Honda Civic 2019: RS hatch
I like the Honda Civic Type R. It’s very good. But it’s also very bad, quite expensive compared to the rest of the Civic line, and to my kindness, it’s really bad.
Interestingly, I drove some current Generation Citizens, and although not so ugly, most of them were dimmed by a 1.8-liter engine mated to a CVT gearbox. is fine.
I was wondering a while ago how a Civic would be better with a proper powertrain and a nice little turbo engine. Honda must have heard only half of my wish, because this Civic RS has a nice small turbo engine (also available in CR-V and other Citizens) as well as some Type R- style magic. lite. But not a better gearbox.
Still, the warm Civic is an attractive proposition. It is packed very impressively, with large interior space and excellent build quality. There is even a good chassis hidden beneath the metal.
So is this RS a moderate Civic? There is only one way to find out
Does it represent good value for the price? What features does it come with? 7/10
The ambitious name of the Civic RS comes with an ambitious price, with prices starting at $ 32,290. Similarly warm competition begins at a significantly lower price; For example, the i30 N Line and Ford Focus ST-Line are thousands of cheaper. Having said that, the RS is well equipped for cash.
Running through the specs sheet tells me the RS has a 17-inch alloy kit, ten-speaker stereo, a perfectly fine leatherette seat, automatic LED headlights and a controller, dual-zone climate control, reversing camera, front and rear parking sensors, keyless start and start, electric driver’s seat, automatic headlights and wipers and space-saving spare parts.
The 7.0-inch touch screen – finished in a lovely matte satin layer – runs a very normal software package that is instantly redeemed by the presence of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. It also has DAB, which is a nice touch.
Is there anything interesting about its design? 6/10
Always difficult, this one. The 10th generation Civic is not an attractive car. Not to me, anyway. The RS hatch looks a bit better than its inferior siblings, due to its aggro body kit and its lashes featuring glossy black trim pieces.
The exhaust pipes in the middle look great, but unfortunately grab an ax into the boot space.
Cabin is like the rest of them; filled with neat features, great ergonomics, and utterly massive for a car of this size. It is a very smart design and almost not picky as the outside design. I’m still not a fan of the shapes in the dash, but the digital dash is a great design.
How realistic is the inner space? 8/10
This car is big and smart, with a cubic centimeter wasted. You start with a giant center console in the front where you can hide Julian Assange. After all, he often uses spaces out of sight.
There are tons of legroom and headroom, with a combination of luxurious high ceilings and low seating positions, ensuring plenty of room for tall people.
The huge wheelbase also means that the rear passengers have plenty of leg room, and even with the diving roof, the headroom is quite good.
The front and back rows of each point record a pair of cupholders and bottle racks, bringing both totals to four.
My only complaint is not specific to Civic, because I have noticed the same issue in HR-V; The front seats are stuffed too much, and, on long journeys, become uncomfortable.
The launch of the Civic hatch starts at an impressive 414 liters, comfortably exceeding the i30, Mazda3 and Corolla. And everything else in the class. Sadly, the RS’s boot is “only” 330 liters (as a sequel to that delightful central exhaust). That makes it merely competitive rather than leading.
What are the important stats for engine and transmission? 7/10
The 1.5-liter four-cylinder had an incredible low-pressure turbo fitted to produce 127kW at 5500 rpm and 220Nm at 1700 rpm. They are not big numbers, but increase by 23kW and 46Nm on the 1.8-liter engine. And 101kW and 180Nm down to R.
With direct injection, this is also an efficient unit – Honda’s engine is always the same – and its fuel use is no doubt with the terrifying CVT.
In the RS, you get a paddle movement for that sporty feel, and like every other Civic, it’s just a front-wheel drive system.
How much fuel does it consume? 8/10
One of the advantages of this smaller engine is a combined fuel economy figure, creating a less powerful 1.8-liter unit. The RS figure is 6.1L / 100km compared to 6.4L / 100km of 1.8. I would go out and say it’s because you don’t have to work with turbo engines.
Myself with the Honda is a combination of driving on the highway and the suburbs, with the displayed figure of 7.9L / 100km, quite good, really, and reflects my experience with the turbo 1 , 5 liters in VTi-LX.
A small bonus is that the RS runs on standard (and cheaper) unleaded.
What does it like to drive? 7/10
The RS card is not just a little daring, because it shows it is a bit difficult. Of course not. And it becomes more daring; While the warm brigade was constantly expanding each chassis change (with the more expensive Megane GT-Line even adding all-wheel drive to the mix), Honda didn’t mind.
And that is not a bad thing. Civic’s dynamics really are only reduced by the 1.8 and CVT packages, and underneath all that is the streamlined ride and handling package. Sadly, you only get a glimpse of that brilliance, because you’re still trading with CVT.
The RS turbo engine goes a long way to classifying the Civic. This is a very good engine, with a wide torque range meaning you don’t need to hit the throttle to the floor every time you want to do anything.
You still have to plan in advance to get the jump on the line, but the RS also has a gear shift for you to control. These changes turn CVT into a step gearbox, meaning if you want to go, you get your own downhill instead of relying on rubber bands to tighten. Help a little.
As a daily driver, it’s incredibly comfortable, fun revolving around its torque, and with a CVT at least avoiding the flare that made me swear at Toyotas and Subarus. Some surfaces that disturb the car are usually glazed and some tire noise invades the cabin, but it’s inconsistent.