A Sedan that imposes
The generations that preceded this model had changed little in the last three years. We just revise more or less the silhouette, improve the mechanics and we counted on the reputation of the brand and its reliability to convince buyers. This time, we did a complete update, or a “reset” to use a term used in electronics. It was a total change in terms of the silhouette, the engine, and the gearbox. We had previously favored a certain bourgeois character and we had optimized comfort in terms of driving pleasure, this time we tried to combine everything.
While the acceptance of this new model from the public and critics is critical, this transformation has been successful. In addition, the buyer has the choice between three body models, the conventional sedan, the five-seater sedan and a coupe. In addition, fans of the high-performance car can also choose the Type R model whose 306 horsepower can have strong emotions at the wheel.
We spent a few days driving a version of the Touring sedan and even after almost three years on the market now, this car has not taken any ride. It should also be noted that for the 2018 model year, changes are virtually non-existent.
Aggressive and controversial silhouette
The last two generations that preceded the current model have been seriously criticized for their lack of visual character. The stylists were content with a few alterations and it was almost necessary that the new model is compared to the one he replaces to see the difference. This was not the case with this 10th generation when the designers have thrown over the front silhouette to offer us a car with aggressive lines with a front section dominated by a grille extending to the high beams, these overhanging modules with impressive dimensions to accommodate the fog lights. This gives a modern and dynamic look to the car. We wanted to do the same at the rear by realizing the brake lights and the V-shaped position located on the rear fenders and the upper part of the trunk lid. It is a visual signature that can not be missed as it is unavoidable. Moreover, in night driving, it is easy to recognize a Civic with its tail lights.
Interior: some reticence
First of all, even though we were driving the high-end model of this car, we were somewhat disappointed by the quality of the materials. It is true that the plastic covering the dashboard is relatively flexible, but some elements on the steering wheel and elsewhere seemed to us savings that had been easily forgotten to give more character to this car. But it should not be a drama, but given the reputation of Honda in terms of quality materials and finish, we could have forced a little more. Moreover, the more economical versions offer seats whose fabric is not so impressive and tends to retain dust, animal hair and others.
On a more positive note, the steering wheel is well in hand because of its good size pudding while several orders are located on the horizontal rays of the latter. You can manage the radio, the telephone system and cruise control among others. The display screen is a good size and it also turns into a right side vision camera when the blinker is turned to turn right also when pressing an activation button placed at the end of this the sink. It’s ingenious and very practical. However, the infotainment system could be a little more powerful and we must always blame the presence of the audio volume adjustment system through the touch-sensitive setting on the left of the screen that is far from unanimous. We are told at Honda that the left spoke of the steering wheel has a key that can adjust, according to them, the volume more easily. That’s true, but this touch is hypersensitive and many people press this setting with their thumbs unexpectedly and the audio volume increases dramatically and unexpectedly.
The general ergonomics are good, the seats offer a good comfort and in more space is not lacking for cars of these dimensions. However, as the car is relatively low, you have to lower your head to get on board. The rear seats are quite comfortable for tall people, but they will have to bend excessively to lodge. Note that the trunk is generous in size with a capacity of more than 400 liters on all models and 727 liters on the 5-door version. Choice and performance Four different engines are in the Honda Civic catalog, but it should be noted that they are not all available on all models. First, the Type R version is the only one to be equipped with the 2.0-liter turbo engine with a power of 306 horsepower. Then there are Si versions whose 1.5-liter turbo engine produces 205 horsepower. This is the same turbocharged engine as the less powerful one offered on the more luxurious versions. In this case, its power is 174 horses which are ample in the majority of cases.
In fact, if you opt for an entry-level version, your Civic will be delivered with the 158-horsepower 2.0-liter engine. These are standard equipped with a six-speed manual gearbox. The continuously variable gearbox is optional on these models but is standard on those powered by the 1.5-liter turbo. This engine fitted our test model. In this regard, there is little criticism to be made since the response time of the turbo is barely perceptible while the gearbox continuously variable reports are among the best on the market. That said, the noise level is different from a conventional automatic, but also easily used. The handling is good, and without being sporty, this essentially family-oriented Civic is easy to drive and its handling should not disappoint you. Indeed, it is among one of the most consistent of its category even if the director could be more precise. In fact, where this sedan may disappoint you, it will be about the comfort of the front seats, the quality of some components and the ease of boarding and be extracting you. But it’s little in comparison of reliability that has been proven over the years and its excellent resale value.