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STYLING | 8 out of 10
Stylistically, it is an evolution of the corporate countenance that debuted on the Sonata, although it looks less “Faces of Volkswagen CC” on this smaller package.
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The Accent's handsome new exterior owes nothing to its dumpling-like predecessor. The sedan isn't too far off from the Elantra; the four-door hatch, however, is a dead ringer for the Fiesta.
the upper dash is drawn with sweeping lines that flow downward toward the thin center stack and shift lever. It's a good look that strikes us as more mature (if traditional) than competitors like the upcoming Sonic or even the Fiesta.
The bulbous two-door hatchback body style — and its sub-$10,000 price tag — are gone, replaced by attractive four-door sedan and hatchback body styles.
The Accent really made its ascent out of the small-car doldrums for 2012, when it was completely redesigned with some of the same 'Fluidic Sculpture' influences as other modern Hyundai models.
Several years after this recast, the 2014 Hyundai Accent remains quite handsome. The sheetmetal's dynamic look find an equal in the remarkably well-finished interior. A matte-finished dash cap evokes the feel of carbon fiber, with big boomerang lines molded into it. The simpler center stack of controls isn't as shapely as the one in the Elantra, but avoids the slanted, fashion-victim look of the Ford Fiesta--which has, admittedly been improved somewhat for 2014.
We don't think the design works as well for sedans, where a stubby trunk cuts the curves short; but the trapezoidal frame around the grille and the shoulder lines running gracefully back add up to Hyundai's consistent current design aesthetic. With the five-door, it gets better, as that shoulder line is drawn all the way out to its tightly pinched hatchback. The upthrusts of the taillamps are particularly strong details, wrapping around the hatchback.Overall, there are few criticisms of the interior, save for the passages of hard, shiny black plastic live on the low reaches of the doors and the center console. But for the price point, it's remarkable how finely finished this entry-level car can feel.
As a hatchback, the 2014 Hyundai Accent is sharp and sporty; but the sedan looks less at ease.