HONDA ODYSSEY VTi

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VALUE

Sharp start­ing price. Equip­ment in­cludes LED day­time run­ning lights, cruise con­trol, hill start as­sist, two 12V power out­lets, elec­tric pas­sen­ger side slid­ing door, 10 cupholders, seven-inch touch­screen, Blue­tooth with au­dio stream­ing, HDMI port and two USB ports. War­ranty only av­er­age, though, at three years or 100,000km. Capped price ser­vic­ing costs are high at $1973 over three years, with six-month in­ter­vals. Re­sale strong at 64 per cent.

TECH

The 2.0-litre four-cylin­der (129kW/225Nm) won’t win any drag races but com­bined with the con­tin­u­ously vari­able trans­mis­sion it makes a good fist of mov­ing eight peo­ple at a rea­son­able pace, if a lit­tle nois­ily. Its big­gest draw­card is fuel econ­omy. Partly thanks to an en­gine that switches it­self off at the lights, it uses just 7.6L/100km. With petrol at $1.50, that’s about $900 less than the Car­ni­val each year.

DE­SIGN

The Odyssey may not look as sleek as the pre­vi­ous gen­er­a­tion but its gawky looks al­low for a big cabin with de­cent leg room in the sec­ond row and enough space for full-size adults in the third row in rel­a­tive com­fort. The in­te­rior is com­fort­able enough but looks fairly plain. Trumps the Car­ni­val with a big­ger, more use­ful cen­tre screen and an elec­tric slid­ing rear pas­sen­ger door. Cargo area be­hind the third row is use­ful, if not as huge as the Car­ni­val.

SAFETY

Six airbags, in­clud­ing cur­tains that ex­tend through to the third row, earn the Honda a five-star rat­ing. Re­vers­ing cam­era stan­dard, with clear read­out.

DRIV­ING

New model takes a back­ward step in driv­ing dy­nam­ics, with bumpier ride, more body roll through cor­ners and vague steer­ing. But vi­sion is good and the seats are com­fort­able and sup­port­ive, with plenty of room for all oc­cu­pants.

VER­DICT The Car­ni­val is roomier, more pow­er­ful and has a much bet­ter war­ranty but its sub-par crash rat­ing means the more ef­fi­cient Odyssey comes out on top

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