All in Accord about Honda’s driving experience

Iain Dooley, PA senior motoring writer, looks at the well-built, quality Honda Accord.

Engines – Honda has built its reputation on the back of willing and technically-advanced petrol engines, and the Accord's 2.0 and 2.4-litre units are smooth performers. If you want better fuel mileage, Honda's 2.2-litre diesel should be your first choice. Available in 147 and 177hp guise, it's ideal for company car drivers and mile-munchers.

Exterior – Bigger than its predecessor, this Accord saloon boasts a more clearly defined road presence. It's also a larger inside – especially in the back. The car's wide stance helps to make it feel more stable at speed, too.


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Interior – The Accord has always been a classy car, and Honda hasn't skimped on the quality materials on the inside. Now big enough to better accommodate four adults, it's a more rounded performer for company car drivers. The cabin is also a refreshingly quiet place to be, with road and engine noise pleasingly minimal.

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Driving – A little less sporty than before but more refined, this Accord offers a more mature blend of driving attributes. It's hushed at the best of times, although the diesel engines are noticeably more vocal when worked hard. Ideal for motorway cruising, it's little wonder it's popular with fleet buyers.

Ownership – A solidly-built car offering a premium experience to rival that of the main German opposition, the Accord is an easy car to drive and live with. Don't expect any nasty surprises when it comes to running costs – something you can reduce if you opt for a diesel.

What to look for – Any car that looks like it's had a hard life should be avoided – Honda build-quality is good but not that good. A well-travelled ex-company car doesn't have to be ignored. If serviced correctly it can last for a long time. Be aware of kerbed wheels, parking dents, marked upholstery and a patchy service history. Also, a test-drive is a must if you don't want to be lumbered with any costly mechanical issues to rectify later.

Model history – 2008, Honda launches new, larger Accord saloon and Tourer estate. Large-capacity petrol and diesel engines offered from the start, along with a generous standard and optional equipment. Post-launch Honda added a five-speed automatic gearbox option for diesels.

Reasons to buy – Solid build-quality, premium cabin ambience, road presence, diesel economy, refinement.

Reasons to beware – Petrol engine thirst, not as sporty as predecessor.

Pick of the range – 2.2 i-DTEC ES.

What to pay – 2008 08 �12,450; 2008 58 �13,000; 2009 09 �14,200; 2009 59 �14,875; 2010 10 �16,075; 2010 60 �16,850; 2011 11 �18,225. Showroom prices for cars in A1 condition

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