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2019 Hyundai Accent Interior Review

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Interior: 7.9

The 2019 Hyundai Accent looks simplistic inside, and like many of its classmates, it uses plenty of plastics throughout the cabin. However, it still manages to feel fairly nice. The seats are spacious and reasonably comfortable, but many class rivals have more trunk space. The Accent offers some nice tech features and comes with an easy-to-use touch screen.

  • "The 2019 Hyundai Accent's 5-passenger cabin is nicely laid out and, like its exterior, appears nicer than its price implies. It's not until you start sitting in the seats and feeling the material that you'll realize this is still a value-oriented car. There is plenty of hard plastic, and if we had a couple of requests it would be for more bolstering of the front seats and an armrest for rear passengers." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "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 (2018)
  • "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 (2018)

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.

Both rows of seats provide a good amount of space for a small car, and the rear seat can fit two adults without much trouble. The seats could use a little more support, but they're comfortable overall. The LATCH system is good, but the lower anchors are set too deep in the seat.

  • "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 (2018)
  • "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 (2018)
  • "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 (2018)

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.

Available features include forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, a sunroof, automatic climate control, two additional USB ports, voice recognition, Hyundai Blue Link (an app that lets you start your car, adjust the climate, and more from your smartphone), and a six-speaker audio system with a 7-inch touch screen, satellite radio, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto.

The Accent's infotainment system includes a touch screen that responds quickly to inputs, though it doesn't offer a built-in navigation system. That may not matter, however, thanks to smartphone connectivity options like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

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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 (2018)
  • "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 (2018)
  • "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 (2018)

Cargo

The Accent provides 13.7 cubic feet of trunk space. Many class rivals provide more space, though some of them are hatchbacks instead of sedans. There's a lot of small-item storage throughout the cabin, and the split-folding rear seats give you more cargo flexibility than you get in some sedans. A hands-free power trunk lid is available.

  • "Trunk space is … quite good for a subcompact sedan." -- Autotrader (2018)
  • "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 (2018)
  • "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 (2018)
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