Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0

Honda has succeeded in giving the Accord a more upmarket feel inside, particularly on those cars fitted with satellite navigation. The materials feel expensive and all the components are well made and bolted together securely. However, unlike its German rivals where many of the button functions are described with a symbol, the Accord’s text solution seems a little clumsy.

Visibility is pretty good, although the rear window pillars are a little wide, obscuring the view to the rear.

The Accord is an exceptionally refined vehicle and takes long journeys in its stride, although the ride is a little on the firm side which is noticeable on uneven roads. Although interior space is more generous than in the previous version, it can’t match some alternatives like the Ford Mondeo. However, it is more than capable of carrying five adults in comfort plus engine noise is muted on both petrol and diesel versions, while wind noise is almost non-existent on the motorway.