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Honda Accord 2.0i VTEC SE Executive 5dr

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      25.11.2001 08:56
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      TEST DRIVE RESULTS I have to select a new company car soon. I have test driven the Volvo S40, the Renault Laguna, the Vauxhall Astra and Vectra, the VW Passat and I have to say the Honda Accord was the worst of the lot. The interior felt cheap and old-fashioned in the standard SE model, and just tasteless in the Sport version. The Sport has a steel gearstick knob, which in winter was constantly freezing. It's tiny to encourage 'fast-changing', but frankly it's deeply uncomfortable to operate. You feel as if you should be using two fingers to move it, as it's too small to grasp comfortably in the hand. The white dials were fine until I switched the headlights on. The digits lit up in orange!! Orange on a white background, gross. It was quite nippy but overall unexciting. The next day I drove the standard model with 2.0i engine. The Accord is a good-looking car in a choice of colours, all of which are pretty decent. What a disappointment when I got in it. It was like driving a bus. The interior was cheap and nasty, the seats were unremarkable at best, and it was slooooow. It pulled off OK up to about 35, but after that it was deeply unresponsive. It comes with hardly anything in terms of a decent stereo (radio cassette as standard - the Renault Laguna for about the same price comes with a CD autochanger as standard!). Metallic paint is extra, as are alloy wheels (standard on many cars in this price range). I drove a Civic coupé later that day, which was much better, but still failing to ignite any passion. At least it's quick and reasonably priced. But I'll be avoiding the Accord, frankly. Which is a shame because in the past it was a great car. Back to the drawing board, guys.

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