The Ballade is assembled in Thailand at one of Honda’s highest-tech plants and is exported to 25 countries – including is “home” market, Japan. The plant also assembles the Civic and CR-Z and is the company’s third-largest in the world.
HUGE LUGGAGE SPACE: The back of the wedge-shaped Ballade has a boot big enough to stand suitcases upright - even with a full-sized spare wheel.
Conservative good looks are obvious. The Ballade is handsome rather than flash and along with that comes (at least up on the Highveld where it was launched) a certain lack of dash. Eagle was also upfront about performance: the car was designed as a city (remember the name...) car so acceleration in traffic was the focus of the engine/gearbox rather than carving mountain passes.
AUSTERITY DRIVE: Flash isn't really in Honda's lexicon so while the fascia ain't fancy, there really isn't anything missing in terms of accessories and equipment.