Honda Legend

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Honda Legend

(March

A uniquely Japanese approach to and dynamics

Model: Honda

RRP: $74,500

Price as $74,500

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Overall rating: 3.5/5.0

4.0/5.0

Pricing/Packaging/Practicality: 4.0/5.0

4.5/5.0

Behind the wheel:

X-factor: 3.5/5.0

Ever the flawed first Honda was facelifted in 1988, Honda’s luxury sedan has been consistent in what it offers.

The badge has always defined a silky smooth luxury with generic styling, detailing and exquisite quality, only by its front-drive starting smooth road suspension and tendency to anaesthetize the driving

For Legend buyers, that is how they want it. And while the model doesn’t deviate this brief it does add new dimensions not seen before in a Honda luxury sedan.

For its generation, Honda swapped the transverse drivetrain layout of its models to the Audi-style longitudinal for better suspension control.

The fourth-generation model reverts to a transverse layout (with a 11.6m turning circle) but an advanced all-wheel drive

Styling is a conservative but pleasing mix of the European and Japanese trends.

The is a highly-polished and safe luxury that won’t make any on the driver to the point where it register on any excitement scale

The fact that it features Noise Cancellation designed to reduce low frequency exhaust noise in the cabin sums up the priorities. According to Honda, system cuts 10dB by low frequency sounds with a audio signal pumped the door speakers and rear

While the powerful 3471cc V6 is as as a nut and delivers 217kW and 351Nm, the 1855kg and Active Noise doesn’t leave much to the pulse. The overwhelming competence and of anything extraordinary is such any memory of my time with the is almost a complete blank.

It is as if the Noise Cancellation works on the brain as well. Fortunately, I copious notes.

As if to highlight the of the advanced Super Handling Drive System, there is a representation in the dash of how much is going to each axle and how it is split between left and wheels.

Honda claims its Direct Yaw can direct extra torque to the rear wheel during to counteract understeer.

A comprehensive of electronic controls in conjunction an extra planetary gearset at the axle monitors and responds to forces, yaw rate, wheel rate and steering angle to the usual factors that can an AWD vehicle resist turning.

In 70 per cent of the torque goes to the wheels in most light applications while up to 40 per cent can be to the rear under full

This front-drive bias is enough to generate front spin if you get too excited taking from the lights — at until the giant electronic steps in.

During hard Honda claims the system can shift 70 per cent of torque to the wheels and of this torque, up to 100 per can be directed to the outside rear

The planetary gear set can then in to accelerate that wheel by a five per cent over the speed of the front wheels to the cornering line at the critical

All this techno-trickery represents an effort to rid the Legend of its high-speed handling traits while front-drive traction with all drive back-up so favoured in northern hemisphere conditions.

In fast Australian sweepers, it Just at the point when you yourself to add extra lock, or counteract the tyre scrub of a front-drive chassis mid-corner, the takes over and carves a line.

As clever as it is, it’s for an enthusiast driver when you out on the throttle adjustability and balance of a rear drive chassis. it adds safety and won’t an average driver.

Honda Legend

Will it join Honda’s binned steering as yet another countermeasure for scrub understeer? Because are spoilt for choice of affordable and competent rear-drive chassis, the achievements in this area are not to have the big local impact it have elsewhere.

Because fairly large V6 engine and auto plus the all wheel transfer gears fill the above and ahead of the front it still feels and drives a front-drive model. This dictates heavily-assisted steering is no worse or better than any powerful front-drive model but it with that numb, feeling.

While the Honda appears to offer an outstanding saving over a similarly-equipped BMW 5 or Mercedes-Benz E-Class, it ultimately down to how much you value driver involvement. The Holden WM which offers a sublime feel similar to the Legend’s an involving, rear-wheel drive suddenly looks cheap at under the Legend.

But the Legend hasn’t played its card yet. Its body and which is 33 per cent stiffer the previous Legend, is made an exotic combination of high steels and aluminium. This Honda to angle the windscreen for extra vision and generate clearances around the side

It oozes quality and generates five-star crash safety.

On passers-by couldn’t resist it in detail. This Legend has presence.

The cabin is striking with lashings of real wood and a range of stitched on the dash and doors. Thick and exhaustive sound deadening deliver unbelievable serenity most sealed road

On Australia’s broken surfaced the suspension gets a little and sometimes ruffled but this is not its ground. The Legend is a car that allow you to waft around without demands while you your particular brand of zip up country if needed, then your friends or clients out at in top-shelf luxury. It’s than many German and the L Brand in the comfort stakes.

Although the rear and side is served by sunshades, the windscreen the driver to the direct sun, more of the dual-zone climate than usual.

A GPS-based that keeps track of the sun adjust it for you automatically — I kid you I can just imagine a local telling an owner if it’s not in ten year’s time that don’t make satellites they used to or the one looking the Honda climate control has out of the sky. You have to wonder it might be better to design a that could provide for the front of the cabin.

Although a control system resembling iDrive complicates the controls, the screen and general layout are It looks and feels expensive.

it doesn’t have satnav, it has a and a sensitive altitude readout. I myself plotting a mental map of the to avoid around Melbourne if sea rise. The gadgetry will you amused for at least a month you decide which is useful.

adjustable front seats and column should take of just about any driver. The headlights with cornering were outstanding and the progressive light intensity is clever. The has a pop-up function to reduce injuries.

The premium sound and standard operation are as good as you would Even if the blue glow from the centre of each is gimmicky, the graphics and calibrations are clear.

The steering paddle for the auto are your best of entertaining driving but ultimately, the is best left to its own devices it is one ratio short in this

An average fuel consumption of given the mix of high speed and driving was good given the heat and current draw of all the equipment. At steady speed cruising, it could better

So that’s the Legend — competent in every area yet it be more different from the involving European or Australian to luxury.

All those Toyota Grande or Mazda 929 owners who the loss of a replacement your new car is Except, this time it a Honda badge.

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