Hyundai Accent

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Hyundai Accent
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Body and chassis
ClassSubcompact car (B)
LayoutFront-engine, front-wheel-drive
PredecessorHyundai Excel
SuccessorHyundai Venue (South Korea and hatchback in U.S.)

The Hyundai Accent (Korean: 현대 엑센트), or Hyundai Verna (현대 베르나) in South Korea, is a subcompact car produced by Hyundai. In Australia, the first generation models carried over the Hyundai Excel name used by the Accent's predecessor. The Accent was replaced in 2000 by the Hyundai Verna in South Korea, although most international markets, including the US, retained the "Accent" name.

The Accent is produced for the Chinese market by Beijing Hyundai Co., a joint venture with Beijing Automotive Industry Corp. For the Russian market it is assembled by the TagAZ plant in Taganrog. In Mexico, the Accent was marketed until 2014 by Chrysler as the Dodge Attitude, previously known as the Verna by Dodge. In Venezuela, Chrysler marketed these models as the Dodge Brisa until 2006. The Brisa was assembled by Mitsubishi Motors at its plant in Barcelona, Venezuela. Since 2002, the Accent had been the longest-running small family car sold in North America. In Puerto Rico, it has been sold as the Hyundai Brio. In Russia, it is sold as the Hyundai Solaris.

In 2008, Hyundai Accent was named the most dependable subcompact car by J.D. Power and Associates.[1]

First generation (X3; 1994–1999)[edit]

First generation (X3)
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Also calledHyundai Accent Verna
Hyundai Excel
Hyundai Pony (France)
Bimantara Cakra (Indonesia)
Kia Qianlima (China)[2][3][4]
Dodge Brisa (Venezuela)
Production1994–1999 (South Korea)
1995–2006 (Egypt)
2002–2006 (China)
1996-2006 (Indonesia)
AssemblyUlsan, South Korea
Cairo, Egypt (Ghabbour Group)[5]
İzmit, Turkey (Hyundai Assan)[6]
Gaborone, Botswana (TMBC)[7]
Barcelona, Venezuela (MMC Automoriz)
Bekasi, Indonesia (Bimantara/Hyundai Indonesia)[8]
Yancheng, Jiangsu (Dongfeng Yueda Kia)
Body and chassis
Body style4-door sedan
3 and 5-door hatchback
2-door coupé
Engine1.3 L G4EH SOHC 12V I4 (petrol)
1.5 L G4EK SOHC 12V I4 (petrol)
1.5 L G4FK DOHC 16V I4 (petrol)
1.6 L G4ED DOHC 16V I4 (petrol) (104 hp) (China)
Transmission4-speed A4AF2 automatic
5-speed M5AF3 manual
Wheelbase2,400 mm (94.5 in)
Length4,100 mm (161.4 in) (hatchback)
4,117 mm (162.1 in) (sedan)
Width1,620 mm (63.8 in)
Height1,395 mm (54.9 in)}
1,410 mm (55.5 in) (Kia Qianlima)
Curb weight2,101–2,150 lb (953–975 kg)

The Hyundai Accent (X3) was introduced as a replacement for the Excel in 1994 for the 1995 model year. It continued to be called Dodge Brisa in Mexico or Hyundai Excel in some markets, such as the Netherlands, Belgium and Australia. In France, it was called the Hyundai Pony and in China, it was called the Kia Qianlima.

Australian cars were released in November 1994 available in Sprint and GX trims (three-door hatchback) or LX and GLX trims (four-door sedan and five-door hatchback). The upper-specification models (GX and GLX) had full cloth interior (as opposed to vinyl seat backings), height and lumbar support adjustments on the driver's seat, four-speaker sound system (instead of two), passenger vanity mirror, a tachometer, and power antenna as standard. GX three-doors also had a standard rear spoiler, while power steering was standard on all but the Sprint. There were also some special editions—the Classique sedan in 1996 with anti-lock brakes and the Sportz in 1999 and 2000 with alloy wheels and a rear spoiler. The overwhelming majority sold were the Sprint three-door, enticing buyers with free air-conditioning, driveaway pricing and from late 1998, standard power steering.

The facelift arrived in Australia in April 1997 with accompanying trim changes. The engine was a 1.5-liter G4EK SOHC unit with 91 hp (68 kW). From November 1997 onwards, this was upgraded to a twin cam (DOHC) G4FK version with 74 kW (99 hp) at 6000 rpm and torque of 134 N⋅m (99 lb⋅ft) at 4000 rpm. A double overhead cam (DOHC) engine was also available in America in the Accent GT but made a more-powerful 105 hp (78 kW) at 6000 rpm instead.[9] X3s with the DOHC engine are badged "Twin Cam".

In Australia, the X3 proved so popular (due to its reliability and low price[10][11][12]) that it was the third best-selling vehicle in the country in both 1996 and 1998. In the latter year, it achieved more than 44,000 sales (a 5.5% share of the total market), a record figure at the time, for an imported car. Between 1994 and 2000, some 200,000 X3s were sold in Australia, making it arguably the most successful imported vehicle in the country's history.

The Accent was sold in saloon (sedan), hatchback, and coupé form in the UK, with a choice of three engines for each: a 1.3 12v (85 hp), 1.5 12v (92 hp) and a 1.5 16v (105 hp) petrol. There was no diesel option. A GSi spec car was the top-specification Accent. The MVi-spec coupé version won particular praise for its handling agility in the UK. Although the Accent was cheap to buy and insure, its engines were quite thirsty; the 1.5-litre returned 33 mpg‑imp (8.6 L/100 km; 27 mpg‑US) average according to list figures.

In the US, although manuals exist for Accents before and after 1999, a manual for 1999 Hyundai Accent has not been published. Additionally, owners of the 1999 model were informed by their dealers that the power output of the 1.5-liter engine was in fact rated at 88 horsepower (66 kW).

In China, the Hyundai Excel was branded as the Kia Qianlima under Dongfeng Yueda Kia. It came with either a 1.3 SOHC engine or a 1.6 liter engine DOHC engine. Production ran from December 2002 until November 2006. It had similar styling to the regular Hyundai Excel until it was given a facelift in 2005 featuring a new grille and foglamps. Trim levels included the 1.3 DLX, 1.3L GL (Manual), 1.3L GL (Automatic), 1.6 GLS (Manual) and the 1.6 GLS (Automatic). The only body style available was the 4 door sedan.[13]


The 1998 Hyundai Accent was crash-tested by the European New Car Assessment Programme and showed rather poor performance, scoring only 4 points out of 16 for frontal impact.[14] The passenger compartment became unstable in the crash test.[14] It was determined that there was an unacceptably high risk of chest injury during side impact crash, as a result, the car would not meet the minimum legal requirement in 1999.[14] The Swedish insurance company, Folksam, rates the 1st-gen Accent as one of the safest cars in its weight class.[15]


Second generation (LC; 1999–2005)[edit]

Second generation (LC)
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Also calledDodge Verna (Mexico)
Giad Accent (Sudan)
Hyundai Accent Verna
Hyundai Brio
Hyundai Verna
Hyundai Super Pony
Hyundai Avega (liftback, Indonesia)
Hyundai Excel (for taxi fleet, Indonesia)
Production1999–2005 (South Korea)
1999–2016 (India and later discontinued in India but export continued for Algerian market)[16][17]
2001–2012 (Russia)[18][19]
2001-2012 (Indonesia)
AssemblyUlsan, South Korea
Chennai, India (Hyundai Motor India)
İzmit, Turkey (Hyundai Assan)[6]
Taganrog, Russia (TagAZ)[20]
Cairo, Egypt (Ghabbour Group)[5]
Khartoum, Sudan (Giad)[21]
Kerman, Iran (RVMCO)[22]
Bekasi, Indonesia (Hyundai Indonesia Motor)[23]
Body and chassis
Body style4-door sedan
3 and 5-door hatchback
PlatformHyundai-Kia TB
RelatedHyundai Getz
  • 4-speed automatic
  • 5-speed manual
Wheelbase2,440 mm (96.1 in)
Length4,235 mm (166.7 in) (1999–02 sedan)
4,260 mm (167.7 in) (2002–05 sedan)
4,215 mm (165.9 in) (hatchback)
Width1,670 mm (65.7 in) (1999–02)
1,680 mm (66.1 in) (2002–05)
Height1,395 mm (54.9 in)
Curb weight2,255–2,280 lb (1,023–1,034 kg)

The redesigned 1999 Accent (LC) sported a more angular body and increased dimensions. It received a minor facelift in 2003, and was given the model code LC2. When the Accent sedan underwent a 2006 redesign, the hatchback continued on sale during 2006 only in Canada, since the hatchback skipped the 2006 model year for the United States. But for Korea, it was the first model with the new nameplate: Verna.

The Accent got new 1.5-liter 12-valve SOHC and 16-valve DOHC engines: the 1.3 continued modified with a Helmholtz resonator intake after 2003. A 1.6-liter replaced the 1.5 engine for 1999. This Accent was also the first to get a diesel version, with a 1.5-litre three-cylinder direct injection turbodiesel, which was badged CRDi.

Trim levels were GSi, CDX and MVi: this was standard on most export versions, although some European markets had their own designations with names like DynamicVersion etc. Some markets used LS and GLS.


North America

In North America the Accent was available in GL, GLS and GT trim levels only, with the 1.5-litre engine at first, then the 1.6-litre engine from 2002. The GT version was similar to the MVi version marketed in Europe and Oceania, although the body kit was not as overtly hot hatch styled.

During 2003 in Canada, the hatchback was offered as a GS or GSi with a 1.5 L or 1.6 L engine, respectively. In 2004 the GS trim was equipped with the 1.6 L engine.


It was sold in Russia until 2011 as the Hyundai Accent side-by-side with the 3rd generation model which is sold as the Hyundai Verna.


It was launched in India in October 1999 as the "Accent" and was still in production after some minor facelifts;[16] the car was phased out in 2013 for local market.[24] A new variant of the India-made Hyundai Accent. The Accent GLS variant, which now adopts front airbags and ABS to meet the regulations on safety equipment on new vehicles, implies that the Accent could live on until 2017.

The GLS variant also comes with Air conditioning, power windows front and rear, power steering, central locking, Radio-CD-MP3 audio system, and front fog lights. It is the best selling model produce by Hyundai's Chennai plant. It has been restyled twice – in 2004 and 2010 – and is strapped with a 1.5-liter four-cylinder petrol engine matched to a five-speed manual gearbox.


In Egypt, it still remains on sale as of January 2019.


In Indonesia, it was sold from 2001 to 2012 and marketed in 3 different names. At first it was marketed in 4-door body style as "Accent Verna" (2001-2007), available with two trim levels (G and GLS). In 2005, a facelifted version for taxi fleet sold as "Excel" (based from G trim). Later from 2007, 4-door sedan was replaced with 5-door liftback body style, sold as "Avega" until 2012.


  • 1.3 L 12-valve SOHC Alpha I4 I4, 82 hp (61 kW) from 2000–2003, 86 hp (64 kW) from 2003–2005 (except cars with Air conditioning, rated at 82 hp).
  • 1.5 L 12-valve SOHC Alpha I4, 92 hp (69 kW) @5500 rpm and 97 lb⋅ft (132 N⋅m) @2900 rpm, 0–100 km/h: 12.0 sec., top speed: 181 km/h (112 mph)
  • 1.5 L 16-valve DOHC Alpha I4, 102 hp (76 kW) and 98 lb⋅ft (133 N⋅m)
    • 0–100 km/h: 11.6 sec., top speed: 185 km/h (115 mph)
  • 1.6 L 16-valve DOHC Alpha I4, 106 hp (79 kW) and 106 lb⋅ft (144 N⋅m)
    • 0–100 km/h: 10.9 sec., top speed: 189 km/h (117 mph)
  • 1.5 L CRDi (RA 325) I3, 82 hp (61 kW) and 137 lb⋅ft (186 N⋅m)
    • 0–100 km/h: 14.0 sec., top speed: 170 km/h (106 mph)


A pre-2003 model (a three-door hatchback) was crash tested by Australian Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) under the rules as adopted by Euro NCAP. It scored 10.76 out of 16 points for frontal offset impact and 10.96 out of 16 in the side impact test.[25]

The same un-restyled model, a four-door sedan had been crash tested by Russian magazine Autoreview in 2005.[26] Test was carried out to the Euro NCAP regulations. Despite the lack of airbags (which are not available in the cheapest version of Accent on the Russian market) it scored 9.9 of 16 for frontal impact.[27]

The 2003 restyled model was tested by ANCAP as well. The three-door hatchback scored 9.19 of 16 points for frontal impact and 9.76 out of 16 in the side impact crash test.[28]


Third generation (MC; 2005–2011)[edit]

Third generation (MC)
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Also calledHyundai Brio
Hyundai Verna
Dodge Attitude
Hyundai Super Pony
Production2005–2010 (South Korea)[29]
2006–2010 (China)
2006–2011 (India)[16][30]
2006–2012 (Turkey)[31][32]
Model years2006–2011 (China)
AssemblyUlsan, South Korea
Beijing, China (Beijing Hyundai)
Chennai, India (Hyundai Motor India)
İzmit, Turkey (Hyundai Assan)
Cherkasy, Ukraine (Bogdan Motors)[33]
Body and chassis
Body style4-door sedan
3-door hatchback
RelatedKia Rio (JB)
Engine1.4 L Alpha I4 (petrol)
1.6 L Alpha I4 (petrol)
1.5 L I4 (diesel)
Wheelbase2,500 mm (98.4 in)
Length4,045 mm (159.3 in) (hatchback)
4,280 mm (168.5 in) (sedan)
4,300 mm (169.3 in) (Verna Transform and 2006–2009 Chinese variants)
4,310 mm (169.7 in) (2011 Chinese variants)
Width1,695 mm (66.7 in)
Height1,470 mm (57.9 in)
1,480 mm (58.3 in) (Chinese variants)
Curb weight2,366–2,533 lb (1,073–1,149 kg)

Hyundai introduced a new-generation Accent (MC) at the 2005 New York International Auto Show. A new exterior, larger interior, and CVVT engine are the notable features.

A single trim level, GLS, is available in the US for the sedan. This sedan includes 6 airbags, air conditioning, power steering with tilt, with optional four-wheel disc antilock brakes with electronic brake-force distribution, and a 6-speaker CD stereo. A premium sport package includes air conditioning, 15-inch alloy wheels, power windows and heated mirrors, and remote power door locks. An automatic transmission is also available.

Hyundai began selling the 3-door hatchback in the United States during the spring 2006 as a 2007 model year vehicle. The 3-door is available in two trims – GS and SE. The GS is equipped much like the GLS sedan, with some equipment deleted for a base price of US$10,415. The SE replaces the former Accent GT, offering a sport-tuned suspension, 16 in. alloy wheels, and other sporting features, along with available dealer-installed performance parts such as a cold-air intake and suspension stress bar. The SE is sold as the Verna Sport in Korea. The Hyundai Accent SR is exclusive to Canada and only 500 have been made, this version is like the Accent SE, but in addition has the fender flares, front lip, rear lip, and exhaust tip. Also included with the SR version is the Clarion sound system with, 4channel Amplifier with 400 Watts, 7 speaker Audio System, with 10-inch (250 mm) Subwoofer in a custom made box. Dash also has a Carbon Fiber Trim Kit added to it. For the 2010 model year a "Blue" trim level has been introduced for the Accent with a base price of only US$9,970.[34] The Accent Blue is only available as a 3-door hatchback with a manual transmission, the sole option being air-conditioning which adds $1,000 to the price.

The Accent is presently the third-bestselling subcompact car in the United States, trailing after its rivals the Chevrolet Aveo and Toyota Yaris.[citation needed] In 2010, Forbes named the Accent amongst the ten worst cars for depreciation.[35]

In Europe, this model was heavily promoted by the motoring press, and even Hyundai themselves, as a "stopgap" model – that it was intended merely to plug the gap in Hyundai's range until a brand new small family car was launched in 2007. The new car, the Hyundai i30, replaced both the Accent and the larger Hyundai Elantra. The name change helped to distance the new model from the budget reputation of the Accent, and also to highlight that the new car can truly compete in the small family hatchback sector – something the Accent was slightly too small to do, and the Elantra too large.[citation needed] The Accent continued to be sold in the U.S. in 2008 with an instrument panel overhaul and standard rear cupholders in the SE model.[citation needed]


In Mexico, this is marketed as the Dodge Attitude: trim levels are 1.4 GL and 1.6 GLS. Hyundai had no official representation in Mexico, so select Hyundai models were rebranded as Dodges under an agreement with Chrysler's Mexican division.

In India, it is marketed as Hyundai Verna. The previous generation remains in production alongside as a cheaper alternative, marketed as the Hyundai Accent.

In Egypt, this generation is sold as the Hyundai New Accent (1.6 GLS only), and the previous model is still locally produced and sold as the Hyundai Verna (1.6 GL and GLS trims)

In 2008, Hyundai Accent received the lowest number of problems per 100 vehicles among compact multi-activity vehicles in the proprietary J.D. Power and Associates 2008 Vehicle Dependability Study. Study based on responses from over 52,000 original owners of 2005 model-year vehicles, measuring more than 250 models. Proprietary study results are based on experiences and perceptions of owners surveyed in January to April 2008.[1]


In 2006, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the Accent received an Acceptable overall score in the frontal crash test and a Poor overall score for in the side impact test without its optional side airbags. It didn't perform well even when equipped with side airbags, performance of the car's structure is marginal there would likely be injuries to internal organs, ribs and pelvis.[36][37][38] In 2007, 2006 year model of Hyundai Accent had been tested by ANCAP in June 2007. It scored 3 star in the Occupant Protection, and 2 star in Pedestrian Protection Rating.[39]



Hyundai debuted a demonstration version of a hybrid (MC/JB) Accent[40] at the 2005 Guangzhou International Automobile Exhibition in Guangzhou, China. It uses a 90 hp (67 kW), 1.4 L engine with continuously variable valve timing and a 16 hp (11.9 kW) electric motor to achieve 44% better fuel economy. Though originally scheduled for production release in the 2006 model year, introduction of the production version has been delayed indefinitely, along with the Kia Rio hybrid.[citation needed]

The hybrid Accent is expected to be introduced at the same time as a hybrid version of the Kia Rio, the Kia twin of the Accent. A concept model of the Kia Rio hybrid was shown at the 2007 Geneva Auto Show.[citation needed]

Fourth generation (RB; 2010–2017)[edit]

Fourth generation (RB)
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Also calledHyundai Verna
Hyundai Solaris (Russia)
Hyundai i25 Accent (Colombia,[41] Israel)
Hyundai Grand Avega (hatchback, Indonesia)
Hyundai Excel III (sedan, Indonesia)
Dodge Attitude (Mexico)[42]
Model years2011–2018
AssemblyUlsan, South Korea
Beijing, China (Beijing Hyundai)
Chennai, India (Hyundai Motor India)
St. Petersburg, Russia (Hyundai Rus)
Lagos, Nigeria (Hyundai Motors Nigeria)
Matola, Mozambique (Somyoung Motors)[43]
Taiwan (SYM Motors)
Bam, Kerman, Iran (Kerman Motor Co (KMC))
Tiaret, Algeria (TMC)
Bekasi, Indonesia (Hyundai Indonesia Motor)
Body and chassis
Body style4-door sedan
5-door hatchback
PlatformHyundai-Kia PB
RelatedHyundai i20 (PB)
Hyundai ix20 (OJ)
Hyundai Reina
Kia Rio (UB)
Kia Rio (QB)
Kia Pegas
Transmission5-speed manual
6-speed manual M6CF1
4-speed automatic
6-speed automatic A6GF1
CVT automatic
Wheelbase2,570 mm (101.2 in)
Length4,115 mm (162.0 in) (hatchback)
4,370 mm (172.0 in) (sedan)
Width1,705 mm (67.1 in)
Height1,455 mm (57.3 in)


South Korea[edit]

2014 Accent Sedan

Hyundai released the Korean version of the Accent (RB series) in November 2010. The new model is offered with the same 1.6-liter engine and 6-speed automatic or 6-speed manual as the fifth-generation (MD) Elantra. The car reverted to the "Accent" name as used in the X3 series.[44] The hatchback version, called Accent WIT, replaces the Getz/Click in South Korea. Sedan model is still in production, but the hatchback model was discontinued in August 2018.


In Beijing, China, Hyundai released the China-exclusive version of this model under the "Verna" name on 23 August 2010.[45]

North America[edit]

In January 2011, the sedan had its North American debut and the hatchback had its world debut at the Montreal Auto Show.[46]

There is one engine option in North America for the Accent, a 1.6 L with 138 hp (103 kW) and 123 lb/ft of torque (2011 - 2017 models). This engine features the gas direct injection technology (1.6 "GDI"). Also, the head and block are made of aluminum.


Australia's Accent was released in August 2011 in three grades consisting of Active, Elite, and Premium in either Sedan or Hatch.[47] All were equipped with a 1.6-litre MPi engine mated to a 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic, while a 1.6-litre diesel was later added to the Active grade, but dropped shortly after. In 2013, an SR grade was added to replace the Elite and Premium grades and brought in the Gamma 1.6-litre GDi engine to the range. The Active had switched to a 1.4-litre engine and optional CVT to keep costs down due to the discontinuation of the i20 in Australia.

As part of a 2017 upgrade, Hyundai simplified the Accent to just one grade called Sport. The Sport grade combined the SR's 1.6-litre engine, Premium interior materials, mesh-look grille, cruise control, optional 6-speed automatic, and 16" alloy wheels while staying close to the Active's entry price.[48]

Due to the lack of right-hand-drive 5th generation Accent production in Korea, Hyundai is set to phase the Accent nameplate out of Australia once all stock is exhausted by the end of 2019. The all-new Hyundai Venue, Hyundai's new small SUV, is set to indirectly replace it.[citation needed]

As of January 2020, the Accent was removed from the Hyundai Australia website, marking the end of the nameplate's 20 year run with sales reaching 9,963 registered units in its last year on sale.


In September 2010, Hyundai unveiled its Russian assembly line and presented the "Hyundai Solaris" a production-ready local version of the four-door fourth generation Accent. Hyundai reported that production would commence in January 2011.[49] The Accent badge remained reserved for the second generation Accent, that had still been produced in Taganrog in the TagAZ plant at that time. The Hyundai Solaris was available with 1.4 (107 hp) and 1.6 (123 hp) petrol engines, with a 6-speed manual or a 4-speed automatic transmission.[50]

In 2014, the Hyundai Solaris for Russian and CIS (where it is sold as the Hyundai Accent) market was facelifted. The car got new front fascia and new 6-speed automatic and 6-speed manual gearboxes for 1.6 version.[51]


In May 2011, Hyundai launched the Verna in India with four engine options including 1.4-litre petrol and diesel engines as well as 1.6-litre petrol and diesel engines. The second-generation (LC) continues to be sold in India as the Hyundai Accent with the latest RB version carrying the Verna brand. At the time of launch, the new Verna RB features safety and comfort options that were previously unavailable in the Indian market at this price point including the option of 6 airbags.[52] Hyundai refreshed the Indian lineup of Verna in 2014 without any engine changes.[53]

The diesel variant has attracted more attention in India because of its fuel economy. As a result, the response in India was overwhelming.

The Verna is offered with four engine options, 1.4 L VTVT petrol, 1.6 L VTVT petrol, 1.4 L CRDi diesel, and 1.6 L CRDi diesel.

Hyundai launched the Verna facelift in the Indian car market on 18 February 2015.[54] The new Verna mid-sized sedan gets changes to both styling and mechanism. The updated Hyundai Verna gets new front fascia. Apart from the same petrol and diesel engine versions, the four-speed automatic gearbox is likely to be offered in the upcoming model; however, the maker might also introduce the six-speed automatic gearbox.[55]

In 2018, the Hyundai Verna was named Indian Car Of The Year.[56]

Hyundai was launched its new Hyundai Verna facelift in the Indian market in year in 2020 and The new Verna has seen a lot of changes from the old model.[57]


In Indonesia, the Accent hatchback was sold as the Grand Avega. The car made its debut at the 2011 Indonesia International Motor Show and was assembled locally (CKD).[58] The Grand Avega is equipped with two engines and four transmissions: a 1.4L petrol 108ps Gamma engine with 4-speed automatic or 5-speed manual (2011–2013) and a 1.4L petrol 100ps Kappa engine with 6-speed manual or CVT (2013–2016).[59] Sedan body style also available in Indonesia only for taxi companies and sold as Excel III, only available with 1.4L petrol 108ps Gamma engine and 5-speed manual transmission.[60] In 2016, Grand Avega was replaced by relatively smaller Hyundai i20 (GB).


In Mexico it was marketed as Dodge Verna from 2004 a 2005 and as Dodge Attitude from 2006 a 2014 until May 2014 after Hyundai's arrival in the country, forcing Dodge to give the name Attitude to the Mitsubishi Attrage. The Accent returned to the country in mid-2017 as the 2018 Hyundai Accent


In the Philippines, the third generation (MC sedan) was introduced and made available in 2006 exclusively with a 1.5-L D4FA common rail direct injection (CRDi) turbodiesel with VGT with 110 hp (112 PS) and 240 N⋅m (177 lb⋅ft) with a 5-speed manual transmission. A number of units saw action in the taxi industry because of its fuel efficiency coupled with cheaper diesel fuel costs.

2011 saw the arrival of the RB model in both sedan and hatchback platforms. The sedan was powered by a 108 PS (107 hp) Gamma engine with a choice of a 4-speed automatic or 5-speed manual transmission. Some of first batch of RB models were dogged by knocking issues when using 91 and below octane fuel. A second iteration was introduced in 2014 with a 100 Ps Kappa engine mated to a 6-speed manual or a 4-speed automatic, and a newer 1.6-liter D4FB common rail direct injection turbodiesel with 126 PS (124 hp) and 260 N⋅m (192 lb⋅ft) in either a 6-speed manual or a 4-speed automatic.

The hatchback model was introduced at 2013 exclusively with a 1.6 D4FB common rail direct injection turbodiesel with VGT. Power output is at 126 Ps and 260 N⋅m (192 lb⋅ft). Both the 6-speed manual and 4-speed Automatic models came with anti-lock braking systems (ABS) with electronic brake distribution. By 2014, a facelifted model was introduced with the top-end model getting new projector-type headlamps, ABS and EBD.

In 2015, the diesel variant was upgraded on both sedan and hatchback models with an electronic VGT (e-VGT), mated to a 6-speed manual or a new 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission (DCT). Power outputs are now 136 PS (134 hp) and 265 N⋅m (195 lb⋅ft) for the 6-speed manual while the DCT model has the same horsepower but now has 300 N⋅m (221 lb⋅ft) of torque.


The 2012 Hyundai Accent was tested by the IIHS and received a "Good" rating in the frontal offset test, an "Acceptable" rating in the side impact test, and a "Good" rating in the roof strength test. It also received a "Good" rating in the rear crash protection (head restraint) test.[61]

The 2012 Hyundai Accent was tested by the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and received the following:[62]

  • Overall Rating: 4/5 stars
  • Frontal Crash: 4/5 stars
  • Side Crash: 4/5 stars*
  • Rollover: 4/5 stars

The Hyundai Verna was crash-tested by China NCAP in 2011 and scored the maximum possible 5 stars.[63]


Fifth generation (HC/HCi; 2017–present)[edit]

Fifth generation (HC)
2018 Hyundai Accent 1.6L front 7.28.18.jpg
Also calledHyundai Verna
Hyundai Solaris (Russia)
Production2016–present (China)
Model years2017–present (China)
AssemblyBeijing, China (Beijing Hyundai)
Chennai, India (Hyundai Motor India)
St. Petersburg, Russia (Hyundai Rus)
Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico (Kia Motors Pesquería Plant)[64]
Ninh Bình, Vietnam (Hyundai Thanh Cong)
Tiaret, Algeria (TMC Group)
Body and chassis
Body style4-door sedan
5-door hatchback (Mexico and Canada)
5-door station wagon (China)
PlatformHyundai-Kia GB
RelatedHyundai i20 (GB)
Kia Rio (YB)
Kia Rio (FB)
Kia Stonic (OY)
Hyundai Venue (QX)[65]
Engine1.0 L Kappa II T-GDI I3 (petrol)
1.4 L Kappa I4 (petrol)
1.5 L I4 (petrol)
1.6 L Gamma I4 (petrol)
1.4 L U-Line I4 (diesel)
1.5 L U-Line (D4FA) CRDi I4 (diesel)
1.6 L U-Line I4 (diesel)
Transmission6-speed M6CF1 manual
6-speed A6GF1 automatic
7-speed DCT
Wheelbase2,580 mm (101.6 in) (HC)
2,600 mm (102.4 in) (HCi)
Length4,190 mm (165.0 in) (Accent hatchback)
4,385 mm (172.6 in) (HC sedan)
4,440 mm (174.8 in) (HCi sedan)
Width1,729 mm (68.1 in) (HC)
1,720 mm (67.7 in) (HCi)
Height1,450 mm (57.1 in) (HC)
1,460–1,475 mm (57.5–58.1 in) (HCi)
Curb weight1,060–1,215 kg (2,337–2,679 lb)
Hyundai Verna (Chinese version)
Hyundai Accent (US)

The fifth generation Accent has been introduced in China as Verna in late 2016. Production began in the same year with sales started around February 2017. In Russia, where it is known as Solaris as well as in some other CIS markets, the car has been available since March 2017. In India, the car was launched in August 2017 as Hyundai Verna. It went on sale in the United States in December 2017. Unlike the previous generations, the fifth generation Accent is not sold in South Korea; instead, the Venue crossover takes its place in 2019.[citation needed]


Model Years Transmission Power Torque 0-100 km/h
(0-62 mph)
1.0L Kappa II T-GDi 2017-Present 7-speed DCT 120 PS (88 kW; 118 hp) at 6,000 rpm 17.5 kg⋅m (172 N⋅m; 127 lbf⋅ft) at 1,500-4,000 rpm
1.4L Kappa II MPi 6-speed manual
6-speed automatic
100 PS (74 kW; 99 hp) at 6,000 rpm 13.5 kg⋅m (132 N⋅m; 98 lbf⋅ft) at 4,000 rpm 12.2s (Manual)
13.4s (Automatic)
1.5L MPi 6-speed manual
115 PS (85 kW; 113 hp) at 6,300 rpm 14.7 kg⋅m (144 N⋅m; 106 lbf⋅ft) at 4,500 rpm
1.6L Gamma II MPi 6-speed manual
6-speed automatic
123 PS (90 kW; 121 hp) at 6,300 rpm 15.4 kg⋅m (151 N⋅m; 111 lbf⋅ft) at 4,850 rpm 10.3s (Manual)
11.3s (Automatic)
1.6L Gamma II GDi 6-speed manual
6-speed automatic
132 PS (97 kW; 130 hp) at 6,300 rpm 16.4 kg⋅m (161 N⋅m; 119 lbf⋅ft) at 4,850 rpm 10.1s (Manual)
10.5s (Automatic)
1.5L U II CRDi 2017-Present 6-speed manual
6-speed automatic
115 PS (85 kW; 113 hp) at 4,000 rpm 25.5 kg⋅m (250 N⋅m; 184 lbf⋅ft) at 1,500-2,750 rpm


North America[edit]

The hatchback version of the Accent has been discontinued in 2018 for the United States market, while it remains available for the Mexican and Canadian markets. All models of the Accent sold in the United States and Canada are powered by the same 1.6L GDi Inline four-cylinder (I4) gasoline engine as its predecessor, though horsepower is down to 130 horsepower from the previous rating of 138 horsepower. However, EPA Fuel Economy ratings are now up to 28 City/37 Highway/31 Combined MPG for manual transmission-equipped models, or 28 City/38 Highway/32 Combined MPG for automatic transmission-equipped models. The base SE features a six-speed manual transmission, while a six-speed automatic transmission is optional. The six-speed automatic transmission is standard on the SEL and Limited models.

Features available for the first time on the Accent include forward collision avoidance alert, a touch-screen infotainment system with optional Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Hyundai Blue Link, proximity key entry with push-button start, seventeen-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, heated dual front bucket seats, and more.

Power output for 2018–2019 models is 130 hp (97 kW) and 119 lb⋅ft (161 N⋅m) of torque. Power output for 2020 models is 120 hp (89 kW), with a new "Smartstream" 1.6L MPi engine with continuously variable valve timing and "Intelligent Variable Transmission" (Hyundai's term for a CVT) replacing the automatic transmission.[66]


Hyundai launched the all-new Verna in India on 22 August 2017. The Verna comes with 3 engine choices, including a 1.6 L petrol and a 1.6 L diesel along with a 1.4 L base diesel engine. The new Verna carries forward the four-cylinder 1.6 L petrol and diesel engines from the old model, though, they have been suitably tweaked for use here and also see revisions in their power and torque outputs. It is offered with 6-speed manual and a 6-speed automatic gearbox. Some of the main features includes 6 airbags, sunroof, handsfree trunk and front ventilated seats.

A facelift for India was revealed in March 2020 with Hyundai’s Blue Link connected car technology. Its powertrains include a 1.0-litre Turbo GDI (petrol) with 7-speed DCT; 1.5-litre petrol with 6-speed MT or CVT; and a 1.5-litre diesel unit with 6-speed MT or 6-speed AT.[67]



Hyundai's Accent World Rally Car, Accent WRC, competed in an official capacity, spawning three generations, in the World Rally Championship from 2000 to 2003.[68]

Junior Formula series[edit]

In India, Hyundai is the sole engine supplier for Formula LGB Hyundai, built by the Chain and Sprocket giant LGB. The single make series is promoted at grassroots level acting as a launch pad for future Formula One hopefuls. The Accent engine is supplied in Stock form albeit after some engine control unit modifications.[citation needed]

Excel Rally Series[edit]

In Australia, the X3 Accent sold as the Hyundai Excel is used in the Excel Rally Series. There are restrictions on modifications to the vehicle to reduce cost and encourage competition.


Calendar Year US Canada Mèxico
(as Verna 3 Doors)
(as Verna 4 Doors)
(as Dodge Attitude)
(as Hyundai Accent)
(as Hyundai Accent Hatchback)
2002[69] 71,488 N/A N/A N/A
2003 56,585 N/A N/A N/A
2004 43,258 19,172 N/A N/A
2005 41,012 15,679 2,055[70] 11,589 545 N/A[71]
2006 34,735 17,784 565 307 12,089 N/A
2007 36,735 16,390 15,653 16 15 N/A[72]
2008 50,431 29,751 2 3 10,255 N/A[73][74]
2009 68,086 25,220 7,723 N/A
2010 51,975 24,017 11,795 N/A
2011 55,601 22,280 8,371 N/A
2012 61,004 22,581 7,829 N/A
2013 60,458 18,884 4,160 N/A[75]
2014 63,309 23,173 195 N/A[76]
2015 61,486 19,371 N/A N/A
2016 73,766 19,198 N/A N/A
2017 58,955 13,073 N/A 6,037[77][78][79] 1,134
2018 29,090 7,067[80] N/A 9,099[81][82] 3,403
2019 25,628 5,989[83] N/A 7,634[84] 3,141
Total 2,121,091


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