It’s a Honda, so build quality and reliability are top notch, with a rattle-free cabin full of soft-touch plastics. Wide choice of engines too, and the 2.2 DTEC diesel is a peach
The looks are slightly bland, and the cabin is a fussy cluster of similarly sized and coloured buttons. Handling could be better too - the Accord is set up for motorway comfort
On the road
What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is
Not the Accord's strong point. Power from each engine looks good on paper, but you need plenty of revs to get the best, and that's despite revised gear ratios on 1.8- engined cars which improve driveability. Apart from the Type-R (a superb performance car) emphasis is on refined motorway cruising, particularly the 2.3-litre Type-V.
Ride & Handling
A fine performance on the road. Although it can pick up on ruts, it's up with the best in the class. The ride remains impressively composed at all speeds, dealing well with undulating roads. It feels nimble through bends and changes direction sharply. All this reaches a glorious conclusion in the sporting Type-R, which will delight any keen driver.
There is engine noise in any Accord, but it has a sporty tone and is most obvious in the lesser-engined versions, which have shorter gearing. On the other hand, it's part of the fun in the Type-R. Generally, the Accord keeps noise subdued when cruising, but wind noise around the doors and a little road and tyre roar are all apparent.