New Euro strikes Accord
There’s more to the new Honda than meets the eye, writesJAMESSTANFORD
IT LOOKS the same, but don’t let that fool you — the new Honda Accord Euro is nearly all new underneath. The first-generation Accord Euro, introduced in 2003, was so popular that Honda doesn’t want to mess with a winning formula, the Euro selling alongside the Accord.
The Euro is smaller, has sharper handling and a four-cylinder engine. The Accord can be ordered with a four or six-cylinder engine.
The new Accord Euro starts at $32,990 and the entry-level Accord is $29,990.
The Euro is built on a new base and the body is new. It is 65mm longer, 80mm wider, the wheelbase is 35mm longer and the wheels have been pushed out 37mm.
The body is stiffer because of better bracing and high-tensile steel.
It has a new double-wishbone suspension set-up at the front and rear using variable rate dampers and has a speed-sensitive, electricassisted steering system.
Weight has increased an average 135kg and an automatic weighs 1570kg — about average for midsized cars.
A 2.4-litre four-cylinder petrol unit is the only engine available and it is similar to the previous version. Modifications have slightly increased performance and cut fuel consumption.
The modifications include a higher compression ratio, larger valves, revised valve timing and more efficient exhaust. Power has risen 8kW to 148kW and torque is up 1Nmm to 234Nm, which is good for its class.
Fuel use is 8.9 litres/100km, not as good as the petrol Mazda6, but better than the petrol Ford Mondeo.
Standard transmission is a sixspeed manual and a five-speed automatic, and steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifts cost an extra $2000.
Honda has loaded the Accord Euro with safety gear. Electronic stability control and eight airbags are standard, as are active head rests to help limit whiplash.
Standard equipment for the base Euro model includes cruise control, 17-inch alloy wheels, heated wing mirrors, electric windows, dual-zone climate control, a six-CD sound system with auxiliary jack, a leatherwrapped steering wheel and a fullsize spare wheel.
Stepping up to the $39,990 Euro Luxury adds leather trim, a sunroof, heated seats, electrically adjustable front seats, rain-sensing wipers, HID headlights, front and rear parking sensors and front fog-lights.
Euro vision: the new Honda Accord Euro looks like the old model but has a new body and base and underneath the bonnet there are plenty of changes.