Honda Civic Road Test, Review
The Honda Civic has been around for a long time, more than 40 years, but with several really good rivals in this class (small cars), Honda hopes the new, sharper design will make it really stand out in the field.
As you can see, the Honda’s lines have been entirely redesigned and this new shape and style gives it very distinctive looks.
But there is a lot more under the skin.
The recently-launched new Civic hatch follows the exact same line-up as the Civic sedan launched last year.
This means there are five variants on offer – VTi, VTi-S, VTi-L, RS and VTi-LX.
The top of the range version is the car that I had access to and I must say the standard features list is impressive, including:
- 17″ alloy wheels
- LED headlights
- Keyless entry
- Reverse camera and side view camera
- Push-button ignition
- Heated seats
- Digital radio
- Dual zone climate control
- 12-speaker stereo
The distinctive exterior styling carries over to the interior.
The ergonomics are impressive, especially the wrap around dashboard.
The range of seat and steering wheel adjustments create a good comfort zone for driver and passengers.
There is ample leg and shoulder room front and rear, but it takes a little getting used to with the front seating position a little lower that other cars.
But once you have folded yourself in, the seating is comfortable, even on long journeys.
The other plus in the new Civic is good luggage space.
Under the bonnet, the Civic VTi-LX is powered exclusively by Honda’s 1.5 litre turbo-petrol engine, linked to a CVT automatic transmission.
The combo delivers ample power for most occasions and is capable enough in the city and on the highway.
The suspension is also well tuned, providing good handling even when tackling tight corners and bends.
Sharp handling doesn’t come at the expense of passenger comfort.
Safety is covered by a maximum five-star ANCAP safety rating.
Summing it up; the Honda Civic has traditionally been among the best small cars to drive and the new model certainly builds on that reputation.
Honda has once again produced a quality car with good design, good looks and impressive engineering.
For those who want to be noticed out on the road, the new 2017 Honda Civic is a very good choice.
NUTS and BOLTS – 2017 Honda Civic Hatch
- Engine: 1.8 litre petrol producing 104kW/174Nm, or 1.5 litre turbo-petrol producing 127kW/220Nm
- Transmission: CVT auto (only)
- Safety: Five stars
- Warranty: 3yrs/100,000km
- Origin: Thailand
- Price: from $22,390 (VTi-LX from $33,590)