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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What large, petrol models would you suggest for a young family with children?
"A relative of mine is interested in buying a 2012 Volkswagen Passat Bluemotion 2.0 TDI DSG with 69,000 miles for under £5000. What other large, petrol, automatic models would you suggest for a young family with children? I'm concerned about the DSG. Is this DSG gearbox one of the ones that will cause a lot of problems? A petrol car would be more suitable than diesel for 10,000 miles a year use. On a 2012 model with 69,000 miles, will expenditure on the car increase a lot from now on? Thank you for your assistance. "
I think you're right to have your concerns. The DSG gearbox used with the 2.0 TDI engine is more reliable than that paired with small petrol engines, but it's still at an age that it could go expensively wrong. You're right that a petrol would be more suited to 10k a year, especially at this end of the market. We'd recommend a Honda Accord. They're pretty rare (most buyers of cars like this want a premium badge) but very reliable. Also consider a Toyota Avensis – they're nothing special to drive, but ultra-dependable. Also consider SUVs like a Honda CR-V or Toyota RAV4.
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.
High mileage Honda Accord - a good buy?
"I'm looking for a spacious family car which will be used mainly for short journeys. I've seen a petrol 2012 Honda Accord Tourer with manual transmission. It's advertised at £7000 and has done over 110,000 miles. Do you think that this would be a sensible choice financially or wait for one with a lower mileage?"
Yes. Fairly bulletproof. Very fair price for a 3 year old, despite the mileage. Give it a good service and change the engine oil and filter every 10k miles or every year whichever comes first.
What are the implications of towing a caravan with an automatic gearbox?
"I have a Honda Accord Tourer with an automatic gearbox. I am considering buying a caravan, but have heard that towing can cause problems. Is this true?"
Basically it gives the torque converter more work to do, so the transmission needs additional cooling of the fluid. Will already have a transmission fluid heat exchanger. Needs a second one or a bigger one.