Review: Honda Accord Tourer (2008 – 2015)

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Impressively quiet and strong i-DTEC diesel engine. Feels well built and reliable. High refinement and comfort levels. Lots of underfloor boot storage.

Petrol engines combined with automatic gearbox not as impressive.

Honda Accord Tourer (2008 – 2015): At A Glance

For many years Honda has been attempting to raise its status to that of a premium car maker with a real emphasis on style, quality and refinement. With the Honda Accord and Accord Tourer it's probably come closer than ever. While perhaps not up to level of a BMW 3 Series, it certainly feels a cut above other mainstream models like the Toyota Avensis or Vauxhall Insignia.

Not only does it look good but it also feels very solid and well built both inside and out. In the cabin there's plenty of attention to detail with well-placed, easy to use switches and a good driving position while on the move the high-level of refinement shines through - there's minimal wind or road noise even at high speeds. The boot is well though out too so as well as a wide floor there's various extra underfloor storage areas which are ideal for keeping loose items safe or away from prying eyes.

The engine line-up is a little limited - there are only three engines to choose from and only one is a diesel. However, this 2.2-litre i-DTEC - an upgraded version of the very impressive i-CDTi that was used in the previous Accord - is one of the best diesels around in terms of low noise levels and refinement.

It'ss not surprising most people opt for it over the petrols, helped by its decent claimed economy of 47.8mpg. The Type-S version, introduced in June 2009 - uses the i-DTEC but with power boosted from 150PS to 180PS and feels suitably sporty.

The Accord Tourer handles well too and feels just as responsive and composed as the Accord saloon with good levels of front end grip, a well controlled body and well-weighted steering. Honda actually benchmarked this Accord against the latest BMW 3 Series and this certainly shows from behind the wheel as it's an enoyable car to drive - something that can't be said of all estates of this type.

In early 2009 Honda introduced an automatic gearbox with the i-DTEC engine - its first automatic with a diesel and an incredibly impressive system.

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Honda Accord Tourer (2008 – 2015): What's It Like Inside?

Length 4726–4750 mm
Width 1840–2110 mm
Height 1440–1470 mm
Wheelbase 2705 mm

Full specifications

There's a high quality and upmarket feel to the interior of the Accord which is one of the reasons it manages to feel more special than other mainstream estates. The stylish steering wheel is great to hold and has plenty of reach and height adjustment, so it's easy to find a good driving position. This is probably the most evident area where it's noticeable that the Accord sits somewhere below a BMW or Audi but slightly above cars from Mazda or Vauxhall.

There's good attention to detail. From the well-placed and clearly labelled switches to the fact the sweeping dashtop doesn't reflect in the windscreen. The gear lever does seem a little undersized for a car this size - it's more like something you'd expect in a small hatchback - but the gearchange itself is positive with a nice weight about it too.

The dash features 'floating' backlit instruments, with an LCD multi-information display contained within the centre of the speedometer face. With controls on the steering wheel, this allows the driver to cycle the display through multiple screens of information including range, economy and travel time. As you'd expect, there are plenty of clever storage areas for extra practicality, including two centre console side pockets, a lidded storage area to side of the steering wheel, large front door pockets able to hold bottles and maps, bottle holders in the rear door panels and a large centre console box.

The fact this Accord is wider than the previous model is a godsend for passenger room. The front cabin has a more cockpit feel around the driver yet there's still plenty of elbow room for the front passenger, plus the front seats gave larger bolsters and extra support. There's also a new internal structure designed to reduce any vibrations. It's spacious in the back too, helped by a low central transmission tunnel on the floor. Three can sit across the back in decent comfort and there's good headroom and kneespace too.

The troublesome electric tailgate that was standard on the previous Accord has been dropped from standard model (although it still comes on EX GT and Type-S models). It does have a long, golfer-friendly load area with lots of handy cubbies hidden underneath, although, annoyingly, no spare wheel where you would expect to find one.

The luggage blind incorporates a dog net that rather fiddlingly clips into slots in the headlining. The one downside is overall capacity. The load area is 406 litres with the rear seats up which is smaller than many other estates and looks very limited compared to a Mondeo Estate or a Toyota Avensis Tourer which each boasts more than 540 litres.

Standard equipment from launch (September 2008):

ES models come with 16-inch alloy wheels, cruise control, electric windows all round, climate control, a Thatcham CAT1 alarm, a CD stereo, Vehicle and Trailer Stability Assist (VSA and TSA), electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors and an auxiliary socket for MP3 players such as iPods.

ES GT versions add a GT aero kit which includes a front spoiler and side skirts, 17-inch alloy wheels, sports suspension, front fog lights, privacy glass, an alloy gear lever, sports upholstery, Bluetooth, USB port, ambient interior lighting and a leather steering wheel. An optional Advanced Navigation Pack is available which adds DVD sat nav, a rear parking camera, a 6 CD changer and a 10-speaker Premium Audio system.

EX is focussed towards luxury and on top of the ES model has 17-inch alloys, sports suspension, front fog lights, full leather upholstery, driver memory seat, electric heated front seats, automatic headlights, rain sensitive wipers, front and rear parking sensors, a sunroof, a leather steering wheel, a remote operated electric tailgate and an auxiliary input with a USB port.

EX GT is based on the EX and adds an alloy gear knob, xenon headlights, headlight washers, sports upholstery, privacy glass and a GT aero kit with a front spoiler and side skirts.

Type-S is the top of the range model and comes exclusively with a higher powered 180bhp version of the 2.2 i-DTEC engine. Based on the EX GT it also adds 18-inch alloy wheels, clear side indicators and a full leather interior.

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What's the Honda Accord Tourer (2008 – 2015) like to drive?

Most people go for the excellent i-DTEC diesel engine and it's easy to see why. It's a very quiet unit, especially noticeable on start-up, plus it manages to stay refined, even if you rev it hard. It has plenty of torque with 350Nm which means it can very strongly in every gear if needed with a good turn of pace, feeling considerably quicker than its 150bhp figure and 0-62mph time of 9.8 seconds suggest. It's also an efficient engine with CO2 emissions of 155g/km and claimed economy of 47.8mpg.

In mid-2009 the top of the range Accord Tourer Type-S was introduced which uses the same i-DTEC engine but with power significantly boosted to 180bhp. Torque also increases by 30Nm and makes the 'sporty' Accord feel considerably quicker, especially when it comes to overtaking or joining fast flowing traffic. For those who think diesels can never be as fun to drive as a petrol, this could be the engine to change your mind.

It revs freely like a petrol and feels quick away from a standstill with no turbo lag, yet you get the benefits of all that torque higher up the rev range, so the power doesn't fall away. The Type-S also gets a a unique design of 18-inch alloy wheel which adds to the sports feel of the model. Despite the extra power, the Type-S is only fractionally less economical with a claimed 47mpg plus CO2 emissions of 157g/km.

The petrols have a very different character to the diesels but are still good engines. There's the 2.0-litre i-VTEC with 156bhp which does need to be worked quite hard to get the best out of it and fuel economy suffers as a result. It returns a claimed 38.7mpg which isn't too bad but if you go for the optional automatic gearbox, this drops to 36.6mpg and the auto can feel a little sluggish at low speeds.

The 2.4-litre i-VTEC is the most powerful model on paper with 201bhp which gives it a 0-62mph time of 7.8 seconds but it doesn't feel as fast as the figures would have you imagine. It does rev well though and sounds impressive, but is quite thirsty with a claimed average of just 31.3mpg while enthusiastic driving will see this quickly fall to below 30mpg. The automatic version has been tuned for economy, so actually returns a claimed 31.7mpg but the 0-62mph time drops dramatically to 9.6 seconds.

On the road the Accord Tourer is very stable and well planted, feeling more substantial than the previous Accord, helped by its wider track although the wheelbase is actually slightly shorter than before. It corners very well with impressive grip and traction for a front-wheel drive car. The ride can feel a little 'busy' at times in Type-S models with the larger 18-inch wheels and there seems to be a lot going on, even on fairly smooth motorways, but it's far from being overly firm and is comfortable on long journeys.

Trailer Stability Assist is now fitted across the entire Accord range and detects if the trailer is starting to yaw while being towed at speed. The system uses a combination of torque reduction and individual wheel braking to bring the car and trailer back under full control.

Engine MPG 0-62 CO2
2.0 i-VTEC 39–40 mpg 9.4–10.1 s 163–173 g/km
2.0 i-VTEC Automatic 39 mpg 11.1–11.5 s 170 g/km
2.2 i-DTEC 43–51 mpg 8.8–10.6 s 143–174 g/km
2.2 i-DTEC 180 50 mpg 8.8 s 149 g/km
2.2 i-DTEC Automatic 44–45 mpg 10.4–10.7 s 164–167 g/km
2.4 i-VTEC 33 mpg 8.3 s 201 g/km
2.4 i-VTEC Automatic 33 mpg 10.0 s 199 g/km

Real MPG average for a Honda Accord Tourer (2008 – 2015)

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27–53 mpg

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What's the best petrol automatic estate as a second-hand buy?

I'm looking for reliable estate or roomy saloon, between five and ten years old, which I can run for as long as possible. I have a budget of around £4k to £6k but I can be flexible if need be. It needs to be automatic and preferably front-wheel-drive for solid handling in snow. The most reliable combo seems to be a petrol engine (no DPF) and a conventional auto rather than DSG etc. That seems to point to a Honda Accord. Have you any other recommendations please?
That's a logical solution. Very reliable chain cam engine. Reliable 5-speed torque converter auto. Possibly a little bit rust-prone. Not brilliant in snow, though. Happily you can get Michelin Cross Climates in all three tyre sizes: 205/60 R16; 225/50 R17, and in 235/45 R18. 205/60 R16s will work best and give the most comfortable ride.
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