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Fuel type Diesel
Engine size 2.2
Engine size 2200
Fuel type Petrol
Engine size 2.0
Engine size 1997
Engine size 2204
Honda eighth generation Accord sat somewhere between the Mondeo mainstream and the BMW 3 Series and Audi A4-dominated compact executive sector. No prizes for guessing which segment Honda most wanted it to compete in. The original version of this 2008 model never really caught the imagination of business buyers, so in 2011, the brand updated it, creating the smarter, quieter, cleaner and more frugal version we're looking at here. If you're one of the few looking at a used MK8 model Accord, then this is the version worth stretching to.
Like other cars in the 2011 to 2015 era trying to make the jump into the premium sector - Lexus' IS, Volvo's S60, Saab's 9-3 and Alfa Romeo's 159 to name but a few - this Accord remained a minority choice here in the UK when it was new. Then, as now, business buyers in this country were programmed to want a BMW, an Audi or a Mercedes if they were going to pay more for something Mondeo-sized. But business buyers can be wrong. For significantly less than something with a premium German badge, this Honda, for us offers a very smart package for the clever used car buyer who doesn't care what others think. And it makes more sense in this facelifted, more efficient post-2011 guise than it did in its original post-2008 form.
The premium you pay over the Mondeo mainstream you'll largely get back in higher residuals at the end of ownership having in the meantime enjoyed a plusher, hi-tech product that'll be more reliable than a Swiss watch. And with greater refinement, sharper handling and most importantly, lower running costs delivered by this revised eighth generation version, there are now fewer reasons not to factor in the Accord into your used car buying deliberations if you're looking for a smartly turned out medium range saloon or estate of this type. It certainly isn't an obviously choice, but we're prepared to bet that it's one you won't regret making.
Borrowing £7,500 on a Hire Purchase agreement over 48 months, a representative APR of 18.5% and a deposit of £0.00,
the amount repayable would be £216.89 a month, with a total cost of credit of £2,910.72 and a total amount
payable of £10,410.72.
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