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1991 Honda Concerto reviews

Concerto LX 1.6
Exellent car, I would re-buy it if reproduced into new model

Concerto EX I 1.6 i
-UK and Ireland
Looks like a car your Grandpa would drive, But with the performance any

Concerto 1.6i 16v
A very reliable, sporty car

Concerto GL 1.4
-UK and Ireland
Good build quality

1992 Honda Concerto reviews

Concerto 1.6i 16v
Reliable family car with a bit of punch for Dad

Concerto Blaise 1.6i 16v
-UK and Ireland
A Modifiers Dream

Concerto 1.5i
Drives way better than it looks

Concerto LX 1.6 petrol
A joy to drive everyday

Concerto 1.5i petrol
A reliable roomy sporty car

Concerto 1.6i-16 valve
-UK and Ireland
A reliable

1993 Honda Concerto reviews

Concerto 16i-16v 1.6
An average sporty family car

Concerto SX 1.6i-16
Fast and reliable family car

Concerto 1.6i 16v DOHC
-UK and Ireland
Looks like a wolf, sounds like a wolf and goes like hell

1994 Honda Concerto reviews

Concerto 1,5 i
A seriously underestimated car

Concerto 1.6 16v
-UK and Ireland
Good, reliable, cheap car

Concerto EXi 1.6i 16v Double Overhead Cam p
-UK and Ireland
Insurance friendly, high performance bargain

Concerto 16se 1.6 twin cam
-UK and Ireland
Good reliable car, and cheap to run

Concerto 1.6i 16SE
-UK and Ireland
The most reliable car I have ever owned

Concerto SE 1.6i 16v
-UK and Ireland
Value for money with reliability

Concerto injection 1.5
-UK and Ireland
A great family car with a bit of get up and go!


The Honda Concerto (Japanese: ホンダ・コンチェルト) was an automobile produced by the British division of the Japanese manufacturer, from 1988 to 1994. Like its predecessor, the Honda Ballade, it shared its platform with a Rover product, namely the Rover 200 and Rover 400. The Concerto was also manufactured and sold in Japan. The Concerto was sold in both liftback and sedan form.

Engine choices were:

1.4 L (SOHC carb) with 88 hp DIN (65 kW)
1.5 L (SOHC SPI) with 90 hp DIN (66 kW)
1.6 L (SOHC MPI) with 115 hp DIN (85 kW)
1.6 L (DOHC MPI) with 130 hp DIN (96 kW)
1.6 L (DOHC carb) with 106 hp DIN (80 kW)

In Japan and other Asian/Australasian countries, the Concerto was also available with an SOHC 1.6L dual carb engine. 4WD was also an option in Japan. Interestingly the Concerto range featured a 1.6 16v SOHC engine, quite an unusual design to have sixteen valves on a single cam.

The Concerto was sold internationally on a platform which was larger than the popular Civic, it also offered more features than the Civic and was more prestige market.

One difference between the British built and Japanese built Concertos was that the front suspension – versions built in Swindon had MacPherson struts unlike their Japanese counterparts which had double wishbones.

Honda stopped manufacturing the Concerto in Great Britain when its partner, Rover, was taken over by BMW in 1994.

Up until that point the two companies had been merged up to 20% equally with each other and had collaborated with this model and many others in both companies ranges. The Concerto’s replacement in Japan was the Domani, which was the basis for the succeeding Rover 400 and 45. In Europe, 5-door hatchback and estate variants of the Domani were sold as a Civic, in order to avoid having two different nameplates in the lower midsize segment.

Honda entered Formula One as a constructor for the first time in the 1964 season at the German Grand Prix with Ronnie Bucknum at the wheel. 1965 saw the addition of Richie Ginther to the team, who scored Honda’s first point at the Belgian Grand Prix, and Honda’s first win at the Mexican Grand Prix. 1967 saw their next win at the Italian Grand Prix with John Surtees as their driver. In 1968, Jo Schlesser was killed in a Honda RA302 at the French Grand Prix. This racing tragedy, coupled with their commercial difficulties selling automobiles in the United States, prompted Honda to withdraw from all international motorsport that year.

After a learning year in 1965, Honda-powered Brabhams dominated the 1966 French Formula Two championship in the hands of Jack Brabham and Denny Hulme. As there was no European Championship that season, this was the top F2 championship that year. In the early 1980s Honda returned to F2, supplying engines to Ron Tauranac’s Ralt team. Tauranac had designed the Brabham cars for their earlier involvement. They were again extremely successful. In a related exercise, John Judd’s Engine Developments company produced a turbo “Brabham-Honda” engine for use in IndyCar racing. It won only one race, in 1988 for Bobby Rahal at Pocono.

Honda returned to Formula One in 1983, initially with another Formula Two partner, the Spirit team, before switching abruptly to Williams in 1984. In the late 1980s and early 1990s, Honda powered cars won six consecutive Formula One Constructors Championships. WilliamsF1 won the crown in 1986 and 1987. Honda switched allegiance again in 1988. New partners Team McLaren won the title in 1988, 1989, 1990 and 1991. Honda withdrew from Formula One at the end of 1992, although the related Mugen-Honda company maintained a presence up to the end of 1999, winning four races with Ligier and Jordan Grand Prix.

Honda debuted in the CART IndyCar World Series as a works supplier in 1994. The engines were far from competitive at first, but after development, the company powered six consecutive drivers championships. In 2003, Honda transferred its effort to the rival IRL IndyCar Series. In 2004, Honda-powered cars overwhelmingly dominated the IndyCar Series, winning 14 of 16 IndyCar races, including the Indianapolis 500, and claimed the IndyCar Series Manufacturers’ Championship, Drivers’ Championship and Rookie of the Year titles. In 2006, Honda became the sole engine supplier for the IndyCar Series, including the Indianapolis 500. In the 2006 Indianapolis 500, for the first time in Indianapolis 500 history, the race was run without a single engine problem.[8]

During 1998, Honda considered returning to Formula One with their own team. The project was aborted after the death of its technical director, Harvey Postlethwaite. Honda instead came back as an official engine supplier to British American Racing (BAR) and Jordan Grand Prix. Honda bought a stake in the BAR team in 2004 before buying the team outright at the end of 2005, becoming a constructor for the first time since the 1960s. Honda won the 2006 Hungarian Grand Prix with driver Jenson Button.

Honda’s Concerto was something of a landmark car. Following on from Honda’s collaboration with Triumph over the Ballade/Acclaim, the Concerto/Rover 200 cemented the relationship still further and prompted Honda to develop their UK operations still further. Manufactured at Longbridge, Birmingham, the Concerto and the Rover 200 were largely similar but for bonnets and grille pressings, but the Honda’s more niche appeal and lack of historical baggage has probably made it a cannier used buy.

Upon launch in 1991, the range consisted of a 1.4 GL version, a 1.6-litre 105bhp EX, and the range-topping 1.6-litre 16-valve SX which developed a healthy 129bhp. In January 1992, the 1.4-litre version was phased out, replaced by an 89bhp 1.5i model, and in November of that year the Blaise limited edition model was introduced. 1993 saw the deletion of the SX version, replaced by either the 1.6-16 or the 1.6-16SE. The Concerto range was eventually replaced by the upmarket march of the Civic.

Concerto tuning tips from the car tuning guide, we take a look at the best power mods for the Concerto in our latest guide.

Available in standard form with power of upto 123bhp (depending on the year), so this goes to show the tuning potential of the Concerto. From this you can increase the power from anywhere between 135.3bhp to 209.1bhp but this is far out of the reach of your local part store.

You will need some extensive work on the engine block, gas flowing, porting, 3 angle valve job, fast road cams, a remap, full balance and blueprint and even then you will need to add some pretty serious forced induction upgrades.

Honda mods should include an engine swap to provide a better base to work from. The ‘123bhp Concerto Hatchbacks’ is a real gem in terms of power. The more powerful Concertos respond well to tuning mods. View full article »

Honda Concerto (1991 – 1995)

Reputations are strange things, especially in the used car arena. Some cars we remember as class leaders only to return to them to find theyve dated horribly. Other models seemed run of the mill at the time, but 20/20 hindsight allows us to view them in their rightful context. The Honda Concerto is such a car, a model with underwhelming stamped all over it at the time of its launch in the early nineties.

A used model makes a great deal of sense, as youre buying Honda reliability without one iota of badge equity. As a bargain five-seater runabout, the Concerto takes some beating.

From the 1.6i model upwards, there’s an extremely long list of equipment supplied as standard. This includes an electric glass slide and tilt sunroof, electric front and rear windows, electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors, central door locking, a driver’s seat lumber adjuster and a four-speaker stereo cassette. In addition, all models except the baseline 1.5i have remote control central locking, improved anti-lock brakes, higher quality wood veneer on the dashboard and a colour-keyed rear spoiler and side protectors. Should you opt for the faster and sportier 1.

6i-16 variant, you also get alloy wheels and a leather-bound steering wheel as well as Honda’s sweet sixteen-valve engine. And if you want more gadgets, then consider the top-of-the-line 5-door ‘SE’ flagship variant which comes complete with all that plus a genuine leather interior and air conditioning as standard. The interiors were one area where Rover scored over their Honda partners, the Concerto never feeling quite as special to sit in as a Rover 200. Space certainly isnt a problem, even in the back, as the Concerto was comfortably larger inside than rivals such as the Peugeot 309.

Cars with little or no image can be snapped up cheaply, and the Concerto is no exception. Just expect to register blank expressions when people ask what you drive. The Concerto is certainly no exception to this rule and, if you can find one, theyre best priced on an individual basis as condition can vary widely.

Avoid the 1.4 and 1.5-litre cars if at all possible. The 16-valve engine is the one to go for and has proved almost faultlessly reliable.

You may find that on older models, the seats tend to sag if the car has had heavy use. The brakes can suffer from judder and vibration and the electric windows had a history of occasional failure.

(approx based on a 1993 Concerto 1.5 – ex Vat) A clutch assembly is around £135 and an exhaust system about £280. Allow a budget for around £45 for front and rear brake pads. A radiator is about £165, an alternator about £330 and a starter motor around £245.

A front headlamp costs from around £107.

Opt for a Concerto 1.6-16 valve model and youll have a car that can give some hot hatches a good going over. Beneath those unassuming lines is a car that will accelerate to 60mph in just 8.8 seconds en route to 122 mph.

Thats better sprinting power than a VW Golf GTI 2.0, an Audi A3 1.8 Sport or an Alfa Romeo 147 2.0 Selespeed.

Ouch. Dont expect it to handle as well as these cars however, as the suspension is set up for comfort. Turn the wick up and the Concerto gets a bit floaty over high-speed undulations, but the handling is generally sharper than youd at first give it credit for. The power assisted steering is well weighted although refinement isnt the best.

If you dont particularly care about a cars image and just want a good value, cheap and competent mode of transport, heres a surprisingly well-rounded contender.