2017 Hyundai Accent Hatchback

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2017 MODEL
$14,995 - $17,495 See Inventory Prices

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Though an entry-level car, the 2017 Accent Hatchback hits the market with a flair. It's the Hyundai's attempt to bring some upscale attributes to the subcompact class. The fuel-efficient engine and reduced cost backed with the upscale interior is the best part about the new Accent.

Set on a base price of $14,995, Hyundai delivers an affordable yet practical car for the class. The car is powered with a 1.6L I4 engine paired with a 6-speed manual gearbox. Both the engine and transmission generate a total power of 137hp and 123 lb-ft of torque. This power is transferred to the front wheels of the car.


7.3/10
Features

 

5.6/10
Engine

 

8.6/10
Fuel Economy

 

7.9/10
Interior

 

7.3/10
Exterior

 

5.1/10
Safety

 
 
 

The Accent took the big car tricks like a 7-inch infotainment screen, automated emergency braking, Apple car play, and Android Auto and infused it with the good old hatchback, thus delivering a savvy car. Priced on the lower side the Accent delivers a bang for your buck, better than the other cars in the market like Honda Fit LX, Ford Fiesta S hatch, and Nissan Versa Note SV.

2017 Hyundai Accent Hatchback Features

7.3/10

The 2017 Hyundai Accent comes as a sedan and hatchback, both sharing the same 1.6L I4 engine. The sedan is available in SE and Value Edition Trim, but since we are discussing hatchback, it comes in SE and Sports trim. The engine in the hatchback is either mated with a 6-speed manual or automatic transmission. There is not much difference between the 2, the engine remains the same just the transmission is upgraded to automatic along with an army of additional features.

Trim SE Sport
MSRP (manual) $14,995 N/A
MSRP (automatic) $16,195 $17,495
Key Features

Front 2-speed intermittent wipers

Sport-tuned steering

Tinted glass with windshield sunshade ban

Steering-wheel audio and cruise control

Rear window defroster with timer and rear wipe

Tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel

One-touch triple turn signal

Bluetooth hands-free phone system with voice commands

Power windows and door locks

Leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob

Remote keyless entry with alarm

Premium cloth seats

Outside temperature display

Piano black interior accents

Bodycolor door handles and side mirror

Chrome inside door handles, bodycolor door handles and side mirrorsTrip compute

AM/FM/SiriusXM/CD/MP3 audio system with 6 speakers and hi-contrast LCD illumination

AM/FM/SiriusXM/CD/MP3 audio system with 6 speakers and hi-contrast LCD illumination

Trip computer

Trip Computer

Smartphone/USB auxiliary input jack

Smartphone/USB auxiliary input jack

Driver seat armrest

Sliding armrest storage box and Driver seat armrest

We recommend

If money is not an issue for you, then go for the sports hatchback trim. Adding $2,500 more will land you a more feature packed car with automatic transmission.

2017 Hyundai Accent Hatchback Engine

5.6/10

Not the quickest, most nimble or shortest-stopping in the segment, but the Accent SE is near the top in most performance measures. The Accent's drivability is one of the best in class, thanks to predictable gas pedal response and a well-tuned six-speed automatic transmission. -edmunds

Engine and Transmission

The accent's hood hides a 1.6L I4 engine which is paired with a 6-speed manual transmission generating a 137 hp of power and 123 lb-ft of torque. Similar specs follow for the sports mode, and although the automatic gearbox was supposed to be an upgrade, it lacks the necessary crispness which the manual delivers.

Models Hyundai Accent SE Honda Fit LX Ford Fiesta S Hatch Nissan Versa Note SV
MSRP $14,995 $15,990 $14,505 $16,380
Engine 1.6L I4 1.5L I-4 1.6-Liter Ti-VCT I-4 1.6-liter DOHC 4-cylinder
Transmission 6-speed manual 6-speed manual 5-speed manual CVT-automatic
Horsepower 137 hp 130 hp 120 hp 109 hp
Torque 123 lb-ft 114 lb-ft 112 lb.-ft. 107 lb.-ft.

Competing with the 2017 Accent won't be a light day. Though it shares a similar powertrain, the car is way ahead of the competition in terms of power and torque. The Honda Fit LX is just a few horsepowers behind followed by Ford Fiesta S hatch, and Nissan Versa Note SV.

Acceleration

Acceleration is the most delicious part about driving a 2017 Accent. The initial response is massively followed by a notable stop and then a smooth progressive acceleration. The car can dash off from 0 to 60mph in a total of 8.6 seconds.

Models Hyundai Accent SE Honda Fit LX Ford Fiesta S Hatch Nissan Versa Note SV
0-60 MPH 8.6 sec 9.1 sec 9.7 sec 9.9 sec
Quarter mile 16.7 sec 16.8 sec 17.2 sec 17.6 sec
Engine 1.6L 1.5L 1.6L 1.6L
Emission

 

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

5.7 5.7 5.8 5.2

By far the Accent is the quickest amongst the lot. Its 16.7 sec of quarter-mile performance was the best amongst the competition with Honda Fit Lx just 0.1 seconds behind. The Versa Note SV was the lager amongst the lot.

Rider and Handling-

People would buy the new Accent for its comfortable drive rather than handling alone. The Accent still has a light steering and its hatchback body is an easy choice for packed city roads. The predictable driving is a quality many customers will adore and put money on. Its suspension can withstand rough roads but the effects could be felt in the cabin.

Braking

The Accent's brakes were firm and receptive. The pedal feels confident and didn't disappoint, the lighter curb weight contributes to the braking to halt in 116 ft. from 60 to 0mph.

Model Hyundai Accent SE Honda Fit LX Ford Fiesta S Hatch Nissan Versa Note SV
Brake Front (in.) 10.1 10.3 10.2 10
Brake Rear (in.) N/A 7.9 7.9 8.0
Curb Weight (lbs.) 2489 2522 2537 2485
60-0 MPH (ft.) 116 130 129 127

While the competition shared similar brake pads they underachieved in front of the new Accent. All 3 cars took about 130 feet to stopover from the speed of 60mpg.

2017 Hyundai Accent Hatchback Fuel Economy

8.6/10

The compact car division is known for their fuel efficiency factor, where the new Accent proves the theory the results are not that compelling. The car shares a 27 mpg of the city and 37 mpg of city mileage, similar to what competitors deliver.

Model Hyundai Accent SE Honda Fit LX Ford Fiesta S Hatch Nissan Versa Note SV
MPG (city) 27 29 27 31
MPG (highway) 37 36 35 39
MPG (combined) 31 32 30 34

Speaking of competition, Accent's nearest competitor Honda and Versa Note SV outdid it here. Where Honda was just a step ahead, Versa Note SV won with its 34mpg of combined mileage.

2017 Hyundai Accent Hatchback Interior

7.9/10

Keeping in mind that the Accent is a small, economy-minded car, its interior offers up excellent ergonomics and luggage space and reasonably easy access. But space and outward visibility are just merely adequate. -edmunds

Seating and Comfort

The 2017 Accent is pretty spacious for a subcompact car, though the quality is average the cars roomy and comfortable. The money savvy feature for this Accent are the 6-way adjustable driver seats. The comfort quotient is on the higher side because of the extra cushioning which makes longer journeys easy and bearable.

Model Hyundai Accent SE Honda Fit LX Ford Fiesta S Hatch Nissan Versa Note SV
Passenger capacity 5 5 5 5
Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.) 39.9/53.7/41.8 39.5/54.8/41.4 39.1/52.7/42.2 40.8/51.7/41.3
Second

 

(Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

37.8/53.4/33.3 37.5/52.6/39.3 37.2/49/31.2 38/51.9/38.3

All cars in the lot feature a same sense of comfort and cabin spacing

Infotainment System

The Accent comes standard with a 5-inch display which can be upgraded to 7-inch in the sports trim. The system is simple and responsive. The best part is that its equipped with Apple car play and Android Auto. Though its simplified at first, going across menus can become cluttered and small icons are difficult to track.

  • 5.0-inch/7.0-inch Touch Screen
  • USB and Auxiliary Ports
  • Bluetooth Connectivity
  • SiriusXM satellite Radio

Interior Features

  • Auto-Off Headlights
  • Adjustable Steering Wheel
  • Trip Computer
  • Remote Trunk Release
  • Intermittent Wipers
  • Keyless Entry
  • Power Door Locks
  • Power Mirrors
  • Driver Vanity Mirror
  • Passenger Vanity Mirror

Cargo volume

The overall length of the car delivers the extra cargo space in the car. The impressive 21.2 ft3 of cargo space could be extended to 47.5 ft3 through the foldable rear seats. However, a buyer cannot fully utilize the extended space due to limited rear seat folding.

Model Hyundai Accent SE Honda Fit LX Ford Fiesta S Hatch Nissan Versa Note SV
Cargo Volume (ft.3) 21.2 16.6 14.9 18.8
Cargo Volume with Seat area 47.5 52.7 25.4 38.3

Hyundai Accent feature a larger boot than other rivals in the lot. The Honda Fit and Nissan Versa settle at 16 and 18 cubic feet, while the Ford Fiesta falls behind with its 15 cubic feet of cargo volume.

2017 Hyundai Accent Hatchback Exterior

7.3/10

The 2017 Hyundai Accent isn't flashy, but it's polite and functional. Now one of the older models in the Hyundai lineup, the Accent lacks the gaping, hexagonal grille that distinguishes most of its kin- KBB

Dimensions and Weight

The 2017 Accent is not the type of car you get charmed with but it surely is a functional machine. With its 162 inches of total length the hatchback is 10 inches shorter than its sedan sibling which makes it a more drivable car. Overall, it's a more practical car with character defining exterior design. The car's width and height are measured at 67 inches and 57 inches.

Model Hyundai Accent SE Honda Fit LX Ford Fiesta S Hatch Nissan Versa Note SV
Curb weight (lbs.) 2489 2522 2537 2485
Length(in) 162.0 161.4 159.7 163.7
Width(in) 66.9 67.0 67.8 66.7
Height(in) 57.1 59.4 58.1 60.5
Ground clearance (in) 5.5 4.4 6.1 5.1
Wheelbase (in) 101.2 99.6 98.0 102.4
Track width (in) F/R 59.3/59.5 58.3/58.0 57.7/57.7 58.3/58.5

The Accent is quite a big car for hatch mentality. It also shares a longer wheelbase which gives a wider turning radius. However, other cars in the competition display similar numbers.

Exterior Features

  • Dual bodycolor power side mirrors
  • Bodycolor door handles
  • Remote keyless entry system with panic alert
  • Chrome-accented front grille
  • Tinted glass and windshield sunshade band
  • Rear spoiler (Sport)
  • Available projector headlights with LED accents
  • Available front fog lights

2017 Hyundai Accent Hatchback Safety

5.1/10

It's not wrong to say that the Accent is a safety centric car, it received a 4-star overall rating form the IIHS but performed poorly in the LATCH testing by NHTSA. Other than that, the makers have installed the required safety features. While they have mounted the necessary they missed some popular features. Features like forward collision warning and front automated emergency braking comes optional in the car, but that's fine as these features are entirely absent for the competitors.

Safety Features

  • Front seatbelt pretensioners
  • Anti-lock Braking System with Electronic Brake-force Distribution and Brake Assist
  • Traction Control System
  • Vehicle Stability Management
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • 6-airbag safety: Front, side and head curtain airbags with Occupant Classification System

IIHS Rating

Child seats anchors (LATCH) Poor

NHTSA Rating

Overall rating 4 star
Overall frontal barrier crash rating 4 star
Frontal barrier crash rating driver 5 star
Overall side crash rating 4 star
Side barrier rating 4 star
Side pole rating driver front seat 5 star
Combined side rating rear seat 3 star
Rollover rating 4 star
Side barrier rating driver 5 star
Frontal barrier crash rating passenger 4 star
Combined side rating front seat 5 star
Side barrier rating passenger rear seat 3 star

2017 Hyundai Accent Hatchback Competition

Hyundai Accent Hatchback vs Honda Fit

The Honda Fit sits at the pinnacle of the subcompact class and the 2017 Accent was Hyundai's attempt to catch up. Both cars have a roomy cabin and comfortable seating space. The Fit comes with more Cargo volume and intuitive features. The Accent might match the Fit\u2019s mileage but going with a higher trim beats the Accents fuel economy big time. To encapsulate, the Fit might be a little up on price but is worth the hassle, overall the Honda Fit is a better car to recommend.

Hyundai Accent Hatchback vs Ford Fiesta

The Fiesta is one of those cars which comes cheaper than the Accent. But despite the lower price it's more upmarket than the 2017 Accent. The car's interior feels niche and brimmed with a lot of safety features. The area where the Fiesta is lagging is the power and fuel efficiency, but it's nothing that cannot be fixed. You can go for the turbocharged 4-cylinder engine which delivers 60 more horsepower or a 3-cylinder engine with more fuel efficiency.

Hyundai Accent Hatchback vs Ford Fiesta

The Versa Note SV is not just pricy but also deprived of the crucial comfort quotient. The major difference between the 2 is that the Accent is hatchback still it delivers more cargo space than the Note SV. The 2017 Accent is also up on power and handling which clearly makes the Accent a better car.

2017 Hyundai Accent Hatchback Final Verdict

The Accent could easily be recommended as a decent entry-level car. The interior is groovy and the cabin space is roomy, with an above average cargo capacity. The engine yields enough power for a subcompact and handling is precise of the city's hassle. Although everything is nice and decent with the new Accent, it's nothing that's not on the market. You can find better cargo volume, engine, and upmarket interior in the competitor's showroom for the same price.

Pros

Spacious cabin

Crisp transmission

Affordable price

Cons

Buzzy engine

Stiff rear seating

Lack of Safety features

What's New?

The only addition for the 2017 Accent is the new SE trim for the sedan version


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$14995

bodystyle

4dr Hatchback

passenger capacity

5

top speed

130 mph

drivetrain

FWD

engine type

displacement

97 cu. in.

horsepower

137 hp @ 6300 rpm

torque

123 lb.-ft. @ 4850 rpm

transmission

6-speed manual

chassis

suspension front

independent front strut suspension

suspension rear

semi-independent rear torsion beam suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

11 in. ventilated front disc/11 in. drum brakes

dimensions

wheelbase

101.2 in.

length

162 in.

width

66.9 in.

height

57.1 in.

curb weight

2489 lbs.

ground clearance

5.5 in.

capacity

passenger volume

90.1 cu ft.

cargo volume

21.2 cu ft.

towing capacity

5000 lbs.

payload capacity

1060 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

9 sec.

standing ¼-mile

16.8 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

27/31/37 mpg

highway range

421.8 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

5 years/60000 miles

drivetrain warranty

10 years/100000 miles

corrosion warranty

7 years/unlimited

roadside assistance

No



Styles

 2017 Hyundai Accent Hatchback in Vitamin C Pearl color  2017 Hyundai Accent Hatchback in Ultra Black Pearl color  2017 Hyundai Accent Hatchback in Triathlon Gray Metallic color  2017 Hyundai Accent Hatchback in Pacific Blue color  2017 Hyundai Accent Hatchback in Ironman Silver Metallic color  2017 Hyundai Accent Hatchback in Century White color  2017 Hyundai Accent Hatchback in Boston Red Metallic color
Vitamin C Pearl

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Ratings

Features

7.3

Engine

5.6

Fuel Economy

8.6

Interior

7.9

Exterior

7.3

Safety

5.1

Driving

7.2

Comfort

7.1

7.0

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2017 Hyundai Accent Hatchback SE

SE

power
137 hp @ 6300 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
31 combined

$14,995 - $16,195


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
SE 4dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl 6M) Starting at $14,995 MSRP (27/31/37) 137 hp @ 6300 rpm, 1.6 L, I4, regular unleaded
See Full Specs
6-speed manual front wheel drive 5 NA
SE 4dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl 6A) Starting at $16,195 MSRP (26/30/36) 137 hp @ 6300 rpm, 1.6 L, I4, regular unleaded
See Full Specs
6-speed automatic front wheel drive 5 NA

 2017 Hyundai Accent Hatchback Sport

Sport

power
137 hp @ 6300 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
30 combined

$17,495


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Sport 4dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl 6A) Starting at $17,495 MSRP (26/30/36) 137 hp @ 6300 rpm, 1.6 L, I4, regular unleaded
See Full Specs
6-speed automatic front wheel drive 5 NA

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