The Hyundai Accent isn’t the least expensive new auto you can purchase; that respect has had a place with the Nissan Versa throughout recent years. Nor is it the roomiest subcompact—that would be the Honda Fit—or the most enjoyable to drive in its fragment, a respect we’d offer on the Mazda-assembled Toyota Yaris iA. Be that as it may, while this humble Hyundai will most likely be unable to assert numerous superlatives, the upgraded for-2018 Accent, similar to its stablemate, the Kia Rio, has gained ground in complexity and refinement all while holding its key principles of moderateness and effectiveness.
The Accent’s freshly discovered development begins with its outline. A downsized ringer for the bigger Elantra, the Hyundai has a hexagonal grille that establishes a solid connection. Our Limited test auto highlighted upscale itemizing as its cutting edge looking LED lighting complements and classy chrome trim. A vehicle body style is all that is on the menu lamentably, as Hyundai has dropped the Accent hatchback in the United States (the new Rio still is offered as a bring forth, in any case).
There’s still a lot of common sense incorporated with the Accent, as its effective bundling makes for an open back seat and a substantial trunk that gulped six portable bags in our testing. A 60/40 split-collapsing back seat is standard, which grows that limit impressively to hold up to 18 bags—four more than the Rio hatchback could deal with, truth be told. The lodge has a vaporous feel for front-situate travelers, as well, because of extensive glass zones and a subtle dashboard shape.
We’re less persuaded that the best trim Accent Limited is justified regardless of its $3900 premium over the base-display 2018 Accent SE we tried. Indeed, the Limited accompanies a significantly more liberal heap of alluring gear, including a 7.0-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, warmed front seats, programmed atmosphere control, and nearness scratch section. Be that as it may, the Accent’s inside feel doesn’t hold up very too at about $20,000 as it does at a sub-$16,000 value point. Without a doubt, the plastics are pleasantly grained and the fabric upholstery is impeccably adequate, yet the stacked Accent’s value begins to knock up against more roomy and refined compacts, for example, the Honda Civic and the Volkswagen Golf.
Saddling the Accent’s 1.6-liter inline-four with a six-speed programmed transmission (standard on the SEL and Limited trims and discretionary on the base SE) additionally dulls the motor’s execution contrasted and the SE’s six-speed manual. While the programmed moves easily, it eased back the Accent’s zero-to-60-mph increasing speed by 1.4 seconds, to 8.9 seconds, downgrading it from the subcompact fragment’s dragster to a simply normal contender. Also, the programmed’s significantly lower result in our 75-mph roadway efficiency test, 36 mpg to the manual’s 41 mpg, makes an already difficult situation even worse.
The Limited’s bigger haggle bundle enables make to up for some of its execution shortfall, as it pulled a superior skidpad result (0.85 g versus 0.81 g) and a shorter braking separation from 70 mph (169 feet to 173) than the SE. Its greater 17-inch wheels, however, accompany a drawback: a less agreeable ride. It’s not brutal, but rather impacts are particularly more keen in the Limited than in the cushy-by-correlation SE with its 15-inch haggles tires.
The most current Accent puts its best foot forward in its humbler appearance. Unless the additional common luxuries are an unquestionable requirement have for you, we’d contend against paying more for the Limited trim level or the programmed transmission. It’s the esteem tastic SE manual that is our pick among the Accents and among our most loved lower-spec subcompacts in general.