Week 2: Does our long-term 2018 Honda Accord 2.0T Sport really live up to the ‘Sport’ in its name? We find out this week…
Let’s be brutally honest here, the ‘Sport’ suffix added to the names of most new cars is nothing but a cynical marketing exercise to give the buyers a constructed romanticism of adventure and thrill. The truth is there are few cars with said nomenclature that actually live up to the promise of sportiness when you give them the beans. The Land Rover Discovery Sport, for instance, is about as agile as the Stonehenge. Or how about nearly every Sports Utility Vehicle on sale today… You get my point.
Our long-term 2018 Honda Accord 2,0T Sport is a different kettle of fish, though. While it’s fairly decent to drive in regular mode, and pretty dull in the sanctimonious eco setting, flick it into sport and there is a discernible change in its character. The slack that’s evident in eco-mode all but disappears and everything becomes nice and taut.
The gearbox holds the ratios longer and the engine punches the redline relentlessly. That said it’s not the 2.0-litre turbo or the 10-speed automatic that impress most – the latter still feels lethargic on downshifts, as almost every family saloon slush box. It’s the chassis. The ride is composed and the car bounces off the imaginary rumble strips on the apexes in your head as you exit a roundabout a little faster that you reasonably should. It feels massively well controlled and changes direction with impressive rapidity. I’d even go as far as to say it almost feels like a bigger Golf GTI, and praise doesn’t get much higher than that when it comes to affordable, fast family cars.
I’ll be honest, I have never been a massive fan of the Accord in the past. Yes they were reliable, safe and usually better to drive than their rivals, but they were monumentally uninteresting nonetheless. The latest generation car however really takes the fight to its rivals. I didn’t really think I was going to enjoy it this much, but it’s a hoot to drive this 2.0T Sport version. You can say that again…
2018 Honda Accord 2.0T Sport— Long-term review
Average fuel economy: 12 litres per 100Km
Lows: Not exactly economical if you drive at full pelt
Highs: One of the nicest feeling front-wheel-drive on the market
Costs this week: Fuel