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2016 Hyundai Accent Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2016 Hyundai Accent was new.


Interior: 7.7

Reviewer opinion of the 2016 Hyundai Accent's interior design is mixed. Some critics think it has nice materials, appealing styling and enough space in the back seats for 6-foot passengers. However, others mention that it has too much hard plastic and inadequate rear-seat space for taller passengers. Trunk space is average in the Accent sedan, while cargo space in the hatchback is above average. Test drivers report that the Accent's audio and climate controls are easy to use, though they point out that the Accent doesn’t have as many high-end options as rivals.

  • "The 2016 Hyundai Accent subcompact's 5-passenger interior layout isn't all that exciting, but it is functional." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Materials quality is about average for this class, highlighted by the usual hard plastics (check out the related Kia Rio for a more inspired cabin)." -- AutoTrader (2015)
  • "From the driver seat, there's plenty to like, as the 2015 Accent has attractive interior materials and solid build quality, especially for a car with such a low starting price." -- Edmunds (2015)
  • "The interior looks nice enough, but it's awash in hard plastic; not even the door armrests are padded, though the console one is. A few classy trim bits keep things from looking 100 percent low budget." -- Consumer Guide (2013)


The 2016 Hyundai Accent seats five and comes standard with cloth upholstery and a tilting steering wheel. Upgraded cloth upholstery and a telescoping steering wheel are optional. Critics report that the front seats are comfortable and supportive. Taller drivers will have an easier time reaching the steering wheel if they choose a model with the optional telescoping steering wheel, auto writers say. Some reviewers think the rear seats are spacious enough for 6-foot passengers, but others disagree.

  • "The spacious rear seat offers enough headroom and legroom to allow even 6-footers to get comfortable in the outboard positions." -- Edmunds (2015)
  • "The standard tilt-only steering wheel likely won't work for long-legged drivers unless they like driving with their elbows locked. With the optional telescopic wheel installed, the Accent becomes more viable for the lanky crowd." -- AutoTrader (2015)
  • "Headroom is barely adequate for 6-footers, but they won't have enough legroom to squeeze in behind a like-size front seater." -- Consumer Guide (2013 rear seat)
  • "The seats are quite comfortable, with soft bolsters that are so nonintrusive we didn't realize they were there until we felt ourselves leaning on them in corners." -- Car and Driver (2012 front seats)

Interior Features

Standard features in the 2016 Hyundai Accent include power windows and door locks, a six-speaker audio system, satellite radio, a USB port and keyless entry. Available features include Bluetooth, cruise control and steering wheel-mounted audio controls.

Test drivers appreciate the Accent's straightforward audio and climate controls, though some note that the Accent doesn't have as many high-end or high-tech options as rivals.

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  • "Controls for audio, climate and phone connectivity are easy to locate and use." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Although Hyundai doesn't offer as many high-tech features as some competitors, the Accent's cabin is attractive and well built." -- Edmunds (2014)
  • "One recent trend among the newest small cars is increased availability of luxury amenities. Hyundai proved hip to that trend with the new Elantra, but not here. You won't find a sunroof (available on the Nissan Versa and the Fiesta), navigation (Versa, Fiesta, and Fit), heated seats (Versa and Fiesta), or leather (Fiesta)." -- Automobile Magazine (2012)
  • "Controls for the stereo, heating and cooling are second-nature and easy to navigate without relying on an overly complicated array of buttons." -- Autoblog (2012)


The 2016 Hyundai Accent sedan offers 13.7 cubic feet of trunk space, which is about average for a subcompact sedan. Hatchback models have 21.2 cubic feet of space behind the rear seats and 47.5 cubic feet with the rear seats folded, which is above average for a subcompact hatchback. Both sedan and hatchback models come standard with 60/40 split-folding rear seats. Test drivers are impressed with the number of small-item storage spaces in the Accent’s cabin.

  • "Sedan versions of the Accent have a 13.7-cubic-foot trunk and 60/40-split-folding rear seats to accommodate larger items. But the real cargo-carrying hero in this lineup is the Accent hatchback, which offers 47.5 cubic feet of capacity with the seats folded - nearly as much as a small SUV." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Folding the rear seatbacks yields an enormous 47.5 cu ft., dwarfing the maximum cargo capacity of rivals such as the Sonic and Fiesta." -- AutoTrader (2015 hatchback)
  • "There's also space to carry a lot of stuff, with cubbies and storage spaces in the doors, behind the seats and in the center console, which can move fore and aft to find the right spot for your arm." -- The Detroit News (2012)

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