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2012 Hyundai Accent Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2012 Hyundai Accent was new.


Interior: 8.1

The 2012 Hyundai Accent may not have as much cargo space as the Honda Fit or be as fun to drive as the Mazda2, but the automotive press thinks the Accent’s interior design and quality surpasses these models. Some even call the Accent’s cabin upscale.

  • "The interior is very attractive." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "Like the performance and the exterior design, the inside, too, reminds me of a more substantial vehicle. All the fabrics, buttons and plastic panels are of good quality. The textured dashboard and design look futuristic and sleek." -- Cars.com
  • "Hyundai hasn't shied away from using hard plastics on the dash and waterfall, though the pieces don't feel cheap or easily-scratched. Instead of lacing the pieces in a faux-leather grain, the automaker opted for an attractive.e raised check pattern. We like it." -- Autoblog
  • "Climb inside, and you'll see that Hyundai has spent their money where it counts: The dashboard is attractively styled, the controls are uncomplicated, and the fabrics, plastics, and switchgear feel substantial and expensive. Hunt around and you'll find some evidence of cost-cutting, like the chintzy carpeting in the trunk, but that's fine with me -- this is, after all, a car that tops out at $17,555." -- About.com


Several reviewers say the 2012 Hyundai Accent has enough room for 6-foot tall passengers and drivers, but there are several common complaints that have nothing to do with height. If you’re a passenger and rest your arm on the center console or door armrests, you’ll probably find that they aren’t very comfortable. Hyundai didn’t add padding to these spots. Even though the Accent can fit tall passengers comfortably, those in the sedan will have less headroom. But at the same time, both the hatchback and sedan have poor rear visibility. For the lesser of two evils, get the hatchback.

  • "Headroom is adequate for 6-footers, who would also have just enough legroom to squeeze in behind a like-size front seater. Egress is fairly easy for such a small car." -- Consumer Guide   
  • "Legroom in back is modest, and typical of this class, the rear seat sits too low to the floor. Headroom in the hatchback is good, however. In the sedan it’s tight. The rear window in both the hatchback and sedan is small, which hurts the view straight back, but neither car has massive C-pillars." -- Cars.com 
  • "All of the basics are covered nicely: The cloth-covered seats are comfy and supportive, and visibility is good - not great - although the hatchback's rear window is rather small." -- About.com
  • "Much of the Accent's additional space comes from the rear seat, with more headroom and legroom making the backseat ride comfortable for even 6-foot passengers. The sloping roof line does eat into some available headroom, however, and fifth passengers will find the rear seat's raised center section useful only when walking is the remaining option." -- Edmunds
  • "Too bad Hyundai didn't spend the extra nickels for padded door armrests; these are rock-hard plastic." -- Automobile Magazine 

Interior Features

Test drivers say the 2012 Hyundai Accent’s temperature and stereo controls are easy to master, which isn’t a compliment you hear much as automakers add more interior technology.

There is one drawback for shoppers who add interior tech to their Accent. A navigation system is unavailable. And while some members of the press are disappointed that the Accent doesn’t have a built-in navigation system like the Kia Rio or Nissan Versa, the Accent’s interior features can still keep pace with other cars in the class. The base GLS sedan comes with power door locks, four speakers and a tilt steering wheel, which isn’t much. But the GLS Comfort Package, which is automatically included in the base model’s price, adds air conditioning, power windows and mirrors, a stereo system with AM/FM and satellite radio and a USB auxiliary input jack for your iPod. The $1,300 Premium Package, available on GLS models with an optional automatic transmission, adds remote keyless entry, steering wheel-mounted controls, cruise control, Bluetooth, a sunglass holder and a sliding armrest storage box. The five-door hatchback comes in the GS trim, and offers the same standard and optional features available on the GLS sedan. The five-door SE trim adds a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob.

As for interior quality, reviewers are divided. Some say the Accent’s interior features are a bit cheap, but are equivalent to what they found in the Ford Fiesta. Others say the interior is upscale.

  • "Controls for the stereo, heating and cooling are second-nature and easy to navigate without relying on an overly complicated array of buttons. We're looking at you, Ford." -- Autoblog
  • "Hyundai had a new Ford Fiesta on hand during my test of the Accent, and I compared its high-quality interior with that of the Accent. I'd say the two are nearly on par, with Ford having a few more instances of chintzy materials, especially the flimsy plastic door handles, while the Accent has substantial chromed handles." -- Cars.com  
  • "The interior looks nice enough, but it's awash in hard plastic; not even the door armrests are padded, though the console one is." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The insides of the A-pillars are made of plastic, fibrous tissue, and volcanic rock, saving weight and simulating a ‘cloth look.’ It's not quite that convincing, but it's part of an interior design that manages to make common economy-grade plastic look good and tightly assembled. The dash plastics are better than average for the B- and C-classes, and there's a lot of texture going on here." -- Motor Trend


The 2012 Hyundai Accent is available in two body styles: a sedan and a five-door hatchback. With a maximum of 13.7 cubic feet, the sedan holds the least cargo. By comparison, the five-door hatchback holds 21.2 cubic feet with the rear seats in use and 47.5 with them folded. These are great figures for a hatchback, considering the Ford Fiesta hatchback holds 26 cubic feet with the rear seats folded.

  • "I liked the sedan's roomy trunk, but was really impressed by the hatchback's cargo bay - at 21.2 cubic feet it bests even the Honda Fit, and like the Fit it has a low floor that will handily accommodate big, bulky items." -- About.com
  • "Behind the rear hatch, the 2012 Accent delivers 21.2 cubic feet of cargo room with the rear seats up, which is more space than significantly larger and more expensive vehicles." -- Autoblog
  • "The hatchback's roomy cargo area can be expanded by dropping the standard split-folding rear seat backs, which can be easily done without having to remove the rear headrests. However, the folded seat backs rest about three inches above the level of the cargo floor, making loading bulky or heavy items a chore." -- Consumer Guide 
  • "Cargo-wise, the sedan's trunk is pretty good at 13.7 cubic feet but of course the hatch is the better hauler of stuff. Its 21.2 cubic feet, with the rear seats in place, bests all comers. With the seatbacks folded, there's 47.5 cubic feet, which is also good but falls considerably short of the commodious Honda Fit." -- Automobile Magazine

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