The Hyundai Accent has been one of Hyundai’s truly global products. It is known for its excellent fuel economy, good driveability and fuss-free ownership experience. For the year 2019, Hyundai Accent is available in 3 trims, namely SE, SEL and Limited, and is priced between $14,995 - $19,080. Should this Hyundai be on your consideration if you’re looking for a spacious family sedan? Read on to find out.
-> Comfortable ride and impressively quiet cabin
-> Spacious interior with solid, rattle-free build quality
-> Excellent fuel economy
-> Lack of navigation support
-> Cloth seats look out of place in an otherwise modern car
-> Enhanced safety aids only available on top trim level
With the 2018 update, Accent became longer, wider an roomier, thanks to the all new chassis. The front end features trapezoidal grille and swept-back headlamps. Side profile has a lot of character lines, and looks curvy from every angle, and the nicely integrated boot gives the Accent a very planted stance.
Step inside the Accent feels plush for its segment, with a well laid out dashboard and comfortable seats. The quality of materials used on dashboard is acceptable, and the front seats are comfortable with good cushioning and bolstering. Overall interior is roomy, thank to the all new platform which results in an increased wheelbase.
The Accent is powered by a 1.6-liter 4-cyl. engine which comes out 130 hp of power and 119 lb-ft of torque. This engine is mated to either either a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic gearbox, which send power to the front wheels. Power delivery is linear and smooth, but isn’t explosive by any means. Performance on offer is about adequate, but not something that will please the enthusiasts. Lt has a firm suspension setup, which can be a bit harsh at low speeds, but high speed stability is good, and so is right quality at those speeds. What lets the cause down is the steering, which offers decent feedback but isn’t communicative enough, and hence, the car isn’t eager around corners. That said, the Accent feels very nimble and compact to drive. Braking performance is good, but the pedal could surely have been better. Both the gearboxes are good, with manual gearbox offering slick shifts, and the automatic gearbox offering very quick shifts. Fuel efficiency is rated at 32 mpg, which is excellent for a car of this segment.
Overall, it is not the most sorted car if you talk about dynamics, but the Accent does impress us as an all-rounded package.
The Accent does have a weak link in its safety department. The car does come standard with multiple airbags, vehicle diagnostics and emergency collision notification. Top of the line Limited trim also gets forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking. Althogh these features may look adequate, but features like surround-view camera systems and blind-spot monitors aren’t even available, which competition offers.
The Accent is a stylish, comfortable sedan which can play many roles. It may not offer explosive performance or splendid practicality, but it is a very value for money proposition for those looking for spacious family sedan.
Published by Joel Borthwick