Honda Civic VTi-LX review | Car Reviews | Wheels Australia



back in the mid-seventies the first civic changed the world with the first ever low emissions petrol engine it kick started the trend towards cleaner cars saving millions of lives in the process and after that the Honda kept wailing us with exceptional performance and amazing fuel economy but by the beginning of this decade the sedan version in particular somehow lost its charm it just became another overgrown small car designed to appeal to Americans the innovation was long gone with buyers emigrating on mass to rivals like the Volkswagen Golf Ford Focus and master three Honda had to do something and fast welcome then to the tenth generation city they just don't come any newer than this basically there are two four-cylinder petrol engine options a carryover 1.8 liter single cam unit producing 104 kilowatts of power and 174 Newton meters of torque in the entry vti from 22 390 and better equipped BT is 420 for 490 or a racy 1.5 direct injection twin cam turbo Honda's first in the mid spec VT IL we have here from 27 790 sporty RS from 31 790 and tech-heavy v TI LX from a hefty 33 590 this turbo is a headline act since it delivers a healthy 127 kilowatts of power at 5,500 rpm and 2200 Newton meters of torque from as low as 1700 rpm though II trounces the bigger engine for performance the turbo uses nearly half a liter less fuel at just 6 liters per 100 kilometers on the hopes that this new Civic puts the company back on Australian small car buyers shopping lists since the old car and neither the performance nor refinement to lure people away from their golf's and massive threes to that end the platform is box fresh and lighter and more rigid than the one that came previously it's got an all new dual pinion electric steering system along with a sophisticated multi-link rear suspension setup promises European standards of handling and ride capability in fact this Civic has matured so much they Honda is counting on courting people who might otherwise have gone for the sadly discontinued Accord euro that's what the RS is gunning for to that end the war base is 30 millimeters longer and the tracks are 45 millimeters wider than what came before well if it's buyers a medium sized cars that Honda wants to attract then the Civic certainly has a space to do it for starters you sit lower than you did before with plenty of room for heads shoulders legs and feet then there's the dashboard which is far classier and more coherent than previously thanks to beautiful instruments higher quality materials simplified switchgear and a massive central touchscreen with the reverse camera and apple carplay / Android auto plus the seats are supportive the driving position inviting and the ambience a big step up from before but the biggest change inside is what you don't hear or feel the car is quieter there's none of that suspension thump or that droning noise it used to get in the old car and the ride is just a lot more supple than it used to be and finally the boot is massive with a Commodore beating 519 liters but it's not all the budget bouquets in here for one thing this isn't exactly a small car it's about the size of a Camry of about 10 years ago so it's quite big secondly rear vision is quite bad because of the high shoulder line and fat pillars at the back thirdly the touchscreen can be quite fiddly to use but the worst thing about the new Civic is that it's not available with a manual transmission I mean what's going on we have to wait until the type-r comes in the middle of 2017 before we get something with a gear stick in a clutch boom and another thing a lot of the driver assist technology like autonomous emergency braking lane change assist lane departure warning and adaptive cruise control is only available on the top of the line vty LX and that is disappointed because it just means that you have to spend upwards of thirty five thousand dollars to get this potentially life-saving technology clearly hunter is taking a long hard look at itself in thought who we can do better and that's exactly what's happened the new Civic finally banished is boring for bold and while the 1.8 liter engine isn't exactly exciting the new 1.5 turbo is a cracker making the most of an excellent chassis with an excellent ride great steering and real refinement so while it's not a revolution at last some of that old civic Sparkle is back about high time to

15 thoughts on “Honda Civic VTi-LX review | Car Reviews | Wheels Australia

  1. just cant look at this presenter and take him seriously.

    Vegan hipsters are not known for their car reviews

  2. When the Type R specs are released in full etc. I'll decide what Honda Civic I would appreciate to own.

  3. 8th gen asiapac civic looks a lot better than the two next civics..
    and oh yeah, they already dump the manual? better dump Honda market then. .
    geez.. my hopes on honda soars up high on this civic.. but, they ruined it.. imo.. 🙁

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