Honda Accord Review & First Drive

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Honda Accord Overview

Honda Accord has been a prominent name among the elite class buyers in the Indian market. The previous-generation Accord bagged several accolades from the auto aficionados as well as the buyers due to its striking exterior appearance, luxurious interior cabin and imperious performance. However, the Japanese automaker discontinued the saloon a couple of years back because of unsatisfactory sales figures and did not launch the facelift model instantly. After a tumultuous wait of over two years, the company has reintroduced the Accord saloon in India, albeit in a hybrid avatar. The ninth-generation model was showcased at the 2016 Auto Expo in February and the extravagant response that it got from the buyers catapulted Honda to bring it to the Indian shores.

Identical to the preceding model, it would be sitting at the top of company’s vehicle line-up, while being continued to be retailed as a CBU. Needless to say, the new-generation Accord is smaller, lighter and advanced than its predecessor. Unfortunately, despite being a hybrid vehicle, it wouldn’t receive benefits from the FAME scheme of the Indian government as it is not being locally assembled. Honda Accord Hybrid would take on the likes of Toyota Camry Hybrid and the yet-to-be-launched Volkswagen Passat GTE.Check for Honda Accord price in Mumbai at Tryaldrive.

Honda Accord Look

The ninth generation Accord certainly looks sophisticated than the previous versions. It features a sharp and handsome design that despite being new, shows the traits of the previous generation Accord. The face really looks flamboyant and futuristic featuring LED headlights with auto levelling and active cornering functionality. The stuffy nose of the previous version has been replaced by a more compact one. The thick chrome grille is now part of every Honda sedan in the country. Then the road presence is further strengthened from bright LED daytime running lights. The front bumper also features a wide air dam with a honeycomb mesh grille and LED fog lamps on each corner.

The new Accord is the lengthiest in the segment but that does not mean this would translate to more interior space. The hybrid powertrain takes up a lot of space. This has been done to make the car suppler and stiffer by about 40 percent. The muscular stance is accentuated by the flared wheel arches and 18-inch alloys. There are strong creases running across the shoulder line. There is more chrome on the door handles and the window sills that enhance the premium quotient. At the rear, the LED tail lamps are detailed while the rear spoiler and thick chrome strip just give the car the right amount of muscle it needs.

Honda Accord Comfort

The cabin of the Accord can be summed up in a single word, high-tech (or rather two). The moment you take the driver’s perch, you find a lone and rather large speedometer staring back at you which happens to be the only dial in the entire instrument panel; the rest is all displayed on screens. The speedometer itself envelopes a screen which displays the trip, fuel efficiency, odo and temperature. The screens flanking the speedo on the other hand display battery charge and fuel capacity.

But wait there’s more, plenty more! The centre dash houses two more screens placed over one another. The top one is the intelligent Multi Information Display or i-MID for short. This screen displays the navigation system and other vehicle settings and is operated via the steering-mounted controls. Apart from this it also doubles up as the screen for Honda’s new blindspot warning system. Where most manufacturers go for sensors, Honda has fitted the Accord with a video camera that sends the feed to the i-MID display. You can either choose to keep it on always but even otherwise, it will prompt you when it detects a vehicle in the blindspot. It can also be turned off via the button on the right hand stalk.

The lower screen, on the other hand, is the touchscreen infotainment screen which supports both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. In our humble opinion, the Android Auto seems to work much better and display more information than the Apple CarPlay (but that’s just us, we don’t want to start a debate). The cabin itself feels well made and very comfortable. The seats are wrapped in leather and the dash is made completely out of soft touch material. A tiny hard plastic section on the door panels, though, does feel left out in the midst of all this luxury. Coming back to the seats, they are supremely comfortable and the driver’s seat is 8-way adjustable whereas the passenger seat is only 4-way adjustable. There is ample knee and headroom at the rear but unlike its main competition, the Toyota Camry, the rear seats can’t be reclined but do offer supreme comfort and great thigh support. You can also move the front passenger seat by side bolster-mounted buttons for added kneeroom. To know more information on Honda Accord check Rbts

The twin-zone climate control system comes with an air purification system that controls the output of the aircon depending on the intensity of the sunlight. Pretty cool, huh?

Honda Accord Transmission

The all-new Honda Accord Hybrid derives its power from the Sport Hybrid Intelligent Multi Mode Drive hybrid system, which features a 2.0 L 4-cylinder DOHC i-VTEC petrol engine and 2 electric motors. The electric motors are powered by a 1.3 kWh Lithium-Ion battery. The total power output is 211 bhp, out of which the petrol mill generates 145 bhp. The engine is linked to an e-CVT automatic transmission, which transmits the power to the front wheels. Honda Accord Hybrid offers three driving modes: EV, Hybrid and Engine. In the EV Mode, the power is provided by the electric motors as they draw it from the Lithium-ion battery.

In the Hybrid mode, the petrol engine powers the generator motor, which then provides energy to the driving motor. In case of the Engine mode, the petrol motor powers the wheels directly. Besides the aforementioned three driving modes, two additional driving modes, Sport and Economy, can be activated by pressing the buttons on the centre console. The hybrid sedan is being hailed as the most refined and fuel-efficient hybrid model in its segment.

Honda Accord Riding

The suspension system in Accord seems to be clearly biased towards the comfort side. It filters out road undulations quite well providing comfortable and stress-free driving experience. The road noise is par with the German counterparts. This is possible because of the active noise cancellation system which includes dual microphones, audio system speakers and an electronic processor that keep off low-frequency sound of the roads from filtering into the cabin. The steering is also accurate, well weighted with a nice grip and fair amount of stability at high speeds.

Honda Accord Safety

The stopping power of the brakes comes from the disc brakes at both front and rear. The car comes to halt without creating any fuss. Further, the new Accord Hybrid equipped with ABS with EBD, 6 airbags, brake assist, traction control, ESP and Hill Assist. The vehicle also comes with an exclusive feature named LaneWatch which detects blind spot with the help of a camera fitted below the left rear view mirror.

Honda Accord is fortified with ACE body structure which helps absorb impact. Some other safety essentials include rear parking sensors, ISOFIX and Anchor for Child Seats, active cornering lamps, acoustic vehicle alert system (AVAS), immobiliser & security alarm system and emergency stop signal (ESS).

Honda Accord Cost in Mumbai

Honda Accord On Road Price is 50,61,516/- and Ex-showroom Price is 43,43,862/- in Mumbai. Honda Accord comes in 4 colours, namely Lunar Silver Metallic,Modern Steel Metallic,Crystal Black Pearl,White Orchid Pearl. Honda Accord comes with FWD with 1993 CC Displacement and 4 Cylinders with Maximum Power 181 bhp@5000-6000 rpm and Peak Torque 315 Nm@2000 rpm DRIVE TRAIN FWD and reaches 100 KMPH at Electric Power Steering . Honda Accord comes with Manual Transmission with FWD .

Honda Accord Final Word

Undoubtedly, Honda Accord Hybrid is one of the prettiest cars in its segment, but it has been priced absolutely bizarrely. In the same segment, Toyota Camry is nearly Rs. 6 Lakh cheaper than the Accord Hybrid. Honda needs to contemplate local production to bring down the Honda Accord Hybrid price and remain in the competition.

Honda Accord is offered in only one variant that is the hybrid one. In terms of pricing, Honda Accord Hybrid gets the price tag of Rs. 43.21 lakh, ex-showroom, New Delhi. Honda Accord currently takes on the likes such as Volkswagen Passat, Skoda Superb and Toyota Camry hybrid in the premium sedan segment.

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