Used Honda Accord Hatchback 1998 - 2003 review

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Section: Our recommendations

1998 - 2003 review
Used Honda Accord Hatchback 1998 - 2003
  • Used Honda Accord Hatchback 1998 - 2003
  • Used Honda Accord Hatchback 1998 - 2003
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Our recommendations

Which used Honda Accord hatchback should I buy?

The entry-level 1.8 S has all you need: four airbags, anti-lock brakes, remote locking, electric windows and air-conditioning.

That 1.8 is the smallest engine available, but it responds well if you work it hard. Go for a car with a manual gearbox, though, because the auto doesn't suit the engine's narrow power band. And, always choose this hatchback version over the saloon, because it's more useful.

You can also consider two other petrol engines - a 2.0 and a 2.3 - but the extra power doesn't add much to the car, and just increases running costs that are already high-ish. There's no diesel.

Trim-wise, you can also pick from SE, Sport and Executive, which bring varying levels of luxury, topped by the Executive's leather seats and wood-effect trim.

For high performance and super-sharp handling, the Type-R is a gem, its tuned 2.2 delivering 209bhp, while its big alloys and sports interior lift the Accord's humdrum appearance.