Ratings: 2020 Honda Accord 1.5 TC-P - High score in most areas, 192/250 pts overall

Shaun · Nov 07, 2020 11:26 AM

In this week's Ratings test, we're analysing the 2020 Honda Accord 1.5 TC-P by evaluating all aspects from driving performance to purchase and cost.

Honda Accord

Driving Performance – 35/50 pts, relaxing driving experience

2020 Honda Accord 1.5 TC-P - Facts and Figures
Engine 1.5L 4-cylinder turbo
Transmission CVT automatic
Power 201 PS @ 5,500 rpm
Torque 260 Nm @ 1,600 - 5,000 rpm
Weight 1,494 kg
0-100 km/h 8.7 seconds
100-0 km/h 38.0 metres

Power delivery is rather linear for a turbocharged engine and the CVT pulls the car along in such a smooth manner. It’s a relaxing driving experience that doesn’t encourage spirited driving.

Steering is light and has a variable ratio that progressively gets quicker as you apply more steering input. This aids manoeuvrability at city speeds but can feel a tad unusual at first.

Body roll is well contained in corners and it goes around bends in a rather flat and calm manner, which is something the bosses at the rear can appreciate. But  driver engagement is minimal.

2020 Honda Accord 1.5 TC-P - Driving Performance Breakdown
Engine Acceleration 3.5 / 5
In-gear Acceleration 3 / 5
Throttle Response 4 / 5
Transmission Shift Logic 2 / 3
             Smoothness 4.5 / 5
      Sport/Manual Mode 3 / 3
Steering   Accuracy 2 / 3
Response 2 / 3
 Weight & Feel 1 / 3
Braking Distance 2.5 / 3
 Feel 2.5 / 3
Handling  Chassis Balance 1.5 / 3
 Grip 2 / 3
 Load Reaction 2 / 3
Total   35 / 50 pts

Ride Comfort – 39/50 pts, well-tuned suspension

The suspension strikes a fine balance between pliancy and firmness. The same can be said about the Volkswagen Passat, but the Accord does it in a Japanese way without the nuggety feeling ride.

Front seats are fairly comfortable, although not quite as plush or soft as in the Toyota Camry. The cushions are just a tad firmer and provides decent lumber and thigh support.

2020 Honda Accord 1.5 TC-P - Noise Level
60 km/h 62 dB
90 km/h 66 dB
110 km/h 69 dB

Cabin noise is where it gets baffling. Objectively, the sound level meter recorded an average of 69 dB at 110 km/h, which is 2 dB higher compared to the Camry. But subjectively, the Accord felt quieter than the number suggests.

This could only point to the Active Noise Cancellation doing its thing by cancelling out frequencies our ears are sensitive to, thus making the cabin feel quieter.

2020 Honda Accord 1.5 TC-P - Ride Comfort Breakdown
Sound Proofing 7 / 10
Suspension 8 / 10
Passenger Comfort 8 / 10
Seat Support 4 / 5
Ergonomics 4 / 5
Engine Refinement 8 / 10
Total points 39 / 50 pts

Quality and Features – 40/50 pts, full score for safety features

2020 Honda Accord 1.5 TC-P - Exterior Material Use
Bonnet Soundproofing Material Thick
Struts Gas
Front Fenders Soundproofing Material Yes
Doors Front Windows Double Glazed
Rear Windows Single Glazed
Construction Multiple
Tailgate/Boot Opening Manual

Panel gaps deviated by no more than 1.0 mm from opposite sides, which indicates average build quality. Paint thickness consistency averaged in the 110s of µm.

2020 Honda Accord 1.5 TC-P - Panel Gaps
Location Driver Side Passenger Side Difference
Bonnet 6.0 5.0 1.0
Front Fender 3.0 3.0 0
Front to Rear Door 3.5 3.5 0
Rear Door to Quarter Panel 4.0 3.5 0.5
Tailgate 4.5 3.5 1.0
2020 Honda Accord 1.5 TC-P - Paint Thickness (µm)
Location Driver Side Passenger Side
Front Bonnet 133
Front Fender 110 94
Front Door 113 113
Rear Door 114 115
Quarter Panel 122 118
Tailgate 138
Roof 113
Average paint thickness: 117

Build and material quality are par for the money, with good quality touch points. No squeaking or odd noises in our test car either.

2020 Honda Accord 1.5 TC-P - Cabin Material Use
Seat Seat Cover Leather
Armrest Armrest Cover Leather
Dashboard Upper Section Soft Plastic
  Lower Section Hard Plastic
Front Doors Upper Section Soft Plastic
  Middle Section Leather
  Lower Section Hard Plastic

Apple CarPlay/Android Auto integration is one of the best out there. Map directions (Android Auto only) are displayed on the LCD portion of the instrument cluster. And the 10-speaker audio system is rather decent.

The Honda Sensing suite of ADAS works quite well on our roads. It’s not intrusive and operates smoothly. Plus, it’s the only one in its segment with Low Speed Follow that helps drivers creep along in traffic.

2020 Honda Accord 1.5 TC-P - Quality & Features Breakdown
Exterior Paint Finish 3 / 5
Panel Gaps 3 / 5
Interior Build Quality 4 / 5
Materials Used 4 / 5
Features Safety 10 / 10
ADAS 5 / 5
Luxury 2 / 5
Convenience 4 / 5
Infotainment 5 / 5
Total   40 / 50 pts

Space and Practicality – 39/50 pts, class-leading rear legroom

As with all modern Hondas, space and practicality are its forte. When seated at the rear, the amount of legroom is unrivalled with about 4 tennis balls of kneeroom and 1 tennis ball of headroom for a 175 cm adult.

Door bins are large enough to git 1.5-litre bottles and the centre armrest storage is massive. Boot space is rated at 570 litres.

2020 Honda Accord 1.5 TC-P - Interior Space Breakdown
Front Row 9 / 10
Middle/Back Row 10 / 10
Third Row 0 / 5
Boot Space 4 / 5
Practicality 4 / 5
Storage Space 4 / 5
Visibility 3.5 / 5
Storage Flexibility 4.5 / 5
Total 39 / 50 pts

Fuel consumption – 15/20 pts, acceptable for its power

After completing a 88.3 km journey broken down to 60% highway and 40% city driving, the amount of fuel required to fill brim the tank is 7.75 litres.

Which gives a calculated figure of 8.8-litre/100 km. In comparison, the Toyota Camry returned 10.5-litre/100 km while the Volkswagen Passat achieved an impressive 6.5-litre/100 km.

2020 Honda Accord 1.5 TC-P - Fuel Consumption Test Breakdown
Fuel Consumption 11 / 15
Eco Mode 2 / 2
Indicator Accuracy 2 / 3
Total points 15 / 20 pts

Purchase and Cost – 24/30 pts, relatively good value

The locally-assembled Honda Accord 1.5 TC-P is priced at RM 195,900 (with SST). Price without SST is RM 187,390, valid until 31 December 2020.

Considering the features it offers, it's relatively good value compared to its rivals. Maintenance and fuel cost are reasonable as well.

2020 Honda Accord 1.5 TC-P - Purchase & Cost
Purchase Car Price 12 / 15
Warranty 4 / 5
Cost Maintenance 4 / 5
Fuel Cost 4 / 5
Total   24 / 30 pts

Conclusion – 192/250 pts overall

The 2020 Honda Accord 1.5 TC-P scored well in most areas and excelled in quality and features for its impressive suite of safety features. The only aspect where the Accord fell short slightly compared to its rivals is driving performance.

But if driving engagement does not rank high in your priorities, the Honda Accord should be right at the top of your shortlist of D-segment sedans.

Comments