The widening of the track for extra stability came in as part of the new generation package in 2008.
Even when the roads are clear and dry, the Honda Accord Type-S has a tendency to torque-steer under hard acceleration and can be a tad skittish at times. Customers who are drawn by the Type-S label will expect and relish these minor behavioural outbursts but the unsuspecting might not appreciate the fun.
The widening of the track for extra stability came in as part of the new generation package in 2008. The intention was to combine this with handling characteristics that would rival the likes of the BMW 3 Series and it worked. The smooth but agile drive qualities will appeal to all but especially to the company car drivers, at whom the Honda Accord and Honda Accord Type-S is aimed.
Although, the Honda Accord was the first car in which Honda combined a diesel engine with an automatic gearbox, the Honda Accord Type-S is only available with a 6-speed manual gearbox, as befits its sporty attitude. Generally, the changes are swift and crisp but I have to admit to sometimes having a problem moving from first to second gear.
Company car drivers tend to spend more time in their cars than other motorists but everyone will appreciate the leather upholstery, the heated seats with memory positions and lumbar support for the driver. The large screen for the DVD satellite navigation with integrated Bluetooth and voice recognition also shows audio controls for the 6CD/RDS Premium audio system as well as acting as the monitor for the rear parking camera, both of which are standard.
The features list continues with automatic wiper and headlights, rake and reach-adjustable steering column, front and rear parking sensors, armrest between the front and rear seats, smoked headlights to go with the GT Aerodynamic body kit and much more.
There is plenty of legroom front and rear and a real sense of executive travel as you breathe in the smell of the leather. The Honda Accord’s rear seats have a 60:40 split and fold function although there is enough boot capacity to carry four golf bags. In numerical terms that is 467-litres.
The Honda Accord Type-S is not short on airbags either; there are two dual airbags at the front, two at the side as well as front and rear curtain airbags. So all the bases are covered and all boxes are ticked. The Honda Accord is a good looking car. The Honda Accord Type-S with its two special colours (Premium White Pearl and Basque Red) is just that bit sportier, for the more adventurous execs out there.11 January 2010
Honda Accord Road Test Data
|Model Reviewed||Honda Accord 2.2 i-DTEC Type S with ADAS Manual|
|Colour||Premium White Pearl|
|Performance (manufacturers data)|
|0 - 62 mph||8.8 Seconds|
|Top Speed||137 mph|
|CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures)||g/km|
|Economy (NEDC Figures)|
|Extra Urban||57.6 mpg|
|Euro NCAP Rating||5 Star|
|Warranty||3 years / 90000 miles|
|Price (when tested on the 11/01/10)||£27,965|