The Accent is one of South Korean automaker Hyundai’s contenders in the Philippine subcompact sedan segment. Now on its fifth generation globally since 1994, the model has been marketed under different names in various markets. Since its initial release, the Accent has been offered in both sedan and hatchback configurations, with a choice of gasoline and diesel powertrains.
Unlike its previous iterations, the current Accent is no longer assembled and sold in Hyundai’s home market of South Korea, having been replaced by the Venue crossover in 2019.
In 2019, the Philippines became the first country in ASEAN to receive the current-generation Accent, two years after Hyundai commenced global production. Unlike the previous iteration offered with a hatchback body style option, the current Accent only comes in a sedan configuration for the local market, divided into six trim levels with five available colors.
The Philippine-spec Accent holds dimensions of 4,440mm in length, 1,729mm in height, and 1,460mm in width, with a wheelbase of 2,600mm. It features the carmaker’s Fluidic Sculpture design language. Large wraparound halogen headlamps flank the wide cascading grille composed of six horizontal slats. A prominent shoulder line cuts across the doors on both sides, all the way to the segmented rear combination lamps. The Accent rides on 15-inch steel rims with full wheel caps.
The cabin of the Philippine-market Hyundai Accent has accommodations for up to five occupants. Power windows and centralized door locks are standard, as well as power-adjustable side mirrors. The cabin features piano black and chrome surfaces.
Leather upholstery is standard for the range-topping variant, while both driver and front passenger seats feature seatback pockets for storage, accompanying the wide center console. The 60/40 split-fold rear seats can be collapsed to gain access to the trunk, which holds up to 388 liters of cargo. Front map lights aid in interior illumination.
Technology & Safety Features
Large analog tachometer and speedometer gauges flank the multi-information display just beyond the tilt-adjustable steering wheel. The dashboard’s center stack features rotary switches for the manual air-conditioning, situated below the 3.8-inch LCD display radio that features USB and AUX input.
The Hyundai Accent sold in the Philippines packs a somewhat spartan set of safety equipment compared to its rivals, which includes 3-point seatbelts and dual front airbags. Seat frames have been engineered for lightweight durability, to protect occupants during collisions.
Chassis & Platform
All Hyundai Accent units sold in the Philippines utilize the Hyundai-Kia K2 platform introduced in 2016, featuring a body structure reinforced by ultra-high tensile strength steel in critical areas. The same platform can support three-row seating, and underpins several other Hyundai models such as the Venue, i20, i30, and Creta.
A MacPherson strut-type suspension with coil springs is used for the front, while the rear features a coupled torsion beam axle. Motor Driven Power Steering (MDPS) makes the Accent maneuverable on city and highway drives. Stopping power is by way of front ventilated disc and rear drum brakes.
Engine & Drivetrain
The Philippine-spec Hyundai Accent is available in two engine options. The base and mid-range variants use a 1.4-liter Kappa multi-point injection gasoline engine with continuously variable valve timing that delivers 99 hp and 132 Nm of torque. Top-spec trims are powered by a 1.6-liter U-II common-rail direct injection diesel engine with variable geometry turbo, capable of 126 hp and 260 Nm of torque as early as 1,500 RPM. Both engines comply with Euro 4 emissions standards, and are paired with either a manual or automatic transmission, each with six forward gears.