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The Hyundai Accent, a front-wheel-drive subcompact car that has been produced since 1994, is an excellent choice for those who are looking for a beautifully designed and fuel-efficient vehicle at a reasonable price. Moreover, it has been considerably improved in comparison to the previously produced models. The Hyundai Accent occupies a leading position in the markets of sedans and hatchbacks in its class.
Obviously, the automaker focused on comfort, styling, and technological filling creating the Hyundai Accent (to tell the truth, some of its rivals such as the Honda Fit, Kia Rio, Chevrolet Sonic, and Nissan Versa offer a longer list of equipment available) leaving a breathtaking ride aside. Still, the car is a good value for its money.
The Hyundai Accent is constructed in two body styles – sedan and hatchback. The car for the 2012 model year was completely redesigned inside and outside with several minor upgrades introduced later.
Although the Hyundai Accent has been produced for more than twenty years already, it looks up-to-date and nice. The latest Hyundai cars with the Hyundai Accent included use the Fluidic Sculpture design platform, which philosophy lies in drawing inspiration from nature (the company’s designers refer to Antelope Canyon in the U.S.) The manufacturer assures that the most natural is the most beautiful, the most natural is the strongest, and the most natural is the most efficient. That’s the reason why the Hyundai Accent doesn’t have sharp edges but smooth lines, shapes, and creases. They don’t just improve the car’s aerodynamic qualities but also make it look sophisticated.
The car’s front end features an interesting element. The grille and air collector together with a license plate are surrounded by a trapezoid frame. Exterior design of the top-spec Hyundai Accent Sport is even more stylish and functional. It adds a spoiler at the rear, fog lamps, chrome-trimmed door handles, and side-view mirrors with incorporated turn signals.
Interior and Comfort
The Hyundai Accent offers a steering wheel with a tilt function only as a standard feature. That’s alright unless a driver is long-legged. In such a case, they’d better opt for a tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel. For extra money, they don’t just have a chance to improve comfort for themselves but also make a ride safer.
The Hyundai Accent is actually much bigger inside than it may seem from the outside. It’s a class leader when it comes to spaciousness of the cabin and passengers’ comfort front and back.
The Hyundai Accent of the 2015 model year added some length both to four- and five-door models meaning that leg room is boosted. A front-seat passenger as well as those at the back enjoys lots of leg and head room. A driver doesn’t feel cramped in terms of knee room. The front seats are height-adjustable on all the models regardless of a trim level.
The rear-seat spaciousness is one of the car’s advantages. Unlike most of its rivals, the Hyundai Accent can accommodate up to three people here in ultimate comfort.
The Hyundai Accent sedan offers 13.7 cubic feet of boot space. Note that the rear seats regardless of a body style fold in a 60/40 split. A hatchback version is more capacious, though, providing 47.5 cubic feet of boot space with the rear seats folded up. Compartments for keeping knick-knacks count a deep glovebox, bins, cup holders, trays, etc.
Powertrain and Fuel Efficiency
As it has been aforementioned, the Hyundai Accent is more about comfort and technological gimmicks, stylish design and good fuel efficiency than exciting driving capabilities and powerful engine. But it shouldn’t be interpreted as the car’s weak point. The Hyundai Accent is a reliable and safe people carrier. Its driver knows what demeanor to expect from it.
The Hyundai Accent is powered by a 1.6-litre four-cylinder direct-injection engine that makes 138 horsepower and 123 pound-feet of torque. It makes 0-62 mph happen in fewer than ten seconds. The engine can be mated to either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic gearbox with Shiftronic manual control (the latter is more popular).
The Hyundai Accent is highly appreciated for its fuel economy rates. It’s where it outstrips most of the competitors. When the engine is coupled with a manual gearbox, the car returns 27 mpg in the city and 38 mpg on the highway. Speaking of an automatic model, the EPA estimated it at 26 mpg in the city and 37 mpg on the highway.
The Hyundai Accent sedan offers fewer features than the hatchback as long as it’s available only in the GLS, entry-level spec. For the hatchback, the upgraded GS and Sport trim levels are reserved.
A standard equipment list for all the Hyundai Accent models include power door locks and windows, heated side mirrors, and A/C. Also, there are folding rear seats, six-way adjustable driver’s seat, iPod/USB connectivity, satellite radio, and 172-W AM/FM/CD/MP3 sound system on the list.
The top-of-the-range Hyundai Accent Sport comes with 16-inch wheels, automatic headlamps, tilt-and-telescopic leather-wrapped steering wheel, Bluetooth connectivity, and some other features while a power sunroof is optional.
Most other options are grouped. The Popular Equipment Package offers a telescopic steering wheel, cruise control, and Bluetooth apart from steering wheel-mounted audio controls while the Style Package provides 16-inch alloys, projector headlamps, rear disc brakes, fog lamps, and improved fabric upholstery.
The Hyundai Accent received ‘Good’ rate in most IIHS crash tests except for a small front overlap test for which it was awarded ‘Poor’ and side impact protection test in which the car managed to get just ‘Acceptable’.
Visibility in the Hyundai Accent leaves much to be desired, especially in the hatchbacks. The rear-seat headrests along with large D-pillars restrict it. A rear-view camera and blind-spot warning system cannot be installed on the Hyundai Accent although there’s a blind spot mirror on the driver’s side that really helps. Thankfully, the car has rather big side mirrors.
The Hyundai Accent is equipped with six standard airbags (front and side ones for a driver and front-seat passenger and side curtain airbags for rear-seat passengers) and active headrests as well as stability control and ABS.
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