2008 Honda Accord Euro Luxury Navi Review & Road Test
New Euro really strikes a chord.
Suitable Performance & Economy; Sporty Looks; Well Equipped
Tyre Noise; Short Service Intervals; Premium Unleaded Costs
- by Matt Brogan
Sitting atop the second generation Euro tree the Luxury Navi model boasts an evolutionary rather than revolutionary approach to design change, which through cautious, steady and intelligently innovative improvement sees a vehicle superior though not vastly different to the now superseded model.
Whilst more mature buyers may admire Euro for its well postured ride, refined comfort levels and sound economics, the younger set will most certainly delight in the abundance of technology, the confident handling and the capable performance from a reworked 2.4-litre engine.
A five-speed, tri-mode (drive/sport/paddle shift) automatic transmission offers a versatile and fluent blend of economy and performance with shifts that feel seemingly preordained ensuring accurate and timely cog swaps that can be dictated by the paddles if the mood takes you. Similarly Sports Mode offers more enthusiastic performance and even sharper response while still offering fully automatic or manual shift flexibility. The boxing glove styled shift knob falls to hand readily and feels as tight and precise as the box itself.
As touched on earlier the ride is reasonably supple though perhaps hints ever so slightly as to the Euro's sportier disposition. Not to be confused with the full size Accord, Accord Euro is proud of its more agile handling and through a lower set engine and fuel tank, wider track and lower profile tyres now offers a sharper turn-in, better feedback and quicker steering response for more enjoyable weekend driving with the only noticeable compromise perhaps being a little extra tyre noise.
It's a smooth, encouraging and rather nimble cornering car for its size and is certainly more predictable in character than even the previous Euro. The smaller diametre leather steering wheel is a delight to hold and in fact the whole feeling from a driver's perspective is almost that of a sports coupe trapped in a sedan's body.
If I had to pick a flaw here at all, and I'd be trying, it's that the new electric assisted power steering doesn't feel quite as fluid as the hydraulic system it replaces - in some instances - and there's just a hint of kick back when you're trying too hard. But again, it's one of those subtle things, hard to detect, and doesn't detract from the experience in the slightest.
Boot space is hardly class leading at 467 litres but in saying that is bigger than it looks and would be more than ample in most instances given the vehicle's intended application. If it's not enough, simply flick the boot mounted levers and fold flat the 60:40 rear seats for an acreage of space suitable for almost any purpose.
The handsome and functional instrumentation features combination main gauges with floating needles beset by two smaller gauges for engine temperature and fuel and are back lit with crystal effect LEDs to be both crisp and easy on the eye at night. Dual zone climate control, one touch power windows, heated electric mirrors (LH self dips when reverse is selected), cruise control, dusk sensing xenon headlights, fog lamps, remote central locking, auto wipers, front and rear parking sensors, reversing camera, trip computer, and glass tilt slide sunroof round out the feature list.
CarAdvice Overall Rating:
How does it Drive:
How does it Look:
How does it Go:
- Engine: 2354cc DOHC Four Cylinder 16 Valve
- Power: 148kW @ 7000rpm
- Torque: 230Nm @ 4200rpm
- Transmission: Five Speed Automatic
- Brakes: Four Wheel Disc with ABS, EBA & EBD
- Driven Wheels: Front
- Top Speed: 227km/h
- 0-100km/h: 9.5 seconds
- 0-400m: Not Tested
- Fuel Type: 95 RON Unleaded
- Fuel Tank Capacity: 65 litres
- Fuel Consumption: 8.9 litres/100km (Combined)
- ANCAP Rating: Four Stars
- Safety: ESP; TCS; Front, Side & Curtain Airbags
- Service Interval: 6 month/10,000km
- Spare Wheel: Space Saver
- Turning Circle: 11.0 metres
- Towing Capacity: 1200kg (Braked)
- Warranty: 3 year/100,000km
- Weight: 1605kg (Tare)
- Wheels: Alloy 18 x 8”
Road Test the Rivals: