I love this car but I was not "surprised" there was no spare tire, I was down-right pissed.
I took a road trip over New Year's and when I was heading back home, discovered there wasn't a spare tire!!
Who does this!!
What idiot S. Korean engineer dreamed this one up?
Scenario: Me and my wife and son hit road debris at night on the freeway which shreds the tire.
I'm frantically looking up and down for the spare which doesn't exist.
Bang, lights out.
I guess Hyundai thinks a tire inflater will fix this.
This is inexcusable and is a safety hazard plain and simple.
I'm notified the dealer, Hyundai and I think I'm going to contact a federal agency to complain.
power locks/side mirrows and windows on base model.
Great design in and out.
I really like the Accent and am considering it as my next car, but the fact it doesn't have a spare tire is ridiculous.
It would be a deal breaker.
If I have a blow-out in the city- I would have to call roadside service and have the car towed and will need to buy a tire on the spot.
If I was in a hurry (ie- trying to catch a flight)- I would be delayed.
Whereas I'm fully capable to put a spare on myself and would be on the road in 15 minutes.
Also my parents live in a remote area with little cell phone coverage- if it happened up there I would be really screwed.
An inflator kit is not a replacement for a spare and even though I understand Hyundai's reasoning that it saves weight and fuel mileage, it's unforgivable to compromise safety over it.
I would gladly give up a few side curtain airbags for this instead.
Until they put a full replacement space in, they may have lost a customer.
Shame, because I really like the rest of the car
Lots of cars don't have spares these days. Many have run flat tires, which can also suffer catastrophic failures like regular tires. Run flats also have very stiff sidewalls which severely compromises the ride quality of cars that have them. Other cars, including some expensive sports cars with six figure price tags, have an inflator kit like the Accent (and its Kia Rio twin). They leave out spares to save space and weight.
Hyundai did this to save weight. Tires and wheels are heavy. Weight kills fuel economy and performance. A spare is dead weight most people never use. So one can argue it's smart to get rid of it.
It's also worth noting you get 5 years of free roadside assistance. So, worst case, you call the 800 number and someone comes and either fixes or tows the car.
Finally, there's room for a spare. So if you really want one, just spend the few hundred dollars and get one. It's hardly more expensive then the floor mats.
Should be noted:
It was demonstrated to me before my test drive tonight
that there was no spare, so either it depends on the salesman or my salesman read this review.
Glad I saw this, however slim the possibility, freak accidents occur and it's good to be prepared.
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