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Used Honda Accord Euro review: 2008-2009

Honda Accord a refined, well-built and reliable car.
EXPERT RATING
8

When you've hit the mark with a new car, as Honda did with the Accord Euro in 2003, there's little reason to make major changes to it.

So, when it came to renewing it in 2008 Honda chose an evolutionary approach rather than a radical one. The new Accord Euro was longer, wider with a wider track, and sat lower, which gave it a much more stable grasp on the road.

A stiffer body and a new rear suspension helped make it more agile and responsive. Inside, it was roomy enough in the front, but lacked space for rear seat passengers who wanted to stretch out.

One engine was offered, it was a 2.4-litre double overhead camshaft four-cylinder pumping out a useful 148 kW and 230 Nm, which was slightly more than was on tap in the previous model.

Performance was, let's say, sufficient. It wasn't blindingly fast,but was smooth and unfussed with either the six-speed manual gearbox or five-speed automatic that were the available transmission choices. Three models were offered, the base model Euro, the Euro Luxury and the Euro Luxury Navi.

All were well equipped, even the base model, which had cruise, auto air, 10-speaker CD sound, reach-and-rake steering adjustment, active head rests, power mirrors and windows, and cloth trim.

Climb one step on the model ladder and you got the Luxury with sunroof, leather trim, heated seats, eight-way power seats, rain-sensing wipers, fog lights, and front and rear parking sensors. Step up further, to the Luxury Navi and you drove away with an Alpine navigation system, Bluetooth readiness and a reversing camera.

IN THE SHOP

The Accord Euro is well built and to date is proving to be reliable in the field. There's a lack of complaint to Carsguide from owners confirming the car's reputation for reliability. Servicing is a must with Hondas; they don't appreciate being neglected in that area so ask to see a service record. Check also for evidence of a crash, particularly where the repairs haven't been up to scratch.

IN A CRASH

ANCAP handed the Accord Euro four stars out of a possible five, but it was still well equipped with safety features with dual front   airbags, head airbags, side front airbags, ABS brakes and stability   control.

UNDER THE PUMP

The claimed average of 8.9 L/100 km is quite good for its class and size, but the recommended 95-octane fuel requirement takes some of the gloss off.

AT A GLANCE

Price new: $34,990 to $44,990
Engine: 2.4-litre 4-cylinder petrol; 148 kW/230 Nm
Transmission: 6-speed manual; 5-speed auto, front-wheel drive
Economy: 8.9 L/100 km
Body: 4-door sedan Variants: Euro, Euro Luxury,Euro Luxury Navi
Safety: 4-star ANCAP

Pricing

Year Price From Price To
2009 $5,400 $12,540
2008 $4,700 $11,550

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Pricing guides

$9,950
Based on 51 cars listed for sale in the last 6 months
Lowest Price
$4,990
Highest Price
$14,995

Range and Specs

VehicleSpecsPrice*
Euro 2.4L, PULP, 5 SP SEQ AUTO $5,300 – 8,140 2008 Honda Accord Euro 2008 Euro Pricing and Specs
Luxury 2.4L, PULP, 6 SP MAN $6,000 – 9,350 2008 Honda Accord Euro 2008 Luxury Pricing and Specs
Luxury Navi 2.4L, PULP, 6 SP MAN $7,200 – 11,220 2008 Honda Accord Euro 2008 Luxury Navi Pricing and Specs
Tourer 2.4L, PULP, 6 SP MAN $5,600 – 8,690 2008 Honda Accord Euro 2008 Tourer Pricing and Specs
EXPERT RATING
8
Graham Smith
Contributing Journalist

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