Hyundai Accent Verna First generation
|Also called||Hyundai Accent Verna (Venezuela) Hyundai Excel Hyundai Pony Bimantara Cakra (Indonesia) Kia Qianlima (China) Dodge Brisa (Venezuela)|
|Production||1994–1999 (South Korea) 1995–2006 (Egypt)|
|Assembly||Ulsan, South Korea Cairo, Egypt (Ghabbour Group İzmit, Turkey (Hyundai Assan)Gaborone, Botswana (TMBC) Barcelona, Venezuela (MMC Automoriz)|
|Body style||4-door sedan 3-door hatchback 5-door hatchback 2-door coupe|
|Engine||1.3 L I4 (petrol) 1.5 L I4 (petrol) 1.6 L I4 (petrol)|
|Transmission||4-speed automatic 5-speed manual|
|Wheelbase||2,400 mm (94.5 in)|
|Length||4,100 mm (161.4 in) (hatchback) 162.1 in (4,117 mm) (sedan)|
|Width||1,620 mm (63.8 in)|
|Height||1,395 mm (54.9 in)|
The Hyundai Accent (X3) was introduced as a replacement for the Excel for the 1995 model year. It continued to be called Dodge Brisa in Venezuela or Hyundai Excel in some markets, such as the Netherlands, Belgium and Australia. In France, it was called the Hyundai Pony.
In Australia, the X3 proved so popular (due to its low price and reliability) that it was the third best-selling vehicle in the country in both 1996 and 1998. In the latter year, it achieved more than 44,000 sales (a 5.5% share of the total market), a record figure at the time, for an imported car. Between 1994 and 2000, some 200,000 X3s were sold in Australia, making it arguably the most successful imported vehicle in the country's history.
Also in Australia, from 11/97 onwards, these model were fitted standard with a DOHC 1.5 L. The G4FK was a replacement for the tired G4EK SOHC. The new engine produced 74 kW (101 PS; 99 hp) at 6000 rpm and a max torque of 134 N·m (99 lb·ft) at 4000 rpm. This engine was available in America in the Accent GT.
The Accent was sold in saloon (sedan), hatchback, and coupé form in the UK, with a choice of three engines for each: a 1.3 12v (85 hp), 1.5 12v (92 hp) and a 1.5 16v (105 hp) petrol. There was no diesel option (until the 2003 redesign). A GSi spec car was the top-specification Accent.
The MVi-spec coupé version won particular praise for its handling agility in the UK. Although the Accent was cheap to buy and insure, its engines were quite thirsty; the 1.5-litre returned 33 mpg-imp (8.6 L/100 km; 27 mpg-US) average according to list figures.
Though manuals exist for Accents before and after 1999, a manual for 1999 Hyundai Accent has not been published. Additionally, owners of the 1999 model were informed by their dealers that the power output of the 1.5 L engine was in fact rated at 88 horsepower (66 kW).
The 1998 Hyundai Accent was crash-tested by the European New Car Assessment Programme and showed rather poor performance, scoring only 4 points out of 16 for frontal impact.The passenger compartment became unstable in the crash test.It was determined that there was an unacceptable high risk of chest injury during side impact crash, as a result, the car would not meet the minimum legal requirement in 1999.The Swedish insurance company, Folksam, rates the 1st-gen Accent as one of the safest cars in its weight class