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2008 Hyundai Accent Interior

This interior review was written when the 2008 Hyundai Accent was new.

Stepping inside the 2008 Hyundai Accent, drivers are impressed with front seat room and intuitive controls, but some complain about interior materials. The Arizona Republic finds "cheap and tinny chintzy interior parts. There is value here, with lots of standard features for convenience cheapo plastic covers and some flimsy parts."

Seating

The 2008 Hyundai Accent has a 98.4-inch wheel base and is 159.3 inches long, 66.7 inches wide, and 57.9 inches tall, all of which provide a fairly spacious vehicle for its class, reviewers say. For About.com, this was even true in the three-door hatchback. The reviewer recollects how easy getting to the backseat was, writing, "The spring-loaded front passenger seat folds up and out of the way to that a full size adult can just step in and assume one of the comfortable seats." But most back seat occupants tell a different story. Edmunds offers "sincere apologies" to back seat passengers, and the Sacramento Bee warns that "two fairly normal-size human beings are also likely to squirm after an hour in the confined space."

Edmunds says that "views from the front seats were very nice," thanks to the raising of the Accent's driver seat by two inches, but worries about the driver's overall comfort. "While there's ample space in the driver seat, it only feels that way when you're alone." Kelley Blue Book adds to that concern, griping that "despite its eight manual adjustments, the driver's seat did not provide a really comfortable position."

Interior Features

About.com reviewer likes the utility of the Accent's instruments, saying the dashboard "speaks of quality with its curvaceous, two-tone effect, while instruments and controls are nicely laid out. I especially liked the vertical stacking of (from top) clock, radio, storage, climate controls, more storage. All within easy reach and operable without taking one's eyes off the road."

However, not all auto writers find the interior features user friendly. As MSN writes, "the glove compartment won't hold much more than a pair of gloves and the owner's manual." Later on, the same review states, "front cupholders are set a bit too low and rather far back on the console."

The current standard features on the Accent include eight-way adjustable driver seats with dual height adjustment, a folding armrest for the driver's seat, adjustable head restraints for all seating positions and rear center folding armrests with cupholders in both GLS and SE models. The rear seat is a 60/40 split fold-down. GLS and SE models receive air conditioning standard. Cars.com reports, "For 2008, GLS and SE models have restyled gauges. Later in the year, the CD stereo in both cars will add an auxiliary jack for MP3 players, as well as XM Satellite Radio with three months' free service."

Stereo and Entertainment

Automobile.com notes the Accent's standard stereo is "pretty decent," but grumbles, "where's the auxiliary plug-in for my iPod? And why doesn't it have satellite radio? Hyundai put its audio money into a fancy EQ system instead, with presets for rock, classical, jazz and pop." Cars.com also has gripes: "The base GL hatchback doesn't have a CD player, so be prepared to warble your own tunes."

The GLS and SE models receive a 172-watt AM/FM/CD audio player with six speakers, but drivers can purchase a Sun and Sound Package that will include a 220-watt audio system. Additional optional features include a Kenwood iPod adapter or Kenwood MP3 player, and a subwoofer.

Cargo

Reviewers express pleasure at the room for storage. As the Chicago Tribune reports, "Cargo room behind the seat is more than ample. A parcel shelf strapped to the hatchlid hides whatever is stowed beneath. Need more room? The second-row seat bottoms slip forward and lift up against the front seats and then the backs fold flat." The About.com writer also enjoys the room for cargo, and shares an anecdote of picking up two friends "and their several enormous pieces of luggage with no sweat. The larger part of the rear seatback folded forward in one motion. No need even to remove the headrests. Then after I raised the hatch and tossed in the bags." Cargo space in the Accent sedan totals 12.4 cubic feet, and equals 15.9 cubic feet in the hatchback.

Review Last Updated: 2/17/09

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