$30,340 – $43,140
Good: A fantastic handling car that’s truly worthy of the Sports Sedan tag with a 2.4-litre engine that loves to rev! The interior is classy. Typical high levels of Honda quality.
Not so Good: It’s debatable whether the larger body is a design improvement over the previous Accord Euro? No sign of a Turbo Diesel engine for Australians?
Design and Engineering
Good : The second generation arrived on our shores in June 2008 and received a mid-life face lift in July 2011. With the face lift came styling upgrades that include a new two bar grille replacing the previous three-bar version, revised front bumper, fog light surrounds and air vents. The rear lights have been re-coloured a soft red and there is now a chrome strip on the boot-lid.
Not so good : The Accord Euro is sleek and stylish however it is beginning to show its age when compared to its competitors.
Interior and Styling
Good : The interior has also been upgraded, with new satin-finish highlights on the door handles, console, steering wheel and other interior components. An anti-dust feature has been applied to the cloth trim of the entry model.
Upgrades for the Accord Euro range include steering wheel integrated Bluetooth, a new foldaway key design, USB connectivity and Trailer Stability Assist on all models. The entry model gains auto headlights and rain-sensing wipers and the option of 18-inch alloy wheels. The Luxury Navi gains new bi-HID headlights with auto low/high beam and a cornering function which operates at speeds up to 40kmh.
The front seats offer up plenty of side support (especially the backrest) and the thick-rimmed three-spoke steering wheel feels great under hand. The centre console has a large number of buttons and knobs, whilst at first can seem like a lot, they are all useful and logically set out. Second row seating is fine for two adults.
Not so good : If you’re larger than average you may find the front seats a little tight. The rear bench seat is styled in such a way that the two outer passengers are kept well supported – but at the expense of the middle person.
We also found the centre mounted info display was set a little deep in the dash and would benefit from being moved forward for better visibility.
Good : The naturally aspirated 2.4-litre engine generates an impressive 148kW of power (but at a very high revving 7000rpm). The five-speed auto has gear shifting paddles behind the steering wheel which are especially fun to use when the transmission is in Sport mode.
As is the case with all Honda’s the manual transmission is very smooth when shifting through the gears, the clutch is also well weighted for an easy driving experience.
Not so good : Cruising around town the Euro doesn’t feel especially quick, as this engine really likes to be revved.
Ride and Handling
Good : Who said front wheel drive cars can’t be excellent driver’s cars? Not us! Truly excellent handling on offer here – the Accord Euro feels light on its feet and is just as at home swooping down a twisty mountain road as it is driving to the supermarket. Even under hard braking the Euro’s chassis still stays composed. The Honda Accord Euro is a well-balanced car that is comfortable and fun to drive.
Not so good : When pushed hard you may notice the slight torque steer (but we’re being picky here). The electric steering system also feels a little ‘unnatural’ at high speeds.
Buying and Owning
Good : The Honda Accord Euro ticks the safety box with six airbags, stability and traction control, electronic brake distribution and ABS brakes as standard. Considering the petrol engine loves to perform the fuel economy figures are also pretty impressive.
Not so good : Lack of a full size spare tyre in the higher grades (the ever-increasing Space Saver is standard) limits interstate driving confidence. There is only the choice of one petrol engine – will Honda offer a turbo diesel engine option in Australia?