The 2024 Hyundai Accent subcompact sedan was once one of the South Korean automaker’s strongest sellers. However, as with most non-SUVs and crossovers, sedans like the Accent have declined in recent years. As such, this is probably the last generation of the once-popular subcompact sedan.
Unveiled in India as the Verna, the 2024 Hyundai Accent wears the brand’s Sensuous Sportiness design language that’s primarily used in their passenger cars. Drawing similar styling cues from cars like the Elantra, the new Accent is characterized by its parametric grille with the LED light bar as the daytime running lights and park lights above it. The main headlights are then integrated into the grille. The side profile of the Accent has plenty of lines and creases, just like in the Elantra, and the rear end comes with full-width LED taillights just like most of the Hyundai range.
Inside, the 2024 Hyundai Accent is also significantly different compared to the model it replaces. More premium materials are used and the two digital displays are housed in a single bezel–just like in other Hyundai models. There’s a 10.25-inch infotainment screen and a simplified digital gauge cluster that’s similar to the Stargazer. Other premium features that you can spec in the Accent include heated and ventilated front seats, and even an 8-speaker Bose sound system.
The powertrain choices for the 2024 Hyundai Accent are very interesting. While most variants come with a 1.5-liter gasoline engine that produces 115 hp and 144 Nm of torque with a 6-speed manual or a CVT, there’s also a significantly more powerful turbocharged 1.5-liter that produces 160 hp and 253 Nm of torque. This drivetrain uses a 6-speed manual or a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic.
It is still unknown whether the Hyundai Accent will make a comeback in the Philippines. After all, it was one of Hyundai’s best sellers under its previous distributor, Hyundai Asia Resources, Inc. (HARI). With that in mind, should Hyundai Motor Philippines, Inc. (HMPH) bring back the Accent to our market?