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Used Honda Accord Euro review: 2008-2011

Hondas are generally well engineered and solidly built, so they generally hold up well in the long term.

NEW - Going shopping for an Accord you were confronted with two quite different models bearing the same badge. There was the Accord V6 for those who wanted a more cossetted ride, and the Accord Euro for those who preferred a more spirited, engaging drive.

The Euro was smaller than the V6, had sharper handling and only came with a four-cylinder engine, albeit a spirited one. The new model Euro introduced in 2008 looked much the same as its predecessor, but it was in fact all new, with a new platform and a new body to boot. The upside was that it was longer, wider, with a longer wheelbase and wider track, and it was stiffer. On the downside it was heavier.

Inside, it was roomy and comfortable for both front and back seat passengers with good leg and headroom, but the boot was rather small, made worse when the full-sized spare wheel ate into the available space, and the back seat couldn't be folded if you wanted to cart long items. New double wishbone suspension appeared at the front and rear with variable rate shock absorbers and there was speed-sensitive steering.

The four-cylinder engine was modified for increased power ands a modest increase in torque, with a small reduction in fuel consumption as well. There was a choice of a six-speed manual and a five-speed automatic, and for a few more bucks you could have paddle shifting on the steering wheel.

All models had plenty of standard equipment. The base car came with dual-zone air-conditioning, cruise, power windows and heated mirrors, six-CD sound, leather-wrapped steering wheel, alloy wheels and a full-sized spare. Move up to the Luxury and you got leather trim, a sunroof, heated seats, powered front seats, rain-sensitive wipers, high intensity headlamps, front and rear parking sensors and fog lamps. Both were also comprehensively kitted out with safety features with eight airbags, ABS braking and ESP electronic stability control.

NOW

Honda is a highly respected brand and Accord is a most respected model, one sought after by used car buyers looking for a trouble free run for a number of years, and for good reason. Euro owners have few gripes about their cars, the earliest of which will now have around 75,000 km showing on their odometers.

Hondas are generally well engineered and solidly built, so they generally hold up well in the long term, providing they are looked after and well serviced. They have a reputation for being expensive to service and replacement parts are generally held to be on the expensive side, but by using an independent Honda mechanic to maintain your car, particularly once the warranty has run out, those concerns can be alleviated.

Make sure the car you are considering purchasing has been regularly maintained with oil and filter changes as recommended by the factory. Honda engines, like all modern engines, require a diet of fresh oil to stay healthy. Skip oil changes and you're risking a major meltdown when its vital arteries inevitably clog up and restrict the oil flow. The Euro requires Premium unleaded, so be prepared to pay a few cents extra at the pump.

SMITHY SAYS

Well built, with sporty handling and a zippy engine, the Accord Euro is for the driver in the family. Buy with confidence.

Honda Accord Euro 2008-2011

Price new: $34,990 to $44,990
Engine: 2.4-litre, 4-cylinder, 148 kW/230 Nm
Transmission: 5-speed auto, 6-speed man, FWD
Economy: 8.9 L/100 km, PULP
Body: 4-door sedan
Variants: Base, Luxury, Luxury Navi
Safety: 5-star ANCAP

Pricing

Year Price From Price To
2011 $6,400 $15,840
2010 $5,900 $14,740
2009 $5,400 $12,540
2008 $4,700 $11,550

View all Honda Accord Euro pricing and specifications

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
Graham Smith
Contributing Journalist

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