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2017 Hyundai Accent Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2017 Hyundai Accent was new.

Scorecard

Interior: 7.8

Subcompact cars are unlikely to ever be known for their upscale feel, but the 2017 Hyundai Accent still manages to fill out its interior without using a lot of low-rent materials. There are still hard plastics, but they manage to avoid looking and feeling cheap the way some rival cabins do. The seats likewise do not offer much in the way of style or luxury, but they are comfortable and roomy for all but exceptionally tall passengers. Even the rear seats can accommodate adults, which is not a given in this class.

There aren't a lot of standard or available features in the Accent, but the ones that you can get are easy to use thanks to straightforward dash controls. There are also physical buttons for most functions, which some drivers prefer instead of the touch screens that are becoming common in many vehicles.

The Accent sedan has trunk space that's on par with most rivals, but the Accent hatchback has one of the roomiest cargo holds in the class. Both models also have rear seats that fold down to give you some cargo flexibility.

  • "Unlike some others in this low-cost segment, there aren't any unshrouded bare-metal panels, and the overall material quality and graining of plastics are quite good. Exterior panel gaps and paint quality are also better than average." -- Edmunds
  • "The 2016 Hyundai Accent subcompact's 5-passenger interior layout isn't all that exciting, but it is functional." -- Kelley Blue Book (2016)
  • "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)

Seating

Whether you opt for a sedan or a hatchback, the Accent seats five people. Cloth upholstery and a tilt steering wheel are standard. A telescoping steering wheel and upgraded cloth upholstery are available.

Tall people may feel a bit cramped no matter where they sit, which is an unfortunate reality for almost every subcompact car. However, it may be especially difficult for taller drivers because the standard steering wheel's inability to telescope can leave them awkwardly positioned while driving. For most occupants, the Accent has ample room. The front seats are comfortable and supportive, and the rear seats are a pleasant space for two riders (as with most cars in this class, you'll want to avoid putting three adults in the back if at all possible).

The major drawback to the Accent's seats may be the lack of additional comfort features. You can't get leather upholstery or heated front seats, which are offered in many competitors like the Ford Fiesta and Honda Fit. Some rivals also offer sport seats, which provide additional bolstering for better side support.

The Accent has two full sets of LATCH car-seat connectors, and the sedan's system earns an overall ease-of-use rating of Marginal (the second-lowest rating) from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The Accent hatchback is even worse, earning a rating of Poor (the lowest rating).

The tether anchors make it easy for you when installing a car seat; they're easy to find, and you don't have to worry about confusing them with other hardware. The lower anchors are a different story. They're set deep in the seat, making it tough to connect a car seat, and it's hard to maneuver them around. Ease of use also varies depending on which set of connectors you're using. In sedan models, the set on the driver's seat is better, but in hatchbacks, the passenger side LATCH connectors are more usable.

  • "Passenger space is also generous, with plenty of backseat room for two adults. (Technically it's a five-passenger car, so we can't recommend placing three friends in the backseat if you wish to remain friends.)" -- Edmunds
  • "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)

Interior Features

Standard features in the 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.

Not many features come standard in the Accent, and the available features are limited as well. On the bright side, the controls for audio, climate, and connectivity functions are easy to find, and the Accent has physical controls (buttons and knobs) for many functions, which is a refreshing change since cars today increasingly use a touch screen to control everything.

While it's not uncommon for a subcompact car to have a short features list, many rivals still offer more tech than the Accent. For example, the Ford Fiesta offers Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Siri Eyes Free, giving you plenty of ways to sync your smartphone with the vehicle. And the Honda Fit and Mini Cooper each offer a moonroof and infotainment systems with 7-inch or larger screens.

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  • "It's refreshing to find effective, traditional dials and knobs where many cars now flaunt button arrays and frustrating touchscreens." -- Edmunds
  • "Controls for audio, climate and phone connectivity are easy to locate and use." -- Kelley Blue Book (2016)
  • "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)

Cargo

Cargo space in the Accent varies with the body style. Sedan models have average space for the class, with 13.7 cubic feet of room in the trunk. That's a decent amount of space, but if you plan to haul stuff frequently, you might want to go with the hatchback, which has a much roomier cargo hold. Hatchback models have 21.2 cubic feet of space with the rear seats in use and 47.5 cubic feet with the seats folded. Those are above-average numbers for a subcompact hatchback.

Like the hatchback, the sedan has fold-down rear seats, so you can get a little extra room if you're transporting something larger. However, in both models, the seats don't fold completely flat, which makes it slightly less convenient to load cargo. On the other hand, the Accent's high roof and wide doors make it easier to load items into the back seat. The Accent also has plenty of small-item storage areas throughout the cabin.

  • "The rear seats don't fold completely flat, hampering some utility. The tall, wide doors and high roofline make rear-seat cargo loading easy." -- Edmunds
  • "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 (2016)
  • "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)

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