June 13, 2022
The Honda Ballade in 2000 was just the average family car you would take on holiday. Two decades later, something has changed. Read on and find out more.1
Why is that? These days, unless a vehicle has big tyres, a raised height and lower-door cladding, no one could care. This is because crossovers, SUVs and double cab bakkies have taken over as family cars. But you’ll discover something interesting if you spend quite a while driving Honda’s new Ballade.
Honda has lagged in developing its infotainment systems, with its graphics reminding you of something from the 1990s. The latest infotainment system in the new Ballade completely outshines its predecessor, enabling you to pair it with your smartphone, for instance.
On either side of the handbrake are some handy utility slots for smartphones and some spare change.
The Ballade’s powertrain has hardly changed, and instead of including a turbocharger that is usual for this segment, it has a naturally aspirated, 1.5-litre petrol engine. The latter delivers 89 kW of power and 146 Nm of torque, which is not too awe-inspiring. For a gearbox, the Ballade uses a CVT.
Gravel roads are not the ideal road surface for a compact family sedan. Compared to bakkies, you need to get used to the considerably lower car height. If you are higher up, as with bakkies, you have a better view of the road and feel more confident in driving. But there is a downside to this. You are more susceptible to body roll and pitch because of the higher centre of gravity of the vehicle. This is where we have so quickly taken the Ballade’s low height for granted, providing you with much stability.
The car is not that practical. If you’re an outdoor person, you want to be able to load your mountain bike in the back of a bakkie or in the boot of a car. Unfortunately, you could only fit 2 wheels into the Ballade’s boot. Honda could have split the back seats and made them fold forwards, opening much-needed space. Understandably, such an arrangement does add more cost to the car. The main frame of the mountain bike did fit in the back, but only after moving the front seats forward.
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