Test drive: Honda Accord 2.4 i-VTEC Executive & # 8212; The beauty and the Beast

Perfect design and perfect harmony of all parameters for driving pleasure in Hondaare not expected but implied. It is generally accepted that grandma's cakes are the best in the world, so Honda's athletic performance is beyond question. When we add the € 24.000 starting price to everything, we realize that the new Accord is a big bone in the throat. Mercedes, BMW and Audiwho are perhaps the hardest hit in the middle class. And it is in a plexus ...

Test drive: Honda Accord 2.4 i-VTEC Executive & # 8212; The beauty and the Beast

The choice in the middle class of cars is huge, because almost all manufacturers are represented there. In Germany, the fight for a middle-class market victory is as important as the race for the country's prime minister. At Honda, Accord sales results have always been judged with their heads held high, and even in Serbia this model has always been the basis of sales. The latest generation Accord was a very successful model for Honda, so it's no surprise that its successor inherited it in terms of design. Significantly wider and slightly lower, and all those 5 millimeters shorter, the new Accord takes on a more emotional and sporty touch. Sharp edges with pronounced fenders that accentuate the width of the vehicle give the Accord a sharp, pointed line with a distinct personality. The front and rear light groups have a much more aggressive and sophisticated design, and the body has received the necessary stylistic clarity, as well as athletic musculature. But is all this enough to continue the successful career of the predecessor. Of course not.

Test drive: Honda Accord 2.4 i-VTEC Executive & # 8212; The beauty and the Beast

Let's go in order. The new Accord sits very low. While most competitors grow in height and sit in them more and more, in the new Accord, the driver feels like he is sitting in a sports coupe. The floor of the car was lowered by 10 millimeters, which was especially liked by the newly minted state rally champion Vladan Petrovich: “The interior of the new Accord is one of the best in the middle class. It sits on wide, low leather seats with perfect lateral support. Thanks to the wide adjustment of the steering wheel and seat, everyone can find the perfect seating position. The three-spoke sports steering wheel also deserves a lot of praise. His hands are very "beautiful" for him and he has the perfect shape. The entire interior is made of quality materials and is very pleasant. The driver's and front passenger's cabs are ideally designed to provide an uncommon spaciousness in this class. It's like sitting in a big luxury car. A fantastic combination of luxury and sporty spirit in one vehicle. The organization of the teams on the center console should be noted. The audio controls are simple and clearly separated from the air conditioning and ventilation controls. All buttons have precise movement and are made of high quality materials. Overall, the quality and compactness are impressive. "

Test drive: Honda Accord 2.4 i-VTEC Executive & # 8212; The beauty and the Beast

Let's also say that shoulder room has increased by 65 millimeters. What will delight the rear seat passengers is the center armrest and the air conditioning opening. While opening the Accord's large front door gives the impression of being in a sports car for two, the only complaint is the relatively small tailgate, which requires some flexibility from tall people. But when tall people are accommodated, it will be a pleasant surprise with head and knee room for comfort comparable to the aforementioned class. With 467 liters of luggage space, the Accord is the leader in its class. The loading lip drops down 80 millimeters, and with every compliment the floor is completely flat and the folding rear seat backrests have a 60:40 ratio. The overall impression of the attractive interior of the test vehicle was enhanced by a top-level suite of equipment that includes a Bluetooth hands-free driving system, an AUX and iPod port, as well as a USB port, power sunroof, parking sensors on the front driver's seat and at the back, air conditioning vents. for the rear of the cabin. It goes without saying that the outside rearview mirrors are adjustable from the outside, but what is commendable is that they heat up and fold in and the right one automatically lowers when reversing in favor of easier parking. Inside the Accord there are several storage areas for small items: drinks, car tickets ...

Test drive: Honda Accord 2.4 i-VTEC Executive & # 8212; The beauty and the Beast

The test car is equipped with the sportiest engine available in a Honda Accord. If you were delighted with its performance in the previous generation, the 2.4 DOHC i-VTEC will pleasantly surprise you this time, because its improvements are much more impressive in practice than on paper. It is an improved version of the previous generation unit, which primarily features higher power and torque, as well as an optimized valve control system (i-VTEC) and the fact that it meets the future Euro 5 environmental standards. The engine develops 201 hp. at 7.000 rpm and a maximum torque of 234 Nm at 4.300 rpm. Compared to its predecessor, it has an 11 hp increase in power. and torque by 11 Nm. It is important to note that the torque of the redesigned engine is available at lower rpms, which increases flexibility. Undoubtedly, the most competent person for evaluating engine performance is the reigning rally champion of our country Vladan Petrovich: “I have to admit I expected this from Honda. The motor's capabilities are indeed great, but its flexibility in small work areas should be especially praised. This elasticity reduces the need to change gears, which is a pleasure for this model. Once again I want to thank the Honda engineers who worked on the drivetrain. While I'm not personally a fan of semi-automatic transmissions, the five-speed transmission in the Honda Accord deserves a clean top ten. In D or S mode, or when using manual mode with levers behind the steering wheel, the gearbox changed extremely quickly, without hesitation or jerking, and was carefully thought out. The Accord engine is very happy to react to gas. At 4.000 rpm, it behaves brighter, and at high revs, an enviable "portion" of horsepower reaches the ground, which is accompanied by a metallic and harsh engine sound. Acceleration is great and overtaking with this car is a real routine. "

Test drive: Honda Accord 2.4 i-VTEC Executive & # 8212; The beauty and the Beast

Also Accord will give you a pleasant surprise at the gas station. When driving on an open road at a speed of 90 km / h, the Accord 2.4 i-VTEC consumed only 7 liters per 100 kilometers, while on the highway at 130 km / h, the Accord recorded a consumption of only 8,5 liters. for 100 kilometers. The recorded average consumption in the test was 9,1 liters per 100 kilometers, but we must note that we realized that half of the kilometers traveled in urban conditions. As you know, at the beginning of the XXI century, automakers faced a small problem to combine excellent driving performance with good comfort, and in the middle class of cars. The suspension of the Honda Accord is, without exaggeration, fantastic. The vehicle's center of gravity is lowered, the wheel track is wider, the front suspension is completely redesigned, and the rear is a proven multi-link suspension with variable damping. Thanks to the stiffness of the body, the new Accord reacts more boldly and accurately.

Test drive: Honda Accord 2.4 i-VTEC Executive & # 8212; The beauty and the Beast

Management has become more responsible and safe, and vibrations have decreased, which Vladan Petrovich confirmed to us: “During sharp changes of direction, the Accord's stability is enviable and at high speeds gives the driver a sense of confidence and safety. The redesigned suspension perfectly resists the laws of physics, and the body tilt is minimal. Even through quick, uneven corners, the Accord will remain neutral without losing contact with the ground. Passengers are bound to feel a tougher finish on the shock absorber, which is especially evident when crossing pits. But this is all within comfort. I was under the impression that Honda engineers combined stiffer shocks with softer springs and thus provided an excellent compromise between comfort and agility. However, in border areas one should be careful, because for those with too many sporting ambitions, the suspension can be sluggish, and let's not forget that this car weighs more than 1,5 tons, with pronounced overhangs. Also, I think the progressive power steering could be more "communicative". More information from the background does not matter, but this is also individual. "

Test drive: Honda Accord 2.4 i-VTEC Executive & # 8212; The beauty and the Beast

In addition to the Vehicle Stability Assist (Honda ESP) system, this is standard equipment, but what is available to new owners at an additional cost is ADAS (Advanced Driving Assist System), a system consisting of three technologies. The first of these three is LKAS (Lane Keeping Assist), which uses a camera to detect when a vehicle is entering its lane. ACC (Adaptive Cruise Control) uses millimeter-wave radar to maintain a constant distance from the vehicle in front. ADAS is a CMBS (Collision Avoidance System) that monitors the distance and speed between the Accord and the vehicle in front of it, alerting the driver when a collision is reported, helping to reduce the impact of a collision. After all of the above, we said goodbye to the Accord with positive impressions. Aggressive appearance, quality interior, top-end equipment, fantastic engine and enviable pedigree. And all this for 23.000 € 2, as much as you need to set aside for the base model with 2.4-liter engine. For the test unit (29.000 i-VTEC and Executive equipment set), you need to set aside XNUMX XNUMX euros with customs and VAT.

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