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Old 04-30-2009, 03:06 PM   #1
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The Accord's cabin is predictably well made, if a little haphazard in its layout


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What is it?

This is proof, according to Honda, that it is serious about diesel cars. The Honda Accord Type S is a semi-performance version of the Japanese manufacturer’s Mondeo rival, but it’s equipped with a tuned version of its 2.2-litre turbodiesel engine instead of a high-revving VTEC petrol powerplant. The all-aluminium oil-burner now produces 177bhp, a rise of 29bhp over standard tune, and 280lb ft, a gain of just over 20lb ft.

The Honda accord Type S also gets sports suspension, 18in wheels, and an ‘Aero’ bodykit. Honda claims that the car can crack 0-62mph in 8.8sec, and hit a top speed of 136mph, while returning combined fuel economy of 48.7mpg and emitting 154g/km of CO2.

What’s it like?

Reasonably impressive. The fatter alloys and bodykit give the angular Honda Accord a chunky look, and the tuned engine pulls strongly, even if its sweet spot is relatively narrow (it starts at just under 2000rpm and is really done by 3000rpm). It’s nicely subdued at motorway speeds, and the 65-litre tank promises a cruising range of well over 600 miles.

The ride quality is decent enough, with a little shimmering on poorer surfaces but damping that remains generally composed over all but the worst urban potholes. The gearbox has a slick, positive action and the steering is nicely weighted, if a little short on feel.

The Accord’s cabin remains an attractive place for long journeys; it feels beautifully built and un-Japanese in its execution, although some of the switchgear layout is a little scattered.

Should I buy one?

You should put it on your list for consideration if you’re in the market for a diesel car of this size, but the Type S’s biggest problem is that it fails to excel in any one area. Its ride is beaten by a Mondeo’s, its refinement is at least equalled by the Insignia, and its driveline, powerplant and steering are all trumped by the hottest diesel Mazda 6, which also happens to be considerably cheaper.

In the end, the interior and the Honda ownership experience may convince you to commit, but you’d have to be very friendly with your dealer to pay the premium being asked here.
http://www.autocar.co.uk/CarReviews/...Type-S/239840/














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Old 04-30-2009, 03:09 PM   #2
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Dear Honda, please put that ^Euro grill on the TSX (with an 'A' on it of course)

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Old 04-30-2009, 03:40 PM   #3
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Dear Honda, please put that ^Euro grill on the TSX (with an 'A' on it of course)

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Funny how that's all it'd take to make the car considerably more attractive, as well as probably selling better.
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Old 04-30-2009, 04:06 PM   #4
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Dear Honda, please put that ^Euro grill on the TSX (with an 'A' on it of course)

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Nooooo, that bucktooth grill is what makes the TSX a "premium sports sedan", as opposed to an everyday Euro family hauler. You see a TSX, and you start thinking, hey that looks like a Euro Accord. But then you notice that toothy grill, and you know instantly that you were mistaken, and in fact you are looking at a bona fide 3 series fighter. It's all a part of Honda's brilliant long term strategy to compete with the likes of Bentley.
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Old 04-30-2009, 05:51 PM   #5
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Len,

did you seriously type that with a straight face.

My hat is off to you!
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Old 04-30-2009, 06:04 PM   #6
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The Accord's cabin is predictably well made, if a little haphazard in its layout
Haphazard?! The steering wheel's on the wrong side for goodness sakes!
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Old 04-30-2009, 09:43 PM   #7
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Len,

did you seriously type that with a straight face.

My hat is off to you!
Thank you sir!

I have to say though, Honda has been consistently hilarious with Acura brand strategy.
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Old 05-01-2009, 07:56 AM   #8
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Swish! 3-pointer for Len!
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Old 05-01-2009, 08:42 AM   #9
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Thank you sir!

I have to say though, Honda has been consistently hilarious with Acura brand strategy.
This.
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Old 05-01-2009, 01:01 PM   #10
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Haphazard?! The steering wheel's on the wrong side for goodness sakes!
I have to admit, that made me laugh.

I would buy a 6 speed Accord (or TSX) with this engine today if it were available...provided they put the steering wheel on the proper side.
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Old 05-01-2009, 01:20 PM   #11
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whoever designed the current TSX grill needs to be shot
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Nice looking car with a great diesel. Wonder if we'll get it in the US? Methinks not.
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