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Honda Accord (2008 - 2011)

The independent definitive Honda Accord (2008-2011) video review

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    By Steve Walker

    Introductionword count: 99

    If you've ever felt as though you're banging your head against a glass ceiling in life, Honda's Accord would know how you feel. At least, it would if it wasn't an unthinking collection of car parts. Like the young executive angling for a promotion into middle management, the 2008 Accord was launched with the clear aim of forcing its way into the German-dominated compact executive car market. Many had tried and failed before it and the Accord was ultimately destined to join their ranks but that shouldn't deter used buyers unduly. A pre-owned Accord is still a classy customer.

    Modelsword count: 21

    Models Covered: (4dr Saloon, 5dr Estate, [2.0 i-VTEC, 2.4 I VTEC petrol, 2.2 i-DTEC diesel [S, ES, ES GT, EX, Type-S])

    Historyword count: 223

    You have your medium range family saloon cars like the Ford Mondeo and the Renault Laguna. Then you have your compact executive saloon cars like your BMW 3 Series and your Mercedes C-Class. The Accord was a medium ranger that Honda wanted to challenge at the lower end of the compact executive market in its eighth-generation guise. To achieve this, it upped the quality and the equipment levels and also edged the pricing in a northerly direction. What it couldn't do was put a premium badge on the Accord's nose and ultimately, that was to prevent the car making real upward progress. Without the badge equity of a BMW or an Audi, it was always going to be hard for the Accord to be taken seriously alongside the Germans but its lack of compact executive sector residual values does make the Accord a more tempting used proposition. The car launched in 2008 as the eighth new model to carry the Accord name. There were three engines with the biggest fanfare reserved for an advanced i-DTEC 2.2-litre diesel with 148bhp. Honda's i-VTEC variable valve timing technology is present in the petrol engines that complete the line-up, with customers offered the choice of a 154bhp 2.0-litre or a 198bhp 2.4-litre. The Saloon bodystyle came first in March 2008 with the Tourer estate following in September.

    What You Getword count: 317

    The Accord didn't provide too many shocks with its styling with this mk8 car continuing the exterior design themes of the seventh generation model. Park the two cars side by side, however, and you'll see that the 2008 model is lower and far wider, has a more aggressive, hunkered down stance, and more pugnacious wheel arches. The V-shaped front grille and sculpted headlamps give the Accord some serious rear-view mirror presence while the Tourer's rising window line gives it an edgier, more dynamic look. The Accord definitely had the visual impact to challenge the compact executive elite. The cabin was more noticeably different and higher quality, ridding the Accord of the rather reedy, lightweight feel of older versions. The dashboard extends from the centre console to sweep around the front seats, giving the Accord's interior some character. The dash also features floating backlit instruments with an LCD information screen housed in the middle of the speedometer dial. Honda spent a big proportion of the budget on the front seats, being at the same time more supportive and better able to dampen vibration. Taking a cue from its expertise in building mini-MPVs, Honda has also endowed the Accord with many clever storage solutions, including a lidded storage area to the side of the steering wheel, two centre console side pockets and a huge box housed under the centre armrest. Equipment levels are high across the range. The popular ES GT includes 17-inch alloy wheels, half-leather seats, cruise control, aero kit, sports suspension and climate control. Meanwhile, EX grades come as standard with DVD sat nav, Bluetooth hands free telephone, full leather seats, electric/heated front seats, rear parking camera and a premium 6CD stereo. Continuing Honda's quest to bring Executive-sector technology to lower segments, Honda's hi-tech ADAS Pack was available as an option, adding Collision Mitigation Braking, as well as Lane Keep Assist, Advanced Cruise Control and HID lights.

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