Joel Helmes road tests and reviews the 2013 Honda Accord Euro.
Honda has built its reputation on building quality small cars, strangely enough though it’s the more sizable models in the Honda line-up that impress me the most.
Australian car buyers have snapped up the Honda CR-V, Odyssey and Accord in strong numbers for years and it’s not hard to see why.
The 2013 Honda Accord Euro offers a very good mix of quality, clever design, attractiveness and value for money.
Probably the only thing I can really pull it up on is that the Accord Euro is starting to feel pretty dated.
Under the bonnet the Accord Euro offers just the engine type – a 2.4litre petrol four-cylinder that delivers a surprisingly spirited 148kW and 230Nm. Fuel economy is reasonable at a combined 8.9L/100, though interestingly I easily managed around this figure in city driving.
When it comes to transmissions it’s a choice of five speed auto or six speed manual, I had the auto.
On the road the Accord offers quite good acceleration, steering is really nice and the handling is impressive. The base model Accord Euro gets 17”alloys with just 50 series tyres, the alloys look great but the low profile tyres help to diminish the comfort on bumps and road cracks.
External styling is still attractive, despite being a design that is anything but cutting edge. Those aforementioned alloys help the Accords looks as does the use of nice chrome work on the door handles, boot and grille.
Inside the cabin the Honda Accord Euro still looks great and Honda has done a great job with the finish and feel of the materials and plastics.
Highlights around the cabin include comfortable and supportive seats with generously sized bases, generously proportioned cabin storage areas and a handy little storage space on the side of the console.
The leather wrapped steering wheel is also very comfortable and attractive, I like the clear gauges too, head and leg room is surprisingly generous and visibility from the driver’s seat is excellent.
On the downside the Honda Accord Euro is let down by a dated and complex stereo interface, a lack of satellite navigation, there’s also no reversing camera, the Honda also uses an old fashioned key ignition and someone also decided it would be a good idea to include paddle shifters.
Boot space is quite good with the rear seats also easily folded down to accommodate larger items.
The Honda Accord Euro comes with the reassurance of a five star ANCAP safety rating.
Summing it up – it’s not cutting edge but the Honda Accord Euro is an attractive, well-built and nicely executed vehicle that’s very reasonably priced.
NUTS and BOLTS
Engine: 2.4 litre petrol delivering 148kW and 230Nm
Transmission: Five speed auto or six speed manual
Safety: Five stars
Price: From $30,340