Going into its fifth generation, the all-new 2018 Hyundai Accent loses a hatchback variant, but gains a whole bunch of upgrades inside and out. The new Accent appears to take the best styling elements of its bigger brothers (the Elantra and Sonata) while adding some of its own flair. We saw the new Accent in Canada already but now have information on the American specification.
Up front, the 2018 Accent features Hyundai’s “cascading grille” flanked by new headlights with available LED accent lights. More aggressive character lines across the side of the vehicle flow nicely into the redesigned LED taillights, which are very reminiscent of the 2018 Hyundai Sonata’s units. Altogether, the new Accent looks more upscale, especially with the optional 17-inch alloy wheels.
With a sculpted underside, front-lip spoiler, and lower ride height, Hyundai claims a 0.28 drag coefficient for the 2018 Accent – only 0.04 greater than the Hyundai Ioniq. Overall length and width are slightly increased over the last-gen model (0.6 inches and 1.2 inches respectively). That increased width not only gives the ‘18 Accent a better stance, but is said to improve handling and interior space.
On the inside, Hyundai says the Accent employs a more “driver-oriented” layout, complemented with soft-touch materials, and new tech upgrades. Center stage, there’s a standard five-inch or optional seven-inch touchscreen. Although both setups come with a rearview camera, you will need to step up to the seven-inch unit to get Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capabilities. Below the screen there are logically laid out buttons and knobs for radio and HVAC controls.
The 2018 Accent will also come with Hyundai’s Blue Link integration with Amazon Alexa and Google Home. Customers will be able to ask their in-home devices to start their Accents, and set a certain cabin temperature, for example.
Total interior volume has grown to 103.9 cubic feet. Hyundai claims that figure now classifies the Accent to the EPA as a compact car, versus a subcompact car. New safety tech includes six airbags, and a forward collision-avoidance system that utilizes a front forward facing radar to apply emergency braking if the driver doesn’t react.
The ‘18 model’s body structure is also made up of 54.5 percent high-strength steel (13 percent more than the last-gen) to improve the Accent’s torsional rigidity by 32 percent. Hyundai says more extensive use of this material improves collision energy management, noise isolation, and overall driving dynamics.
Under the hood, an updated 1.6-liter four cylinder engine produces 130 horsepower and 119 pound-feet of torque. Hyundai said engineers adjusted the engine’s powerband, and increased the amount of low-end torque to make it easier to drive in city conditions. Fuel efficiency is also said to improve by seven percent, but official fuel economy numbers have not been released.
Customers can either choose from a six-speed manual or automatic transmission. The redesigned auto-box is also four pounds lighter than the unit it replaces.
The 2018 Hyundai Accent can be seen at the 2017 Orange County International Auto Show, and will hit U.S. showrooms later this fall. Official pricing has not been released, but expect it to start around the same $14,745 base price of the ‘17 model.
Gallery: 2018 Hyundai Accent
Fifthgeneration Hyundai Accent demonstrates Hyundai’s engineering expertise with improved driving dynamics and an efficient powertrain
Upscale exterior design, sophisticated interior and signature Hyundai design cues are central to Accent’s striking appeal
Advanced connectivity with available Android AutoTM, Apple CarPlayTM,Hyundai Blue Link and SiriusXM satellite radio Exceptional safety from the available Forward Collisionavoidance Assist
Highlights for 2018 Accent
Sophisticated Sedan Design
- Hyundai’s new cascading grille, expressive and upscale design
- Contemporary and intuitive interior
- Available premium exterior features: projector headlights with LED DRLs, power sunroof, 17inch alloy wheels, LED taillights and available fog lights
Performance and Improved Dynamics
- Eco efficient 1.6liter GDI DualCVVT 4cylinder engine with standard 6speed manual or optional 6speed automatic transmission
- 130 horsepower and 119 lb.ft. of torque (estimated)
- Improved NVH and ride quality
- Architecture includes 54.5 percent Advanced High Strength Steel
Improved Audio, Multimedia and Blue Link
- Standard 5inch color touchscreen
- Available 7inch display audio system with Android AutoTM and Apple CarPlayTM
Available Blue Link® Connected Services 3 years with standard complimentary service, including remote start
- Premium Comfort and Convenience Features
- Available segment first handsfree smart trunk release and dual USB charging
- Available heated front seats, proximity push button start and automatic temperature control Class above total interior volume—a subcompact car with the roominess of a compact
- Exceptional Level of Safety Features
- Standard rearview camera with dynamic guidelines Available Forward Collision avoidance Assist (FCA)
Quality and reliability backed by America’s Best Warranty
Anaheim, Calif., Sept. 28, 2017 – Hyundai Motor America debuts the allnew 2018 Accent at the 2017 Orange County International Auto Show. The 2018 Accent enters its fifth generation by building on the strengths of its predecessors with Hyundai’s modern engineering prowess. The result is a car with an expressive design, a hightech interior, a more efficient powertrain, reduced cabin noise and remarkably improved driving dynamics. The company also infused its newest subcompact car with the latest safety and convenience features. The 2018 Accent will arrive in Hyundai dealerships in the fall of 2017.
Advanced High Strength Steel at the Core
The allnew Accent was developed to be the segment benchmark for driving dynamics and safety while delivering outstanding fuel efficiency and maintaining Hyundai’s unbeatable value position. Key to achieving those goals was the car’s use of Advanced High Strength Steel. Accent is composed of 54.5 percent Advanced High Strength Steel—up 13 percentage points from the fourth generation—from the company’s captive Hyundai Steel plant. In addition, Accent’s torsional rigidity improved by 32 percent.
This new, rigid chassis improves noise isolation and overall driving dynamics. The application of Advanced High Strength Steel also improves collision energy management without adding weight, helping to reduce fuel consumption and deliver better driving feel.
Improved ride comfort, handling and stability are achieved through key developments in the suspension. Accent’s steering feel has been refined with improvements to steering efficiency, while enhancements to handling and ride comfort have been made by raising the rear roll center and increasing the leverage ratio of the rear shock absorbers. The standard MotorDriven Power Steering (MDPS) system instantly adjusts to changing driving conditions for greater precision and steering feel while improving fuel economy.
Striking Exterior Design
The design of the new Accent exhibits confidence and sophistication with sculpted body forms and smoothly contoured lines delivering a new interpretation of Hyundai’s signature design language.
The car features Hyundai’s cascading grille, a visual signature integral to the company’s identity. The grille is flanked by wraparound headlights and available LED signature daytime running lights.
Accent’s sweeping roof profile and sharp character lines run the length of the car. These character lines meet available slim LED wraparound taillights. Features such as 17inch alloy wheels and side mirror LED turn signal indicators add to the upscale feel of the car. The car’s form is also functional, achieving balance between design and engineering for standout styling with aerodynamic improvements. The underside of the car is also sculpted for aerodynamics, and a new frontlip spoiler, together with a lower ride height, contributes to Accent’s efficient design. All of these attributes allow the 2018 Accent to slip through the wind with a 0.28 coefficient of drag.
Compared with the last generation, the 2018 Accent is larger and has more interior room. Accent is wider by 1.2 inches, and the overall length has increased by 0.6 inches, yet its height remains unchanged, giving the car a more grounded stance. The wheelbase has also increased by 0.4 inches, pushing the wheels farther to the corners and improving interior roominess.
Modern Interior Design
Accent’s interior continues the modern, confident, sophisticated look seen on the exterior. A driveroriented layout with intuitive controls combines with improved interior roominess, highquality materials and premium technology features to raise the standard for subcompacts. Premium, softtouch materials in key points create an inviting and comfortable environment for the driver and passengers.
A wide instrument panel prominently features a standard backup camera system with a 5inch or optional 7inch color TFT LCD display. Beneath the screen, the control panel is laid out in a horizontal design with buttons and controls logically grouped by function.
The seat frame is engineered to be lightweight but extremely strong, to help keep occupants safe in collisions. For added comfort and convenience, passengers enjoy available heated front seats, while the standard rear seats fold with a 60/40 split. Accent also offers classabove total interior volume. Accent sedan passenger volume has grown to 103.9 cubic feet. With this figure, Accent is actually classified as a compact car, versus a subcompact car, according to the EPA. In fact, Accent has more interior and cargo volume than the Ford Fiesta and Toyota Yaris.
2018 Accent Interior Volume
For 2018, the new Accent receives an updated powertrain tuned for better fuel efficiency and drivability. The updated 1.6liter Gamma fourcylinder Gasoline Direct Injected (GDI) engine produces 130 horsepower and 119 lb.ft. of torque. Compared with the previousgeneration Accent, the engine’s powerband has improved, with increased lowend torque to make drivability easier.
The 1.6liter Gamma fourcylinder GDI engine is paired with either a sixspeed manual transmission or a sixspeed automatic transmission. Fuel efficiency has also been improved by an estimated 7 percent overall. In the engine, components such as low friction piston rings, a variable fuel pressure module and upgraded software for the engine control module improve overall operation. Further, improvements to the return springs in the braking system have reduced drive friction. The automatic transmission has also been redesigned to reduce the unit’s overall weight by 4 pounds and improve operational efficiency.
In addition, Accents with automatic transmissions include the company’s Drive Mode Select feature to adjust both powertrain performance and steering calibration, allowing the driver to customize the driving character by selecting two modes—Normal or Sport—by simply touching a button on the center console.
Comprehensive Safety and Convenience Features
The 2018 Accent features several improvements to the front side members and inner side sill for improved collision protection. The front crumple zones have been increased, front side airbags have been upgraded and reinforcements have been added to improve the car’s collision energy management performance, especially in small overlap crashes.
A sixairbag system is standard, along with Electronic Stability Control, Vehicle Stability Management, Traction Control and ABS.
New for 2018 and for the segment, Accent offers a wide array of advanced safety technologies to provide another layer of protection for passengers. For example, Accent offers available Forward Collisionavoidance Assist that utilizes a front forward facing radar to detect a vehicle and warn the driver of a potential collision. If the driver does not react to avoid the impact, the system will apply emergency braking.
Advanced Connectivity and Multimedia Systems
Most 2018 Accent trims will feature technologies ahead of the subcompact competition that enhance driver confidence and
convenience. For example, Accent offers a proximity key with push button start, so drivers never need to pull out a key from their
protection for passengers. For example, Accent offers available Forward Collisionavoidance Assist that utilizes a front forward facing radar to detect a vehicle and warn the driver of a potential collision. If the driver does not react to avoid the impact, the system will apply emergency braking.
Advanced Connectivity and Multimedia Systems
Most 2018 Accent trims will feature technologies ahead of the subcompact competition that enhance driver confidence and convenience. For example, Accent offers a proximity key with push button start, so drivers never need to pull out a key from their pocket or purse. Accent offers available dual USB charging and auxiliary input jacks and available SiriusXM satellite radio. New for 2018, Accent has an available advanced infotainment system that includes a 7inch Display Audio touchscreen system and rearview camera. The 7inch display also has both Apple CarPlayTM and Android AutoTM for seamless and intuitive operation of the most commonly used smartphone functions, including appbased navigation, streaming audio and voicecontrolled search capabilities.
Enhanced Hyundai Blue Link Remote Start and Blue Link Integration with Amazon Alexa and Google Home
Hyundai Blue Link customers have performed more than 25 million remote starts since Blue Link its debuted in 2011. Although remote start is a great feature for hot weather, most take place in cold climates during January, February and March. In fact, Blue Link Remote Start with Climate Control is three times more popular in the winter. With this in mind, Hyundai engineers have enhanced the Remote Start with Climate Control feature to include control of the rear defroster and heated side mirrors into the Blue Link mobile app.
For the ultimate level of convenience when it comes to remotestarting a car on a bitterly cold winter morning, Hyundai has its new Blue Link integrations for Amazon Alexa and Google Home. These integrations work by a customer simply asking an Alexaenabled or Google Assistant–enabled device, like an Amazon Echo or Google Home, to start their car. The interaction actually sounds like this: “Alexa, tell Blue Link to start my car at 80 degrees” or: “Okay, Google, ask Blue Link to start my Accent and set the temperature to 72 degrees.” To send commands to Hyundai vehicles via Alexa or Google, users must enable the Blue Link integration in their Alexa or Google Home app, available on iOS and Android devices, and then link their existing Blue Link account within the Alexa or Google Home app. Voice commands will be sent to Hyundai vehicles only after Alexa or Google Home prompts owners for their Blue Link Personal Identification Number (PIN).
HYUNDAI MOTOR AMERICA
Hyundai Motor America, headquartered in Fountain Valley, Calif., is a subsidiary of Hyundai Motor Company of Korea. Hyundai vehicles are distributed throughout the United States by Hyundai Motor America and are sold and serviced through 835 dealerships nationwide. All new Hyundai vehicles sold in the U.S. are covered by the Hyundai Assurance program, which includes a 5year/60,000mile fully transferable new vehicle limited warranty, Hyundai’s 10year/100,000mile powertrain limited warranty and five years of complimentary Roadside Assistance.