THE ALL-NEW HONDA ACCORD IS A TOUCH OF CLASS
The Honda Accord has won so many ‘best car’ awards; more than 13 million have been sold in the US alone, and that is over 40 years; how many generations have come and then been succeeded by the next one significantly improved; familiarity breeds contempt, so is it possible we don’t realise just how good the Accord is, and always has been. Well, you simply can’t deny its well-earned reputation for quality; it has always been fun to drive and it fulfils its primary mission of being a spacious, comfortable and affordable means of transport, whether you a business person of managerial level, or ‘merely’ responsible for a thriving and energetic family of four or five.
Now more and more people are choosing SUVs, like Honda’s own CR-V, but no SUV can beat the new Accord for style or charisma. The new Accord’s more fashionable looks now show a fastback-like roofline, which combines with a pronounced crease just below the beltline to give the car a sinewy, athletic stance. The 5 cm longer wheelbase enables tighter front and rear overhangs and makes the new car look considerably longer than before. This is certainly the most elegant-looking Accord; from any angle, it’s undeniably handsome.
The major break from the previous Accord is the new smaller turbocharged engines. You will not believe the 1.5 litre is what it is, the unit is so powerful and smooth. The 2.0 litre model has even more torque than the old V6 Accord. And you will love it more when you pay your petrol bill – your payment will be less, without sacrificing the pleasure.
The new cabin is a leap forward in sophistication. Trim and build quality are top quality, with nicely grained touch-friendly surfaces and soft leather. The front seats are well padded and supportive, while rear-seat legroom is positively palatial, benefitting from the wheelbase stretch. Stowage space is generous, too, with a deep centre console, nicely sized cupholders, and a large bin at the base of the centre stack with a USB port. It is a very family-friendly environment and equally welcoming to your business colleagues.
If you take your eyes away from the road for too long, there are numerous active and passive safety features to help the situation. The Honda Sensing package, with key systems such as adaptive cruise control, forward-collision warning, and lane-keeping assist, is now standard on every Accord.
Yes, the Accord is one of those classics that – by staying ahead of the game – never goes out of style.
ENGINE New 1.5 litre DOHC VTEC direct fuel injection with single scroll turbocharger
MAX POWER 198 hp (97 kW) @ 5,500 rpm (247 hp @ 6,500 rpm available with 2.0 litre engine)
MAX TORQUE 260 Nm (192 lb-ft) from 1,600 rpm (370 Nm from 1,500 rpm available with 2.0 litre engine
TRANSMISSION Continuously variable (CVT) auto with paddle shifters, 10-speed auto on 2.0 litre, seven-speed manual mode
EXTERIOR Improvements on the new Accord are dramatic: stretched front end, prominent 19-inch alloy wheels, C-shaped LED taillights – the fastback profile and pronounced but clean styling lines make it look more luxurious and more European than the competition. It’s the most stylish Accord ever
INTERIOR The reworked interior is now one of the nicest cabins in its class with lots of room, especially in the back; there’s a pleasing mix of tactile, textured, top quality trim and luxurious leather upholstery; dominating the dash is a user-friendly touchscreen which supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. State-of-the-art electronics and a wonderful sound system guarantee your listening pleasure, whether it’s music or the spoken word, and create a comfortable and comforting family-friendly environment which is equally welcoming to your business colleagues
SAFETY & SECURITY Honda Sensing suite of safety features is now standard on every Accord and includes – in addition to comprehensive air bags, ABS, Electronic Brake Force Distribution, Brake Assist, Vehicle Stability Assist and ISOFIX child anchor points – multi-angle camera, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alerts, road departure mitigation and lane keeping assist, and other industry-leading and futuristic features. Honda technology is an industry leader in the quest to mitigate accidents and increase safety
WHERE CAN I SEE IT
The Honda team invites all those interested to visit the showroom on Khalifa Street (in Lejbailat zone 64, near the iconic Imam Abdul Wahhab mosque) and take a test drive to experience the new Honda Accord. The always-friendly and informative staff will be only too pleased to demonstrate all the features of the various specifications – from entry-level economy XL to hot turbo Sport – of the new Honda models.
Call toll-free number 800 8123 or visit Honda website.
Author: Terry Sutcliffe
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