While the Honda Fit might have the Accent beat by the numbers, the Hyundai Accent has a very comfortable, spacious interior for passengers--one of the best in its class.
At about 162 inches long as a five-door and 172 inches long as a four-door--several inches longer than the previous model, with most of it going to the cabin--the Accent is significantly roomier than it had been before, with more passenger space than most other cars in this class.
The Accent's front seats have plenty of leg room for adults, and even though the Accent doesn't have the Elantra's hourglass-shaped center stack there's still plenty of space for taller drivers to splay knees out. Seats are adjustable for height on all models, and even with in one of the higher positions most should still have enough headroom.
Back-seat space is also respectable for a car this size (although cushions are a bit low). The glovebox is also huge, and there's plenty of space for smaller items, with bins and trays for smartphones, energy drinks, and toll change.
Unlike in most new cars, the steering wheel doesn't adjust telescopically on most models in the lineup, but it does tilt. We wouldn't rate longer-distance seating comfort very high either, although you get a little more bolstering in sporty SE models that might be of help in all-day drives.
Whether you get the sedan and hatchback, the split rear seatbacks fold forward easily, and the Accent has standard split-folding back seats--not a given in the class--and that helps make the most of the available space. We'd opt for the hatchback, as while you get a little less space with the seats up you get a lot more cargo flexibility.
Ride quality in the Accent is quite good--and relatively quiet--although higher-speed driving can bring out some boominess inside.