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Hyundai goes all out with new-generation Accent

The automaker’s B-segment car gets loaded with a ton of goodies

Hard to imagine that this is a mass-market subcompact sedan. PHOTO FROM HYUNDAI

Hyundai has been launching new cars left and right. Almost all of the vehicles in its lineup have been peppered with goodies that aren’t usually seen in mass-market models. And the latest to get that treatment is its global subcompact car, the Accent.

The new Accent should be one of (if not) the roomiest subcompacts available today. PHOTO FROM HYUNDAI

The sixth-generation Accent is bigger and better on all fronts. First, the new car is 95mm longer, 36mm wider, and 15mm taller than the outgoing model. This allows it to have a wheelbase of 2,670mm, 70mm longer than the old car. These changes would do wonders in terms of interior space and the subcompact’s driving dynamics.

It’s diesel no more for the Accent. PHOTOS FROM HYUNDAI

There are two engines and three transmission options. The 1.5-liter, naturally aspirated engine does 114hp and 144Nm, and can be had with a six-speed manual or Hyundai’s IVT continuously variable transmission.

A higher-specced model comes with a turbocharged 1.5-liter motor that makes 159hp and 253Nm, paired with a six-speed manual or seven-speed dual-clutch automatic. Sadly, there are no diesel versions available, an option that had most of us intrigued with the Accent.

The front clip looks sleek, but futuristic. PHOTOS FROM HYUNDAI

The car also gets the latest Hyundai styling bits, borrowing its face from the Staria and the Stargazer. That means it has the front Horizon LED positioning lamp, black chrome parametric grille, and LED headlamps with cornering lamps.

The sides have a sleek fastback silhouette, with distinct Z-shaped character lines and creases. The 16-inch diamond-cut alloys come in two shades, a two-tone finish for the lower variants and blacked-out rims for the turbo model.

The Accent looks good no matter where you look at it. PHOTO FROM HYUNDAI

At the back, you’ll love the hammerhead-style taillamps that are connected by a lightbar, making the entire width of the car illuminated. The car has no bad angles, making it one of the most stylish subcompacts today.

For a subcompact, the interior is as premium as it gets. PHOTOS FROM HYUNDAI

The same can be said inside as Hyundai used high-quality stuff like soft-touch materials on the dash and the door cards.

It also offers many segment firsts, including ventilated and heated seats up front, a smart electric sunroof, and a rear manual curtain. Then there’s wireless charging, a digital instrument cluster, a 10.25-inch infotainment screen, and an eight-speaker Bose audio system.

The all-new Accent is a technological powerhouse. PHOTOS FROM HYUNDAI

It is also loaded with more smart functionalities like Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, smartwatch connectivity, ambient sounds of nature, and Google and Alexa voice functionalities.

As far as safety is concerned, the new Accent boasts 30 standard and 65 advanced safety features, and even 17 Level 2 Advanced Driver Assistance features. This makes it the most feature-packed subcompact available today.

The list of standard equipment is mind-bogglingly impressive. PHOTOS FROM HYUNDAI

The new Accent is now for sale in India, and is expected to be sold in more territories soon. While crossovers are all the rage today, we firmly believe that there’s still room for subcompacts like this in our market.

We’re confident this model will be one of the top choices for those looking for a new small sedan. Do you want Hyundai Motor Philippines to bring in the new Accent?

Red Santiago

A jack of all trades, Red is passionate about cars, motorcycles and audio. He sometimes drives for a ride-hailing app company—just because he really loves driving.