With the growing estate market, a wagon body style has been added to the Honda Civic for the first time. Having to choose from the two engines, the 118bhp 1.6 i-DTEC turbo diesel and the140bhp i-VTEC petrol, both are smooth and strong. The diesel costs more than the manual petrol and fuel efficient. The brakes feel hard but effective. One can feel the diesel to be bit noisy. Entry level S version has conventional suspension giving a smooth ride. Honda has new Sachs rear only adaptive damping system in three modes of Comfort, Normal and Dynamic SE Plus models which have an option of adaptive shock absorbers. The dampers keep the body balance good. The steering is responsive and light, sometime jerky at motorway speeds but rest of the time it is precise. Refinement is a bit disappointing as diesel engine is noisy during accelerating and you can feel that through pedals. But coming to the petrol engine, it is still smooth. The Civics is into road noise which is a low point. The ride is good because of the light and fine Tourer’s gearshift and pedal.
The Civic Tourer, when compared to other rivals, looks expensive as far as diesel model is concerned. The good thing being, engine has efficient fuel economy and low CO2 emission. The servicing costs are high.
All models coming with stability control, six airbags and anti-whiplash front head restraints. You can choose from two safety packs, a collision-avoidance and the other being blind spot monitoring which warns you if you are getting too near to any vehicle or going out of lane. Equipped with cruise control and these two safety packs only for the Top spec cars, the car also offers an immobilizer, alarm and remote central locking in all the versions.
The dashboard is soft and sleek on upper part but problem is the plastics on the lower part around knee area. The layout of the dashboard is messy and adding to more problems is the bright displays reflections at night. Rear visibility is poor and driver seat not very comfortable. The build is quite solid and as far as the reliability is concerned, the car is very reliable.
The boot is biggest among all rev, and practical with wide opening. Seat can be folded completely for giving space of 1668-litre. Entry level S offers with Bluetooth, digital radio and 16 inch alloys. Best in this is SE Plus that adds dual-zone climate control, rear parking sensors, reversing camera and automatic lights and wipers.
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