2018 Honda Accord | New Car Review

Posted on Apr 1, 2018 by
2018 Honda Accord
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  • Styling
    Editor: 80%
  • Interior
    Editor: 80%
  • Drive
    Editor: 82%
  • Tech and kit
    Editor: 75%
  • Overall
    Editor: 80%

Review Summary:

With new turbocharged engines and an available 10-speed automatic gearbox, the 2018 Accord is set to give its rivals stiff competition.

Pros

Standard safety features, new engines, great optional active safety. Looks sharp, too.

Cons

Hopping mad sat-nav, pricey in top trim.

2018 Honda Accord

Styling

Honda is talking the big game with the 2018 Accord. If you’ve seen the adverts, there are pretty lofty claims about how it’s shaking up the segment and while we’re not ones to fall for PR waffle, design-wise, the 2018 Accord looks really rather good. The front is aggressive with plenty of metal trim reinforcing a sense of solidity. The roof swoops dramatically, giving it a fantastic coupe-ish silhouette. The best thing though, despite its not-insubstantial size, is that it looks compact in the flesh, which is always the hallmark of great design.

The drive

We tested the new 1.5-litre four-cylinder turbocharged model and while it’s not pace machine, the engine is pretty decent. It develops 198hp@5,500rpm which is in the right ballpark as its rivals. That said it does feel modern on the move, bringing it bang up to date with its rival from Ford and its superb Ecoboost engines.

The all-new four-pot is mated with a dreaded CVT, which, admittedly, is not exactly the worst of its kind. Even though the engine-drone is ever-present, it’s not as pronounced as what you’d get from, say, a Nissan CVT-drivetrain.

2018 Honda Accord

Acceleration is adequate, and the ride quality acceptable. It’s not going to set the world on fire in either department, although, in true Honda form there is plenty of safety kit.

2018 Honda Accord

The tech

Honda is supremely proud of its new Honda Sensing suite of active safety features that come standard with the top two trims. However, refreshingly, a clutch of airbags is standard across all five models, and that’s good. Optional active safety features include Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Keep Assist, Road Departure, Lane Departure Warning and Collision Mitigation Braking System.

In terms of kit, there is reversing camera and other bits and bobs you would expect in a modern family , but the sat-nav, like most modern Hondas, is hopping mad. Please do something about it, Honda!

2018 Honda Accord

The trims

The 2018 Honda Accord is available in five trims: LX, Sport, EX, EX-L and 2.0T Sport. All the variants except the 2.0T Sport get the 1.5 turbo engine, while the top-of-the-line model benefits from a 2.0-litre engine making 247hp@6,500rpm mated with a proper slush-o-matic 10-speed gearbox.

While we haven’t tested the 2.0-litre version yet, going by what the 1.5-litre model delivers, it is likely going to be  impressive.

Verdict

The 2018 Honda Accord has undeniably moved the game on for the nameplate. It looks and feels premium inside and out even in our tester’s, 1.5 Sport trim. More importantly, it’s the only car in its class that gets the same amount of airbags, irrespective of the trim you choose and that’s commendable, when pretty much all its rivals make safety features a cost option. Highly recommended.

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