As with any car you quickly make a snap judgment within the first thirty seconds of seeing it, and the Accord is no different. The ES GT certainly looks the part, lowered suspension, sports body kit, aggressive alloy wheels and dark tinted rear windows. Step inside and the half leather sports seats hug you and give you a sense speed even before you start the engine.
A quick look around the cabin and all seems to be clear and simple, but it soon becomes apparent there is lack of some important equipment, especially when you take the price of the vehicle into consideration. Thing like sat nav (£1200) and heated seats (not an option) you can come to terms with, but the lack of automatic headlights, parking sensors and digital radio come as a shock. These are things you come to expect as standard on most cars these days and as mentioned before, when you take note that this car costs about £28,000, I would expect it to be all singing all dancing!
All can almost be forgiven, when you start up the engine and pull away. The engine note is pleasing, pedals positioned perfectly and the driving position is spot on. Then there is the gearbox and gear knob, sensational. The old saying of “don’t judge a book…..” is very applicable here, you look at the small gear knob and wonder if it has been stolen from a small two seater sports car. It is not until you go through the gears that you appreciate how precise and rewarding it can be, matched with the strong 2.2 I-DTEC engine and you quickly have a large smile, the car really gives you a sense of confidence, and almost wants you to throw it into the bend and accelerate hard out of it. That sadly brings me onto the economics of all this fun! The costs around £28,000, the road fund licence is £140 due to the engine pumping out 143 grams of CO2, the official figures state a combined figure of 51mpg, but even driving very carefully and changing gear when prompted by the cars gear change indicator we only managed 37mpg at best!
All in all, the car is lovely to drive, but you do pay a high price for the privilege!