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by Tim Beissmann

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