Honda Legend Review |CarAdvice

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Honda Legend


a name like Honda . people are always going to high expectations of Honda’s sedan. With the exception of the Superb. this car probably has the arrogant name on the market Savvy is really more than arrogant).

This marks 25 years of the Honda nameplate, although Honda has little to celebrate.

Just 35 sold between January and making the Honda Legend one of the popular vehicles in the $70,000+ car segment. So far this year, in this segment have past the Legend in favour of the expensive Mercedes-Benz E-Class units) and the BMW 5 Series (1042 For the record, the Legend has also pipped by the Superb (620 and the Savvy (39 units).

Available in one specification level, the Honda is not cheap. Starting at $76,990, are plenty of other options for new car with this kind of The Ford Falcon G6E Turbo Holden Caprice V ($75,490) and the S60 T6 ($64,950) are just three sedan options at a lower point.

In fact, one of the biggest about the Honda Legend is the Accord. At $49,990, the top-spec Accord V6 Luxury is $27,000 expensive than the Legend. The share the same wheelbase and the Legend is an imperceptible 35mm

Although the Legend produces more than the Accord, the is more efficient (9.9 vs 10.7 litres/100km). Like the it comes standard with a of high-grade features including Xenon HID headlights, rain-sensing sunroof, dual-zone climate heated front seats, navigation and a reversing camera.

So why you buy a Legend?

The 3.7-litre V6 engine in the is an absolute gem. With of power (at 6300rpm) and 370Nm of (at 5000rpm), the Legend’s V6 is one of the most naturally aspirated V6 engines in Australia.

There’s no real or drama about anything it – it’s all very composed and It’s like it knows it’s capable of doing and really see the need to make a big about it. Depressions of the accelerator are accompanied by a mechanical rush, than a torquey grunt or a turbo.

Stopped at traffic the Legend is the ultimate wolf in clothing. The inconspicuous exterior lead most fellow to think it’s a languid, executive car. You’d no see their jaws drop, if they weren’t so small in rear view mirror almost where you left

There’s no lack of punch on the either, with the Legend as effortlessly pulling at higher to overtake strings of slower

The feeling of composure and surety is by Honda’s all-wheel drive called SH-AWD (super-handling drive). Not only does distribute power between the and rear wheels, it also power between the left and depending on where the power is

In normal driving conditions, 70 per of the torque is sent to the front and 30 per to the rear. In low traction conditions, the changes to around 60:40 to rear, and during high-speed the distribution can reach a maximum split, potentially sending all 50 per to the outside rear wheel and to the inside rear. A real-time dashboard display cleverly you know exactly where the is at any given moment.

The result of is tremendous levels of grip, and a confidence-inspiring driving experience. In the around bends, at speed – the is unfazed.

The other key element of the Legend’s is the six-speed automatic transmission, delivers power smoothly. It has no hanging onto gear it knows you mean business, but just as readily slide to ratios when your are less emphatic. The steering paddle shifters add an extra element to what is already an package.

Unfortunately, if you push the drivetrain to even seven-tenths of its you will become fairly acquainted with your servo clerk. The big Honda is rated at 10.7 litres/100km on the cycle. On the highway it uses a 7.9 litres/100km, but that balloons out to litres/100km once you’re through the city.

It’s an consequence of the Legend’s combination of a naturally aspirated petrol an all-wheel drive system, and – with its direct German – a significantly cheaper starting

After spending a week the Legend, I couldn’t shake the that I was driving a five-year-old While the conservative appearance appeal to some, most agree the Legend is showing its The front-end looks weighed by the heavy chrome grille and headlights and fog lights.

The rear is a more lively, with its fang’ LED taillights, prominent lid and twin chrome exhausts. The 18-inch alloy wheels are and classy.

It’s a similar story the cabin. It may come loaded plenty of features, but with its slab-sided centre console and trim, it all looks a little Personally, if I was parting with to get a car on the road, I’d want it to look and cutting edge #8211; and face it, wear a European too #8211; and the Legend just

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The key is another example of this. just a basic key. No function, no smart entry, no start.

Its memory function is however. Inserting the key in the ignition adjusts seat and side and brings the steering wheel out the dashboard into your driving position (each key has its own

Getting comfortable up front is Both the driver and front get eight-way heated power with electric lumbar They’re both comfortable and plenty of support.

The leather also has a high quality to it.

Rear passenger legroom class topping but it will most needs. Sunshades on the windscreen (automatic) and side (manual) are perfect when in summer or for longer sunny with the kids. A button the sunroof controls that folds down the rear is just another clever feature.

The 10-speaker audio system has a sound and is unlikely to disappoint. You can six CDs into the dash, or connect phone or MP3 player using the USB audio connection. Unfortunately, the Bluetooth system only hands free phone, not streaming.

The satellite navigation is fairly intuitive to operate and clear and accurate instructions. The is a good size and positioned on the dashboard. Included in the map data is an database of points of interest, is great for exploring unfamiliar

The integrated reversing camera the stress out of manoeuvring the Legend in spaces.

Like most new the Legend is silent at idle and a quiet drive, leading to a cabin ambience. Tyre on less-than-perfect surfaces is probably the intrusion, but it’s far from a breaker.

Although the boot swallow plenty of gear, far from the biggest going Incredibly, the Legend’s boot is than that of the pint-sized City (452 litres vs 506 The Legend misses out on a full-sized wheel, making do with a space saver instead.

The safety equipment includes all the features: six airbags (dual side and curtains), electronic control (Honda calls it Stability Assist), traction ABS, EBD and brake assist. As a it earns ANCAP’s maximum safety rating. Considering the Suzuki Swift comes seven airbags as standard, the time has definitely come for luxury cars like the to step up with a more kit.

The Honda Legend is an proposition. On one hand, Honda you to pay $27,000 extra for a car that’s the size as the Accord and has a similar On the other hand, the Legend with the unique combination of a drivetrain and a standard features that its German rivals only dream of at the price.

If you can beyond the ageing appearance and the price for a Honda badge to see the dynamics and clever interior, the is worth adding to your drive list if you’re in the for a sub-$100,000 luxury sedan.

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