What is it?
The all-new Honda Accord saloon has just hit the showrooms and this - surprise, surprise - is the more practical version of it. However you’ll have to wait until September before this one goes on sale.
There’s a £1300 premium, model for model, but the line-up is identical to the four-door’s. So there’s four well equipped trim options and the same three engine choices: 2.0 and 2.4-litre petrol engines and a 148bhp 2.2-litre turbodiesel which we’ve been driving.
What’s it like?
The clue’s in the ‘Tourer’ monicker, so the Accord wagon isn’t the ultimate wardrobe carrier. A Mondeo estate, for instance, is far more commodious, as are a whole host of other similarly priced wagons. It has other annoyances for the estate purist.
There are sizeable suspension turret intrusions into the load bay and its rear seats don’t fold completely flat, causing problems when you want to slide in long loads.
Yet this new Accord Tourer still holds some desire and arguably more than the saloon. It is, to these eyes at least, far more stylish for a start.
It’s also replete with the sort of touches that make living with a wagon pleasurable: under-floor stowage, lashing hooks and large side panniers for a start.