In order to give it a mass-appealing look, Honda has rounded off the sharp lines of the all new body and also reduced its weight by 10 percent, removed the cool silver matt finish Rocketship door handles and fitted a deeper rear window which makes it an eye grabber.
The latest version of Honda civic 5-dr hatch posses a more powerful 104kW/174Nm 1.8-liter single-cam i-VTEC four-cylinder petrol engine to give its users a refreshing, smoother, crisper, cleaner, quieter and more frugal overall outcome. It comes in two variants which are VTi-S and Vti-L and in terms of design and looks they are quite stylish. The latest hatchback is 30mm longer, 20mm lower and 10mm wider than before, however, the wheelbase has been reduced by 30mm while the width of front and rear tracks has been increased a bit, but overall the cabin volume is unchanged. It also has an ECO Assist button which reduces air conditioning drain, changes the characteristics of the throttle and displays how economically you are driving.
Soon after opening the lightweight door, the fussy curvy dashboard architecture reminds the Mazda3, however, closer look at the dashboard reveals more Honda trademarks with a split-level instrumentation with digital speedo up top and a trio of racy analogue dials below.
The luggage capacity is between 400 and 1130 liters while kerb weight has increased by about 30kg, with the Vti-S manual being the lightest at 1268kg.
The VTi-S model lacks the cruise control but includes six airbags and electronic stability control for a five-star ANCAP safety rating, as well as a hill-hold device, climate-control air-conditioning, alloy wheels and even tire pressure sensors. But if you are interested in buying something which has got cruise control, then you must choose the auto-only VTi-L model and it also posses’ dual-zone climate-control, a reversing camera, leather upholstery, heated front seats, audio streaming, larger wheels, automatic headlights, fog lights and rain-sensing wipers. Apart from this, Honda has also worked on providing a much better vision by lowering the rear hatch glass, thinner pillars and exterior mirrors with wider lenses.
Value for Money:
A revised six-speed manual or five-speed auto enhances the driving experience. When it comes to its mileage, the fuel consumption and carbon dioxide emissions fall by around 10 percent which provides an average of 6.1 liters per 100 kilometers in the manual mode (in auto transmission its 6.5 liters/100km) and 146 grams per kilometer (auto: 155g/km).
A 1.6-liter four-cylinder turbo-diesel engine variant is highly anticipated at the beginning of next year, and will be a first in Australia for the Civic.
Honda Civic 5 Door Hatch Specifications:
Price: from about $25,000 ($2300 extra for auto)
Warranty: 3 years/100,000km
Resale: 52% (manual), 53% (auto) – based on Si
Safety rating: 5 star
Engine: 1.8-liter, 4-cylinder, 104kW/174Nm
Transmission: 5-speed auto, 6-speed manual; FWD
Body: 4.3m (L); 1.7m (w); 1.4m (h)
Thirst: 6.1/100km (manual), 6.5L/100km (auto); 137g/km CO2 (man)
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