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Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0

Lively high-revving VTEC engines are Honda’s strong point, with greater output, efficiency and flexibility than most rivals; Accord’s 1.8i, 2.0i and 2.2i units are exemplary. All are capable of 0-60 mph in 10 seconds or less – the fastest is the Type-R 2.2 at 7.2 seconds. The 1.8 is eager without being harsh; the 2.0i is the best-selling choice – especially with the refined auto ‘box – and the 2.2 provides spirited fun.

Loses a point for no diesel option.

There is little roll; and Accord always feels balanced and safe. But the gearbox comes in for some criticism – it’s not as smooth as most rivals – and the clutch feels sticky at times. The ride can be a bit crashy around town and on poorly-laid A and B roads, but is fine for the rest of the time.