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.
Driving Performance – 35/50 pts, relaxing driving experience
|2020 Honda Accord 1.5 TC-P - Facts and Figures|
|Engine||1.5L 4-cylinder turbo|
|Power||201 PS @ 5,500 rpm|
|Torque||260 Nm @ 1,600 - 5,000 rpm|
|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|
|Front Fenders||Soundproofing Material||Yes|
|Doors||Front Windows||Double Glazed|
|Rear Windows||Single Glazed|
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|
|Front to Rear Door||3.5||3.5||0|
|Rear Door to Quarter Panel||4.0||3.5||0.5|
|2020 Honda Accord 1.5 TC-P - Paint Thickness (µm)|
|Location||Driver Side||Passenger Side|
|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|
|Dashboard||Upper Section||Soft Plastic|
|Lower Section||Hard Plastic|
|Front Doors||Upper Section||Soft Plastic|
|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.
|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.