Honda Accord (2003–2008)
Accord from early 2003 4-door saloon with slippery 0.26cd.
4,665mm (15' 4") long x 1,760mm (5' 9") wide. Breakover Angle: better than 12.5 degrees helps prevent grounding on ramps. Wheelbase: 2670mm; ground clearance: 150 mm; breakover angle: 12.8 degrees.
Big Tourer estate came a few months later. A bigger car than the previous model, moving slightly upmarket. Minimum engine is 2.0 litre four pumping out a healthy 155PS plus 190Nm torque, or the option of a new 2.4 with 190PS and 220Nm torque.
With 5-speed manual box 2.0 offers combined consumption of 37.7mpg and a low CO2 of 179g/km. Wih a 6-speed box the 2.4 delivers a combined consumption of 30 mpg (no mention of its CO2). Excellent 5-speed sequential shift automatic is my choice with the 2.4 engine. Both new engines are EU 5 compliant.
All new Accords come with alloy wheels as standard, together with climate control. Also, from Feb 2004, a superb 2.2 litre Honda-built all alloy chain cam common rail Euro 4 diesel with 140PS and 250lb ft torque priced from £18,700 for the Sport saloon and from £19,700 for the Sport Tourer. Excellent touch-screen satnav is a £1,000 extra.
New Accord for 2006. First shown Frankfurt Show September 2006. Interior and exterior facelift, plus first application in Europe of Honda’s ADAS (Advanced Driving Assist Systems) technologies aimed at making driving experience relaxing and safer. Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), which regulates the speed of the car and its distance to the vehicle in front, will be fitted. In addition, the European-first Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS), which detects lane markings on motorways and applies the appropriate amount of torque to the steering, will also be available (as a factory-equipped option on right-hand drive models only).
Accord Sport GT launched. Standard kit includes:
- Dark Chrome door handles and front grille
- 17-inch (Saloon) or 16-inch (Tourer) alloy wheels in Dark Graphite finish
- Premium White Pearl paint option exclusive to this model
- Sports suspension
- Rear boot spoiler, smoked headlights, and foglights
- Carbon-effect inlay fitted within the dashboard and centre console
- Red illuminated dials
- Voice-activated Satellite Navigation system
- Premium Audio system that includes a 6CD changer
- Cruise control
- Bluetooth Hands Free Telephone
- Tourerversion fitted with rear section privacy glass
Prices from £20,767 (OTR).
Also from September 2007, company car BIK beneficial SE with 2.2-litre i-CTDi engine and low list price of £18,600 (OTR). Spec includes rid and handling friendly 16-inch alloys, stability assist, 6-speed gearbox and Bluetooth Hands Free Telephone all standard.