2025 Hyundai Accent: A Subcompact Sedan with a Bold Design and a Turbocharged Engine – The Hyundai Accent is one of the most affordable and reliable subcompact sedans on the market, offering a spacious cabin, a smooth ride, and a generous warranty. For 2025, the Accent gets a significant makeover, adopting a striking new design inspired by the larger Sonata and Elantra models and a more powerful turbocharged engine option.
What’s New for 2025
The 2025 Hyundai Accent is a completely redesigned model featuring a new exterior, interior, and powertrain. The new Accent has a more aggressive and futuristic look, with full-width LED lights, a prominent grille, and sculpted body panels. The interior is more upscale and modern, with a digital cockpit, a central touchscreen, and several comfort and tech features. The engine lineup has also been updated with a new 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that delivers 158 horsepower and 195 lb-ft of torque.
Design: Exterior and Interior
The 2025 Hyundai Accent has a bold and distinctive design sets it apart from other subcompact sedans. The front end features a massive grille that connects to the side bumper intakes and houses the lower part of the split headlights. The headlights are sharp and angular, giving the car an angry expression. The hood has two creases running along the sides, adding character to the car.
The side profile of the new Accent is sleek and dynamic, with a sloping roofline, a short rear decklid, and pronounced wheel arches. The back end has a futuristic look, with full-width LED taillights with a zig-zag pattern. The trunk lid has an integrated spoiler, while the bumper has a diffuser-like element and dual exhaust tips.
The interior of the 2025 Hyundai Accent is spacious and comfortable, with enough room for five passengers. The dashboard is simple and attractive, with a digital gauge cluster and an 8-inch display compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. A rotary gear selector, two cupholders, and temperature control controls are located in the center console. The seats are supportive and adjustable, with optional ventilation and heating functions. The rear seat is cozy but could be more roomy, especially for taller passengers.
The new Accent also offers several convenience and safety features, such as a sunroof, automatic A/C, wireless charging, adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assist, forward-collision warning, blind-spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alert.
The 2025 Hyundai Accent is available with two engines: a normally aspirated 1.5-liter four-cylinder producing 113 horsepower and 106 lb-ft of torque and a turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder making 158 horsepower and 195 lb-ft of torque. Both engines have a six-speed manual transmission with an automatic transmission option. The naturally aspirated engine can be equipped with an Intelligent Variable Transmission (IVT), similar to a continuously variable transmission (CVT). In contrast, the turbocharged engine can have a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission (DCT).
The new Accent is front-wheel-drive only, but it has a sporty and agile handling thanks to its lightweight chassis, electric power steering, and independent suspension. The fuel economy ratings have yet to be available. Still, they are expected to be similar to or better than the previous model’s ratings of 29 mpg city / 39 mpg highway / 33 mpg combined for the IVT-equipped model.
Release Date and Price
The 2025 Hyundai Accent is expected to go on sale in early 2024 in South Korea as the Verna, followed by other markets later in the year. The pricing details have not yet been announced, but they will likely start from around $16,000 for the base model and up to about $22,000 for the top-of-the-line model.