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QUALITY | 7 out of 10
up to five occupants can fit inside the Accent”
Accent's interior materials are consistent with its price
Kelley Blue Book
engine is noisy at highway speeds
a lot of car for the money
While the 2010 Hyundai Accent isn't a great-looking or strong-performing car, it does a bit better when it comes to accommodating passengers and cargo in reasonable comfort. Budget-minded shoppers could fare a lot worse. The Accent packs more interior room into its stubby 159.3-inch overall length than the much larger Chevrolet Cobalt or Ford Focus coupe models, and the Accent actually has enough rear headroom and legroom for average-size adults.
Cars.com contends 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," although TheCarConnection.com notes that from a recent experience with the Yaris hatchback, the Toyota's higher number doesn't translate to more real-world space.
Kelley Blue Book feels the Hyundai Accent's "interior materials are consistent with its price.” Yet Car and Driver says, with the Accent, Hyundai is "successfully emulating the quality of cars a couple classes up the price ladder." ConsumerGuide notes that the two-door’s "sloping roofline limits headroom," but this is to be expected in most hatchbacks.
Plenty of reviewers mention functionality and user-friendliness when testing out the Accent interior. MyRide.com likes the "large, well-positioned climate control knobs" and the "eight-way adjustable" driver's seat. Kelley Blue Book offers a few complaints, calling attention to a "too-stiff temperature dial" and the ashtray that looks like "an odd removable cup."
While it's no luxury car, the Hyundai Accent's interior looks good and feels durable. "Fit and finish are as good as anything offered by Hyundai's Japanese rivals," says the Washington Post. The quietness of the Hyundai Accent is a concern for a couple reviewers, though. ConsumerGuide mentions that "wind noise is modest for the class, but coarse-surface tire thrum is fairly high."
Car and Driver asserts that the Accent is pleasant beyond its price, "successfully emulating the quality of cars a couple classes up the price ladder."
The 2010 Hyundai Accent is no standout here, but it has what sensible small-car shoppers want: a roomy interior, fitted in reasonably nice materials.