Hyundai Accent:Review the specs, features and pros & cons
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Hyundai Accent Summary
With its smart good looks, reliable engineering and modest price point, the Hyundai Accent is a solid entry-level vehicle. Add to that a spacious interior and an award-winning safety package in higher-trim newer models, and it’s easy to see why it’s one of the best hatchbacks in Canada. The Accent’s design focuses on ease-of-use, making it a fuss-free choice for anyone with a busy, on-the-go lifestyle. You also get top-of-the-line fuel economy with the Accent, saving you money on gas and lowering your environmental impact.
Hyundai Accent Safety
In newer models, lower-cost trims are limited in safety features, though rearview cameras will help with tricky parking. Older models from 2006 offer multiple airbags, adjustable head restraints to reduce the risk of whiplash in the event of an accident, as well as four-wheel antilock disc brakes to avoid skidding.
In contrast, the highest trim of the 2019 model earned the IIHS Top Safety Pick award. For example, the Limited Edition’s Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist helps you react if something unexpected appears on the road. LED headlights are energy-efficient and mimic natural light, making night driving easier on your eyes.
Hyundai Accent Interior
The Accent’s cloth-covered interior is designed for comfort and functionality across all model years. USB charging ports by the driver's seat—optional in models from 2010—mean you won’t have to worry about your phone powering down during a long drive. In the 2019, an upgrade to the Limited Edition will get you heated front seats to make icy winter commutes cozy. Higher trim levels also offer the option of a sunroof, helping make the car feel airy and spacious despite its small size.
Hyundai Accent Technology
On all model years, the Hyundai Accent lacks on-board navigation, so you’ll have to sync a map from your connected smartphone if you want turn-by-turn directions. If you’re looking at a model older than 10 years old, you might want to opt for a higher trim if you want air conditioning, remote keyless entry or access to satellite radio.
The touchcreen system in recent versions—designed to minimize distractions while driving—lets you easily access music and communication apps from both Apple and Android devices. An upgrade in models from 2018 and up will get you Hyundai Blue Link, a connectivity service that lets you start your car and adjust the temperature all from your smartphone, ideal for warming up the interior in the winter. There’s also proximity-based locking so you can skip digging for your keys in your bag or pockets.
Hyundai Accent Space
The Accent’s interior has earned it a reputation as one of the most spacious cars in the minicar category, so passengers have room to relax. The choice between sedan and hatchback models means you can get that bit of extra cargo space if you need it.
Hyundai Accent Comfort
A number of comfort-oriented perks are available as extras on newer models, from climate control to a luxe leather-wrapped steering wheel, though the latter could also be found on models as old as 2008. When it comes to handling, keep in mind that the Accent’s rear brakes are drum brakes rather than disc brakes. This means that in wet conditions, the car may not handle as well as others in its category.
Pros and cons of the Hyundai Accent
- Available in sedan or hatchback
- Spacious interior
- Excellent fuel economy
- Enhanced safety aids only on top trim
- No on-board navigation
- Rear drum brakes, not discs
Specifications of the Hyundai AccentKey specifications available across all trim levels
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Frequently asked questions about the Hyundai Accent
Cruise control comes as standard on models of the Hyundai Accent from 2012 onwards and is an option on earlier models.
Diesel and turbodiesel is available in second-generation models (first produced in 2003) and onwards.
Typically, the Hyundai Accent’s gas mileage ranges between 13 and 16 km/L. This will change depending on whether you’re driving in the city or on the highway.
New Hyundai Accents come at a base cost of $14,599 for the five-door model, and $17,349 for the four-door model. Older versions will vary in price.
Front airbags are standard on all models of the Hyundai Accent. Newer models include side airbags and these can be found as optional extras on older vehicles.