I know a few Honda owners and mostly all of them have the same thing in common. They really love the brand. It’s also not uncommon for them to upgrade to a new model every few years, just after it’s been released.
The Civic has been a popular car our modified car culture and its for good reason; performance. Ever since the magical world of VTEC was introduced, petrolheads have gone crazy. Now that they’ve added a turbocharged, could we have the best of both worlds? Undeniably the Honda circles are still stuck in the naturally aspirated world because of their horsepower and high rpm rules.
The latest Civic is somewhat a masterpiece. It’s an incredibly beautiful car from any angle. Our Sports model on test had a bit of the chrome inserts removed on the bumper, increasing overall sporty lines even more and when you combine that with the imposing daylight running lamps, it just looks very aggressive, something Honda had been introducing in the last 2 generations or so.
Getting down to business is a 1.5l Single overhead cam VTEC engine, with a turbocharger. The engine makes a relatively industry standard 127kw at 5500rpm and healthy 220nm of torque. While it’s mated to a CVT gearbox, shift points have been programmed to feel much less like a conventional belt driven box and more like a dual clutch, especially when utilising the paddles on the wheel, which are more like buttons, if I’m totally honest. The car is not overly fast, but it gets up and gets going with little to no fuss and 0-100times are around the 8seconds. While fuel consumption is claimed at 5.9l/100km, we averaged overall mid 7l/100km, but could better the claimed figures by returning 5.1/l100km on our eco drive. This is really impressive if you consider the vehicle’s overall size.
The interior, while having no shortage of room, is well laid out and comfortable. The luxuries, like heated seats and dual-zone climate control, are all standard. The infotainment and mostly all of the electronics are now controlled from the 7inch touch screen. The multi-function steering wheel also controls the onboard computer and also the stereo volume, which interestingly has a new swipe type feature; you can swipe up to increase the volume or swipe down to decrease it. It works well enough but can become a little annoying if you only want to increase it a little bit, then it either too loud or too soft, in which case you can press up or down. That’s probably the only bit I can nit-pick about the car.
The McPherson front and multi-link rear are very much tuned for comfort than sportiness. The driving comfort is smooth and when combined with what I think a perfect engine and gearbox combo, you have a good family sedan platform, capable of the daily commute or a long cross-country trip, all in comfort.
In addition to the regular safety features, the Civic also features Vehicle stability assist, emergency brake assist and hill assist. It also has 6 airbags and 3 point ELR inertia reel seatbelts.
The new Civic is such a refreshment in this segment and a really good vehicle. It’s also been nominated as a Wesbank Car Of The Year Finalist and it deserves it. The Civic 1.5T Sport retails for R430 000 and comes standard with Honda’s 5 years 200 000km warranty and a 5 year 90 000km service plan. 3 year AA road assist is also included.