Relative to other large cars I have driven/owned the Turbo Diesel Honda is a really suberb "Drivers" car with a levelof goodies which should shame the Germans with their Extra for this that and everything else mentality.
The seating is a delight, and as a 6 footer I am often hard to please in this department. The engine and gear box are a superb combination and the acceleration never ceases to amaze me as to its versatility and amazing abilty to make overtaking a breeze, with all the electronics quietly backing up if and where required.
The Honda back-up is terrific too and their staff are a pleasure to do business with, even the bills are not as crippling as many other brands I have driven.
To be honest my one and only gripe is that the car should have had reversing sensors as a standard fitting as fore and aft visibility is something of a guessing game with such a long and low streamlined shape.
Would I recommend it to others, only if you still enjoy the thrill of owning a machine which is both a thing of beauty and a pleasure to drive.
I bought my 2.0SE back in May 03 and after 38,000 miles I am still enjoying stepping into the cabin and heading off on any journey.
The build quality is what you would expect from a Honda - excellent. The cabin is well laid out, some reports have made comment as to the "cheap" switches used, and not up to the German standard, but I can't see there's anything wrong with them.
As an "entry" model it does come with all the goodies - Dual Climate Control, Single CD, Tilt-Slide Sunroof, Tilt + Reach adjustable steering, etc... and with the optional 17" epsilon alloys and metallic silver paint it looks the part too.
I'm getting around 35mpg from enthusiastic driving which isn't too bad. The cabin is very quiet on all but the worst road surfaces. When you compare the OTR price of a 2.0SE Accord and compare it with its competition, there isn't any... For comfort, style, cabin and boot space, build quality and that all important driver enjoyment look no further than your local Honda dealer - go on take a test drive - you may like it!!
The car is just excellent, and for near enough the same price as a Mondeo or Vectra, I can't think why you would want to chose anything else.
On the road This engine is so quiet, even my 73 year old mum thought it was petrol! The only time that you here the rattle of the engine is when you first start it up or accelarate quickly in first gear, after that the engine is so smooth and effortless to use. You can feel the power kick in at the 2000-rev mark, but again through the gears if you are over this then he car just picks up very nicely and smoothly. Handling is pretty good also, and the steering is very precise with a steady secure feel at motorway speed's.
Ownership Well it's early days for the car yet, but I am getting a return of 42mpg at the moment, but I reckon if I sat on the motorway at 70mph the car would do 50mpg quite easily, which would give 600 miles from a tank of diesel.
In the cabin Very well built inside, no rattles, everything works, and all panels fit seemlesly together. The stereo is simple to work, the sports seats keep you in tightly, and the half leather gives the car that sporty feel inside. The only small things that I could think of to knock this car are the fiddly front and rear combined fog light switch, and as it is a saloon there is no rear window wiper to clear the rain... something that should come as standard in Scotland!
I have the 2.2CDTi diesel sport saloon. I have covered 13,000 miles in the 6 months I had the car.
Firstly, it's a fantastic engine - smooth, quiet and extremely efficient for one so powerful. I am averaging 46-48mpg whilst driving "enthusiastically".
The overtaking ability on A roads is superb, fourth gear is usually sufficient, but third is useable from 30 to 80(!) mph.
The handling is neat and tidy but the front can lose grip in the wet when it feels "on tippy toes" and the brakes lack a little feel under high pressure.
Practicality is reasonable given it is a saloon rather than a hatch, the boot is deep but the rear suspension does intrude slightly. The opening size is good with the lid lifting well out of the way.
I opted for the 8disc changer in the armrest and the controls are not as integrated as I would have liked and the sound quality is not as good as a standard Ford equivalent.
Overall, I rate this car very highly, quick, efficient and cheap P11D ratings. The Honda dealership (serviced at 12,500 miles) are a joy to use and I am a complete convert the Honda ownership.
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