1994 Honda Concerto 1,5 i


A seriously underestimated car


Rotten exhaust system.

Hood of fuse box fell off.

General Comments:

I am positively surprised by this inconspicuous-looking car. I got it when I was looking for an affordable family car, that is a bit on the sporty side and my Concerto fits the bill admirably. It's more roomy than it looks at first sight, having a trunk that will rarely be too small to store your normal luggage.

On the driving side I love its handling. It hugs the road like it runs on rails and you get an excellent feedback. The steering is direct and responsive and lets you have a lot of fun on curvy roads. On the downside however, is the weak engine. I own the 90 hp motor, which should be sufficient to meet my requirements. It's not a Porsche, after all. But when it comes to going uphill, or to drive on the motorway, its performance is downright embarrassing. I guess, there's been some serious misjudgment in the transmission department and I'm sure - given the otherwise high competence of Honda engineers - you won't find this fault in later models.

In terms of looks my car scores much better than other Concertos around. The trapezium-shaped cabin does look dull, but minor modifications like decorative stripes, a small spoiler at the rear or darkened window panes do make a major difference at the Concerto. Also, I absolutely love the paint. Although it's ten years old and I don't have a garage it's still shiny and the colour looks damn good.

A minor weakness is that the windows tend to get foggy as moisture leaks in, but I suppose that has to do with the car's age.

As a summary I can say the Concerto is really a bargain, if you look for a spacious and sporty car - unless you want a serious performer, in that case go rather for a Focus, or a 306 XS.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st May, 2004

28th Feb 2005, 07:45

You should try the 1.6i-16 model - it goes like a rocket!

21st Jun 2005, 16:10

Hmmmm I have the 1.6i-16 model with the DOHC engine and I wouldn't say it "goes like a rocket".

Not as fast as my mates 2004 Mazda 6 (2 ltr turbo diesel) although should be of same HP. I know it seems silly comparing old with new like that, but then you add in the equation the insurance group is 8 for the Mazda 6 and 13 for the Concerto it makes you ask a few questions!

Still for the age and price of these bad boys, you'd be hard pressed to find a car with the same performance per mpg as the 1.6i-16 Concerto.

1992 Honda Concerto 1.5i petrol


A reliable roomy sporty car


Brake light bulb, exhaust got a hole, halfshaft sleeves cracked.

General Comments:

Much room, nevertheless sporty, nice to drive for longer distances just like short city rides. A very reliable car with good technics.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th June, 2000