Honda Step WGN Spada Cool Spirit

Honda Step WGN Spada Review: “Surprisingly, it offers the best riding feel” by Naoto Shimazaki

The Spada is a popular product line. In fact, during the early stages of the new Spada, the orders exceeded over 70%. The high-end edition, the Cool Spirit (FF layout), is outfitted with 17-inch tires and wheels. The interior features exclusive upholstery, a combination of leather and fabric.

I was pleasantly surprised to find that this car has excellent ride quality and vehicle handling feel. Standard models like this are unsteady and move rhythmically. However, compared to the standard model, this new model is smooth and offers excellent comfort.

The car’s nose is stable, enabling a flat ride. On mountain trails, it turns beautifully and doesn’t feel unnatural. I asked about the damper, spring (with 17-inch tires) and the exclusive rear hub bearing. When I learned about its specifications, I expected it to have the same ride and handling performance as European cars (specifically, the minivan of Volkswagen). I would probably recommend the Cool Spirit edition more than the standard model.

In contrast with the stretchable upholstery of the standard model, it has a slightly stiff upholstery, securing and firmly holds the passengers inside the car that runs beautifully. The performance of the 1.5-liter turbo engine matches the beautiful ride. The sound of the engine, its revolution and low vibrations, is also pleasant to hear.

It has Waku Waku Gate as standard equipment. Because of the exclusive parts, the overall length is 45mm longer than the standard model. The aero parts don’t really make that much of a difference, but is simply giving it a new style.

â–  Five Star Rating
Packaging: ★★★★★
Interior/ Interior Comfort: ★★★★★
Power Source: ★★★★★
Foot Work: ★★★★★
Recommendation: ★★★★★

Naoto Shimazaki | Automotive Journalist (AJAJ Member)

Born in Tokyo in 1958. He worked at an editing and publishing company for nine years after graduating from university.In 1991, he began working freelance after working as a writer, editor and photographer for magazines and independent publications.Since then, he has continued to expand his activities as a writer for magazines and the web. He approaches cars and journalism from the viewpoint of an everyday user.

(Translated by Katherine N. Bantiles)