The launch of the 10th generation Honda Accord is a significant moment for the automotive industry. Why? Because, for decades it has been selling like hot cakes, carries significant customer satisfaction and loyalty and known for its reliability and practicality and excellent built quality. For 2018, the all new Honda Accord probably gets the most changes in its entire lifetime.
First Drive of the 10th Generation 2018 Honda Accord
The 2018 Honda Accord now ditches its previous naturally aspirated 2.4L and 3.0L engines for the turbocharged 1.5T and the 2.0T producing 198Hp and 254Hp and opts for a fastback silhouette while foregoing its tried and tested sedan look. It now looks svelte and carries lines that are pleasing to the eyes. Just have a look at the design, its sculpture is going to age well into the ages and that’s what makes a good looking car. It’s not about today’s fad but it’s about how iconic the design would last. The new Accord is just that, a good looking sedan.
We get to drive both the 1.5T and the 2.0T in their “Sport” trim. The major difference between the two, other than the engine, would be their transmission. While the 1.5T gets the CVT the new 2.0T gets a 10 Speed Automatic and loses the gear shifter for buttons though pedal shifters are present to play with for the spirited adventuraty in you. It clears space in the center for storage.
The dashboard is half digital and half analogue and you can toggle between rev counter and navigation and much more. The steering is thick and lined with smooth leather making the tactile feel pleasant for everyday use. The new interior is smart and carries the center display much like that of a BMW and fortunately comes with a physical volume knob.
Our initial impression of the 1.5T Accord is that we did not experience much turbo lag going around town. The CVT transmission always keeps the car at the power-band and does not sound buzzy under load. The 10 speed automatic of the 2.0T is brilliant and keeps the Accord 2.0T always at the right gear. You are at the power-band and there is no hiccup when more power is demanded, it just delivers instantaneously.
The “Sport” trim in the 2.0T comes clad in leather and the usual Honda plastics and rubber, much like the model it replaces. But the execution is modern and feels good. The ride is smooth and cozy, exactly what I would prefer from my daily driver. Seat ventilation, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration and the ability to remote start the car and vent out the hot air is what makes the Honda Accord the go to daily beater. What more could you ask for?
What makes the 2.0T Accord special is its lane keep assist. This has been the most seamless integration and gently nudges your hand in keeping the car in the center at all times. Unlike other cars which tends to veer towards the line and then corrects itself, the Honda Accord’s SENSING keeps the car at the center. And its fool proof. Now this makes it the perfect everyday car in our books.
Price and Specs: First Drive of the 10th Generation 2018 Honda Accord
|2018 HONDA ACCORD SPORT 1.5T|
|Displacement||1.5T / FWD|
|Rated Output||198 Hp @ 5500 rpm|
|Rated Torque||260 Nm between 1600 – 5000 5000 rpm|
|Fuel Consumption||18.4km/L Claimed|
|Price (AED)||LX | AED 94,900|
|LX Sport | AED 104,900|
|Ex-l | AED 119,900|
|2018 HONDA ACCORD SPORT 2.0T|
|Displacement||2.0T / FWD|
|Gearbox||10 Speed Auto|
|Rated Output||247 Hp @ 6500 rpm|
|Rated Torque||370 Nm between 1500 – 3500 rpm|
|Fuel Consumption||14.3km/L Claimed|
|Price (AED)||Sport | AED 139,900|
Images by Arnab Saha: First Drive of the 10th Generation 2018 Honda Accord