Honda Accord Euro L 2012 Review

October 28th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

It would be a difficult task tracking down a kiwi that has never driven or been a passenger in a Honda Accord. There are few models of car as entrenched in our land as the humble Accord, almost 900 are for sale right now on the Trade Me website. So after 35 years and eight generations how can Honda keep the Accord fresh and appealing? Splitting the model line into the Accord V6 and Accord Euro has gone some way to adapting to different tastes. But true success can only be found by continuing the Accord’s traditional strengths of style, affordability and all-rounder ability. Car and SUV spent some time with the facelifted 2012 Honda Accord Euro to see what’s new and what has stayed the same.

The Accord Euro has received fresh styling tweaks that include a new two-bar chrome grille, re-sculptured front bumper, foglight surrounds and reworked headlights. The taillights have also been replaced and there’s a splash of chrome detailing on the boot grab point. Our tested high-spec Euro L model was elegantly finished with twin chrome exhaust outlets, silver door handles and newly designed 17-inch 5-spoke wheels. All up, it’s a fairly tame facelift but the Accord Euro remains one of the more stylish entries in the mid-size sedan segment. Its clean lines and wide, athletic stance continue to have broad appeal. Continue reading “Honda Accord Euro L 2012 Review” »

Honda teases new 2012 Euro Civic

September 1st, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

Honda has dropped a teaser image of its upcoming euro-spec 2012 Civic model before its official reveal at the upcoming Frankfurt Motor Show.

The next-generation Civic will be offered only as a 5-door hatch in Europe and the image reveals much of the Civic’s rear styling. The shot shows a dual-purpose integrated spoiler and third brake light that Honda says helps manage the vehicle’s aerodynamics at speed. It’s a clever design element but just the sort of thing that polarizes opinion on Honda’s current design language. Continue reading “Honda teases new 2012 Euro Civic” »

Updated 2011 Honda Accord Euro goes on sale in NZ

April 18th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

The 2011 Accord Euro has gone on sale in NZ with upgraded styling and is set to continue its run as a highly regarded model in the mid size sedan segment.

Since its original addition to Honda New Zealand’s model line-up in 2003, the Accord Euro has scored points for its premium performance.

The 2011 updates include fresh new styling to the front bumper and grille, headlights, detailing on the boot lid and rear lights, along with new wheel designs.

The 2.4-litre i-VTEC petrol engine continues with a 148kW power rating and peak torque of 234Nm at 4,400 rpm matched to a 6-speed manual transmission or a 5-speed automatic transmission, depending on the model. The 5-speed automatic transmission has a straight ‘P R N D S’ gate with steering wheel mounted shift paddles for self-shifting.

Fuel economy is rated at 8.9 L/100km for both the manual and automatic sedan, whilst the Tourer’s is 9.1 L/100km. In Honda’s local real-world driving Optimal NZ Drive Test, the Euro sedan achieved a figure of 6.49 L/100km and 6.53 L/100km for the manual and automatic respectively, whilst the Tourer got down to  6.36L/100km. Both variants also performed well at the recently held AA Energywise Rally with the Sedan achieving 7.54L/100km and the Tourer 7.50L/100km. Continue reading “Updated 2011 Honda Accord Euro goes on sale in NZ” »

2011 Honda Civic Type R Euro heads to Japan

November 3rd, 2010 by Darren Cottingham

In an interesting twist of fate Honda has introduced a new model year version of its hard-revving British-built Civic Type R Euro in Japan. The 2011MY vehicles will be the last of this model series to be exported to Japan as production of the current generation three-door Civic Type R was recently terminated in Europe because its 2.0-litre VTEC engine can’t meet the Euro V emissions regulations. So while European Honda fans now miss out, Japanese Honda enthusiasts benefit.

This isn’t the first time Honda has imported the Civic Type R Euro from Britain with over 1,850 examples coming across in late 2009. This time round, Honda will bring only 1,500 units of the 2011 Type R hot hatch to Japan. There are few changes over the previous model year but there is the addition of a new Crystal Black Pearl color, some trim updates such as the different finish of the fuel cap and some very minor cosmetic changes.

Technical specifications remain unchanged with the Type R keeps it’s high-revving, naturally aspirated inline four-cylinder 2.0 litre engine that pumps out 150kW at 7800 rpm and 193 Nm of torque available from 5600 rpm. Power is sent to the front wheels through the same 6-speed manual gearbox. Acceleration to 100 kph is done in 6.6 s and top speed is 235 km/h. The vehicles will be priced at 3,000,000 Yen or around $48k in NZ money.

Hopefully in the future some of these 2011 Type R Euro models will come to NZ in the form of used imports, allowing us the chance to gobble them up at bargain prices.

Honda to unveil Accord Euro ‘Type-S’ at Geneva

February 9th, 2009 by Darren Cottingham

Accord Euro type r fq

Honda has announced that in addition to the S2000 Ultimate Edition (read news item), it will unveil the new Accord Euro “Type-S” at next month’s Geneva Motor Show.

The upgraded Accord will be available in both sedan and wagon variants, powered by a 2.2-litre i-DTEC diesel that puts out 180 hp and 280 lb-ft of torque — an upgrade of 30 hp and 22 lb-ft over the standard model. The output gains are thanks to a revised turbocharger and cylinder head design, along with a larger intercooler. The Type-S comes equipped with 18-inch wheels, special badging and clear indicator covers, along with two special colours: White Pearl and Basque Red. Sales will begin in Europe later this year.

Honda Accord Euro 2008 Review

December 20th, 2008 by Darren Cottingham

The Honda Accord has been in NZ for over 30 years now, and in the ‘70s it gained a following for its handling, comfort and fresh design. During the ‘90s the Accord saw its fourth and fifth generations, and we all got a little complacent with its reliable goodness. It needed something more – a few new tricks – so like many twenty-somethings it pursued the kiwi right-of-passage known as the O.E and is now back as the Honda Accord Euro. Currently, in its second outing as the Accord Euro and eighth generation as the Accord it’s ready to demand our attention again and show us all that it has learned on the continent.

When I went to Europe I returned with some fridge magnets, a beer gut and credit card debt. The 2008 Accord Euro is in far better shape but has also gained in size, being dimensionally bigger in every way than its predecessor and only slightly shorter in length than its V6 big brother (the review of which is linked at the bottom of the page). That said, the Accord Euro is a master of disguise and its dominant front end, crisp creased lines and up-swept profile mask its true proportions. A wider track and an aggressive yet elegant stance create a well-rounded look that is thoroughly modern. Italy must have been the Accord’s first European stop and it’s visible in the Euro’s puffed up fenders and coupe-like roofline that smacks of Italian flair in both looks and intent.

Inside, the Accord Euro’s graduated dimensions provide generous leg and shoulder room for occupants, and a genuine feeling of spaciousness. All the interior materials look and feel a higher quality than other vehicles in its price-range. The heated leather memory driver’s seat was soft and nicely deep but over-supportive in the lumbar region for my slouchy tastes. Controls are intuitive and easily reached and there are good storage areas available. The instrumentation is a real feature with crystal effect backlit gauges housing needles that seem to float. This set up looks good during the day and dashing at night. Overall, the interior is a little guilty of trying to do too much with its mix of black and silver plastics and marble-look detailing. Having the graphite-trim sweeping upward from the centre storage bin, into the dash and through to the curves in the door is pleasantly symmetrical, but won’t be to everyone’s taste. This uncharacteristic styling decision is proof enough that the Accord has spent time in France.

Germany always going to be the most important destination on the Accord’s European trip, Honda has fancied itself as the Japanese BMW for a long time. The underpinning engineering on the Euro all checks out well and helps maintain its image as a true driver’s car.  Packed under the bonnet is the reworked 2.4-litre i-VTEC engine that produces 148kW of power and 234Nm of torque. The 16-valve power plant will get the Euro travelling at 100km from standing in the 9-second bracket which isn’t bullet-train quick, but is good for a free-breathing four-cylinder engined mid-size car.  Like any VTEC if you keep the motor working between 4500rpm and 7000rpm it will show you a good time. A five-speed automatic transmission makes a good travel buddy for the engine and delivers smooth well-timed shifts. There is an auto sports option for more enthusiastic performance, and steering wheel mounted paddle shifters for manual changes.

On the road, the Euro is an absolute pleasure it mixes fantastic balance with a German level of refinement. The cabin remains quiet from most wind noise and picks up only minimal road sound.  The chassis is supremely balanced and can’t be picked on for being either too soft or firm. Twisty roads provide no issue for the Accord with its nimble handling and low-set engine that further works to disguise the generous proportions and 1518kg vehicle weight.

The Accord Euro’s build quality is unbeatable at the price and it is very economical for the performance on offer, being capable of returning figures of 8.9l/100km (combined). So if it doesn’t leak oil and doesn’t drink too much the Accord must have skipped the UK on its European holiday.

Final stop on the Accords tour was the home of automotive safety, Sweden.  Electronic Stability Protection is standard on the Euro and is coordinated to steering input, assisting the driver if the vehicle is skidding. Traction control and front, side and curtain airbags are all included to insure safety has been well addressed.

After its long journey the Accord has found its way back to us in NZ with more than just a ‘Euro’ badge. It has a high equipment level as standard, a well-powered engine, poised ride and balance and ultra-modern European styling.  For all its travels, what the Accord Euro does best is what it has always done; offer very good value for money, something that is pure Japanese.

To read specifications of the Honda Accord Euro, click through to the next page.

Price: from $40,400

What we like:

  • Sharp exterior styling
  • Solid build quality
  • High handling ability

What we don’t like:

  • Interior design decisions
  • Grown too large
  • Tone down the lumbar support

Words and Photos, Adam Mamo

Honda Accord Euro (2008) – Specifications

Powertrain

Engine: 2.4-litre 16-valve DOHC i-VTEC
Maximum Power: 148kW @ 7,000rpm
Maximum Torque: 234Nm @ 4,400rpm
Transmission: 6 Speed Manual or 5 Speed Automatic with Gear Logic Control
Maximum speed: MT/AT km/h 227 / 227
Acceleration: MT/AT 0-100km/h 7.8 / 9.5

Chassis

Front Suspension: Double Wishbone
Rear Suspension: Multi-link with variable gas pressurised shock absorbers and stabiliser bar
Wheels: 17″ x 7.5″ alloy wheels. Full size spare wheel under floor.
Tyres: 225/50 R17 (for 17″)
Vehicle Stability System: VSA – Vehicle Stability Assist (Electronic Stability Control) incorporating Traction Control
Braking System: ABS (Anti-lock Braking System), EBA (Emergency Brake Assist) and EBD (Electronic Brakeforce Distribution) Front-ventilated discs 320mm. Rear solid discs 305mm

Dimensions

Overall Length (mm):4,726
Overall Width (mm): 1,840
Overall Height (mm): 1,440
Wheelbase (mm); 2,705
Track – Front/Rear (mm): 1,590 / 1.590
Ground Clearance (mm); 150
Kerb Weight – Manual (kg): 1,484
Kerb Weight – Auto (kg): 1,518
Boot Capacity (VDA litres): 418
Turning Circle – kerb to kerb (metres): 11
Maximum warrantable towing weight (kg): 1500

Fuel

Tank Capacity (litres) 65
Recommended Fuel 95 Octane Premium
Emissions Control: LEV II (Low Emission Vehicle) and Euro V emissions control
Fuel economy – combined (ADR 81/01) L/100kms: 8.9
Optimal NZ drive test Auckland-Taupo-Auckland L/100kms Man/Auto: 6.96/6.47

Fuel Saver Infomation

Make and Model:  Honda Accord Euro S Auto
Star Rating: 4 stars out of 6
Yearly Cost : $2,310
Mileage: 8.9 Litres per 100 km – Reference: 5614 AUTO

Note: 2008(a) cost per year based on price per litre of petrol $1.85 and an average distance of 14000 km