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2018 Hyundai Accent Interior Review

Scorecard

Interior: 8.2

The redesigned 2018 Hyundai Accent features a quiet cabin with a basic design. Subcompact cars are generally budget vehicles, so you won’t find many upmarket materials. Instead, there are plenty of plastic surfaces, but the Accent feels well-built, and it doesn’t come across as cheap.

Both rows of seats have a good amount of space for the class, and the trunk is roomier than some other subcompact sedans’ trunks. The tech features are convenient and easy to use.

  • Inside, it's budget done correctly. Plastic surfaces abound, but the cabin is free of any creaks, rattles, and, for the most part, flimsiness. It doesn't completely pull the wool over your eyes with false pretenses, but it's not a scratchy and tinny budget special." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "The design is simple and plain, neither upscale nor particularly downmarket, merely existing and functional. There's nothing here to make the teeth grind, despite the liberal use of hard plastic. The graining, however, is decent, and we've seen cheaper-looking stuff used in significantly more expensive vehicles. … Leather appears nowhere on the options sheet, and at this price point, we think that's a smart move." -- Car and Driver
  • "The Accent has a minimal yet attractive interior. There are lots of hard plastics, but they don't look or feel cheap, so the Accent feels like more than it costs." -- Boston Globe

Seating

The Accent seats five and comes standard with cloth upholstery and two full sets of LATCH connectors for installing car seats. Heated front seats are available.

The front seats are comfortable and remain supportive on long drives. The rear seats are big for a subcompact car, and two adults should be able to sit in back without feeling cramped. If there is a drawback regarding the Accent’s seats, it’s the lack of comfort upgrades like leather upholstery or power adjustments, which you can find in some rivals.

  • "A big positive is how comfortable and well-shaped the front seats are, easily bearable for a long day's driving. And space in the rear is acceptable as long as the passengers are under six feet tall." -- Autotrader
  • "The 2018 Accent has comfortable and supportive front seats and spacious rear accommodations that can easily fit two passengers on a long drive or five for a lunch run." -- Motor Trend
  • "The Accent is also slightly larger, which provides more room for cargo and passengers. This is a compact, so it's not expansive, but the front seats are very roomy with ample leg and shoulder room. Rear passengers have a snugger fit, yet all but the tallest folks will find enough room to get comfortable." -- Boston Globe

Interior Features

Standard features in the Accent include a rearview camera, Bluetooth, a USB port, and a four-speaker audio system with a 5-inch touch screen. The Accent doesn’t have a ton of standard features, but it comes with more than the outgoing model. In previous years, things like Bluetooth and a rearview camera were optional instead of standard.

Available features include forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, a sunroof, automatic climate control, two additional USB ports, voice recognition, Hyundai Blue Link, and a six-speaker audio system with a 7-inch touch screen, satellite radio, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto.

The touch screen is responsive and easy to use, and the voice command system also works well. Smartphone connectivity features like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are now available, helping this Hyundai keep up with its competition. The Blue Link system makes it easy to start your car remotely, and you can even do it via Amazon Alexa and Google Home.

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  • "Hyundai Blue Link is now enhanced with improved remote start. Since this feature is three times more popular in winter, Hyundai added control of the rear defroster and heated side mirrors to the mobile app. Blue Link integrates with Amazon Alexa and Google Home to make customization of the cabin even easier." -- Boston Globe
  • "Even in basic SE trim, the Accent does have some modern features. Cruise control is standard, as is a 60/40-split folding rear seat, Bluetooth, and a rearview camera with dynamic guidelines. The guidelines are worth noting because 1) not all camera systems even have lines and 2) the many pricier vehicles that do offer only static cues. In the Accent, the multi-colored guides move as you turn, creating a better visual estimation of where you're reversing or what you're reversing into." -- New York Daily News
  • A 7.0-inch touchscreen with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay is standard on the SEL and Limited grades; however, there's no available built-in navigation system. Hyundai's integration of both apps is one of the best. Voice commands don't require any specific phrases and are easily accessible via the voice command button on the steering wheel. The main touchscreen functions like a smartphone embedded into the car, with quick responses to inputs." -- Motor Trend

Cargo

The Accent provides 13.7 cubic feet of trunk space, which is good for a subcompact car that isn’t a hatchback. (Unlike the previous generation, the redesigned Accent is not offered as a hatchback.) There’s also plenty of small-item storage throughout the cabin.

Split-folding rear seats are standard, giving you extra cargo space for hauling some larger items. Be warned that the seats don’t fold completely flat, so the cargo floor will be a bit uneven. A hands-free smart trunk lid is available.

  • "Trunk space is 13.7 cu ft. -- quite good for a subcompact sedan." -- Autotrader
  • "Standard on every Accent are 60/40 slit-fold rear seats that make it easy to load longer cargo. Even without those seats folded, there's plenty of room in the Accent's trunk with a total of 13.7 cubic feet. This beats out the Ford Fiesta, which has 12.8 cubic feet and edges out the Toyota Yaris iA with its 13.5 cubic feet." -- Boston Globe
  • "The SE, by comparison, offers an open, between-the-seats double-cupholder layout but the glovebox is large enough to hide two standard-size water bottles and a mess of other things you'd like to keep hidden from snooping eyes." -- New York Daily News

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