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HONDA Accord 2.2 iDTEC ES Tourer from £219
posted on Apr 22 2009 by Kyle McWilton
Honda have quite rightly aimed this Honda Accord Tourer squarely at challenging established premium contenders in the D-segment, Honda's all-new Honda Accord Tourer offers sporty styling, greater refinement and a unique package of safety systems, together with excellent dynamic capabilities and strong environmental credentials in the form of an all-Euro 5-emissions compliant engine line-up. Significantly wider and slightly lower than the old Hond Accord, the styling of this new model Honda Accord Tourer has adopted a more emotional, sporty motif. The 'sharp-edged' design, with pronounced muscular wheelarches that emphasise the car's wider track, gives this new model Honda Accord a distinctive, strong stance with a solid, planted feel.
The distinctive nose and more flowing lines deliver a tauter, more athletic shape. Just like its predecessor, the new Honda Accord i-DTEC engine is compact, lightweight, refined and quiet in operation. It employs the latest piezoelectric multi-stage fuel injection technology, more efficient exhaust gas recirculation and a particulate filter for significantly reduced emissions. At the same time both power and torque levels have been increased for a sportier driving experience. Output is 10 PS greater at 150 PS/110 kW at the same 4,000 rpm, while peak torque is now 350 Nm at 2,000 rpm. Improved engine flexibility is reflected in a 9.6 second 0-100 km/h time, yet combined fuel consumption, is only 5.6 l/100km. Equally, CO2 emissions are just 148 g/km.
Enthusiastic drivers will also appreciate the new Honda Accord's greater agility. Honda have provided a lowered centre of gravity, a wider track and the all-new front double wishbone and rear multilink suspension with variable rate dampers, plus greater body rigidity mean that the Accord more readily reacts to driver input. Handling hasnt been missed either and is more responsive and confidence-inspiring and body roll is much reduced. Speed sensitive electric power steering is standard on this new model Honda Accord Tourer and the new axial system features a high output, low inertia brushless motor which provides excellent steering feel at higher speeds for a sense of stability and confidence.
A quicker steering ratio has also been adopted in keeping with the Accord's more agile chassis characteristics. On this Honda Accord Tourer and complementing an armoury of passive safety features is an outstanding array of dynamic systems delivering even greater security.. VSA (Vehicle Stability Assist) is standard across the range and is designed to assist the driver in maintaining control during cornering, acceleration and sudden manoeuvres by applying braking to the right or left hand wheels as necessary and modulating the engine torque output as required. The sporty feel of the cockpit of this 2009 model year Honda Accord Tourer, is reflected in a fascia design characterised by a strong feeling of personal space for both the driver and front passenger. Distinctive silver trim sweeps inwards across the fascia from either side before continuing down into the centre console. Stylish and highly supportive front seats have larger bolsters while a new internal structure is designed to reduce any transmission of vibration.
Black with silver trim, the sporty three spoke steering wheel holds a complete suite of controls - including audio , cruise control and mobile telephone control. It is fully adjustable for reach and rake, with an extra 10 degrees of tilt adjustment compared to the previous Accord. The new 2009 Honda Accord Tourer features 'floating' backlit instruments and contained within the centre of the speedometer face is an LCD multi-information display showing a variety of information - controls positioned on the steering wheel allow the driver to cycle the display through multiple screens of information. Storage space includes two centre console side pockets; a lidded storage area to side of the steering wheel; large front door pockets able to hold bottles and maps; bottle holders in the rear door panels, and a large centre console box.
Rather than a fold-down pocket design, the large glovebox now has an independent lid and is subdivided with a tissue box compartment as well as space secured for a manual. The lid of the centre console box doubles up as an armrest and is slide-adjustable by 89 mm. Two cupholders are provided in the centre console, while rear seat passengers have access to a further two contained in the centre armrest, revealed when it is folded down. Despite its dynamic styling, the Tourer's luggage capacity at 395 litres (VDA) with all seats in place, is one of the best in the sport wagon category. In practical terms, that is sufficient to comfortably accomodate four 46 inch golf bags or four large suitcases. Larger loads can be carried with the rear seats folded, and in this configuration the Tourer is able to transport a mountain bike, without the need to remove the bike's wheels first. To open up the Tourer's luggage area, the one-motion rear seats can be readily collapsed in a single action to create a virtually flat load space with flush, clean sides.
Set within the rear half of the load area is an underfloor storage space which is a useful 250 mm deep and adds 53 litres to the Accord Tourer's overall load space. On either side are two smaller compartments accessed by means of their own covers. The highly practical, retractable tonneau cover features a large, easy-to-grip handle, and large guides on either side of the luggage area into which it can be quickly and easily slotted. This model, amongst a selection of other Honda cars, is available to lease. Check the latest Honda lease rates on our website.