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STYLING | 6 out of 10
the Accent's design is simple and functional
Kelley Blue Book
small, practical, but hardly Spartan
The 2008 Hyundai Accent, the Korean car company's smallest and least expensive model line, includes the GS and SE two-door hatchbacks, as well as a four-door GLS sedan.
TheCarConnection.com found that reviewers applaud the 2008 Hyundai Accent's sporty look, but it's still nothing to write home about. Automotive.com says it “looks more elegant than the previous-generation model did.” Cars.com agrees, noting that the "Accent's crisp modern lines, distinctive halogen headlights, and larger wheels and tires make this version more elegant than its predecessor."
Cars.com adds that “GS and SE hatchbacks sport a fairly typical wedge shape, but with telltale Hyundai curves.” While Kelley Blue Book concedes that with the 2008 Accent, Hyundai’s styling is "sporty and expressive," they ultimately come to the conclusion that the "sedan is pretty plain vanilla." In comparison to other competing vehicles, MyRide.com calls the 2008 Hyundai Accent "more buttoned-down conservative than the more youthful Kia Rio."
Edmunds is pleased with the openness of the design: "visibility is very good, with the short hood allowing a panoramic view of what's ahead." The interior of the 2008 Hyundai Accent “has a conservative two-tone interior color scheme reminiscent of larger cars, and it's trimmed out quite nicely, helping it avoid the feeling of an econobox,” Automotive.com says. “The dashboard wraps around to the door panels and the center stack is nicely integrated, with large, well positioned climate control knobs.”
The 2008 Hyundai Accent looks good for a subcompact, inside and out.