Honda Accord
Honda Accord

How It Drove - Performance

The Honda Accord is powered by a 2.2 i-CDTi 16V DOHC common rail direct Injection turbodiesel engine which produces 140 PS at 4000 rpm enabling it to accelerate from 0-62 mph in 9.5 seconds and continue to a top speed of 131 mph.

The new all aluminium 2.2 i-CDTi diesel engine is the first to be designed and developed in-house by Honda and is a direct result of the rapidly growing diesel market.

The diesel engine is exceptionally refined combining responsive acceleration with low engine noise and vibration. It is also economical returning 52.3 on a combined cycle with CO2 emissions of 143 g/km. Some members of the press defy to you to know that it is a diesel but of course diesel engines have different characteristics to petrol engines and yes you do know its a diesel but it is undoubtedly a class leading one. It is very quiet on the move and only on starting the engine with the window down do you hear the characteristic diesel chatter putting both BMW's 4-cylinder 2.0 litre Review and Mercedes-Benz's 5-cylinder 270 CDI Review engines to shame.

High torque results in excellent low down acceleration making the Accord a joy to drive around town with a smooth and precise 5-speed transmission (we would like to see a 6-speed gearbox) however, when unleashed on the open road the Accord comes alive and its full power can be realised.

The Motorway is the natural territory for the new Accord where its powerful 2.2 engine cruises effortlessly at motorway speeds enabling you to cover great distances in a relaxed manner.

The organ style accelerator pedal is larger than a conventional pedal and is hinged from the bottom so it is easier and more comfortable to use with an almost instantaneous throttle response.

The Honda Accord diesel has scored its first award in 2005 - winning the "New diesel Car of the Year" category in the Fleet Excellence Awards - [ click here ]

How It Drove - Ride and Handling

Overall the Accord's ride is very good (in our opinion it is better than the Mazda6 Review ) it copes well with uneven road surfaces and pot holes and it feels reassuringly surefooted at speed. The hydraulic power assisted rack and pinion steering although better weighted than the Mazda6 does feel a little uninvolving for those who enjoy a more enthusiastic driving experience.

Diesel models feature the same double wishbone front/5-link double wishbone rear suspension design as the petrol models although diesel model suspension settings have been subtly revised to compensate for the increased torque levels produced by the new engine. As a result of this the new Accord is a well balanced neutral handling car which corners well with limited body roll.

The Executive model is equipped with all-round disc brakes, ABS (anti-lock braking system), EBD (electronic brakeforce distribution) and EBA (emergency brake assist) as standard ensuring that the Honda Accord brakes reassuringly well.

Honda Accord Review | Part Three
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