When we first tested the Honda Civic sedan, we were impressed with its ‘everyday, do everything well’ personality. It was not a very exciting car to drive, but what it did well was that it made every journey pleasant and without hiccups.
That to me is the perfect everyday car, or daily driver as much of us think of a car. The Honda Civic 1.6comfort is not much different. It is, however, the entry level Civic and there are obviously some features missing, but what a great car.
The Civic 1.6 comfort retails at R209 900. This means the average new car buyer, looking for a sedan, should definitely include this car in their test drive regimen. The 1.6 Ivtec engine produces 92kw and 151nm of torque and, while it might not seem like much, it does feel pretty good in this package. The car feels lighter than the top of the range model and it certainly is, by a whole 35kg! Might not sound like much but it makes a difference.
0-100kph takes 9.6 seconds and it will go on to a maximum speed of 200kph. The relatively low carbon emissions are also impressive at only 160 g/km.
The Civic has always been a safe car. This model features 4 airbags, 2 in the front and 2 curtain airbags. Front and rear disk brakes with Anti-lock Braking, Electronic Brake Distribution and Emergency Brake Assist is also standard. An alarm/immobiliser, auto locking doors with central locking also fits in nicely with the safety and security features.
Driving the Civic is where it all comes together. A good quality cabin with cloth seats and decent space for the rear passengers puts the Civic in a good position. The 15 inch 195/65 tires give a smooth and yet quiet ride. The suspension is also very comfortable and not too soft.
The 1.6 engine is responsive and yet fuel efficient. We averaged 7.5l/100km driving it over 500km. The tank size is also a respectable 50l. The vehicle is fitted with the renowned Honda ECO button, which tames down the throttle response and increases fuel economy.
Listening to your favorite music has not been easier. While there is no USB input, there is an AUX input and feeding your music via your phone or mp3 player is a piece of cake. If you are still the conventional compact disk type of person, the radio supports both WMA and Mp3 disks. Volume is decent with good clarity. Trust me when I say that you can do far worse in this price range in terms of radio quality.
The Honda Civic is a brilliant car in this price category. It drives well, has good road holding and also backed by Honda’s 3 year 100 000km warranty and their 5 year 90 000km service plan.
For more info, check out Honda.co.za