WHAT: Honda Accord Type-S 2.2-litre diesel (2,199cc, 180bhp, 0-100kmh in 8.8 seconds, top speed 220kmh), six-speed gearbox, front-wheel-drive, CO2 of 147g/km; VRT is 20pc. €302 annual road tax.
COST: €39,465. Delivery, related charges extra
TARGET MARKET: Enthusiasts, families.
PLUS: Performance, equipment levels, practicality.
MINUS: Price compared with 'snob' marques that cost little more, speed cameras.
STANDARD EQUIPMENT: Dual-zone climate control, cruise control, heated front seats, leather upholstery, reversing camera, front/rear parking sensors, several airbags, DVD sat nav, Bluetooth HFT, premium audio system, 6-CD changer, 18-inch alloys, automatic lights/wipers, Bi-HID xenon headlights, multi-function leather steering wheel, front fogs.
OTHERS TO CONSIDER: Audi A4/6, Mercedes C/E Class, BMW 3/5series, top spec versions of VW Passat; nearly everything in the €40,000 bracket.