Looks - 9/10
The old Honda Accord was a nice looking car, as showcased by the 'cog' commercial. The new one blows that one out of the water in terms of styling. There is a slight resemblance in the front end styling, but at the back things are completely different. There are fewer straight edges on the new car and it makes the estate car desirable. The EX model gets 17" alloys and bits of chrome which looks effective; as does the privacy glass and roof rails. The rear-end with its sloping tailgate and detachable towbar is easy on the eye too.
Handling/Performance - 8/10
On the road the Accord doesn't feel like a large estate car. I think it was designed with driver-focus in mind, because it really is superb to drive. The steering is well weighted and responsive, and there is plenty of power to get you between the corners. The seats are supportive and this car is great fun on a country road. On a long drive the Accord comes into its own; showcasing itself as a great long-distance cruiser. Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) and Lane Keeping Assistance System (LKAS) also add an element of relaxation to any drive.
Practicality - 10/10
As I expected from a large estate car, there were absolutely no issues whatsoever with practicality. The boot itself is large, 395 litres to be precise. However there are hidden compartments all over the place, where towbar, bags, laptops etc can all be placed completely out of view. There is a tonneau cover and dog guard as standard fit, and these can be easily operated or removed completely to suit any given situation. The electrically-operated tailgate is also a useful feature (and a great gadget too) and can be operated manually as well. The reversing camera and ACC/LKAS also help when cruising.
Inside the cabin is vast for all passengers. The front seats are large and comfortable, and there is plenty of legroom. The rear-seat legroom does come at the small cost of a little bit of boot space, but the upside is that three adults could sit comfortably in the back of the Accord. This isn't even dependant on the front passengers sitting on the dashboard; I sit quite far back and there were no problems fitting behind me.
Day-to-day the car is very easy to live with. Being solidly built it can cope with kids opening and slamming doors and dogs jumping in and out of the boot. The towbar offers an additional level of practicality and is removable which is handy as it looks better when not in use.
Fun - 8/10
The Honda Accord is a great car. It looks great, drives great and is great to live with. Furthermore, the whole car feels solidly built and sturdy; like it won't fall to pieces. As an overall car to own the Accord would make a great one, especially if you need to tow anything or carry things in the boot. Forget the idea that Honda's are for old people, because that's definitely not the case; at only 21 I was able to appreciate the Accord. What's more, there are gadgets in the Accord far too complex for it to be aimed at the older generation. The price of the Accord EX Tourer I tested is £30,400 and you get a lot of car for your money.
Total Score - 42/50