The Honda Civic is a really good compact car. Bad luck for him that the heyday of this type of car is probably over.
The compact one five-door sedan recently lost its decades-long supremacy on the German new car market to the SUV. Were it not for this trend, the new Honda Civic would have the potential to Top sellers. The fully mature Japanese compact car is in many respects one of the best that can be bought in this segment.
Starting with the futuristic UFO design of the eighth generation, launched in 2005, to the almost cartoonish rugged bodywork of the tenth edition: The Honda Civic always stood for at least originality in the often mousy compact class. However, often at the expense of courtesy and mass suitability. Civic number eleven presents itself optically mature without having become stuffy. The lines are simpler than the predecessor, the whole appearance looks more elegant. Thanks to the dynamic front end, you can even see a dash of sportiness.
Inside, too, the Honda won. the restless Mouse Cinema Theme, which distinguished Japanese cars for many years, has given way to a clearly structured cockpit, which in terms of ambience, materials and workmanship is almost in the direction of Premium class goes. The infotainment software, which operates the central screen on the dashboard, cannot quite keep up. But because important functions such as air conditioning and radio volume are operated via classic switches and wheels, you can live with it.
The space the Japanese does not drive into the top group. Compared to its predecessor, the new edition is longer overall and also between the axles. In return, however, the roof now hangs lower, which clouds the feeling of space in the rear a little. Of the Luggage Storage behind the large hatchback, on the other hand, is generous. However, items that are too bulky cannot be transported, as otherwise there is a risk of contact with the slanting window glass. When the drop is folded down, there is only an average volume of 1.200 liters available for filling. Also the clarity does not benefit the more chic than practical cut body.
But the showpiece of the compact is the drive. In Germany, the Civic is currently only available as a Hybrid to have a 105 kW/143 hp four-cylinder petrol engine combined with two electric motor units, which with their 135 kW/184 hp take over the drive alone in most driving situations. Meanwhile, the combustion engine is running at an efficient feel-good speed and only acts as a power plant. It only establishes a direct connection to the wheels when accelerating sharply or driving at a constant speed, for example on the freeway.
It all works so organically and naturally that, as a driver, you have to understand the complex Technique Ballet quickly forgets. And only enjoy the powerful electric start and the frequent silent rolling in city traffic. The annoying howl and poor acceleration performance of older ones hybrid systems is no longer noticeable here. Likewise, changes in traction when switching between the engines and drive modes do not disturb the silky driving experience. In addition, there is consumption that can easily be pushed below the five-liter mark with a little restraint. The chassis adapts to the sovereign drive. Designed to be comfortable in principle, it masters typical city and intercity traffic with ease. It drives smoothly on motorways and likes it on winding roads precise steering.
Honda is not known as a particularly cheap brand. The Civic isn't a bargain either, but it's positioned very fairly given what's on offer. costs 31.900 euros the basic model "Elegance", which is already reasonably equipped with 17-inch alloy wheels, all-round parking aid including reversing camera, navigation system and two-zone automatic climate control. The extensively tailored top model "Advance" is available for 36.600 euros and then, including a panoramic glass roof, Bose sound system, leather interior and 18-inch wheels, leaves nothing to be desired. Honda saves a long list of options anyway, there are mainly optics extras to buy Effect paints or add-on parts for the body.
The total package of Honda Civic convinced. The Asian eccentricity of the past few years is gone, replaced by a European-style elegance. Of the Hybrid drive is more mature than ever and combines economy with smooth running and powerful acceleration. The price is also right, at least in relation to the competition, which is usually not cheaper. A few years ago, the compact car, which is always in high demand internationally, could have been a real hit in Germany; in the SUV age it is enough for a supporting supporting role at most.
Honda Civic e:HEV Specifications:
Four-door, five-seat hatchback; Length: 4,55 meters, width: n/a meters (width with exterior mirrors: 2,08 meters), height: 1,41 meters, wheelbase: 2,73 meters, trunk volume: 410 - 1.220 liters
Hybrid drive with 2,0-liter four-cylinder and two electric motors; 135 kW/184 hp, maximum torque: 315 Nm, front-wheel drive, continuously variable automatic, 0-100 km/h: 7,8 s, Vmax: 180 km/h, standard consumption: 4,7 liters/100 kilometers, CO2 emissions: 108 g/km, emission standard: Euro 6d, test consumption: 4,9 liters/100 kilometers, price: from 31.900 euros.
Brief Characteristics – Honda Civic:
Why: because it discards all quirks and scores with economy
Why not: because as a hybrid it has no plug and therefore no prospect of government subsidies
What else: Toyota Corolla, Opel Astra, VW Golf