With gross sales slipping, Hyundai has determined to trim some fats on the fifth-generation Accent. Whereas a hatchback stays obtainable for the remainder of the world, the automaker has indicated the U.S. will obtain no such possibility. It will in all probability put a couple of value-oriented motorists with a penchant for liftgates off. However, assuming they will abdomen a crossover, Hyundai’s subcompact Kona is correct across the nook — and there’s little cause to imagine they wouldn’t go for it.
Current historical past has confirmed that the common American will shun a ho-hum hatchback and fortunately spend extra on its crossover equal. Pigeonholing the Accent as a sedan will maintain it from getting within the Kona’s method. Nonetheless, this additionally permits it to stay a conventional automotive and ignore all the trimmings of being SUV-adjacent.
Hyundai says the largest change to its smallest mannequin is added refinement and, judging this guide by its cowl, that appears to have taken place. The outside does seem extra upscale than earlier incarnations and the inside has added options drivers wish to see as customary.
Exterior choices embrace projector headlamps, LED taillights, a sunroof, and 17-inch alloy wheels. Nonetheless, huge adjustments are usually not discovered underneath the hood. The Accent retains its 1.6-liter GDI four-cylinder, which is definitely down a bit on energy. Hyundai estimates 130 horsepower and 119 lb-ft of torque in opposition to 2017’s 137 hp and 123 lb-ft. Don’t count on sprightly efficiency, however do count on enviable economic system.
A six-speed guide transmission stays customary, with an elective six-speed computerized.
Fortuitously, issues are totally different within the cabin. Whereas the controls exist in a well-recognized orientation, absolutely anything you’d wish to fiddle with is extra modern. At a look, nothing seems to be to have modified in a dramatic style. However specializing in the person components, it turns into instantly clear that quite a bit has occurred. Probably the most evident alteration is Hyundai’s addition of a 5-inch touchscreen with backup digicam as customary.
A 7-inch display with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay is elective and Hyundai can also be keen so as to add issues like heated entrance seats, computerized emergency braking, and a hands-free trunk launch.
In contrast with the earlier technology, the 2018 Accent is bigger and presents extra inside area. It’s wider by 1.2 inches, and general size has elevated by zero.6 inches, with an unaltered roof top. Hyundai additionally stretched the wheelbase by zero.four inches within the pursuits of driving dynamics and inside quantity.
Pricing stays a thriller, very like the query of whether or not a hatchback will finally return, however we’re anticipating it to begin within the ballpark of $15,000. It ought to arrive in dealerships this fall.