Used Honda Accord Saloon 2002 - 2008 review

Category: Family car

It aims for Audi and Lexus but misses

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

What's the used Honda Accord saloon like?

It tries hard to mix it with the quality German brands, but, despite a fine effort, the Accord is still more posh family car than executive saloon. Worse still, in trying to move upmarket, Honda has junked the hatchback version that was previously the best-selling Accord.

Now you get a big cabin and a boot. It's all very roomy and packed with kit, but just not as useful as a hatch. To compound the problems, the chunky screen pillars (to aid safety) and high-set windows towards the rear create blind spots and make reverse-parking tricky.


It aims for Audi and Lexus but misses

  • The Accord has smooth and powerful engines
  • It's also roomy, refined
  • and a pleasure to drive
  • There's no hatchback version, it's dearer than the Mondeo and Vectra
  • and servicing is costly

The dash looks classy and is loaded with buttons, but the feel of some materials lets it down. However, Honda has worked hard to create the right executive-car vibe on the move, so road and engine noise are hushed.

All the while, the car responds nimbly, grips well and feels balanced. The steering does most things just right, but lacks that final tickle of feedback that would make it spot-on.

Ownership cost

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

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

Compared with a Mondeo's or Vectra's, the Accord's ownership costs aren't pretty. Servicing by a main dealer costs about half as much again as for the Ford or Vauxhall, while insurance is a group or two higher.

Petrol 2.0 Accords are in group 11, the 2.2 diesel is group 12 and the 2.4 petrol group 14.

It's a similar story when comparing parts' prices, too. The cost of some items is positively scary.

Fuel economy looks good at up to 52mpg combined for the diesel, 38mpg for the 2.0 petrol and 31mpg for the 2.4. However, more than a few readers have contacted What Car? complaining that their cars can't get close to the published figures.

Take comfort in the news that the Accord loses value more slowly over time than most other family cars and, like most Hondas, it won't need much spending on repairs.

Our recommendations

Which used Honda Accord saloon should I buy?

There's nothing in the line-up that you'd call duff. However, the low-end models are so well equipped and capable that we can't see sense in spending extra. All have alloy wheels, climate control, and a CD player. What's more, each is bursting with airbags and safety kit.

It's perhaps worth moving up from the entry-level SE to the Sport, if only to brighten up the cabin, but there's little to tempt you higher into the Type-S or Executive. In fact, the leather seats in the top models only make you notice other cheap-looking bits of the cabin.

The base model with its 2.0-litre petrol engine packs enough go, but it's the 2.2 diesel that's the real star: smooth, quick and a fuel-sipper.

Otherwise, there's a 2.4 but it's available only with the Type-S or Executive trims. An excellent five-speed auto gearbox is an option across the range that you might want to track down.

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