2009 Honda Accord Euro Luxury Navi
Improving on a near perfect product, who would have thought it was possible?
- 2009 Honda Accord Euro Luxury Navi - five-speed automatic - $42,990
- None fitted
Honda’s engineers would have been left scratching their heads when management asked them to improve on the previous Accord Euro. It’s pretty hard to improve on a car that is technically so good.
Well, I’m pleased to say that they’ve managed to do just that, they have improved the previous iteration of the Accord Euro, bringing a fresh interior and exterior design, along with a revised engine. The new Accord Euro is also longer, taller and wider than its predecessor.
From the moment you pull on the door handle, you realise this is a well-built car. Planting your rear on the driver’s seat simply amplifies this feeling. The Luxury Navi model we tested is the ‘top of the line’ model, so it features all the bells and whistles.
The interior features lashes of wood grain and soft feeling plastic accents throughout the dashboard and door trims.
Aside from the volume control – which is far too small and hidden by the navigation controller – all buttons are within easy each and are placed in logical locations.
Rear legroom is pretty limited for adults. It’s a bit of a squeeze for any decent sized adult and climbing back out can also be a bit tricky due to the size of the rear door cutaway.
Powering the Accord Euro is a 2.4-litre, four-cylinder engine, which produces 148kW and 240Nm. Power is sent through a five-speed automatic gearbox, while the vehicle consumes a combined average of 8.9-litres/100km.
Driving the Accord Euro is a pleasant experience. The intelligent gearbox seems to keep power on tap, but the engine sometimes struggles with a full load on board.
Ride and handling is where the Accord Euro really stands out. The subtle ride is the perfect balance between comfort and sportiness, soaking up the majority of bumps experienced on low quality roads.
The steering is overly light and lacks feel. The lightness of the steering makes for easy parking but becomes a bit annoying during cornering because it’s hard to feel what the wheels are doing.
The exterior has been refreshed with sharper lines all over. An all-new headlight cluster and tail light cluster work with subtle changes to the bumper bars to further enhance the Accord Euro’s appeal. Boot space is quite generous with 457-litres on offer.
Three models are on offer in the Accord Euro range. There’s the base model Accord Euro, which retails for $32,990 with the six-speed manual gearbox, the Accord Euro Luxury, which retails for $39,990 with the six-speed manual gearbox and finally the Accord Euro Luxury Navi for $42,990 – again with the six-speed manual gearbox.
The five-speed automatic gearbox can be optioned on each model for an additional $2000. All vehicles with the automatic gearbox come with steering wheel controlled paddle shifters.
Despite the light steering, the new Honda Accord Euro is a step up from the previous model. The Luxury variant is packed with features and in my opinion, looks superb. This is certainly one of, if not the best mid-sized sedan on the Australian market, well done Honda.
CarAdvice Overall Rating: How does it Drive: How does it Look: How does it Go:
- Engine: 2354cc, DOHC, i-VTEC
- Power: 148kW @ 7000rpm
- Torque: 234Nm @ 4300rpm
- Induction: Naturally aspirated
- Transmission: five-speed automatic
- Differential/Driven Wheels: Front-wheel-drive
- Brakes: Four wheel discs
- Top Speed: N/A
- 0-100km/h: N/A
- 0-400m: N/A
- CO2 Emissions: 212g/km
- Fuel Consumption: 8.9-litres/100km
- Fuel Tank Capacity: 65-litres
- Fuel Type: 95RON petrol
- EuroNCAP Rating: five-star
- Airbags: six-airbags
- Safety: ABS brakes with EBD and BA. ESP.
- Spare Wheel: Space saver
- Tow Capacity: 1200kg braked / 500kg unbraked
- Turning Circle: 12.1m
- Warranty: three year/100,000km
- Weight: 1604kg
- Wheels: 18-inch alloy with 235/45R18 tyres