25 August 2017 · Vehicle Reviews
2017 Hyundai Accent Review | Phil Gilbert Hyundai
Place in the market
The Hyundai Accent is the entry model to the South Korean manufacturer's current range, and it's therefore still a model aimed squarely at buyers on a tight budget. It's available in both sedan and hatch versions, and there are three different grades of Active, Sport and SR. Because it's aimed at buyers on a budget that largely means younger people. If you need any further proof of the car's youthful appeal you only have to look at the colour choices. As well as the ubiquitous black, silvers and white, the bright-as-you-like Sunflower Yellow really gives the game away.
How it looks
The Accent is a small but perfectly proportioned package that's undeniably handsome. There's actually a slightly premium feel to the way it looks, with only the hub cap-covered wheels giving the game away in any obvious sort of way. It's a simple and clean design that doesn’t stray into the realms of funky like some inexpensive cars do, so the Accent is likely to appeal to a wider audience than some of its overtly youth-orientated rivals.
View from the inside
Hyundai's efforts to hide the budget origins of this model also extend to the inside of the 2017 Accent. A 5.0-inch touchscreen dominates what's a very clean, understated and almost minimalistic dash. As is only to be expected at this kind of price, hard plastics are to be found throughout the interior, but the overall feel is still well designed and modern and the odd splash of silver here and there creates an aura of understated prestige.
Obviously the seats are cloth, but even then they're not ones with anything resembling a particularly cheap feel.
What it costs and what you get
If you think for the $14,990 starting price you'll be getting a stripped-down, no-nonsense car lacking in modern features and equipment, then think again. Even the Active comes with standard Bluetooth phone connectivity and audio streaming, steering wheel mounted audio controls, front and rear power windows and air conditioning. And don’t assume you have to go for the more expensive models to get the best safety features either. Features such as traction control, ABS brakes, electronic brakeforce distribution, vehicle stability management and a brake assist system are standard across all three grades of the 2017 Hyundai Accent.
The 2017 Hyundai Accent is available now from Phil Gilbert Hyundai, so don’t hesitate to get in touch for more details and to arrange a test drive.