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What Car? says

3 out of 5 stars

For Good looking, spacious and dependable

Against Expensive to buy, limited boot space

Verdict Well-equipped and stylish, but too small where it counts

Go for… 2.2 i-DTEC EX

Avoid… 2.4 i-VTEC EX

Honda Accord Tourer
  • 1. The boot space isn’t great. There are 406 litres of space with seats in place and 1183 litres when folded –well behind the Ford Mondeo and Volkswagen Passat.
  • 2. The fabulously smooth and flexible 2.2 i-DTEC is the pick of the range. It comes in either 148bhp or 177bhp variants, with the first suitable for most
  • 3. It isn’t as efficient as the saloon. Diesel models average 47.9mpg or 47mpg, depending on power. The 2.0-litre petrol does around 38mpg and the 2.2-litre about 32mpg
  • 4. Servicing costs are generally slightly cheaper than those of rivals such as the Ford Mondeo and the Volkswagen Passat
  • 5. Stereo issues and temperamental Bluetooth phone systems have all been mentioned, but the biggest reported concern is cabin trim and build quality
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Honda Accord Tourer full review with expert trade views

Despite being visually similar to the previous, this version of the Accord Tourer is classed as a new model, and does offer improved performance over its predecessor. It’s designed with the business user in mind. It’s refined on the motorway, with virtually no wind- and road noise penetrating the cabin.

There’s plenty of leg- and headroom for three in the back, while those in the front won't go short on space, either. The downside is the modest-sized boot.

Unfortunately, for an estate, the boot space isn’t great. Intrusion from the suspension makes for an odd-shaped space, and while there are 406 litres of space with the back seats in place and 1183 litres when they’re folded, it’s well behind load space in rivals such as the Ford Mondeo and Volkswagen Passat.

As you’d expect from Honda, the Accord has a solid reliability rating. However, although the Accord Tourer represents decent value, the Ford Mondeo estate offers a bit more for less money.

Trade view

The diesel automatic model came out in 2009, so don’t bother looking for an earlier example.

Matt Sanger
What Car?'s Used Car Editor

The majority of Accords are diesel-powered, mainly because they were bought as fleet and lease cars. The fabulously smooth and flexible 2.2 i-DTEC is the pick of the range. It comes in either 148bhp or 177bhp variants, with the first suitable for most.

If you're intent on a petrol Accord, then the 154bhp 2.0-litre is refined and fairly frugal, while the 198bhp 2.4-litre has lots of pace, but high fuel costs.

At launch, the automatic gearbox option was available only on the petrol models, but a five-speed auto 'box was introduced on the less-powerful diesel model in 2009…

The entry-level ES model comes with climate control, alloy wheels, electric windows and cruise control. The EX trim gets leather upholstery, sat-nav and Bluetooth. GT adds a sporty bodykit to both the ES and EX models, while Nav models add sat-nav. There’s also the sporty Type S – fitted with the more powerful diesel engine – which gets goodies such as leather-trimmed and heated electric seats.

Trade view

The Accord Tourer is a long way behind some of its rivals when it comes to boot space.

Matt Sanger
What Car?'s Used Car Editor

The Accord Tourer isn’t as efficient as the saloon model. The diesel models do an average of 47.9mpg or 47mpg, depending on their power rating, while the 2.0-litre petrol does around 38mpg and the 2.2-litre about 32mpg.

When it comes to emissions, the lower-powered diesel emits 155g/km of CO2, while the Type S produces 157g/km. The petrols lag behind, producing between 173g/km and 215g/km of CO2.

Insurance-wise, the majority of models sit between insurance groups 22 and 27.

One benefit of Honda ownership is the slow deprecation rate, especially in the desirable diesel models.

Servicing costs are generally slightly cheaper than those of rivals such as the Ford Mondeo and the Volkswagen Passat.

Trade view

The diesel automatic model came out in 2009, so don’t bother looking for an earlier example.

Matt Sanger
What Car?'s Used Car Editor

Honda always does well in customer satisfaction and reliability surveys, and the Accord upholds this tradition. It topped the family car category of the 2010 JD Power survey, and came fifth overall.

However, there is the odd grumble from owners, with the cabin the most problematic. Stereo issues and temperamental Bluetooth phone systems have all been mentioned, but the biggest reported concern is cabin trim and build quality. Squeaks, rattles and poor resistance to everyday wear and tear are common complaints.

Trade view

The Accord Tourer is a long way behind some of its rivals when it comes to boot space.

Matt Sanger
What Car?'s Used Car Editor
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