Honda Accord Euro review

RACV RoyalAuto magazine

Honda Accord Euro is a smartly styled mid-size sedan that blends comfortable practicality with enjoyable driving dynamics and a touch more luxury than many of its peers.

Japanese-built despite its name, the second-generation Euro enjoyed a longer run than most – June 2008 to June 2015 – with mid-model upgrades along the way. So it was starting to show its age when discontinued but a solid foundation, impressive standard equipment levels and five-star safety still make Euro an appealing proposition.

On the used market it’s a fairly even split between the three model grades, and the vast majority are automatics.

Launched in 2003, Euro built a loyal following of satisfied owners, thanks to high design and engineering standards plus top-class Japanese build quality.

Not to be mistaken with Honda’s bigger-bodied, Thailand-built Accord, which was designed for the US market, the more compact Euro is sportier looking. It accommodates four adults in comfort; five is a squeeze. Rear legroom can also be tight if the front seats are slid all the way back. Well-shaped front seats provide plenty of support, while the excellent layout and weighting of the controls make it an easy car to drive.

Euro’s large boot fails to take advantage of its size due to an odd shape, and a restricted opening into the cabin limits the versatility of split-folding rear seats.

A well-proven 2.4-litre four-cylinder petrol engine, matched to a smooth-changing five-speed automatic or a six-speed manual, makes Euro one of the better performers in the class. The free-revving engine has plenty of power and mid-range torque but it’s not exceptionally strong down low, so it needs to be worked to make the most of the engine’s ability. The manual feels a touch more spirited around town, but it is the effortless open-road cruising of the automatic that’s most impressive.   

All the owners we spoke to were very happy with their Euros. The occasional minor niggles seem to be isolated to individual cars. Better equipment levels in later models mean more things to fail, so check that the accessories are operating correctly. There have been a few compatibility and function issues in models fitted with Bluetooth.

Recommended service intervals of every 10,000km or six months are more frequent than in other makes but are a good investment in longevity. Neglecting regular oil changes can cause serious engine damage. Some engines will use a little oil in normal operation so check the oil level occasionally between services.

While the standard Euro has a full-size spare wheel, the Luxury models have a space-saver.

Honda recently recalled some 2009-2011 Euros to replace the passenger-side front airbag inflator. Owners of affected vehicles will be notified by mail when parts are available. The car must be taken to a Honda dealer for a replacement at no cost. Check if this affects a Euro you’re looking at, by entering the car’s Vehicle Identification Number at honda.com.au/recall.html#check-my-honda.

HONDA ACCORD EURO

FUEL CONSUMPTION
Fuel economy of around 8.5-10.5L/100km is about average for this type of car, but it does require premium-grade petrol.

SAFETY
Five-star ANCAP rating for all Euros from 2008 onwards.

TOWING
Euro has a modest 1200kg maximum towing capacity with a meagre 60kg maximum towball loading.

THE COMPETITION
Mazda6, Toyota Camry, Subaru Liberty.