I nearly fell over when I saw the list price beginning at £26k, it might be the most powerful diesel Accord but you could get a 3 series M Sport or Lexus for that kinda dosh,
On the BMW configurator, a 320d M sport saloon (177 bhp) with the same equipment as the Accord costs £33,470.
The 316d ES with a sadly-not-a-misprint 116 bhp, again specced up to Accord Type S standard, will cost you £30,315.
A booted Mondeo 2.2 (177 bhp) Titanium X will cost you £29,170.
The rattly Lexus IS 220d SE-L is better value than the BMW and Ford at £27,560
A 2.0d (160 PS) Vauxhall Insignia with the options and "styling pack" (to make it like the Type S) is £27,165.
The Accord Type S (OTR) is £26,920.
Looks pretty good value to me. Or have I missed something?