Honda Accord | In-Depth Model Review

Honda Accord Price in India

 

Although Hybrid technology has been catching up slowly, it took the

odd/even rule in the Delhi NCR region to get the common man to know

about it. The Accord, Honda’s flagship sedan, has enjoyed its success

in the past and has done rather well for itself. Now Honda has decided

to revive the Accord brand, only difference being that this time it

will be available as a Hybrid. It will compete directly with the

Toyota Camry Hybrid in this rather niche segment

 

What made Honda decide on the Hybrid? Statistics clearly show that the

Camry sells more in the Hybrid form and that was reason enough for

Honda to follow suit. It isn’t the first time Honda is bringing the

Hybrid technology to India. Honda had launched the Civic Hybrid

previously with little success as this car was much ahead of its time.

This time however, the Japanese manufacturer is confident that the

Accord will shake up the segment. We took the Accord for a short spin

in Hyderabad to find out more.

 

EXTERIORS

 

A new thick chrome slat grille comes on the Honda Accord Hybrid. The

LED headlamps have DRLs as well. The new fascia makes the Honda Accord

Hybrid look bigger and more premium. It has a strong road presence

too. The side profile is not very different from the earlier car. The

rear looks quite similar to the the BMW 5 Series. The new Accord is

very much European is design and also a lot more appealing. It wears

the Hybrid badging on the side and the rear.

 

INTERIORS

 

Move inside the luxury sedan and there are features and technologies

that one would expect on a luxury vehicle. Buttons surrounded on the

steering wheel for audio and cruise controls make sure the driver has

a completely undistracted experience. The combination of the beige and

dark grey theme with faux wood inserts enhance the elegant appeal. You

also get two screens, one for the lane departure warning, which is

Honda’s exclusive patent and an AVN or Audio, Video & Navigation unit

that pairs with a smartphone.

 

The Honda Accord Hybrid also comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

functionality that mirrors the smartphone’s screen on the

infotainment. All this technology with the upmarket tactile feel is

something the Accord Hybrid excels at. In order to cool the cabin

beforehand if the Accord Hybrid is parked in the sun, Honda have

provisioned a remote start function. Once in the car, all you need to

do is press the brake pedal and press the start/stop button.

 

Add to this the wide seats in both rows with adequate bolstering for a

six feet plus person and impressive underthigh support, you have the

perfect blend of what a luxury sedan with all the bells and whistles

should be. The rear seats, despite being adjusted for my height (for

reference I am six feet two inches tall), had acres of legroom, knee

room and headroom. Underthigh support and recline, like the front

seats, is brilliant.

 

A noteworthy mention is the electrically adjustable co driver’s seat

that has switches on one side to adjust the seat by the passenger

sitting behind it. So, more room for the person who is being chauffer

driven through the day.

 

PERFORMANCE

 

Add to this the wide seats in both rows with adequate bolstering for a

six feet plus person and impressive underthigh support, you have the

perfect blend of what a luxury sedan with all the bells and whistles

should be. The rear seats, despite being adjusted for my height (for

reference I am six feet two inches tall), had acres of legroom, knee

room and headroom. Underthigh support and recline, like the front

seats, is brilliant.

 

A noteworthy mention is the electrically adjustable co driver’s seat

that has switches on one side to adjust the seat by the passenger

sitting behind it. So, more room for the person who is being chauffer

driven through the day.

 

The Seating Capacity of Honda Accord sedan is of 5 persons. This car

is having the 2 Seating Rows. The Number of doors is Four; there are 4

doors in this car. The capacity of Fuel tank is 65 liters. This is

good.

 

The break is the main control of any car, on front side The Accord

gives Ventilated Disc as breaks, on rear side it is Disc. If we talk

about the front suspensions it is having The McPherson Strut, and on

the rear suspensions, it has Independent multi-link and coil springs

with stabilizer.

 

SAFETY

 

The Honda Accord Hybrid has safety features loaded to the hilt with

airbags all around, ABS with EBD, traction control, hill start assist

and lots more. An unexpected situation while driving asked for hard

braking and the sedan was composed throughout. A noteworthy mention

goes to Honda’s exclusive Lane Departure Warning system. A camera

mounted on the left ORVM turns on with the video feed coming on the

screen in the centre console. In this case, the driver knows what is

in the blindspot and does not have to move his/her head away from the

road to see the left ORVM. Personally, I would have loved is this

feature was also available for the right side as well.

 

DRIVING DYNAMICS

 

Test drove the new, refreshed Accord from Delhi to Agra and were

reminded of the familiar engine characteristics and ride quality that

the 8{+t}{+h} generation Accord is known for. The 2.4-litre i-VTEC

engine generates a peak power of 180 PS and is paired with either a

five-speed manual transmission or a five-speed automatic transmission,

with steering-mounted paddle shifters for optional manual inputs. The

other, more advanced and powerful engine option is the 3.5-litre V6

engine that generates a strong 275 PS of peak power when all six

cylinders are operating – a fact that needs mention because this

engine is endowed with VCM. The system switches between six, four and

three cylinder combustion depending on the driving conditions and

driver demands. VCM ensures smooth transitions and power delivery,

while simultaneously making sure that fuel economy is optimised.

 

BOTTOMLINE

 

It is tempting to think that Honda miscalculated in replacing a car as

fit and healthy as the old Accord with something that, although new,

seems to advance the art to no great extent. Such is the brilliance of

hindsight. The truth is that this car was on the drawing board soon

after the birth of the previous one and few could have predicted then

what staying power its forebear would possess.

 

Yes, it would have been better to let the old Accord live a little

longer and spend the time making a new one with more than the ability

merely to maintain the class pace, but we’re not going to condemn this

Accord for that.

 

Honda Accord Ex Showroom Price in New Delhi ranges from 37,22,124/- (Accord Hybrid) .Honda Accord has 1 Variants of Hybrid are available in India. Honda Accord comes in 4 colours, namely Lunar Silver Metallic,Modern Steel Metallic,Crystal Black Pearl,White Orchid Pearl.

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