Car Review: Honda - Accord (98 - 08)  Series 98 (4 stars)

Recommended. Brilliant to drive and a consummate all-rounder, but expensive compared to rivals.

Honda has always tried to pitch the Accord as being a cut above rivals like the Mondeo and Vectra. Most punters would agree, although few would reckon that the big saloon is a genuine contender in the "compact executive" segment alongside cars like the BMW 3 Series - all of which rather strands it in limbo.

But if you're looking for a spacious, well-built and good-to-drive family car then the Accord takes some beating. The slightly hard-edged design is pleasing enough, while the cabin is finished to an impressively high standard and all models come with plenty of equipment. The cavernous estate version is impressively big, too.

Sharp dynamics ensure the Accord is a rewarding companion over a demanding road, with accurate body control and nice, proportional responses. Motorway cruising is handled well, too, although at the cost of considerably more wind and road noise than some softer-suspended rivals.

Engine choice is between two petrols and one diesel. The entry-point 2.0 litre petrol gives enough urge to undermine most of the case for the thirstier and more expensive 2.4 litre four-cylinder petrol motor - but most buyers will opt for the excellent 2.2 litre CTDi turbodiesel powerplant, which is frugal and impressively refined.

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