The Accent's six-speed automatic transmission is a good piece of technology. It succeeds in making the most of the car's power delivery and is superior to many other (CVT) offerings in the class. Still, this is a relatively slow subcompact.
With a chassis tuned for a relatively sporting feel, the Accent is fun to drive but still easy to live with daily. Its performance numbers in our handling tests are respectable as is its control feel.
Ride comfort is adequate but not as soft as less sporting competitors like the Nissan Versa. Still, we don't find the Accent's ride comfort to be a burden.
Most subcompacts aren't quiet cars inside and the Accent is no exception. Keep your expecations realistic for this segment and you'll find no faults with the hardly obtrusive noise inside this Hyundai.
Both seating and primary controls follow accepted industry standards. Most controls -- including the three-knob, two-button HVAC controls -- are intuitive, easy to use and well placed.
There are no major faults here. The Accent's fluidic styling does add some visual challenges with long A-pillars, but this has become the norm these days.
Seat Access & Space
Front headroom and legroom are very good for a car in this class, but overall any subcompact isn't going to offer the room of large cars. The Accent's other measurements do it justice, but this is a small car.
Cargo & Storage
Again, it's hard for small cars to compare to large cars when it comes to cargo space. The Accent is average for its class and makes good use of the available space, but it?s still a small car.
Materials and assembly are quite good for a subcompact. Hyundai has stepped up its game significantly in this regard in the last five years to the point that it leads some segments -- including this one. But this is still a car built to a low price.