Shorter and fatter is not what you want to hear, unless it’s describing a sporty new car called a Honda Accord

When is a Honda Accord not a Honda Accord? Answer: When it’s the other Honda Accord. Australia is one of only a few countries to sell two different Accords. The Accord Euro, as its name suggests, has a sporty European style and is a more compact size. The other, new generation Accord, which is now on sale here, is slightly larger and traditionally has leaned towards comfort rather than sportiness. It may be little surprise that it was designed in America.

Let’s end any confusion here. This story is about the bigger Accord – although it is slightly shorter than the previous “bigger Accord”. Shorter, lower and wider, as well as more spacious inside, are differences which, along with technical changes such as new front suspension, Honda says amount to a sportier edition of the Accord that used to not be the sporty one. It is classified as a large car, suggesting it’s an alternative to the Commodore or Falcon, but its more natural territory seems to be with big-medium cars like the Ford Mondeo and Mazda6.

On paper, there’s little really different in this Accord from its rivals, unless you count the absence of wagon or diesel versions. The important test will be in the driving refinement, in which the Accord has excelled with Rolex-like precision throughout its 37-year history. Honda claims it has improved the car’s NVH (noise, vibration and harshness) performance. It is also more economical. The carry-over 2.4 litre, four-cylinder and 3.5 litre V6 engines consume seven percent less petrol. The 2.4 comes down to an average 7.9 litres per 100km.

Four versions of the new Accord are available, the four-cylinder, five-speed, VTi, VTi-S and VTi-L and six-speed V6L.

If the powertrains are unchanged but just refined, there’s plenty of news on the safety inventory. The base model arrives with a reversing camera, tyre pressure warning system and trailer stability control, in addition to all the usual safety features. The VTi-S adds automatic wipers and headlights, front and rear parking sensors and a blind-spot alert. The VTi-L comes with the optional (standard on the V6) Advanced Driver Assist System package of active safety technologies – adaptive cruise control, which keeps a set distance to the vehicle ahead, forward-collision alert and lane-keeping control.

List prices for this more sophisticated Accord are from $31,490 to $51,990, between $3300 and $4700 more expensive than before.

 

Prices quoted do not include statutory and dealer on-road charges unless otherwise stated. Prices correct at time of writing.