2019 Hyundai Accent Performance

$14,995 - $19,080
Price Range (MSRP)

Cheap doesn’t always mean bad, and the Hyundai Accent is a fun subcompact offering to drive, even if not as engaging as the now aging Ford Fiesta. A single 1.6-liter engine is a carryover from the last generation Accent, and while it may be efficient with combined economy claims of 31 mpg for the manual-equipped model, the engine is loathed to be revved out and groans when you do so. A 6-speed manual is standard on the SE and is highly enjoyable, but all other models get a standard 6-speed automatic which is optional on the SE. The suspension is uncomplicated but largely unfazed by most surfaces, although small bumps have a way of making it through the damping. The steering offers little feedback and feels overly heavy, but turn-in is precise and it’s easy to place the little Accent.

2019 Hyundai Accent Engine and Transmission

There is just 1 engine offered for the 2019 Hyundai Accent, a 1.6-liter naturally aspirated 4-cylinder Gamma engine - a carryover unit from the previous Accent - mated to either a 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic gearbox depending on the selected trim level.

The 1.6-liter motor outputs 130 horsepower and 119 lb-ft of torque, and while the power output is lower than the previous generation’s 138hp, the difference is quite negligible. The biggest issue with the motor is that it needs to be revved quite hard to get going and extract the most from it, but it doesn’t enjoy being worked hard and drones in disagreement at high engine speeds. Aside from that, it’s a fairly responsive engine with ample power that provides its best performance when equipped to the 6-speed manual gearbox. That gearbox offering is only available on the base SE model, on which it comes standard, and has a sharp, positive shift action and a well-weighted clutch. This makes it an absolute joy to row through the gears and as such it’s a great tragedy that it isn’t available on other trims. Both other trims get a 6-speed automatic gearbox, also available on the base SE as a $1,000 option, which isn’t terrible but robs the Accent of performance and involvement and requires a little more time and effort to get up to speed effectively.

Hyundai Accent
1.6-liter Gas Engine
Kia Rio
1.6-liter Gas Engine
Hyundai Elantra
2.0-liter Gas Engine
Horsepower 130 @ 6300 130 @ 6300 147 @ 6200
Torque 119 @ 4850 119 @ 4850 132 @ 4500
Transmission 6-Speed Manual 6-Speed Automatic 6-Speed Manual (M6CF3-1)

Drivetrain

The 1.6-liter, 130-hp engine offering is mated to a single drivetrain, driving the front wheels through either gearbox pairing. Front-wheel drive lends itself towards the budget nature of the Accent, and it truly doesn’t require anything more, as it’s lightweight and the engine doesn’t plate up enough power to worry the limits of adhesion, even in adverse weather. If you’re in a colder region, a set of winter tires or snow chains is all that’s needed to keep you going.

MPG

While the engine’s outputs aren’t high and it doesn’t enjoy hard work, it is incredibly frugal. When equipped with the manual gearbox of the base SE model, the Accent boasts EPA estimates of 28/37 mpg city/highway with a combined cycle claim of an impressive 31 mpg. The automatic-equipped variants achieve 28/38/32 mpg city/highway/combined estimates from the EPA. All models are equipped with an 11.9-gallon fuel tank, affording 370 miles of range on the manual variant and 381 miles with the automatic gearbox. These consumption figures are marginally less than the Nissan Versa but are higher than the figures achieved by the Ford Fiesta, sitting the Accent in the middle of the class for efficiency.

Hyundai Accent
1.6-liter Gas Engine
Kia Rio
1.6-liter Gas Engine
Hyundai Elantra
2.0-liter Gas Engine
Combined 31 mpg 32 mpg 29 mpg
City 28 mpg 28 mpg 26 mpg
Highway 37 mpg 37 mpg 36 mpg
Fuel Tank Capacity 11 gallons 11 gallons 14 gallons