Honda Civic review
If you think the new Civic hatch looks a bit lower than its sibling, that could be attributed to the crushing weight of expectation placed on its tiny metal shoulders.
See, this 10th-generation Civic may be the most important car Honda has ever built. While most manufacturers are pouring capital into their SUVs, Honda has channeled a large amount (presumably very large with 35%) of its research and development budget to Civic, using used evergreen nameplates as their key during their return to Australia.
And with riding it so much, it has to be really good. In the convertible form, launched here last year, it mostly lives up to the hype, with Honda shipping more than 800 units per month. And with the hatch hatch finally reaching Australia, Honda hopes to add 1,000 more sales to the tally.
So the question now is, does this new hatch version shine?
Does it represent good value for the price? What features does it come with? 6/10
Thanks to what Honda refers to as the philosophy of their One One Civic, this new hatch perfectly reflects the convertible that was launched last year, with the only major change being the ‘Type R Burning’. ring fire, will only bloom when it arrives in late 2017.
And that means the range of strong year swells begins with entry-level VTi ($ 22,390) before stepping onto VTi-S ($ 24,490) and VTi-L ($ 27,790). Next is the sports sprinkle RS ($ 32,290), before the range goes beyond with the high-flying VTi-LX ($ 33,590).
Entry-level shoppers will build 16-inch steel wheels, fabric upholstery and regional climate control, but there are some nice and high-end flourishes, like LED DRLs, a 7.0-inch touchscreen now Apple CarPlay and Android Auto- equipped and a second color screen in the driver’s box for your trip information.
Step onto VTi-S with additional 16-inch alloy wheels, integrated LED lights in your wing mirrors and close lock and unlock, along with some smart safety content that we’ll return to under the heading. Safe.
Along with a better engine (more in an instant), the springs for VTi-L will bring you 17-inch alloy wheels, dual-zone climate control and automatic windows in both rows, in the RS has a sporty flavor with LED fog lamps and headlights, along with a large amount of polite sport style of a bumper, skirt legs and a free standout of striking piano black.
Inside the RS is leather seats, 10-speaker stereo better and standard sunroof.
Finally, the flagship Civic – VTi-LX – has satellite navigation and a fairly comprehensive set of safety tools.
Is there anything interesting about its design? 8/10
The word ‘polarized’ is often a fragile disguise that many people dislike. And Civic’s all-new sedan is, very, very polar. A quick glance at this new hatch version shows that it does not stray too far from that design method.
It’s considered a snakeskin suit in all grades, but nowhere is it so busy as at the RS trim level, in which sports décor jumps out from every possible angle. Strangely, though, we quite like its looks, and there’s no denying it’s an individual in the small car segment.
Inside, Honda has produced a comfortable and tech-savvy interior that isn’t in the outgoing model, but the feeling of semi-premium fad is well done when you approach Spartan rear seats.
How realistic is the inner space? 7/10
The cabin is surprisingly spacious in the cabin, in front of two split seats buying a central container, two of the smallest, deepest cups we’ve ever seen (that would be the ‘ Big Gulp ‘from the Civic design), along with a hidden USB and power source located behind the center console, hide ugly chords while you plug into the touch screen unit.
The rear seat, spacious in the longer and wider cavity – also on the wheelbase is 30 mm longer than the outgoing car – with plenty of shoulder, leg and knee room for the driver of the back seat.
Likewise, since there is nothing else happening there, no vents, power outlets or USB points are provided, only two cups in the divider pull down the line separating the seats. after.
Boot space is pegged at 414 liters with the rear seats split 60/40, which is enough to give the Civic a edge over its direct competitors in Hyundai i30, VW Golf and Mazda3.
What are the important stats for engine and transmission? 7/10
Like the sedan version, there are two engine options offered, with the cheaper option being a 1.8-liter petrol engine, good for 104kW at 6500 rpm and 174Nm at 4300 rpm found in the decoration level VTi and VTi-S.
How much fuel does it consume? 8/10
Fuel usage is quite impressive across the board, with the 1.8-liter sipping engine combining 6.4 liters / hundred kilometers, while the turbocharged version only needs 6.2 liters on the same cycle.
Emissions are pegged at 150 and 142 grams per km of C02, respectively.
What does it like to drive? 7/10
Honda struggled a little in explaining exactly what its new 1.5-liter Civic powered by turbo engine was.
Is it a hot hatch? No, the incoming R type will handle those tasks. Oh, so it’s a warm hatch, then? Not really – it’s mechanically identical (same engine, gearbox and suspension) with the other top Citizens. In fact, only the brand of RS tires separate from the more luxurious VTi-LX.
“We would say it was a ‘sporty hatch,'” said Honda’s chief executive, Stephen Collins.