I used to have an Accent 1.5A, sold it and now drive a Corolla. So I can tell you confidently that the build quality of the Accent leaves much to be desired in comparison. You get what you pay for - really. In the 3 years I owned my Accent, I had numerous problems with the car:
- cheap components, rattling door, poor in-car audio system
- spoilt auto-windows (the pulley system in my driver side window kenah disengaged, cannot wind down)
- leaking air con gas leading discovery to air-con radiator failure
- battery died on me 2 times, luckily I am an AA member
- carbon chokage in the exhaust system, engine rpm cannot go up
- as someone mentioned, LOW resale value. Depreciation rate for korean cars is crazy.
But there are good things going for the Accent (and likely the rest of Hyundai cars):
- cheaper servicing packages
- great service from Komoco
- good handling
- modestly good petrol mileage
- one word: Affordability
That said, I finally decided to switch to Corolla last year after forking out a substantial part of my savings. The Accent on the resale market is close to trash price. The depreciation per year was ridiculous. I bought it at 73k and had no choice but to sell it at 43k. That's 10k depreciation per year. And the loan repayment amount every month was not much less than what I would pay for a Corolla.
Anyway I will not rave about the good things about Corolla since it's OT from the thread topic, but I have a much better drive experience than before. And although servicing costs much more than Hyundai, I have had far less problems with the car.
Hope my experience is helpful in your decision.