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The 2008 Hyundai Accent provides adequate comfort and quality for budget-minded drivers.
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foot space is better than the subcompact-class norm

a lot of car for the money

a bit noisy and thrashy at high rpm
Kelley Blue Book

The 2008 Hyundai Accent has a more comfortable, better-built interior than many drivers would suspect. Reviews from across the Web wrote about the Accent’s higher-quality cabin.

Car and Driver said, with the Accent, Hyundai is "successfully emulating the quality of cars a couple classes up the price ladder." Kelley Blue Book feels the 2008 Hyundai "Accent's interior materials are consistent with its price."

Cars.com notes that "up to five occupants can fit inside the Accent.” For those intent on keeping grown-up passengers comfortable too, Edmunds reminds drivers "that the Versa and Yaris hatchbacks offer more rear-seat legroom." ConsumerGuide notes that the two-door’s "sloping roofline limits headroom," but this is to be expected in most hatchbacks.

While this is adequate for many reviewers, ConsumerGuide felt that the "shallow opening" in the trunk "complicates loading bulky items."

In terms of the user-friendliness of the 2008 Accent, Hyundai receives kudos from reviews read by TheCarConnection.com. MyRide.com likes the "large, well-positioned climate control knobs" and the "eight-way adjustable" driver's seat. Kelley Blue Book offers up a few complaints, calling attention to a "too-stiff temperature dial" and the ashtray that looks like "an odd removable cup."

Quietness of the 2008 Hyundai Accent is a concern for a couple reviewers. In comparison to the competition, ConsumerGuide mentions that "wind noise is modest for the class, but coarse-surface tire thrum is fairly high."

It's not a great-looking car, but TheCarConnection.com’s editors think that the Hyundai Accent is at least efficient with its space. It packs more interior room into its stubby 159.3-inch overall length than the much larger Chevrolet Cobalt or Ford Focus coupe models. There is nothing cramped about the interior, and even the rear seating area offers plenty of leg-, head-, and shoulder room for an average adult male.

The seats are fairly comfortable. And while it's no luxury car, the 2008 Hyundai Accent's interior looks good and feels durable, though TheCarConnection.com recently tested an Accent with some ill-fitting dash trim.


The 2008 Hyundai Accent provides adequate comfort and quality for budget-minded drivers.

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