Car review: The Honda Accord Type S

PUBLISHED: 12:58 07 July 2011 | UPDATED: 12:03 28 February 2013

Car review: The Honda Accord Type S

Car review: The Honda Accord Type S

Liam Bird reviews the Honda Accord Type S

Ive long been a fan of Hondas Accord and Ive always liked the fact that it manages to mix the best elements of an executive saloon and a practical family car in one without looking like just another rep-mobile.

Theres an element of quality to its refreshed exterior that manages to lift its looks above the traditional ubiquitous saloon car choices. A new front bumper, grille and lights enhance its already attractive lines, but its the bits you cant see that make all the difference. Thicker glass, together with improved under-bonnet insulation, a flatter floor for better under-body aerodynamics and thicker carpets mean the new Accord is much quieter.

Inside too theres everything you would expect from a something thats been squarely aimed at VWs new Passat and Audis A4 S-line. The leather interior has a quality feel, switches are beautifully damped and theres the usual array of toys including, on the type-S at least, sat-nav, dual climate control, electric seats, reversing camera, Bluetooth etc. plus one of the best radios Ive heard in a long while. And its all intuitively laid out. Everything falls easily to hand or is within easy reach.

On the road the Accord is equally easy to live with. Revisions have been made to the 2.2 diesel unit that see the CO2 levels drop below 160g/km enhancing both economy and refinement and when coupled to Hondas positive feeling six-speed gearbox progress is both brisk and relatively effortless. The Type S may not feel quite as sporting as its name suggests and the steering could benefit from a little more weight and feel but, overall, driving impressions are good. Minor road imperfections do little to upset what is a relaxed ride and thanks to some very supportive seats the Accord remains comfortable even when youre trying to make up time.

Hondas revised saloon might not be your first thought when youre looking for something thats capable cutting it in the golf club car park and carrying a family of five but be in no doubt, the Accord is more than up to the task.

Dealer view from Simon Walker of Steels of Hereford

Whether its the estate or the saloon, the Accord cruises effortlessly and its a car our customers love. It does have a corporate image but I think its underrated a little. Quality-wise its more than a match for BMW and Audi and it beats them hands down on price and standard specification. The new diesel is a fantastic engine: smooth, economical and quiet. It suits the car well.

Honda Accord Type S (2.2 i-DTEC)

â–  Engine: 2199cc, 4cyl, Common Rail i-DTEC.

â–  Power: 177 BHP @4000rpm

â–  Torque: 280lbft @2000-2750rpm

â–  Transmission: 6 speed manual

â–  Performance: 0-62mph 8.8 sec

â–  Max Speed: 136mph

â–  MPG: 50.4 combined

â–  CO2: 147g/km

â–  Price: from 29,400

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