In running costs, fuel consumption, warranty and insurance costs, it has most of its competition beaten. So what lets it down? Mainly it’s lacklustre dynamics and performance, thanks to an engine that can feel breathless and a CVT that, while great for economy, does little for actual driving finesse. Cabin ergonomics and build quality also seem to have suffered at Hyundai’s hands as the South Korean brand tirelessly chased efficiency and cost-cutting measures. But if you value a set-and-forget kind of car, then Accent comes into sharp focus.