initial city drive loops were a little inconclusive it might be a little too firm in the suspension for our ver y average road network. Only an extended drive on all roads will tell the final story. Safety is 5-star ANCAP with six airbags, ESC, ABS, EBD and Hyundai’s own VSM (vehicle stability management) which combines all the passive safety systems and adding subtle steer ing input to assist the driver to steer in the right direction if they get into difficulty. Hyundai has significantly matured since those early Accents, with the newly released model giving evidence of that. This car has almost a premium feel to it, certainly moving on from that cheap and cheerful reputation of earlier generations. An impressive five-year unlimited km warranty rounds out an impressive new entry to the market. New Accent ups the ante considerably, at least equalling Japanese rivals in quality and eclipsing them in the value for money stakes. Life on the move 26 October / November 2011
MNJ Aug Sep 2011