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The Hyundai Accent CRDi is now on sale in Australia, assuming the title of the cheapest diesel-powered car in the country.

The 1.6-litre CRDi turbo diesel engine is only available in the entry-level Active variant. The six-speed manual model is priced from $19,490 before on-roads, while the four-speed automatic model costs $21,490.

The engine produces 94kW of power (at 4000rpm) and 260Nm of torque (between 1900-2750rpm), giving it 3kW/104Nm more than the 1.6-litre petrol engine powering the rest of the range. Optioning the diesel engine will set you back an extra $2500.

The Accent Active manual sedan is the most efficient model in the line-up, with an official fuel consumption rating of 4.4 litres per 100km. The manual hatch uses 4.5L/100km, while the automatics return 5.6L/100km. The diesel is up to 27 per cent more fuel efficient than the petrol models, which average 6.0-6.4L/100km.

The Accent CRDi models are equipped like their petrol counterparts, coming standard with 14-inch steel wheels, four-speaker audio system with USB and Bluetooth audio connectivity and manual air conditioning. The five-star ANCAP safety rating carries over, with electronic stability control and six airbags standard.

2012 Hyundai Accent manufacturer’s list prices (excluding government and dealer charges):

  • Active petrol manual – $16,990
  • Active petrol automatic – $18,990
  • Active diesel manual – $19,490
  • Active diesel automatic – $21,490
  • Elite petrol manual – $18,490
  • Elite petrol automatic – $20,490
  • Premium petrol manual (hatch only) – $20,990
  • Active petrol automatic – $22,990

  • Zoom

    “The diesel is up to 27 per cent more fuel efficient than the petrol models”.

    – Petrol costs up to 10 per cent less at the pump
    – The diesel model costs $2500 more than the petrol one. Based on 7% interest, that’s $175 per year extra. And if one take a car loan at 15%, that’s $375 extra

    • K-poop

      Not to mention the additional servicing costs for the diesel compared to the petrol. Even if you factor out those petrol and servicing costs, you probably wouldn’t be able to get $2500 more than the petrol version when time to sell.

      I like diesel……but they just dont make sense financially….especially at the lower end of the market.

      • Sydlocal

         Not everyone buys a diesel just for the “perceived reduced running costs”. There are many cars out there now where the diesel version offers superior performance in real world driving and that is why they buy them, even at that lower end of the market.

        • John

          Yes. I’d buy a diesel purely for that superior performance in everyday driving. I wouldn’t necessarily mind that it cost extra to buy or run.

        • Tikboy_00

          when will be available in philippines hyundai accent crdi 2012 model

      • Sumpguard

           When the Aussie dollar falls through the floor (and it will)  they will make heaps of sense .We will then discover exactly why the Europeans have been driving small diesel powered cars for eons as fuel prices surge towards $2.00 per litre and the percentage margin on diesel is reduced.  The higher the pump price the more they make sense. In a country like this one where a weekend away means a 500 km round trip they come into their own and the bonus of halving the stops to refill is priceless!

            Of course you like most are ignoring the fact that the higher price paid for the engine over a petrol is largely recouped when you sell again so that particular point is flawed.

            I asked about servicing costs for my car and they are only marginally dearer than that of the petrol except for the major service which adds a couple of hundred dollars more.


        • 2exc

          Have you heard of a hybrid?

    • Tom

      Yes, but in NSW, it will soon be impossible to sell 91 octane without ethanol, which will worsen the economy of the petrol version unless you buy premium, destroying the price saving. By the way, at the servo down from my house (Sydney Northern Beaches) they are selling 91 octane ULP for 148.9c/L, and diesel for 150.9c/L – hardly a significant difference. 

      Also, the price difference isn’t just going to disappear, you will get some of it back when you sell the car off. That you get an extra 104nm of torque is just an added bonus. 

  • Noddy

    I suppose the new i30 diesel will have more power, but its current output is pretty bad, especially compared to the cheaper Accen dieselt.

  • Trevor

    I guess most diesel on low end car doesn’t equip with particulate filter. Not really keen to introduce more toxic contaminant around garage and driveway

  • Eric V

    Swings and roundabouts regarding whether the diesel is the better option if you only look at the $AUD.
    At today’s prices with the diesel about 9-10% dearer than petrol it would take about 125,000 km to recoup the $2500 premium. But as fuel rises then this km figure comes down.
    Servicing costs I don’t know about, but the Fiesta diesel servicing costs are quite reasonable.
    However other things I would also be looking at would be the greater range of the diesel Accent, probably about an extra 200km per tank. 
    Then there is the torque of the diesel which would make it a lot more relaxing vehicle to drive.
    Lastly, by coming up with the diesel Accent it will put pressure on other brands to rethink their policy on diesel vehicles, such as Suzuki and Mazda who have diesel versions of their Swift and 2.
    I think a diesel Accent is a good idea, even if it is just to widen the appeal of diesels at this end of the market.

    • Aaa

      “At today’s prices with the diesel about 9-10% dearer than petrol it would take about 125,000 km to recoup the $2500 premium”

      Your mathematics is flawed as it does not take into account compounding interest. 125,000km takes an average person 8yrs to cover. The compound interest alone on $2,500 after 8yrs is $1,870 at 7% and $5,738 at 15%. What it means is you will be financially worse off in that diesel and you will never pay it off.

      • Assuming you use finance

        That would presume that everyone uses finance to buy their car, personally, I never have, and never will buy a car under finance.  The depreciation on them is bad enough without adding interest on top, which makes no financial sense what so ever!

  • Guest

    i think really the choice of a diesel comes down to… you must ‘like’ or at least accept how they drive… the limited redline, the relatively slim powerband, the idle clatter… and the torque thrust once of the curve

    and 4 spd auto??? and only in the dowdiest base trim? what is that about?

    i would like to see the i30 wagon but they will need to trim their prices? I think the old i30 wagon was just under $25k as a diesel manual which is just too much for the base trim…

    • O123

      New i30 will most likely have a 6 speed auto and more powerful diesel, Isn’t the cheapest focus diesel 28k?

  • Mr Gaspo

    If it does NOT have a DPF then it should have reasonable running costs. A DPF truly kills a diesel engine option on the grounds of ownership risk for me. I don’t want to be facing bills of between $2K and $4K to replace a filter regardless of warranty.

    • Ibc

      And if it has a DPF then you need special low sulphur engine oil – expect to pay around $200 just for the oil at a dealer.

      • Mr Gaspo

        Holy crap!

    • Devil’s Advocate

       Yep. If the diesel has a DPF and all you do is short/stop-start city driving, forget about it otherwise you will have endless problems with it. If you do a lot of long highway kms, they are not as bad.

    • Al

      & if the diesel doesn’t have a DPF it will blow out soot and tonnes of carcinogens whenever you accelerate hard…

      • Mr Gaspo

        Agreed… So for me the trouble associated with making a diesel clean is just not worth it. I’d much rather pay a bit more at the pump.

  • Tnuclicks

    Diesel Vs. Petrol? It depends on what you want – torque or horsepower. I have a D-Max for towing and a WRX for fun. They are both great but very different animals. No diesel goes like a turbo petrol but if you just want torque then a turbo diesel car maybe for you – diesel cars have come a long way since the 300D which is the slowest car I have ever driven. I can’t imagine what the 240D was like – you’d have to use a calendar to measure the 0-400 time!

    • Info

      Yes your right…..I have a ’97 Disco TDi, which I love to death and is fab off-road, but it is fun that I have email someone first before overtaking, just so they know I’m coming!!!!…….diesels have changed considerably since then.

      I travel around 50k per year for work so of course I have a diesel, a fantastic SAAB 93 TDi Wagon which averages around 5.7L/100k, and is extroadinarily comfortable for long distancce work.

  • Henry Toussaint

    what i really want is the 1.6GDI with 103kw’s and 6 speed auto…

  • BP

    Sales are hitting the 1000+ mark, so the introduction of this should see sales spike. i20 on the other hand….

    • Henry Toussaint

      Iv’e seen alot of i20’s….probably cause the getz left…

      • Mr Gaspo

        The i20 had to be Huyndais worst car followed by the Accent.

  • Aus_poppa

    The reason that we are getting this car is that it is made for Europe.. That is why we get the I30 in diesel as well. But the car that should be here in diesel, the Elantra, won’t be, because it is a made for the USA.

    What we really need is a diesel Elantra, with the new I30 nechanical package – 1.6 diesel with 6 speed auto.

    Who needs diesel? Everyone. Not on economic grounds whilst we still enjoy – yes – enjoy – fuel prices around A$1.50. But when the prices rise, as they will, then 700+km to the tank start to look attractive, to say nothing of the fact that if all Australians used less fuel it would be better for both the balance of payments and the environment.

  • sam123

    I own a 300TD (wagon version of the 300D, same engine) and a 204D, both W123.  The 204D is a slug, thats for sure.  The 300TD feels positively nimble in comparison.  Both they are both auto so you simply use a heavy foot and let the slush box do its thing.  But they both spin down the highway happily hat 100 clicks and will do it all day with the aircon pumping with 40 degree temperatures outside.   Even after 30 years, my wagon can return higway mileage as good as eight litres per 100km.  It consistently runs at eleven litres per 100km around the town.  The 240D does around one litre better in both fields.  These figures are almost exactly what the manufacurer quotes.  I suspect that a new hyundai diesel will also run happily and return good fuel economy for 30 years too if it was well serviced.  Petrol versions of any brand seem to wear out faster.

  • Esd

    WTF is the elentra so expensive in Australia? In U.S the Elentra limited cost 20-22k and comes with everything

    Leather, cream trim, navigation, XM satellite radio, 4 heated seats, proximity key, push button engine start, Bluetooth, reversing camera, 360W premium audio..

    Looks like thishttp://onsurga.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/2011-Hyundai-Elantra-Limited-Interior-View.jpg

  • Richard

    The two issues with modern diesels are the DFP and the very high pressure common rail diesel injectors.  If you have problems with either you are up for very big repair bills.  I think the longevity of these modern diesels will in no way match the diesels you use to see in such cars as the 300D etc.

    Buyers will flirt with the current generation diesels for one purchase… see no cost advantage and then for their next car revert to either a petrol car or go hybrid etc.

    I do think diesels have a place in heavy SUVs and 4WDs.

  • Calstep54

    I own a 2006 Peugeot 307 1.6 hdi. We compared our running costs, servicing costs, fuel costs with a friend who owns a 2007 Peugeot 307 2 ltr petrol. We both average approximately 15,000km a yr, and no surprise that the diesel was around $2200 cheaper per yr to run than the petrol. The petrol version has to use 95 octane fuel, which is 8-10c a litre dearer than diesel. It requires platinum tipped spark plugs recommended around every 40,000 km. It’s fuel consumption averages around 8.5ltrs/100km as opposed to 5ltrs/100km for the diesel, and the difference in servicing costs is around $550 a yr cheaper for the diesel. Yes sure, there is the premium over the petrol version, but if you do over 15,000km a yr, within 18 mnths to 2 yrs, that has been easily recouped with around 14 or 15 less trips per yr to the service station. So there you have it.
    If you do less than 15K a yr stick with petrol, if you do over 15K a yr go the diesel.

  • Suarez6910

    I have had 4 diesel cars in the past 15 years in europe. All I must say NOT A PROBLEM AT ALL. 
    With my last renault average of 5.8l 100k.  170.000 km on it and still running as silent and smooth as first day. Diesel must be the future here in Australia.