Review the Honda Odyssey 2018
Honda’s sleek Odyssey has long been a popular option for Australians who need more seats / better contraception. However, as the years passed, the people’s market did not shrink too much, it collapsed into a black hole, taking a series of rivals out of space and time.
Odyssey stands out with the ancient Tarago and the huge Kia Carnival that are the only real options if you don’t want an SUV to transfer many people and equipment. And to not suffer those who tell you that you are driving a commercial truck.
Is there anything interesting about its design? 7/10
When Toyota’s Tarago became great and the spacecraft in the mid-1990s, the segment became instantly cool … well, cooler. The first and second generation are solid if the efforts are not clear, distinguished by the ‘normal’ car door for the back rather than the psychological-like sliding door. The third and fourth generation are the versions that everyone remembers – sleek and stylish, it really looks pretty good for an MPV.
This fifth generation is not so successful and is probably the most delivery truck. The higher bonnet and boxier are further complicated by the extremely busy grille and lighting layout, with more chrome perhaps perhaps needed. It makes the Odyssey look a little bluffy and the sliding doors are a bit van-ish if not more useful, especially in tight spaces.
The spacious interior is filled with light from large glass panels extending all the way down to the vehicle. There are a few smart features, like last quarter windows to help reserve a car while parking. It’s a graceful aging space but with some nice touches like the touchpad for HVAC controls (heating, ventilation, air conditioning). Dickwood is less welcome and should be sent after haste – it looks aftermarket and obviously plastic.
How realistic is the inner space? 8/10
The big reason VTi is more realistic than the more expensive S is that the low-priced car has an extra seat. The middle row of the VTi-S is made up of two rotating captain seats with an old business-style footrest. The middle row of VT is much more common with extra seats, meaning a total of eight.
The middle row can slide front and rear and the back seat reclines. Life is a bit deserted in the back row, with a few convenient features outside the fixed glass window so they can watch the lucky ones. To be fair, the rear seats are comfortable and provide better leg room than expected, and even have vents mounted on the ceiling.
Although there are eight seats, there are “six” cupholders on board and you can only get two seats if the middle row is occupied. The third row has them integrated into the ridges along the sides of the seats. Front-seat passengers also record a handy pop-out tray, which will fit two large phones right next to the two USB ports.
Boot space is, as you expect, variable. It starts at 330 liters with all seats in place, smaller than the boot of HR-V. A very neat trick is the way the back row folds right to the floor. If you didn’t pay attention, you would think Honda changed you and sold you a silly high horse cart.
Drop the rear seats and let those in the middle row have all the space available and the boot extends to 1332 liters. Push the middle row forward and you have another 340 liters to 1672, although you won’t have much leg room. Fold all the rear seats and you have 1867 liters. The second row doesn’t appear and rather this way, but it’s handy if you have a long flat package or modest shelf or cupboard to change. Great for a bunch of bubbles, though. With the rest room for one or two clowns.
Does it represent good value for the price? What features does it come with? 7/10
Honda provides two specifications in Australia; VTi and VTi-S. This week we spent time with the more realistic eight-seat VTi, the no-captain version of the famous captain.
The $ 37,990 VTi has cut the S by nearly $ 10,000, which is a pretty big difference. VTi leaves Japan with 17-inch alloys, six-speaker stereo, dual-zone climate control, remote central locking, reversing camera, cruise control, automatic headlights, leather-wrapped steering wheel, windows Electric adjustment, heated rearview mirror and additional space saving.
The passenger rear door also has an electric slider, with a button on the dashboard and a key for remote activation. It was a neat party trick.
Honda’s old multimedia software fills the 7.0-inch touch screen with jagged old graphics and can’t fill it with Android Auto or Apple CarPlay, as in Civic and CR-V. Sounds good, but it’s not a great system to navigate or use.