Used Honda Accord Tourer 2002 - 2008 review

Category: Estate car

The fine drive, good boot and high equipment levels are great, but it's a pricey car

Honda Accord Tourer (02 - 08)
  • Honda Accord Tourer (02 - 08)
  • Honda Accord Tourer (02 - 08)
Used Honda Accord Tourer 2002 - 2008 review
Star rating

What's the used Honda Accord estate like?

It's a big, slab-sided load-swallower. Its party trick is to pop open and raise its hatch when you press the remote plipper - great when your arms are full of parcels. The load bay is huge, and the seats drop at the click of a catch to leave a flat floor.

The cabin is a generous size, too, and even low-end models have pretty much all the kit you'd want. The driver's seat is comfortable.


The fine drive, good boot and high equipment levels are great, but it's a pricey car

  • The button operated-tailgate and easy-fold seats are great, as is the boot
  • The car drives smoothly, too
  • Running costs and restricted rear visibility are a pain
  • The Mazda 6 is as practical but cheaper

Thick screen pillars, however, limit the view out, and a similarly poor view to the rear makes easing back into a tight space awkward. Find a car with parking sensors fitted - you'll need them.

All engines are lively and it's sharp to drive, if not the best in class. Safety kit includes multiple airbags, anti-lock brakes, traction control and even the option of auto-steer to keep you in lane.

However, it scored only four stars from Euro NCAP for protecting those inside - several rivals have a maximum five.

Ownership cost

What used Honda Accord estate will I get for my budget?

How much does it cost to run a Honda Accord estate?

No big estate is going to be cheap to run, but the Accord will cane your finances harder than many.

Servicing is dearer than for a Mondeo or Vectra, while insurance ratings are a group or two higher. The Tourer spans groups 11-14.

Spares parts cost more than average, too, although Honda's excellent reputation for reliability promises that you'll seldom need to buy more than routine items such as tyres, brakes and exhausts.

The fuel economy looks good on paper, and the 2.0 should achieve up to 33mpg overall and 24mpg in town; the 2.4 records 29mpg and 21mpg, and the diesel 48mpg and 36mpg. However, plenty of owners complain theirs are far thirstier in real life.

If the financial picture looks bleak so far, take comfort in the Accord's depreciation figures, which show it losing value more slowly than the equivalent Ford or Vauxhall. The price you get come trade-in should, at least, return the smile to your face.

Our recommendations

Which used Honda Accord estate should I buy?

Honda makes cracking petrol engines but has only lately put much effort into its diesels. The one in the Accord is terrific, though. It's powerful, smooth and a miser with fuel, packing plenty of the low-rev power that makes it perfect for a load-hauler.

If petrol is your thing, then the smaller of what's available - the 2.0 - does a fine job. So good, in fact, that it's barely worth stepping up to the alternative 2.4.

Even the cheapest Tourer, the SE, has alloy wheels, climate control, a good stereo and full safety kit, so it is hardly worth straying beyond that, although the splashes of silver-finish trim that comes with the Sport do brighten up the cabin.

The top-trim Type-S and Executive models aren't worth the bother unless they're for sale cheaply.

A mild face-lift in 2006 improved the look of the dash a touch. For top value, buy from a car supermarket.


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