Honda Accord (2L Turbo Sport) 2018 : Possibly the most advanced sedan in its class, says Aman Ali after taking the car for a spin.
My relationship with Honda is quite sentimental because my first car ever, A ‘Honda City’ was probably one of the best decisions I could have ever made. From the sales guy at the showroom Mr. Emmanuel to my service advisor at their Rashidiya depot Mr. Steven’ we all seem to share a very close bond. But it’s not just me. Pretty much everyone I know who owns a Honda has that kind of a relationship with the brand.
Honda though a little higher priced compared to other Japanese car manufacturers like Nissan and Toyota, the brand ensures that the little extra investment is totally worth it.
Over the weekend, Honda invited us over for the Middle East launch of the brand New Honda Accord 2018. Boy was the event packed! The vehicle boasts some exciting technologies that could come in handy while zooming through the ‘Mohammed Bin Zayed Road’
Lets have a look at some of the key facts before we get into the review:
Sporty Looks, Fuel Efficient, Honda Sense (Drive Assistance), Surprisingly smooth for a sedan in its segment. Large trunk.
Rear visibility seems a little restricted. Seating arrangements seem a little stiff. Though the vehicle has an in built noise cancellation system, the cabin does seem to be a little loud when gushing through high speeds on the highway.
Also. Bye Bye 6 Cylinders.
Two liter turbo with 268 HP and 370 NM torque at about 1500 RPM coupled to a 10 Speed Automatic Transmission
Wheelbase 2830 mm – Width 1860 mm – Length 4890 mm – Height 1450 mm
Storage Space – 473 Liters
Alright, time for some serious talk!
The last time Honda gave its Accord line of cars a change in design was in 2013. Five years later, Honda has decided to give it a complete makeover for its 10th Generation model. It is now wider and lower than its previous models. Sporty exteriors combined with classy interiors, this vehicle definitely gives you value for the buck. One thing I really liked about the new Accord was the fact that even the base model came equipped with dual exhaust pipes. The standard variants come with 17 inch alloy wheels whereas the Sport comes with an 18 inch set.
As mentioned in the beginning of the article, the interiors definitely do seem classy but the seats can get a little uncomfortable during long drives. This could be just me, but again, I had to lay it out there. Leg room seems to have improved substantially. Media system looks rather futuristic with support for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto on an 8 inch infotainment system. There’s a good combination of both physical and software based function keys making it a lot easier to control a lot of its features.
Driving and Safety
Honda has now equipped its Accord series with the ‘Honda Sense’ safety suite of functions. Though not fully autonomous, its not that far either. With features like Collision Mitigation Brake System (CMBS), Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), Road Departure Mitigation System (RDM), Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS) and Traffic Sign Recognition (TSR), you might think this is a care straight out of a futuristic Hollywood movie. The only thing missing would be a voice assistant like Jarvis from Iron Man. These features aren’t simply gimmicks because I personally tested them on the highway near the Al Qudra cycling track. Set the adaptive cruise at 120 KM and that was it. The vehicle took control over a majority of the driving hit. Didn’t even have to hit the breaks. If the vehicle in front slows down, I slow down. If the vehicle in front comes to a complete stop, Honda sense takes over and brings the vehicle to a complete stop.
One function though I’d like to highlight that will surely come in handy for you folks who stay in Sharjah is ‘Follow me’. Activate it and you can take your leg off the accelerator while being stuck in traffic as the vehicle with automatically accelerate and decelerate depending on how the traffic moves.
Step on the accelerator and prepare to go “Woooooooooooooooow” as you hit your target speed. The transmission feel extremely responsive. The suspension is sport-tuned hence you might feel a few jerks here and there but nothing out of the ordinary. The responsiveness is definitely improved with the multilink rear suspension though. We didn’t have any problem with body roll as Honda seems to have taken good care of it with its rather streamlined design.
Honda uses a push button gear system for its 10 Speed automatic transmission but the only way you can really feel this car is by activating sport mode and switching to the paddle shifters. Trust me, you are going to love it.
8 Safety bags comes as standard across all trims along with ESP, Cruise Control, Parking sensors, Electronic Brakes and TPMS.
Overall, in spite of being a V4, the acceleration of the vehicle packs quite the punch. There’s a good kick to the whole experience. I’ve test driven the Camry and the Accord surpasses its performance to another level.
The Honda Accord 2018 2.0L Turbo retails for AED 139,900 and is available at all Al Futtaim Honda showrooms across the UAE.
Prices for other variants include:
AED 95,000 – 1.5T LX
AED 105,000 – 1.5T LX Sport
AED 120,000 – 1.5 EX
Overall I was extremely impressed with Honda’s approach with the Accord as they seem to be headed in the right direction. Unlike the Camry which seems to have lost its charm due to being used as a fleet vehicle for Taxis in the country, Honda definitely has the upper hand with the Accord when it comes to a variety of factors such as the smart drive functionalities through Honda Sense, Sporty design, Non-CVT engine for the sport variant and many more. Given the price point, it might sound a little pricey but its definitely at the top of its class.