Honda Civic Review
2013 Honda Civic sedan uncovered in LA
03 December, 2012: At the Los Angeles Auto Show, Honda unveils the all-new Honda Civic sedan alongside the Civic Coupe version. The premium sedan has got total makeover from every angle, it gets new frontage with new front bumper, black honey-comb grille studded with chrome, sportier Honda City-like headlamps, a catchy bonnet line and concrete appearing alloys.
The standard features inside the revamped cabin includes i-MID screen, outside temperature indicator, the rear view camera, alongside new windscreen for lessening of outer noise and engine vibration, while gadgetry comprise of USB, Bluetooth and Aux-in. Furthermore, there is no mechanical observed under hood of New Honda Civic that rivals Volkswagen Jetta, Hyundai Elantra and Skoda Laura in India.
New Honda Civic India-launch dubious
10 August, 2012: The New Honda Civic sedan is launched in many auto markets across the globe. But for India launch the Japanese company is showing not much of promising signs, despite of the fact that Civic sales graph is continuously diminishing. Some industry experts believe that this is an undeclared strategy of Honda, by which they will not unleash the 2012 petrol version but a New Civic Diesel sedan. The recently developed 1.6L i-DTEC turbo diesel motor will power the diesel Civic. This engine is expected to outpour a max power of 120PS and 300 Nm of peak torque. With this new variant launch it will provide noteworthy challenge to the likes of Skoda Laura, Hyundai Elantra and Toyota Corolla Altis.
Honda Civic price increased
March 21, 2012: Honda Civic, the best presented popular sedan from the hoods of Honda can experience a depression in its number of fan followers. Due to the revised annual budget mentioning hike in excise duty on products by two per cent, Honda Civic price has been increased exceptionally. Now, the high end variant V MT and V AT with installed sunroof will be available at Rs 14.17 lakh and Rs 14.87 lakh respectively as both of them have oozed up Rs 42,700 for V MT and Rs 45,800 for V AT. And without the sunroof option V MT and V AT see a heavy price increase of Rs 40,800 and Rs 43,900 that correspondingly make the price Rs 13.62 lakh and Rs 14.40 lakh respectively. The low end version, S MT sees an elevation of Rs 36,600 making its current price tag go for Rs 12.58 lakh.
Honda Civic Review by Expert
Honda Civic Rivals
The Honda Civic sedan has come a long way in the country and is one of the beloved vehicle of the elite segment. There are many challengers available to provide a decent threat to Civic but the closest has been its competitor from homeland Japan, the Toyota Corolla Altis. Both the premium sedans have spent some solid time in the Indian automotive market, nearly a decade, and have enthralled their owners with power-packed performances.
On the exteriors, both the sedans have gone through many facelifts in the recent times to ensure and maintain the contemporary feel that allures their enthusiasts’ nation-wide. Among the current generation of both, the Honda Civic with its aerodynamic and cab forward design wins against the carefully crafted Toyota Corolla’s outer surface. In the inside, the interiors of Honda Civic are more modern and premium in comparison to that of Toyota Corolla Altis’s. The cabins of both the premium sedans are roomy but here if talked about legroom and head room Honda Civic is way ahead in terms although the length and width have marginal difference. Under the hood there is option of petrol or diesel choice in Corolla, but one needs get pleased with the only petrol offing when it comes to choosing Civic. But the 1.8L renowned IVTEC petrol engine of Honda sedan is just enough to blow one’s mind away with its power, performance and passion when put up against 1.8L 2ZR-FE petrol motor of Toyota. Although on the mileage part, both return with nearly identical numbers, the top speed and acceleration from 0-100 kph comes better with Honda Civic.
Honda Civic Mileage and Efficiency
|Variant||Mileage (in city)||Mileage (on highway)|
|Honda Civic 1.8 S MT||10.8 Km/ L||15.5 Km/ L|
|Honda Civic 1.8 V MT||10.8 Km/ L||15.5 Km/ L|
|Honda Civic 1.8 V MT Sunroof||10.8 Km/ L||15.5 Km/ L|
|Honda Civic 1.8 V AT||8.9 Km/ L||13.1 Km/ L|
|Honda Civic 1.8 V AT Sunroof||8.9 Km/ L||13.1 Km/ L|
The MT variant of Honda Civic provides a mileage of10.8 Km/ h in the city whereas reaches to 15.5 km/ h on the highways while the AT variant offers a mileage of 8.9 Km/ h in the city while 13.1 Km/ h on the highways. The AT variant, due to the automatic transmission gearbox installed in it, gives a bit less mileage than the MT variant. Because of which, the MT variant is surely the most fuel efficient car in its segment. The sedan, powered with the Programmable electronic Fuel Injection (PGM- FI) technology installed in its fuel supply system is capable of offering a much higher engine performance along with a better fuel efficiency. The engine coupled with both manual and automatic transmission options, the all-new 1.8 L, 1799 cc, i- VTEC, four cylinders petrol engine with five speed manual and 5 speed automatic transmission gearbox makes the Honda Civic the ultimate sedan of the modern world of cars in India.
Honda Civic Variants and Features
|Honda Civic 1.8 S MT||The base version has many exciting features such as 15-inch alloys 5 spoke alloy wheels, body colored door handles, green tint windshield and fabric upholstery. The other aspects include cruise control, front seat centre armrest with USB and storage space, driver and passenger side sun visor vanity mirror with lid together with driver seat height adjuster.|
|Honda Civic 1.8 V MT||The mid variant has most of the features common to the base model. Some of the elements comprise of body colored door protectors with chrome inserts, auto door lock, leather upholstery, beige and black interior dual shade tone and rear reading lamps.|
|Honda Civic 1.8 V MT Sunroof||This Sunroof version incorporates all the features of the high end MT model besides some aspects like new electronic sunroof, slide type lid front console pocket and air conditioner with heater together with doors auto unlock on ignition.|
|Honda Civic 1.8 V AT||The exclusive Automatic Transmission (AT) model has got mostly identical features of the high end variants along with digital multiplex meter with illumination control. Some dependable safety features consist of dual horn, front fog lamps, keyless entry with answerback, child proof rear door lock, rear window defroster.|
|Honda Civic 1.8 V AT Sunroof||The top end AT model includes 3 spoke power steering, integrated audio AM/FM 1 CD MP3 with USB & aux-in, organ type accelerator, key-in, seat belt along with head lamp-on alarm at instrument cluster, advanced engine immobilizer system, dual SRS airbags and ABS with EBD & Brake Assist for better safety.|
Honda Civic Engine, Power and Performance
The sensational and popular sedan launched by Honda Siel Cars Ltd. (HSCL) is equipped with a 1.8 litre, i- VTEC, 1799 cc, four cylinders, SOHC, petrol engine with capability of generating a maximum power of 132 PS at 6300 rpm which develops a powerful torque of 17.5 kgm at 4300 rpm. The long life of this ultimate sedan is ensured due to its short – stroke type like modern engines which are capable of reducing the friction and hence, which helps this sedan last longer.
The new i- VTEC technology installed in the stylish Honda Civic is capable of providing a better engine performance along with higher fuel efficiency and zipper acceleration. This technology combined together with Drive- by- wire, Throttle System makes the exhilaration stay much longer even after the drive ends. In order to ensure maximum power- packed performance from the power train of this ultimate sedan by HSCL, electric signals are employed instead of the old conventional mechanical cables to accurately and precisely control the throttle valve via computer assistance.
Available with extra- ordinary style and magnificent appearance, powered by a five speed manual transmission and five speed automatic gearboxes coupled with paddle shift, the sedan captures every passing eye in the magic of its style. The AT variant of Honda Civic also allows the driver to shift the gears manually with the help of sequential MT mechanism. The front ventilated disc and rear disc brakes along with integrated McPherson strut in the front and Double- wishbone type suspension in the rear, the power steering and 15 inch tubeless alloy wheels give the sedan a marvelous sporty appearance.
Honda Civic Pickup and Acceleration
|Engine Variant||Max. Power (Ps/ rpm)||Max. Torque (Nm/ rpm)||Pick- Up (0-100) sec|
|i-VTEC (Petrol)||132/ 6300||17.5/ 4300||9.4|
Incorporated with paddle shift gear in its automatic gearbox, the sedan requires a fraction of just 4.7 seconds to go from 0 to 60 Km/ h, while it takes around 9.4 seconds to cover 0- 100 Km/ h acceleration, that is, just double the time. The automatic gearbox also ensures fun in the city drive or on the highways but while the MT variant provides a higher fuel efficiency and engine performance; the sedan’s mileage is reduced on the highways along with a little added weight.
Honda Civic Interiors and Features
The all new ultimate sedan from Honda Siel Cars Ltd., Introduced way back and came back with extended features in mid 2010 is power- packed with futuristic interiors designed carefully for providing a soothing and superior comfort to the passengers. The cruise controls mounted over the three spoke power steering wheel enable the driver to drive the sedan at a set speed of 40 Km/ h, even without the use of the accelerator pedal. The cockpit look alike front cabin of Honda Civic gives the sedan a magnificent look. Its two- toned instrument panel houses two sections; while the console is installed with a digital odometer, blue- lit digital speedometer, tachometer and fuel economy indicator, outside temperature, etc which gives the sedan a look like the cockpit of a plane.
The beige and black interior color combination of the Honda Civic adds to the luxury of the inside appearance. The Air conditioning is all the more powerful in the ultimate Sedan by Honda. 4 AC vents fitted at the dashboard which also houses centrally placed audio system along with the AC controls provide extra cooling in the cabin. Passenger comfort has been the most important priority while manufacturing this sedan. The car is capable of seating 5 people. The S MT variant of the sedan consists of new fabrics in seats while the V MT and AT variants provide leather upholstery to the buyers. Ample illumination available in the car like the driver side power window illumination switch, steering lock illumination, illumination both in the front and the rear cabin including the map light, reading light at the rear end, trunk light and high mount stop lamp are another advantage in this stylish powered sedan.
The silvery finishing on the AC vents along with a heater coupled with the AC, cup holder on the front seat row, Slide type console pocket lid and center armrest which also contains storage facility and USB port, audio control enabled rear seat center armrest, fabric door lining, Aux jack, flat flooring, sensor for rear parking, the AT variant also provides paddle shift, front seat back pocket, sun visor vanity mirror along with lid, accelerator shaped as organ, key in, lamp- on alarm on seat belt and head, warning lamp at the time of low fuel, etc. are other new offerings in the magnificent interior design of this ultimate sedan. Comfort has been the main aspect and priority in designing the sedan. The height adjustable seat for driver, headrest provided at all seats that ensures full safety and comfort for the passengers. The driving experience of this stylish car turns double on the highways because of the cruise control feature installed in this sedan by Honda. The car can be driven at a speed of over 40 Km/ h even when the driver’s foot is off the accelerator pedal.
The fancy integrated audio system in this sporty sedan is one of the main attraction features of this car. Fitted with integrated audio AM/ FM 1 CD/ MP3 along with USB and Aux- in; which enables you to plug in your pen/ flash drives and listen the songs of your choice, the sedan is coupled with 2 speakers in front and at the rear seat row along with 2 tweeters, which is surely to give you a feeling as if you are in a disco rather than cruising. The sedan has been installed with audio controls even on the rear center arm rest. The stylish looks have been enhanced by finishing the AC with heater in the inside cabin in silver.
Honda Civic Exteriors and Features
The sedan, available in three variants namely Honda Civic S MT which installs a manual transmission gearbox; Honda Civic V MT and Honda Civic V AT, available with both manual and automatic transmissions, respectively, has every eye captured on its sporty and aggressive exterior features while moving in the city or on the highways. The perfect designing of the Honda sedan is reflected just by having a gaze on its front fascia, and the enhanced front look equipped with stylish grille, fog lamps, and sporty head lamps, along with other sporty components. The turn indicators integrated in the body colored electrically retractable OVRMs to provide a luxurious character gives the sedan an amazing, aggressive look. The smoky headlights, metallic front grille which comprises of the Honda logo positioned centrally, fog lamps on both the ends with centrally integrated front lower grille installed and designed on the nose of the car makes it the perfect ultimate sedan among its variants.
The door handles and door protectors are body colored in the base variants while the same are finished in chrome in the superior variants of the ultimate Honda sedan, Honda Civic. The stylish rear view, green tinted door glasses and wind- shield glasses which are opposed flat blade type; add to the sporty appearance of the car. Honda Siel Cars Ltd. has provided two magnificent exterior design packages for its sedan, Honda Civic, customers. On one hand where the Elegance package of this ultimate sedan is equipped with features like illuminated side steps garnish, door visor and rear door sunshade, etc., the Inspire package of Honda Civic composes in it the trunk spoiler, side under spoiler, front under spoiler, and rear under spoiler. Both the packages; however are to cost you a bit more than the original price. The Elegance package, without the fog lamps, costs an extra amount of Rs. 24000 while the package with the fog lamps installed would cost you an extra amount of Rs 40000. The Inspire package, without the fog lamps, costs an extra amount of Rs. 65,500 while the package with the fog lamps installed would cost you an extra amount of Rs 81,500. The bumper matches with the body and is installed with the compact trunk gate, whereas the rear end matches the front along with the dual exhaust pipe finishing and octo- combi lights.
The aggressive, sporty and magnificent Honda sedan with an overall length of 4545 mm, 1750 mm width, and 1450 mm height along with a 2700 mm of wheel base and ground clearance measuring 170 mm competes and stands tall with the likes of Skoda Octavia, Skoda Laura and Chevrolet Cruze. Although the sedan is a bit smaller in its size when compared to Chevrolet Cruze, its kerb weight being 1240 kg is much lesser than the Cruze. The sedan along with its sporty looks, is also assure to dazzle you with its smooth drive which is possible with its tubeless 15 inch, 5 spoke alloy wheels with a rim size of 15X6J and tyre size 195/ 65 R 15, which adds to its overall exterior appearance.
Safety Features in Honda Civic
The Honda Civic stands out to be a premium luxury sedan with almost every advanced feature contemporary at the moment. The same kind of thought has been applied to the safety section of this amazing sedan. The body of the sedan is an engraving in the Honda’s G- CON technology that gives steel built like no other. The body kit of the car is hence very strong and repulsive to any kind of unfortunate collision. Moreover, the SRS airbags well deployed inside the interiors of the car are comprehensive of the manner, Honda is conscious about the safety of its customers. The dual front and the rear curtain airbags are supreme are remarkable aspects. The usual mechanisms of the ABS, EBD have been well used too and the park assist feature makes its own statement. The collapsible steering column and the seat belt with pretension control is yet another crucial feature of the safety in the sedan. The discs on all four wheels provide the best of braking. Moreover, the cruise control, speed limiter and the door ajar warning system is rich as well. The sedan has been given the provision of remote keyless entry and a number of warning lamps that help keep the driver and the passengers alert all times. The child lock, central locking, burglar alarm etc. are included in the list of safety too.
Honda Civic Driving and Handling
The ultimate Honda sedan, Honda Civic, incorporates an advanced braking system equipped with brake assist and ABS with EBD, which not only provides safety to the car but also ensures full comfort of the passengers. While the front brakes of the car are ventilated disc type, the rear brakes are the disc type ones. The suspension system of the sedan is pretty sound with the front suspension as McPherson strut, Coil Spring with Torsion Bar type and the Trailing arm type Double- wishbone on the rear forks. The high speed of the vehicle along with keeping its position intact is ensured by the front suspension which is also capable of providing an improved and responsive return of the steering wheel. The rear shockers take the responsibility to provide the passengers with total comfort during the drive and along with it also ensure lateral rigidity of the wheels and stability.
Honda Civic Accessories
The Honda Civic has been delivered with one of the finest music and stereo system that has been integrated into a 2- din shell, offering the best of illumination and looks like no other. The sound quality is superior and becomes even more delightful with the four speakers and two tweeters that deliver an amazing music experience. The GPS system can also be provisioned in select variants. Other accessories can also be well configured from the company stock.
Honda Civic Conclusion
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