13 January 2006

Honda has updated its Accord with a couple of features designed to make its staple diet - motorway cruising - easier and safer.

The Lane Keeping Assist System takes similar features, such as Citroen's 'lane departure' device, a step further. It not only senses if the car is moving from the centre of the lane but also applies steering lock to steer the Accord back onto the straight and narrow.

Honda says this system reduces the burden of motorway driving and improves safety, but we're keen to see how it works in practice, given how many drivers found the Citroen's nagging on motorways a constant pain. Honda has also fitted radar-based adaptive cruise control to the Accord, which now keeps a respectful distance from the car in front.

The new features don't come cheap, however. They can only be ordered via a specific ADAS (Advanced Driver Assist System) model, which is itself based on the top-of-the-range 2.4-litre EX automatic. The new-spec Accord hits UK showrooms in March.

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Peugeot 207 2006-2012

The Peugeot 207 hatchback is safely-played and as such lacks charm, verve and difference

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