Honda Accord Tourer Road Test (2003)

Honda Accord Tourer 2.4 i-VTEC Executive
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Due to the Tourer's radical design you either love it or hate it and we loved it, Honda have again made the 'ordinary, extraordinary'.

Infotainment

The 2.4 Executive model is equipped with a Premium 6 CD in-dash auto changer, tuner with RDS, a separate high power amp delivering 45W x 8 speakers including 17cm neodymium-type speakers in both front and rear doors, a pair of 25mm tweeters as well as 1 rear mounted 20cm Pioneer woofer speaker. This system was certainly impressive and put my 19 year old nephew's Fiesta's 'extra loud' system to shame, he was very envious. All models feature steering wheel mounted audio controls.

DVD touch screen Satellite Navigation System (standard on the 2.4 Executive).

Rivals

Audi A4 Avant, BMW 3 Series Touring, Ford Mondeo Estate, Toyota Avensis Tourer, Vauxhall Vectra Estate

What We Liked
  • Power tailgate (remote operated)
  • Pan European DVD touch screen Satellite Navigation
  • Dual zone climate control
  • Auto levelling (HID) High-Intensity Discharge headlamps
  • Bold contemporary exterior/interior styling
  • The 2.4 i-VTEC engine and 5-speed Automatic (Sequential Shift) gearbox
  • Legendary Honda reliability and engineering
What We Disliked
  • The steering was a little bit too sensitive
  • The touch screen Satellite Navigation system (standard on the 2.4 Executive) incorporates the controls for the climate control and audio system which was a little awkward to use whilst on the move
What We’d Like To See
  • Parking sensors
  • Auto dimming rear view mirror and door mirrors
  • Memory position drivers seat
Build Quality

The build quality was excellent and on par with its German rivals. As we have come to expect from Honda reliability will be superb and is supported with a 3-year/90,000 mile (whichever comes first) mechanical warranty.

Value For Money

The 2.4 i-VTEC Executive Accord Tourer is good value for money with impressive levels of standard equipment that would be pricey options on its German rivals. However, we will have to wait and see how it fares in the residual value stakes.

Conclusion

Due to the Tourer's radical design you either love it or hate it and we loved it, Honda have again made the 'ordinary, extraordinary'. The Tourer attracted a lot of attention from other road users and this bold move from Honda certainly sets them apart from boring fleet estates. If you are a follower of fashion rather than a trend setter then the Tourer may not be for you but then this is a thinking person's car.

7 September 2003 Melanie Carter
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Honda Accord Road Test Data
Model ReviewedHonda 2.4 i-VTEC Executive Tourer
  
Body TypeEstate
ColourArctic Blue Pearl
  
Performance (manufacturers data) 
  
0 - 62 mph10 Seconds
Top Speed 133 mph
  
Transmission5-speed Automatic with Sequential Shift
  
Fuel TypePetrol - Unleaded
  
CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures) g/km
  
Economy (NEDC Figures) 
  
Urban19.8 mpg
Extra Urban37.7 mpg
Combined28.2 mpg
  
Insurance Group14
Euro NCAP Rating4
Warranty3-year/90,000 mile (whichever comes first) mechanical warranty
3-year paint surface warranty
6-year rust through warranty
Price (when tested on the 07/09/03)£ 23,100.00

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