I have tested the civic twice now; latest being a 1 hour drive today. Mixture of driving, some inner city stop start, some dual carriage way, and some normal roads and must say I find the car truly amazing. Covered 28 miles in the hour and returned a healthy 31.3 mpg which is not far from most hot diesels (which I have owned many).
I would imagine on a long motorway run mid to late 30s would easily be achieved.
If worked hard and driven as it is meant to be yes the fuel consumption suffers (I achieved around 24 mpg driving like I stole it) but I would not drive it like this all the time.
Space wise great myself 6'4 the wife and the car seat in the back and plenty of room, I could get in behind the drivers seat positioned as I would have it.
Only downside was extremely stiff ride however the car had the optional 19 inch wheels; coming from a BMW with M sport suspension and run flats even I found this ride too firm, however I imagine the 18s would overcome this.
Overall very very impressed can be a normal everyday car when you want and a lot of fun when you don't.
Signed the dotted line today!!
I have had my civic 8 months now,and odd as it may sound i still look forward to driving it,i am a Honda fireblade rider i like to ride with purpose and get a thrill from the bike, I get the same thrill from the civic but for different reasons the engine is responsive and pulls when asked and the cars excellent chassis ensures the car goes where asked,i have found road noise to be a slight annoyance particularly on wet roads when spray can clearly be heard hitting the underside.The interior is comfortable offering planty of leg room,i am 6ft 6in tall ?.The rear spoiler i have found to be a boon when night driving ,for me it is at headlight hight and cuts all glare from following cars,it is a safety feature.I do a lot of motorway driving visiting kids at uni and have found the car to be very economical,kent to bristol and back sometimes steady driving sometimes rushing to get home, approx 50 to the gallon.Overall very satisfied with an enjoyable car to own,quality wise,it is a Honda, always solid ,extremely well put together, space age dash ? yes and am loving it,clear easy to read,use,I am proud of my civic.Previous car a Disovery,other car a Fireblade.
I've had my car for four months now and I still enjoy every journey. I do agree that it would benefit from a rear wiper, and the spoiler took a few days to get used to - but it is nice never being dazzled by cars behind me! The car is really practical to live with. The wide opening rear doors and 'magic seats' are a great touch. All of the switches and controls seem high quality and I've had no problems with reliability or build quality. I seem to be able to fit shopping and golf equipment in this car much easier than my previous car (X-Type). The performance is fine & fuel economy better than my previous cars.
Fantastic car, as a kid used to drive the old xr2, this car reminds me a lot of it.
For sure you can get faster, but for the money the package is outstanding. It puts a smile on your face, great for overtaking and I am now addicted to the noise the engine makes when overtaking in the higher rev range.
Not the best for motorway as it is always pushing you on, plus the ride is uncomfortable, fine about town happiest pushing on, on B roads.
Great sound system, I have had her for a year, everything just works and you feel will do so for ever.
The boys at top gear gave her a bit of a hard time. I think the rear spoiler is in a strange position but you know what, you are never blinded at night by cars too close behind you, it shades their lights.
Plus undoubtedly the lack of height adjustment of the wheel is a massive oversight, as anyone over 5 foot, will not be able to see the top of the rev counter however, after a few weeks you become so attuned to the noise of the revs, when you are pushing on the last thing you want to do is look down! Plus plus there is a great little bank of yellow lights higher up on the dashboard that show you when you are about to hit the rev limiter, all very f1 but also useful.
Probably my biggest grumble is small fuel tank that always seem to be filling up
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