2008 Honda Legend | new car review

Posted on Jun 24, 2009 by

Created basically for the American market to offer a viable alternative to home-spun models and competition from Europe, the is a classy vehicle set in the  mould of a luxury sedan for those who have arrived but want to show a different attitude, dispensing with the usual European brands that normally signifies one’s status.

Sadly, even with its high level of sophistication and luxury, the Legend has failed to excite the luxury car buying public in the Middle East from veering away from the  straight and narrow. This has got nothing to do with its build quality or engineering prowess. Honda is an engineering driven company and its products are technologically  some of the best in the world. In the case of the Legend, though, it is a case of image, like most other Japanese brands who also suffer from this malady.

To its credit, and unlike many of its rivals, Honda’s current model of its luxury flagship comes with almost no options because of its lengthy standard equipment inventory. There is a well-appointed ambience and comfort inside the cabin. Faultless standards of finish are a trademark of Honda and the Legend is consistent in this aspect. Its 3.5-litre V6 powerplant is outstandingly efficient and quick to respond when called upon and thanks to the remarkably low noise levels inside the cabin; the sensation of  effortless performance gets considerably boosted. Just for the record, the V6 develops 296bhp and 351Nm of torque. A five-speed auto box transmits power to the rear wheels.

All things considered, the Honda Legend has a rich array of offerings for luxury car buyers who like their driving to be as undemanding and trouble-free as possible. Priced  at around the AED 171,000 mark, the Legend seems quite pricey and frankly one can get more exciting cars at less with just as many features. No wonder then the Legend is   slow seller but one needed to showcase the company’s ambitions as a manufacturer who can also make luxury executive cars.

Technical Specifications
Engine3.5-litre V6
Power296 bhp
Torque351 Nm
TransmissionAutomatic
Price Range

Starts from UAE Dirhams 171,000*

* Prices are indicative and may vary at the time of purchase. All prices are ex-Dubai showrooms. Please check with your local dealer for current prices and offers.

Competition

Volkswagen Phaeton
Volvo S80
Toyota Avalon
Skoda Superb
Ford Five Hundred
Cadillac SLS
Chevrolet Caprice Royale

 

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