Safety takes a front seat

By admin
25 July 2011

Midlife updates on vehicle ranges are usually unremarkable but the new-look Accord stands out with its extensive safety features.

External tweaks to the already solid Honda car are reflected in the bumper and light clusters, refined suspension and an adrenaline injection to the 2,2-litre turbodiesel unit which now delivers 132 kW and 380 Nm and sips just 5,8 litres/100 km.

But more significant is the array of standard safety features on the top-spec Exclusive model.

It has a radar-deployed collision mitigation system (able to automatically apply the brakes if an impending collision is sensed), adaptive cruise control that keeps the distance to the vehicle ahead constant, and lane-keeping assistance.

This offers up to 80 per cent of the steering torque to keep the vehicle strictly between the painted lines.

Combined with the clever cruise control the automatic version can virtually drive itself.

In addition Executive models are also fitted with bi-xenon headlamps with active cornering and a useful auto-dipping feature for drivers who are frustrated by frequently having to flick the headlights between dim and bright.

Its styling may be a little staid but that’s par for the segment. In terms of reliability and rand-for-spec value the Accord gives the Germans more of a run for their money than local buyers give it credit for. That’s a real pity.

HONDA ACCORD RANGE

  • 2.0 Elegance R303 000
  • 2.0 Elegance auto R317 500
  • 2.4 Executive R358 700
  • 2.4 Executive auto R371 200
  • 2.4 Exclusive R386 700
  • 2.4 Exclusive auto R401 200
  • 2.2 i-DTEC Executive R388 200
  • 2.2 i-DTEC Executive auto R401 200

PERFORMANCE 0-100 km/h in 8,1-11,3 seconds; top speed 207-227 km/h; fuel consumption 5,8-8,9 litres/100 km (model dependent)

VERDICT A rare real gem

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