Newcastle Car Reviews / Honda Civic
10:20 AM | 31.10.2016 | AK Morris
Honda Civic 31 October 2016 | AK Morris
NEWCASTLE CAR REVIEWS

Honda Civic

Bold? You bet!

NEWCASTLE CAR REVIEWS

Honda Civic

Bold? You bet!

Honda introduced the Civic in 1972 and since then has sold over 23 million models worldwide. But with so many new cars being very good, especially from some newer manufacturers, Honda needs more than historical success to stand out from the crowd. The new Civic needs to impress.

The new 2016 model is the 10th generation of Civic, and the only common link carried over from the previous generation is the 1.8-litre four cylinder petrol engine featured in the base VTi and VTi-S models, both putting out 104kW and 174Nm respectively. The VTi-L, RS (our test car) and range-topping VTi-LX are equipped with a brand-new 1.5-litre turbocharged engine boasting 127kW and 220Nm.

From a design point of view, the “Bold New Civic” (as the marketing claims), is just that with an angular and edgy face, a low nose that flows through to almost an almost coupe-like roof line. Pronounced wheel arches, a very funky rear end and proportions that are larger than the previous generation but don’t lose the Civic’s compact character. The RS enhances this design language with 17” alloys, a black grill treatment and subtle body kit.

Australia has fallen in love with small and mid-sized SUVs but when Honda have made a car this good, this engaging, yet still so practical and efficient, it makes so much sense to get into a new Civic. 

These design cues continue with the Civic interior finding the perfect balance of form and function. Angular and confident interior design is equally matched by Honda’s typically excellent usability and practicality. Everything you touch feels high quality and the interior materials are second-to-none in this segment.

Storage space is excellent with multiple cup holders, storage bays everywhere and an enormous 519-litre boot. This is bigger than a Commodore and with levers to flip the rear seats forward, this chasm of practicality seems endless.

Seating both in the front and back is comfortable, supportive and perfectly positioned with rear leg room being particularly good for a car this size.

Once you're in, it’s time to check out the toys and there's quite a few of those. Honda’s new infotainment system features a 7.0-inch LCD touchscreen that supports both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Sat-nav, parking sensors, three reversing camera angles, and a blind-spot camera that automatically operates when you indicate left are all standard.

Driving the Civic RS brings back memories of some the incredible driver's cars Honda have built their reputation on. The new 1.5-litre turbo engine is a cracker and feels much more powerful than the numbers suggest yet is as fuel efficient as it is enthusiastic. Coupled with a smooth and responsive CVT gearbox, the Civic manages 6L/100km.

Cornering ability and handling are excellent and arguably the best in class, with the suspension being firm and controlled yet never jarring and always supple and comfortable. Steering response and brake feel are beautifully weighted and, again, arguably the best in this category.

Honda offers a three-year/100,000km warranty and advertises the price of each 10,000km service. For example, $281 per visit up until the end of the warranty period with the only exception being $310 at 80,000kms.

Australia has fallen in love with small and mid-sized SUVs but when Honda have made a car this good, this engaging, yet still so practical and efficient, it makes so much sense to get into a new Civic.

AK Morris

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