Honda has succeeded in giving the Accord a more up-market feel inside, particularly on those cars fitted with satellite navigation. The materials feel expensive and all of 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.
The large control button, which also acts as a joystick, may protrude from the centre console like a sore thumb but it does make changing settings on the move very easy. Visibility is pretty good all round.
The Accord is an exceptionally refined vehicle and takes long journeys in its stride. Although interior space is more generous than in the previous version, it can't match alternatives like the Mondeo estate. However, Honda Accord Tourer comfort is still impressive, particularly when you consider the space on offer. It is more than capable of carrying five adults than the old Accord, and rear headroom in the Tourer - thanks to its longer roof line - isn't compromised in the same way as in the Accord saloon.
Engine noise is muted on both petrol and diesel versions, while wind noise is almost non-existent on the motorway.