By Asian Journal Auto Editor
The Hyundai Accent has been the bestselling sub-compact in Canada since 2009, it is not hard to see why when you compare its equipment specification and bargain price with the competition. In keeping with the recent Hyundai line of vehicles the fifth generation 2018 Accent look very sleek, attractive and edgy. It has the distinctive new corporate grille and a nice take on Hyundai’s Fluidic Sculpture ethos. It is not all exterior beauty however, the 2018 Accents structure features high strength steel (54.5 percent), increasing its torsional rigidity by 32 percent. Other engineering changes include a stiffer subframe and updated suspension with relocated rear dampers. Body door seals are thicker for a quieter cabin, and the four cylinder engine is retuned for better fuel economy.
Buyers will be glad to know that the 2018 Accent is available as a Canada exclusive five-door hatchback model or as a four door sedan for the same price, starting at an incredibly attractive price of $14,599.The Accent offers an amazing amount of features for the price, including: remote keyless entry, cruise control, air conditioning, steering wheel audio controls, Bluetooth hands free, power windows and mirrors and heated front seats. There are six trim lines for the Accent, at $14,599 for the base, manual transmission equipped L model to $21,099 for the fully loaded GLS model. There is an as standard rear-view camera, as well as an available smart trunk and other high end features as you opt for higher spec models. A 7.0-inch touchscreen with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay is standard on all models with Hyundai’s integration with full app and Voice commands integration – one of the best systems on the market in my opinion. Google Maps is also featured via Android.
The Accents interior cabin is surprisingly spacious given the compact exterior dimensions. Although classed a sub-compact, the interior is more of a large compact in space. Passengers get decent legroom front and rear and plenty of room to stretch out. The 2018 Accent has comfortable and supportive front seats and a roomy rear accommodations that can easily fit two passengers in complete comfort or three at a push. There is a 13.7-cubic-foot trunk, which can be expanded via the standard 60/40 split-folding rear seats. One cool trick is the trunk lid opens automatically if you stand behind the car with fob on your person for more than three second or so. With a combined passenger and cargo volume of 3,192 litres, the Accent is incredibly roomy. Build quality and materials in the cabin are of high quality and look durable. Given the price range, there is a lot of hard plastic around the cabin, but look and feel substantia, however I would like to see some soft touch padding surfaces on the door armrests and center console.
Power wise, the Accent features a retuned 1.6-liter four r cylinder engine rated at 130 hp and 119 lb-ft of torque mated to a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic transmission. Horse power is down from the previous model as the engine has been revised for more low and midrange torque, and better fuel economy. It is also a more responsive unit. Fuel economy ratings are approx. (82/63 L/100km) city/highway for the automatic and (8.3/7.4 L/100km) with the manual.
On the road, the Accent shines. It is extremely quiet and fuel efficient. At highway cruising The 2018 Hyundai Accent’s new torque range is very impressive and is most apparent and its advantage when merging into fast traffic and overtaking. The six-speed automatic shifts smoothly. Handling is very good thanks to the stiffer chassis and body. Ride comfort is also good with the relocated rear shock absorbers. In short, the Accent feels like a bigger more substantial car, composed comfortable and smooth at all times. At the price this car matches anything in its class. Great job Hyundai!
2018 Hyundai Accent priced from $14.599 -$21,099