2020 Hyundai Accent

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2020 Hyundai Accent Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide


CARHP Editorial Updated on: November 27, 2019


Three decades ago, the Hyundai Accent made its entry to the American market. Since then the buyers with some budget on mind have shown interest in Hyundai. As of now, the 2020 Hyundai Accent has displayed itself as a Value for money Sedan. The Sedan received minor updates for this year as it went through makeover last year.

Hyundai has offered a single powertrain option throughout the trim levels. A 1.6-liter inline-4 cylinder makes a decent 130 horsepower. This is somewhere lesser that the previous generation model but instead offers better fuel economy. The 4-cylinder engine is offered in two transmissions- a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic.

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Pros

Spacious and quiet cabin with premium build quality

Long term warranty coverage

Best in class fuel economy

Comfortable ride around city

Cons

Uncomfortable seat cloth

Major safety aid only limited to top trim level

Missing navigation system

What's New?

Cascading chrome grille available across entire range

SEL trim gets fog lights

Led headlamps have been added to the Limited models


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$14995

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

FWD

engine type

displacement

97 cu.in.

horsepower

130 hp @ 6300 rpm

torque

119 lbs.-ft @ 4850 rpm

transmission

6-speed manual

chassis

frame type

Unibody

suspension front

front independent suspension

suspension rear

Semi-independent rear torsion beam suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

59.3/59.5

dimensions

wheelbase

101.6 in.

length

172.6 in.

width

68.1 in.

height

57.1 in.

curb weight

2502 lbs.

ground clearance

5.5 in.

capacity

passenger volume

38.7 cu ft.

payload capacity

937 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

8.3 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

28/31/37 mpg

highway range

440.3 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

5 yr. / 60000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

10 yr. / 100000 mi.

powertrain warranty

120 months. / 100000

corrosion warranty

7 yr. / unlimited

roadside assistance

5 yr. / Unlimited



Styles

 2020 Hyundai Accent in Absolute Black color  2020 Hyundai Accent in Admiral Blue Metallic color  2020 Hyundai Accent in Frost White Pearl color  2020 Hyundai Accent in olympus silver color  2020 Hyundai Accent in Pomegranate Pearl color
Absolute Black

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Ratings

Features

6.0

Engine And Performance

5.4

Fuel Economy

6.0

Interior

8.0

Exterior

5.0

Safety

7.8

6.5

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2020 Hyundai Accent SE

SE

power
130 hp @ 6300 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
32 combined

$14,995 - $15,995


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
SE 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl 6M) Starting at $14,995 MSRP (28/31/37) 130 hp @ 6300 rpm, 1.6 L, I-4, regular unleaded
6-speed manual front wheel drive 5
SE 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl 6A) Starting at $15,995 MSRP (28/32/38) 130 hp @ 6300 rpm, 1.6 L, I-4, regular unleaded
6-speed shiftable automatic front wheel drive 5

 2020 Hyundai Accent SEL

SEL

power
130 hp @ 6300 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
32 combined

$17,345


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
SEL 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl 6A) Starting at $17,345 MSRP (28/32/38) 130 hp @ 6300 rpm, 1.6 L, I-4, regular unleaded
6-speed shiftable automatic front wheel drive 5   Pomegranate Red
  Linen Beige
  Frost White Pearl
  Olympus Silver
  Urban Gray
  Absolute Black

 2020 Hyundai Accent Limited

Limited

power
130 hp @ 6300 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
32 combined

$19,080


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Limited 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl 6A) Starting at $19,080 MSRP (28/32/38) 130 hp @ 6300 rpm, 1.6 L, I-4, regular unleaded
6-speed shiftable automatic front wheel drive 5   Pomegranate Red
  Linen Beige
  Frost White Pearl
  Olympus Silver
  Urban Gray
  Absolute Black

Expert Review

6.5

Overall Rating


With a starting price of $15,995, the 2020 Hyundai Accent is one of the most affordable models in its segment. If you are willing to spend more on the new Accent then you can avail features like Automatic Emergency Braking, Larger wheels, and LED headlights. Hyundai is hoping to attract young buyers with its least expensive sedan.

2020 Hyundai Accent Front View
2020 Hyundai Accent Front View
2020 Hyundai Accent Rear View
2020 Hyundai Accent rear view

6.0/10
Features

 

5.4/10
Engine and Performance

 

6.0/10
Fuel Economy

 

8.0/10
Interior

 

5.0/10
Exterior

 

7.8/10
Safety

 
 
 

2020 Hyundai Accent Features

6.0/10

The 2020 Hyundai Accent comes in three trim levels, namely SE, SEL, and Limited. Starting price of the base SE trim has been kept at $15,995, and goes to 19,080. The 6-speed manual transmission is available as standard while the automatic transmission comes optional. The top of the trim level, Limited trim gets large 17-inch wheels, projector headlamps, heated front seats, and automatic climate control.

Trim

Hyundai Accent SE sedan

Hyundai Accent SEL sedan

Hyundai Accent Limited sedan

MSRP

$15,880

$17,345

$19,080

Key

Features

 -

SEL adds to or replaces SE features:

Limited adds to or replaces SEL features:

 

Chrome grille

Automatic headlights with Front foglights

LED headlights and LED taillights

 

5˝color touchscreen

AM/FM audio system with 4 speakers

7˝color touchscreen

3.5˝ multi-info cluster display

 

Steering wheel with audio and cruise controls

AM/FM/SiriusXM/MP3 audio system with 6 speakers

LED Daytime Running Lights

 

Bluetooth hands-free phone system

Android Auto

Apple CarPlay

Blue Link Connected Car System

 

Rearview camera with dynamic parking guidelines

 

Heated front seats

 

Ventilated front disc brakes

   

We Recommend

We would recommend the SEL trim as it offers several upgrades such as rear disc brakes, alloy wheels, smartphone integration and automatic headlights. You’ll love to have these features onboard after spending some extra money.

2020 Hyundai Accent Engine and Performance

5.4/10
“Economy cars aren't known for performance and the Accent doesn't break the stereotype. That doesn't mean it's bad to drive, though. Aside from stiff steering, the car is communicative, and although the engine is weak, it's responsive. The manual shifter is intuitive with positive shifts.”- Edmunds

Engine and Transmission

With the 130 hp 1.6 Liter DOHC Inline-4 engine, the Hyundai Accent goes neck to neck with Toyota Yaris, Chevy Sonic, Kia Rio and Ford Fiesta. The Toyota Yaris churns out a maximum power output of 106 hp.

2019 Hyundai Accent Engine
2020 Hyundai Accent Engine

Models

Hyundai Accent SE sedan

Toyota Yaris L sedan

Kia Rio LX sedan

Chevrolet Sonic LS sedan

Ford Fiesta S sedan

MSRP

$15,880

$16,370

$16,195

$16,295

$15,135

Engine

1.6L i4

1.5L i4

1.6L i4

1.4L i4

1.6L i4

Transmission

6 Speed manual

6 Speed manual

6 Speed automatic

6 Speed manual

5 Speed manual

Horsepower

130 hp@ 6300rpm

106 hp@ 6000rpm

130 hp@ 6300rpm

138 hp@ 4900 rpm

120 hp@ 635

Torque

119 ft-lbs@ 4850 rpm

103 ft-lbs@ 4000rpm

119 ft-lbs@ 4850 rpm

148 ft-lbs@ 2500 rpm

112 ft-lbs@ 5000rpm

The Chevy Sonic on the other hand, holds biggest engine among the competition set. It gets a ECOTEC 1.8-Liter 4-cylinder engine mated to a 6-speed manual transmission. The Kia Rio returns 130 hp with the help of 1.6-liter engine. Kia offers similar power figures as that of the Hyundai.

Acceleration

The only thing to talk about the new Hyundai Accent is its driving dynamics. Hyundai has really worked well in the enhancement of this particular section. Since the Accent is more like a budget-oriented commuter car, anybody can drive it peacefully around the city.

2019 Hyundai Accent
2020 Hyundai Accent Acceleration

Models

Hyundai Accent SE sedan

Toyota Yaris L sedan

Kia Rio LX sedan

Chevrolet Sonic LS sedan

Ford Fiesta S sedan

0-60 MPH

9.6 sec

N/A

8.5 sec

N/A

9.4 sec

Quarter mile

17.2 sec

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Engine

1.6L i4

1.5L i4

1.6L i4

1.4L i4

1.6L i4

Emission

(Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

N/A

5.1

5.5

N/A

5.5

The transmission is ultimately smooth that it takes less time to decide the best gear required for smooth performance. The “Sport” mode is not taking you anywhere though.

Braking

The 2020 Accent Sedan offers 11.0 inch brakes on both front and the rear. The brakes manage to bring the car from a 60 MPH to halt in 123 ft. which is best figure comparatively.

2019 Hyundai Accent Brake
2020 Hyundai Accent Wheel

Model

Hyundai Accent SE sedan

Toyota Yaris L sedan

Kia Rio LX sedan

Chevrolet Sonic LS sedan

Ford Fiesta S sedan

Brake Front (in.)

11

10.2

11

10.8

10.2

Brake Rear (in.)

 

7.9

8

9

7.9

Curb Weight (lbs.)

2502

2385

2714

2796

2578

60-0 MPH (ft.)

122

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

2020 Hyundai Accent Fuel Economy

6.0/10

The Accent returns impressive fuel economy on both city and highway. However, the Toyota Yaris turns out to be more fuel efficient. The Chevy Sonic offers just 26 MPG in the city.

Model

Hyundai Accent SE sedan

Toyota Yaris L sedan

Kia Rio LX sedan

Chevrolet Sonic LS sedan

Ford Fiesta S sedan

MPG (city)

28

30

28

28

27

MPG (highway)

37

39

37

37

35

MPG (combined)

31

34

32

32

30

2020 Hyundai Accent Interior

8.0/10
“No different from any other small car, the Accent prioritizes size over comfort. Front seaters can get in and out just fine, but taller rear seaters will be compromised due to a low roofline. And be prepared to get cozy with your seat mates. We wish for a telescoping steering wheel.”- Edmunds

Seating and Comfort

The Accent’s cabin is beautifully arranged for five passengers. The interior material provide premium feel to the occupants. There is lot of plastic, which would be used purposely to ensure comfort to the passengers.

2019 Hyundai Accent
2020 Hyundai Accent Seating

Model

Hyundai Accent SE sedan

Toyota Yaris L sedan

Kia Rio LX sedan

Chevrolet Sonic LS sedan

Ford Fiesta S sedan

Passenger capacity

5

5

5

5

5

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

38.9/54.2/42.1

38.2/53.1/41.9

38.9/54.1/42.1

38.7/53.4/41.8

39.1/52.7/43.6

Second

(Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

37.3/53.7/33.5

36.8/50.0/34.4

37.4/53.3/33.5

37.8/53.0/34.6

37.1/49.0/31.2

Infotainment

The 2020 Hyundai Accent offers a 5-inch Touchscreen Infotainment system as standard. The SEL and higher trims come with a larger 7-inch infotainment system. It also gets Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Although the Touchscreen experiences some lag issues, the physicals buttons are of great help.

2019 Hyundai Accent Infotainment
2020 Hyundai Accent Infotainment Display

Cargo Capacity

The 2020 Accent Sedan comes with a boot space of 13.7 ft cube, which is believed to be a decent space in comparison to the competitors. The Chevy Sonic offers best cargo space at 14.9 Ft cube. The Yaris also lies behind the Accent in terms of cargo space.

2019 Hyundai Accent Trunk
2020 Hyundai Accent Trunk Space

Model

Hyundai Accent SE sedan

Toyota Yaris L sedan

Kia Rio LX sedan

Chevrolet Sonic LS sedan

Ford Fiesta S sedan

Cargo Volume (ft.3)

13.7

13.5

13.7

14.9

12.8

2020 Hyundai Accent Dashboard
2020 Hyundai Accent Dashboard
2020 Hyundai Accent Cockpit Area
2020 Hyundai Accent Cockpit area
2020 Hyundai Accent Steering
2020 Hyundai Accent Steering
2020 Hyundai Accent front seat
2020 Hyundai Accent front seat
2020 Hyundai Accent Sunroof
2020 Hyundai Accent Sunroof
2020 Hyundai Accent center console
2020 Hyundai Accent center console
2020 Hyundai Accent rear seat folded
2020 Hyundai Accent rear seat folded

2020 Hyundai Accent Exterior

5.0/10
“Over the past decade, few automakers have done more to transform themselves visually. What was once a bland and forgettable econobox has become a sedan worth staring at.”- Kelley Blue Book

Dimensions and Weight

The 2020 Accent adopts a sleek design for sure with the cascading chrome grille as standard. This thing was previously available for the premium versions only. You may spend some ore money to add LED headlights and turn signals. The Limited trim gets 17-inch wheels and a Hyundai hands-free cargo.

2019 Hyundai Accent Side View
2020 Hyundai Accent Side View

Model

Hyundai Accent SE sedan

Toyota Yaris L sedan

Kia Rio LX sedan

Chevrolet Sonic LS sedan

Ford Fiesta S sedan

Curb weight (lbs.)

2502

2385

2714

2796

2578

Length(in)

172.6

171.2

172.6

173.9

173.5

Width(in)

68.1

66.7

67.9

68.3

67.8

Height(in)

57.1

58.5

57.1

59.7

58.1

Ground clearance (in)

5.5

5.5

5.5

N/A

N/A

Wheelbase (in)

101.6

101.2

101.6

99.4

98.0

Track width (in) F/R

59.3/59.5

58.9/59.5

59.8/60

59.4/59.4

57.7/57.7

Exterior Features

  • Bumper Applique
  • Mudguards
2020 Hyundai Accent front view
2020 Hyundai Accent front view
2020 Hyundai Accent side view
2020 Hyundai Accent side view
2020 Hyundai Accent
2020 Hyundai Accent
2020 Hyundai Accent side view
2020 Hyundai Accent side view
2020 Hyundai Accent
2020 Hyundai Accent
2020 Hyundai Accent front view
2020 Hyundai Accent front view
2020 Hyundai Accent headlight
2020 Hyundai Accent headlight
2020 Hyundai Accent fog lamp
2020 Hyundai Accent fog lamp
2020 Hyundai Accent emblem
2020 Hyundai Accent emblem

2020 Hyundai Accent Safety

7.8/10

Unlike the rivals, the Hyundai Accent offers two advanced safety features named forward-collision warning and automated emergency braking. These features are available as standard across the trim levels. Additionally, the 2020 Accent comes with other safety features like:

2019 Hyundai Accent Safety
2020 Hyundai Accent Safety Airbag
  • Vehicle Stability Management (VSM) system
  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
  • Traction Control System (TCS)
  • 4-wheel, 4-channel Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist (BA)
  • Hillstart Assist Control (HAC)
  • Occupant Classification System (OCS)
  • Driver and front passenger advanced airbags (SRS)
  • Driver and front passenger seat-mounted side-impact airbags (SRS)
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)
  • LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for children)
  • Remote keyless entry system with alarm

2020 Hyundai Accent Competition

Hyundai Accent vs. Toyota Yaris

Offered with a smaller engine, the Yaris clearly makes its way ahead of the Accent in terms of handling, braking and acceleration. The Yaris is fun-to-drive car. Toyota has also provided an array of safety features with the Sedan, making it most reliable sedan so far. The Yaris costs thousand bucks more than the Accent.

2019 Toyota Yaris
2020 Toyota Yaris

Hyundai Accent vs. Chevrolet Sonic

The Chevy Sonic is offered with a 1.8 Liter engine and comes with a price tag of extra $2K than the Hyundai Accent. The Sonic has been priced competitively. If you are looking for more value for money car, the Accent is a clear winner here.

2019 Chevrolet Sonic
2020 Chevrolet Sonic

Hyundai Accent vs. Kia Rio

The Kia Rio comes with similar engine profile as the Accent. Interestingly, it is also $1K cheaper than the Accent. Kia Rio is known for its good build quality and impressive features. Now, it comes to your personal choice that you make while making buying decision.

2019 Kia Rio
2020 Kia Rio

Hyundai Accent VS Ford Fiesta

The ford Fiesta fails to impress us on the road due to its lower torque. It is not good at transmitting power to its wheels like the Hyundai Accent. The Fiesta comes with a larger turning radius than the Accent, making it more difficult to maneuver in tight spots. However, the Ford Fiesta would be a good financial choice over Accent but, again, with some extra cost, the Accent comes with an extensive warranty offering.

2019 Ford Fiesta
2020 Ford Fiesta

 

2020 Hyundai Accent Final Verdict

The 2020 Hyundai Accent is a practical and reliable car with an attractive price tag. It offers spacious cabin that could accommodate your family comfortably. It offers an array of safety equipment that is need of the hour. Being a family Sedan, the Sedan lacks the fun-to-drive ethics. We believe that you may consider Toyota or Kia as better options against Accent.