2021 Toyota Vios vs Hyundai Accent Comparison: Spec Sheet Battle

Updated Jul 14, 2021

A duel between two popular models.

In this article...

  1. Two rivals face-off
  2. 2. Toyota Vios vs Hyundai Accent: Dimensions
  3. Interior
  4. Engine and Performance
  5. Safety
  6. 6. Accent vs Vios: Variants & Price
  7. Conclusion

2021 Toyota Vios vs Hyundai Accent: Two rivals face-off

Sedans have been a long-time favorite of Filipinos. They’re relatively more affordable than crossovers, SUVs, and MPVs, and they’re arguably easier to live with due to having a smaller profile. So, despite the aforementioned vehicle type’s popularity in the present, sedans will always be a fixture in the Philippine market, and one of the most competitive too.

Now two of the most popular sedans in the country right now are the Toyota Vios and the Hyundai Accent, and since the early 2000s, these two have always been rivals. So, what about the present? How does the top-spec Vios compare against the Accent? Well, let’s find out with this spec sheet battle.

Why the top-spec variants? Well, the Vios GR-S and the Accent GL CRDi’s prices are pretty close. The Toyota has a standard retail price of Php 1,020,000, while the Hyundai model has a price tag of Php 1,038,000.

A picture of the Toyota Vios and Hyundai Accent head to head

Let's find out which sedan is better on paper

2. Toyota Vios vs Hyundai Accent: Dimensions

In terms of size, the top-of-the-line Toyota Vios GR-S 1.5 CVT has an overall length of 4,467mm, a width of 1,730mm, and a height of 1,475mm. It also has a wheelbase length of 2,550mm, and a ground clearance of 133mm.

Meanwhile, the top-spec Hyundai Accent GL 1.6 CRDi AT is 4,440mm long, 1,729mm wide, and 1,460mm in height. Its wheelbase measures at 2,600mm, and it has a ground clearance of 140mm

Toyota ViosHyundai Accent

Compare the Toyota Vios GR-S (left) and the Hyundai Accent GL CRDi AT (right) using the slider function

In summary, the Vios GR-S is longer, wider, and slightly taller than the Accent GL. The Korean-branded sedan however comes with a longer wheelbase, and a bit more ground clearance.

As for exterior equipment, the Vios GR-S, is a sporty-looking variant equipped with front and rear bumper skirts, a rear spoiler, and side skirts. It also has LED front foglamps, LED headlamps and taillamps, LED daytime running lamps, and a set of 16-inch alloy wheels.

The Accent in turn is equipped with halogen headlamps and LED taillights. It rides on a set of 15-inch steel wheels. It also lacks the body kits and rear spoiler that’s available to its Toyota-made rival.

2021 Toyota Vios vs Hyundai Accent: Interior

Inside, both the Vios GR-S and Accent GL CRDi can comfortably seat up to five people. The seats on the Vios however, are all clad in leather, while the ones on the Accent are wrapped in fabric. Moreover, the Hyundai model uses a manual air-conditioning system, while the Vios features an automatic air-conditioning unit. The aforementioned manual AC on the Accent does have rear vents, which the Vios lacks.

A picture of the Toyota Vios GR-S interior

Inside the Toyota Vios GR-S

Both do come with a tilt-adjustable steering wheel, but the one on the Toyota is leather-wrapped, whereas the Accent GL’s steering wheel is covered in polyurethane. Also, the Vios has a push to start button, while the Accent GL has a turn-key type ignition system. Both however are equipped with an analog gauge cluster, a digital trip computer, and USB charging ports. Lastly for interior amenities, the Vios GR-S comes standard with a 12-volt accessory outlet, while the Accent GL is not.

A picture of the Hyundai Accent's dashboard

The Hyundai Accent's dashboard

As for on-board entertainment, the Vios GR-S comes standard with a seven-inch touchscreen that’s capable of connecting to smartphones via Bluetooth, Apple Carplay, and Android Auto. It is then linked to a six-piece speaker system.

The Accent GL meanwhile, gets a 3.5-inch LCD display with Aux and USB connectivity, as well as a set of four speakers.

2021 Toyota Vios vs Hyundai Accent: Engine and Performance

Regarding engines, the top-spec Vios GR-S is propelled by a 1.5-liter inline-4 gasoline mill capable of making up to 106 horsepower and 140 Nm of torque. Power is sent to the front wheels through a continuously variable transmission (CVT). Of note, this CVT for the GRS has a manual mode with 10 simulated gears. The said mode can be controlled via paddle shifters.

In contrast, the Accent GL CRDi uses a 1.6-liter diesel mill. At most, this engine can produce up to 128 horsepower and 260 Nm of torque. It is also a front-wheel-drive vehicle, and it uses a six-speed automatic transmission.

In terms of suspension systems, both of these sedans are similar in that they both use a MacPherson strut front suspension, and a torsion beam rear suspension. The Vios GR-S does come with disc brakes all around, whereas the Accent GL has front disc brakes and rear drum brakes. For parking brakes, both are also similar as both come standard with a hand-operated manual parking brake.

Specs

Toyota Vios GR-S 1.5 CVT

Hyundai Accent GL 1.6 CRDi AT

Engine

Inline-4 gasoline

Inline-4 diesel

Displacement

1.5-liters

1.6-liters

Transmission

CVT

Six-speed automatic

Horsepower

106 horsepower

128 horsepower

Torque

140 Nm

260 Nm

Drivetrain

Front-wheel-drive

Front-wheel-drive

2021 Toyota Vios vs Hyundai Accent: Safety

As a top-spec variant, the Toyota Vios GR-S is well-kitted in terms of safety. It comes standard with seven airbags, stability and traction control, speed-sensing door locks, a car alarm, an engine immobilizer, and hill start assist. It also gets a reverse camera.

In comparison, the Accent GL CRDi gets dual front airbags. That’s it.

6. Accent vs Vios: Variants & Price

Toyota Vios Variants

Price

Vios Base 1.3 MT

Php 681,000

Vios J 1.3 MT

Php 707,000

Vios XE 1.3 CVT

Php 753,000

Vios XLE 1.3 MT

Php 801,000

Vios E 1.3 MT

Php 851,000

Vios XLE 1.3 CVT

Php 851,000

Vios E 1.3 CVT

Php 901,000

Vios G 1.5 MT

Php 911,000

Vios G 1.5 CVT

Php 970,000

Vios 1.5 GR-S CVT

Php 1,020,000

Hyundai Accent Variants

Price

Accent GL 1.4 MT (w/o Airbags)

Php 790,000

Accent GL 1.4 MT

Php 838,000

Accent GL 1.4 AT (w/o Airbags)

Php 838,000

Accent GL 1.4 AT

Php 890,000

Accent GL 1.6 CRDi MT

Php 910,000

Accent GL 1.6 CRDi AT

Php 1,038,000

2021 Toyota Vios vs Hyundai Accent: Conclusion

Now obviously, the Toyota Vios GR-S gets a smaller, less powerful engine than the Accent GL 1.6 CRDi. And of course, there’s also the point that the Accent’s inline-4 mill is a diesel, so naturally it produces significantly more torque than the Vios GR-S.

A picture of the rear of the Vios GR-S

The Vios GR-S from the rear

In turn however, the Vios GR-S just has more in the way of interior amenities. It also has a much more comprehensive safety kit, and arguably it will feel and look sportier as well. The latter of course, is due to its body kits and paddle shifters.

So, to conclude, a car buyer who needs power could consider the Accent GL CRDi. In turn, a buyer who wants more in the way of comfort, usability, and safety might want to lean towards the Vios GR-S a bit more.

A picture of the Hyundai Accent's rear end

The Hyundai Accent's rear end

For more car comparisons like this, keep reading here on Philkotse.com.

Cesar G.B. Miguel

Cesar G.B. Miguel

Author

Cesar is a graduate of AB English with previous experience working as a freelance writer for varied internet publications in-between his former stints in the Pharmaceutical Industry, and later as a First Aid Provider and Training Staff at the Iligan City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office.

Since childhood, Cesar has been keenly interested in cars. He has learned the ins and outs of these marvelous vehicles and is a competent amateur mechanic who is keen on sharing his knowledge.

Cesar is perceptive of car culture in general – not only in the Philippines but in global regard, as well. His knowledge ranges from the prevalent stories and trends among car enthusiasts around the world, to closely following the latest local and international developments in the automotive industry.

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