Review: 2018 Hyundai Accent GLS Sedan – Part 4

The 2018 Hyundai Accent GLS is a sub-compact car packed with healthy amount of technology in it. Let’s start with the safety aspects of the vehicle:

  • It has a back up camera with excellent clarity and a great range of vision. It also has lines on the screen to help you to position your car when backing into a parking space or parallel parking.
  • You get autonomous emergency braking which will bring the Accent GLS to a stop if it detects an object in front of it, and you take no action to avoid said object.
  • You get automatic headlights so that you never forget to turn the headlights on or off.
  • Six airbags are standard.

The only thing that is missing from all this safety tech is tire pressure monitoring. While not required here in Canada, it is odd in 2018 to see a car without it.

The Accent GLS also comes with a lot of technology to make life easier for you:

  • Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are included which is important as there’s no built in navigation. That sounds like a negative. But it is not because most people I know who have access to Apple CarPlay or Android Auto in their cars never use the built in navigation system. Thus nothing is likely lost by its omission. It gets served up on an 7″ screen which is extremely sharp, has great contrast and is viewable in all lighting conditions. The infotainment system user interface was easy to navigate and didn’t display any lag whatsoever. That was completely in line with other Hyundai products that I’ve tried recently.
  • There’s a six speaker audio system that sounds good as I had no complaints when I was listening to radio or tunes from my iPhone. You can serve up AM,FM, audio from your phone via USB (which will charge your phone) or Bluetooth, or SirusXM Radio.
  • Hyundai to my surprise has included the smart trunk feature in the Accent GLS. Simply walk up to the trunk with the proximity key (as the vehicle has keyless entry and push button start), stand behind the trunk for three seconds and the trunk pops open. While you still have to flip it up to allow you to load your stuff as the trunk isn’t powered (and to be clear, nor do I expect it to be powered), it’s a handy feature.

The final part of this review will tie up some loose ends and I’ll give you my closing thoughts on the Accent GLS Sedan. Stay tuned for that tomorrow.

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