Lots of equipment and technology that doesn’t detract from an enjoyable drive; solid build quality; well weighted steering
Automatic gearbox is too reluctant, so the car never feels as fast as the figures suggest. Plus, the ride is fidgety, the dash controls fiddly and it's a thirsty car, with no diesel option
What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is
Honda Legend Saloon performance
There's only one engine available in the Legend - a 3.5-litre V6 mated to a five-speed automatic gearbox. It's a strong engine with 291bhp, but never feels as fast as the claimed figures suggest. There are occasions when overtaking or driving up steep inclines when you wish for more power. The gearbox doesn't kick down quickly enough.
Honda Legend Saloon ride & handling
Permanent four-wheel-drive gives the Legend plenty of grip, but it isn't as nimble or as assured on a twisty road as a BMW 5 Series. The steering is well weighted, but not sensitive enough. There's an underlying firmness to the Legend's ride that makes it fidget over rough surfaces, and body movements aren't that well controlled.
Honda Legend Saloon refinement
The V6 engine stays peaceful at low revs, but push it harder and it becomes too raucous for a car in this class. The cabin is penetrated by more wind and road noise than you would expect, too.