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Overall reader verdict 4 out of 5 stars

  • What's it like to drive
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Running costs
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Quality, practicality and equipment
    4 out of 5 stars

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14 reader reviews for Honda Accord Hatchback.
  • 1.8i VTEC S 5dr

    F Lloyd Date: 06/07/2007
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    We bought this car in 2001 at six months old and we love it. It is a 1.8 VTEC SE, but this was not available as a model on the drop down list.

    It is solidly built, totally reliable, has a huge boot, and is very comfortable. It has an electric sunroof (difficult to find on new cars now, and if available this is usually at around £450 - £500); air con, electric front and rear windows, cruise control and a fantastic sound system (six CD autochanger, four speakers).

    It is great on long journeys, surprisingly nippy for its age and has a much smaller turning circle than you would expect.

    We test drove a Citroen C4 and were really disappointed with this brand new car in comparison to our seven-year-old Honda. So much so that we have shelved the whole idea of upgrading to a new car as we can't find anything that comes close to what we have already.

    Unfortunately the new model Accord is only available as a saloon (why?) so this rules it out as a versatile family car.

    So we'll be sticking with the most reliable car in its class (by a long way - see JD Power reliability index) for a while longer yet.

  • 2.0i VTEC SE 5dr

    Sandy Young Date: 06/06/2007
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    The 2.0-litre is not that quick, to be honest.

    The petrol consumption is poor, I think - a full tank (which costs around £45-£50) gets you around 350 miles.

    It has a good stereo, climate control, cruise control, lumbar support and electric sunroof. It is very comfortable and feels as though it's good quality. The switches feel good.

    I really like this car - it's a bit dull but so reliable. It never failed me once in three years. I replaced two tyres and that's it - it is serviced at a local garage as it's out of waranty and it was not that expensive either.

  • 2.0i VTEC SE 5dr

    Adrian Walsh Date: 13/04/2007
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I have owned this car for a little over 2 years and have put a further 50k miles on the clock from when I bought it. Apart from tyres and the usual servicing costs I have spent nothing on it and it has been stood for 2-3 months on my drive without me touching it over the winter, I turned the ignition and it fired up immediately, a real joy to know that whatever happens your car will start every time. I opted for the 2 litre model and although the performance is good the fuel costs are only average, giving me aprox 30mpg. I would recommend this car to a friend and would not hesitate at purchasing another Honda in the near future. Overall a very good car. Pity about the poor image this car has, but I like it, looks good and the quality is spot on.

  • 2.0i VTEC SE 5dr

    prajesh solanki , greater manchester . Date: 26/01/2007
    • Overall verdict
      3 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      3 out of 5 stars

    My car

    My Dad owns this car but I do drive it sometimes. We have the 2002 model 2.0 VTEC SE.

    The VTEC engine is a delight, gives a good grunt and shifts this car with relative ease, giving power when called upon.

    It isn't exciting to look at, but it is a handsome car and serves the large family hatch car type very well.

    The cruise control is very welcome and it has a refined ride and excellent handling.

    However, the indicator stalks look dated - they're functional, but don't suit the car. Maintenance costs are high, too - the Lamba sensor failed last year which was an expensive replacement. Worse are the headlights (on the nearside, you need small hands to access the bulbs).

    Running costs are OK - it averages over 33mpg, even with climate control always on. It has been giving starter problems (probably due to a crack in the distributor cap letting it get damp).

    Overall in our three years of ownership, it hasn't really impressed us enough to warrant a better rating. It's a good car, but bad design holds it back. If you have the money to stop it fussing constantly then go for it. Otherwise, it's just hard to recommend.

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