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CAR REVIEW: Honda Civic 1.8 i-VTEC Executive
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Heart and Mind
May 31, 2012   
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The Civic has been a Honda mainstay for 40 years now and the ninth generation has just hit the showrooms.

The new Honda Civic is available as a four-door sedan and a five-door hatchback. The two models might share the name Civic, but they are completely different cars in terms of appearance, purpose and technical specifications.

The sedan is made in Turkey and is pitched at more conservative purchasers. The luxurious and slender body is 4.54 m in length. A wheel base of 2.67 m makes for a spacious interior and the multilink rear suspension guarantees a smooth ride. The car can comfortably seat five adult passengers and the trunk has a capacity of 440l. The only letdown is the car’s offbeat shape, which prevents all this space from being utilized to the max. Everything is readable in the driver’s compartment, but the finishing materials leave a little to be desired. This is offset by all sorts of equipment to make the ride safer and more comfortable. Here, we might mention a complete set of front, side and curtain airbags, electronic stability control (ESP), automatic air conditioning, an i-MID (intelligent Multi-Information Display) system (comprising a reverse camera, an onboard computer, and a radio/CD/MP3), and 16-inch aluminum rims. The car runs on a 1.8l/142 p.s. gasoline engine. According to the tech specs, the Civic can accelerate from 0 to 100 kph in 9 seconds and has a top speed of 200 kph. Fuel consumption averages 6.7l/100 km. Honda has its “Econ” system fitted in this model. This tells the driver how to drive economically and when to change gears by highlighting the dials with a green light. When we test-drove the car in normal conditions, however, fuel consumption was considerably higher, at 8.2l/100km. The executive version costs zl.79,900.

Earlier incarnations of the Civic hatchback were so futuristic that the car was often dubbed a UFO. The stylistic experimentation has been dispensed with this time round. The new Civic hatchback, manufactured in Britain, is a little more low-key but by no means dowdy. The car is 4.3 m long and stands out from other compact models mainly on account of its rear, where the taillights are joined and double up as a spoiler. The style is decidedly sporty despite the wheelbase being smaller than that of the sedan (2.59 m). Nor has this affected the spaciousness of the interior. The 467l trunk and specially folding “Magic Seats” in the rear see to that. The hatchback version targets younger purchasers, who go in more for cars with attitude—and who will like the sporty, twist-beam rear suspension. The driver’s compartment is likewise more likely to take their fancy. The front seat holds your body beautifully, the steering is more direct, and the six-speed manual transmission works even better than in the sedan. Weighing an extra 60 kg does not seem to bother the engine overmuch. It can hit 100 kph in 9.7 s. But average fuel consumption, even with “Econ,” is more than 2 liters above the sedan’s 6.1./100km. The five-door Executive version costs zl.92,900.

The Civic you choose will not just depend on your individual needs and preferences, but also on the depth of your pockets. Honda has given us two options but a difficult decision to make. The heart says “hatchback” but the mind says “sedan.” Which is it going to be?

Bartosz Grzybiński
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