The Hyundai Accent is the Korean brand’s sub-compact car. It replaced the Excel econobox in the mid-90s, since then it has made its long journey moving upmarket. During its two decade long evolution, it gained more style, grew bigger, had improved quality and gained better mechanicals. The current Accent on sale here is available either as a 4-door sedan or a more city friendly 5-door hatchback. The Hyundai Accent is one of the first models of the Korean carmaker to feature its Fluidic Sculpture Design, a design that features smooth flowing shapes and lines. Up front it features a slim grille flanked by large sweptback halogen headlights. Moving on to its sides it receives a prominent character line which rises up towards the rear of the car, this is complimented by the scooped out section on the bottom of the doors. The rear of the sedan features taillights which wrap around the corners. Its trunk lid terminates with a subtle built in spoiler. The 5-door hatch gets contoured vertical taillights which extend all the way up to the high-mounted rear spoiler. The lower half of the hatch gets a BMW-esque concave design and a hatch release handle integrated into the Hyundai logo, both design cues give it a slight European flavor. Inside the Hyundai Accent has a straightforward interior with a focus on practicality and ergonomics. Its instrument cluster features all the basic gauges you’ll need; this of course includes a digital engine temperature gauge and a trip computer. Its curvy dashboard is logically laid out with everything located within reach. Its slim low center console doesn’t intrude into passenger space. Interior room is good for its segment, this also partly due to its generous 2570mm wheelbase. It comes with cup holders as well as several useful storage compartments. The Accent offers a big cargo area; this goes for both sedan and the hatchback body-styles.
For the Philippine market, the Hyundai Accent is offered with two engine choices. The base 1.4-liter Dual CVVT gasoline mill makes 99hp and 133Nm of torque, and a more powerful fuel efficient 1.6-liter oil burner which produces 134hp and 260Nm of torque when paired to a manual tranny. The DCT-equipped variants of the CRDI get an extra 40Nm for a total of 300Nm of torque. The latter is what sets it apart from its competitors which mostly consist of gasoline-only models. Both powerplants are mated to a standard 6-speed manual transmission; the gasoline variant can be had with an optional continuously variable transmission, while the diesel variant can be ordered with an optional 7-speed dual-clutch tranny, another rarity in this segment. Suspension is standard sub-compact fare, MacPherson struts up front and a semi-independent torsion beam at the rear. Based on our previous tests, the Hyundai Accent handles well even though it is tuned more towards comfort. When it comes to standard features, it comes with the basic kit which includes power windows, power mirrors, and power door locks with central locking. Keyless entry is standard on CRDi variants of the Hyundai Accent.