2016 Honda Civic VTi Review

The Honda Civic has long been a staple of the Honda brand and now the Japanese maker has revamped one of their best sellers.

Sporting a brand new look both inside and out, I’ll be hopping into the driver’s seat of the Civic range over the coming weeks.

So let’s get into the swing of things with the entry level spec  2016 Honda Civic VTi.

I’ve been fairly critical of Honda of late, mainly underwhelmed by their outdated technology and questionable design choices - though the drive was always acceptable.

However, they seemed to have turned things around with the new Civic after lagging behind their competitors.

Honda are back in the game and are ready to play.

The Civic has a new aggressive look with sharp angles and an elongated profile making it appear longer than its small car size.

Only available in sedan form at the moment, it’s a break from the hatchback we usually associate with Civics.

The inside too has seen a redesign and improvements to technology and overall presentation.

Standing out is the raised floor console separating the driver and passenger providing less cabin ‘space’ but more storage space and a retractable armrest.

One of the best upgrades is the digital instrument cluster, transformed from the monochromic driver info display to a colour, digital display complete with driver info, tacho, fuel and temperature gauges all with cool animations.

Despite previous faults, you could always count on a reliable ride in a Honda and the Civic VTi is no different.

Even with a modest 104kW and 174Nm produced from the 1.8L petrol engine, there seems to be plenty of power and more than enough grunt for any scenario.

Steering is not so light but provides the feeling of solidness, while handling is dynamic and responsive when throwing it round corners and roundabouts.

The transmission is a CVT which I found compliant enough without too much lag when making decisions.

Using up nearly the whole tank during the week’s drive, the Civic was fairly easy on the fuel racking up 8.8L/100km.

You also get some pretty good kit even in the base model VTi.

From $22,390 you get the standard 7” touch screen, electric park brake, brake hold, LED DRLs, LED taillights, reversing camera, ISOfix anchors and 16” alloys.

The VTi doesn’t come with sat nav, which isn’t uncommon in a base model, but it does come with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto installed allowing drivers to hook up to their own map on their smartphone.

The interface on the touch screen is pretty much the same as before, but is responsive and quick to pair up Bluetooth.

Another cool feature is the volume controls on the steering wheel. You can adjust it the conventional way by pushing the connected ‘+’ and ’-‘ buttons but a quick slide of the finger on the corrugated pad  changes the volume in an instant. Convenient but can be annoying if you accidentally brush it.

Beyond this the cabin is spacious with plenty of storage in the glovebox and on the doors and the boot size is more than satisfactory.

It’s great to see Honda finally offering a car and features on par with other competitive models.

I’ll be taking a look at the rest of the range over the coming weeks including the VTi-L, RS and VTi-LX which all come with the meatier 1.5L turbo engine.

NUTS and BOLTS 2016 Honda Civic VTi

Engine: 1.8L petrol producing 104kW and 174Nm

Transmission: Constantly Variable Transmission

Warranty: 3 Year/100,000km

Safety: Not yet tested

Origin: Thailand

Price: From $22,390

About Simon Lai 1001 Articles
Simon is a writer and sometime contributor to the podcast. He also takes care of video production and product reviews. He met Joel through radio school and has worked with him on other ventures, reading news, producing and presenting radio content for regional networks. Simon doesn’t profess to be a car nut but enjoys driving first and foremost and has a penchant for hot hatches. He helps to provide the everyday-man perspective.

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