Honda Accord Tourer i-CTDi : ESTATE OF THE DIESEL ART
One of the finest prestige compact estates you can buy has the finest diesel available under the bonnet. Jonathan Crouch on Hondas Accord Tourer i-CTDi
Lifestyle-orientated buyers may value style over substance but that doesnt mean that theyre blind to everyday economics. Hence the fact that the majority of sales of cars like Audis A4 Avant and BMWs 3 Series Touring are of diesel models.
Without a diesel, youre without a prayer when it comes to shifting volumes in the profitable compact prestige estate sector, so when Hondas Accord Tourer was initially launched without one, dealers werent too hopeful. As it happens, the car sold quite well, probably because its one of the few models in the sector to be able to mix eye-catching lines with surprisingly spacious loading capacity. With Hondas 2.2-litre i-CTDi diesel now available and with the Accord freshened by improvements made for the latest model year, it could all be about to come together.
From nowhere, Honda created the finest diesel in its class with the 2.2 i-CTDi, arguably the finest diesel you can buy, yet this is the first such engine produced in the companys 55 year history. The fact that Honda is the words biggest engine maker should mean that we shouldnt be surprised by this. Obviously, they were able to bring considerable expertise and resource to the project.