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The Honda Odyssey receives a welcomed nip and tuck and a load of new safety systems and entertainment features to keep it ahead of the game.

17 Oct 2018


The Honda Odyssey has been the de facto choice for families that want more seats. Starting out as just a large people carrier, the Odyssey now is a premium MPV that doesn't just transport more passengers. It does it in absolute comfort, too.

So what's new?

Honda has redesigned the front bumper, which integrate nicely with the LED head lights and given the Odyssey a fresh set of 17-inch shoes, giving the premium MPV a bolder-looking front end.

The redesigned front bumper gives the Odyssey a sportier look

Most of the changes are on the inside. Honda Sensing now comes standard in the top-of-the-line EXV Navi Res trim, and comes packed with safety features such as Collision Mitigation Braking System, Lane Keeping Assist System and Road Departure Mitigation.

Another welcomed feature is Adaptive Cruise Control and Blind Spot Assist, which make the Odyssey a good choice for long road trips, and significantly reduces the feeling of the car's size behind the wheel.

Passengers, whilst in the comfortable ottoman-style captain seats, can be entertained with the new ceiling-mounted 9.0-inch rear entertainment system with an HDMI port.

The ottoman-style second row seats can be adjusted to offer a luxurious seating experience

How is it inside?

The Odyssey does a good job of being comfortable through Singapore roads, thanks to ample support from the seats. The suspension setup keeps the drive supple, but cornering aggressively does induce body roll.

More importantly, the Odyssey is a car that is easy to get in and out of, due to its low floor. 



The best seat in the house is the second row, which, with the third row seats folded into the floor, can be stretched out completely for a very luxurious seating experience. 

Output wise, power comes from the same Honda Earth Dreams 2.4-litre lump in the pre-facelift Odyssey, which produces an adequate 174bhp and 225Nm of torque. It has a nice and linear power delivery and does a good job when cruising around town.

The 2.4-litre Honda Earth Dreams engine has enough torque to move the Odyssey easily

Honda Sensing helps to keep road situations in check. It rained heavily during our time with the Odyssey, but changing lanes in low visibility was aided with the Blind Spot Assist. For a car this size, its 360-degree camera helped tremendously when negotiating tight spaces, too.

Is it still a class act?

MPVs such as the Odyssey have become the choice of families, and it's not hard to see why. First, it ticks all the boxes in regards to space and seat capacity. The other point is how the Odyssey makes motoring a truly premium experience.

The third row seats in the Odyssey fold flat into the floor, allowing for more space for luggage or to stretch out the second row

The Odyssey reminds you just how well-engineered and equipped a Japanese carmaker like Honda is. There is no doubt this MPV has raised the bar even further for its segment peers.
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Car Information

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Price

: $156,999

Engine Type

:

4-cylinder in-line 16-valve DOHC i-VTEC

Engine Cap

:

2356cc

Horsepower

:

129kW (173 bhp) / 6200 rpm

Torque

:

225 Nm / 4000 rpm

Transmission

:

Earth Dreams CVT (A)

Acceleration (0-100 km/h)

:

11.7sec

Top Speed

:

198km/h

Fuel consumption

:

12.3 km/L

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