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Luxury Accord-ing to Honda


RECENTLY, claiming its place as a finalist in the Car of the Year competition (COTY), we got our hands on the all-new Accord, which enters its ninth generation.

Our test mule was the rather large and muscular 3.5-litre V6 i-VTEC engine producing a hearty 207kW and 339Nm it gets off the line and to 100km/h in 7.2 seconds. And the fact that it has a decent exhaust note is an added bonus.

From a looks point of view, the Accord looks sophisticated and mature, even inside, the well-appointed cabin is finished-off perfectly.

I’ll admit my initial meet and greet with the Honda left me undecided, but after spending a week behind the wheel, it became more difficult to give it back. The reasoning is simple; it does everything well although the 9.2 litres/100km as claimed is a bit of a stretch.

The Accord is luxurious, yet understated because it doesn’t announce itself when it arrives - it merely slots in.

The drive is comfortable and the steering is well weighed. While the sheer interior size (2 923 litres of space for the occupants to be exact) and immense boot space, makes it the complete alternative vehicle.

Throw into the mix a healthy dollop of safety features and the Accord looks like an enticing option.


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