Video: 2020 Honda Accord 1.5L VTEC Turbo, First Look

The D-segment has recently been completely rejuvenated by cars such as the Toyota Camry, looking to shake-off the “uncle car” image that is so commonly used to describe this class of vehicles. Just like its perennial rival, Honda is too looking to do the same with its 10th-generation Accord sedan.

A little over three years after its international debut, the much-awaited Honda Accord has finally made its way onto our Malaysian shores. Did Honda successfully redefine its D-segment sedan? Decide for yourselves with a closer look in our video below.

On the outside, the all-new Accord looks vastly different from the outgoing model, with the biggest change being the new coupe-like roof line. Despite looking like a bigger car (in our opinion), the overall length of the Accord has actually shortened quite a bit by 34 mm, while the wheelbase extended by 55 mm.

The roof line of the Accord has also been lowered by 15 mm. Pair that with the shorter over hangs and wider body, and the result is a very sporty looking “sedan”.

Aside from the exterior the powertrain has also been completely modernised, now featuring a single 1.5-litre turbocharged VTEC engine across both variants. The forced-induction mill produces a respectable 201 hp and 260 Nm of torque, higher than even the 2.4-litre naturally-aspirated engine from the outgoing model.

Paired to a new CVT gearbox, the all-new Accord completes the century sprint in 9 seconds (9.1 on the higher-specced TC-P variant), and only drinks 6.3 litres of fuel per 100 km of normal driving.

While the exterior and powertrain set-up has been completely revised, the interior changes are markedly more reserved, design wise at least. The overall look still trends towards the conservative end, though equipment list has received some much-needed love.

Up front and centre is the new eight-inch touchscreen infotainment display, which is the same unit found in the Accord in all markets – No more aftermarket-looking head units. The instrument cluster has also been updated with an analogue-digital hybrid display, but most importantly the driver seats now have memory function for its electronically-controlled seats. At long last!

Safety is also a key focus on the Malaysia-spec 10th-generation Honda Accord, with the top-of-the-range variant receiving the full suite of Honda Sensing advance driver assistance features. In the latest revision, Honda Sensing now includes adaptive cruise control with low-speed follow and auto high beam, in addition to the existing forward collision warning with auto braking assist, lane keep assist, and lane departure warning.

Additionally, the premium variant also gets a 360-degree camera, rear cross traffic monitor, tyre deflation warning, and the smart parking assist system with steering assist and brake assist for both parallel and reverse parking. Honda Lanewatch camera, eight parking sensors, six airbags, and driver attention monitor is standard across both variants.

The 10th-generation Honda Accord is now available in Malaysia, starting at RM185,900 (RM178,203 with SST exemptions) for the TC variant, and RM195,900 (RM187,390 with SST exemptions) for the TC-P variant. If you’re wondering how Honda accord stacks up against the “continental” Volkswagen Passat Elegance, check out our in-depth comparison here!

For the latest price list of Honda vehicles in Malaysia, check out our round-up, here!


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