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Honda Civic

The new Honda Civic has space-age looks inside and out

Engine Engine power Fuel consumption Fuel type 0-100 (0-60) Top speed
1.4 16V ? 5.9 l/100km Petrol 14.6 s 170 km/h
1.8 i-VTEC 16V 140 hp 6.4 l/100km Petrol 8.9 s 205 km/h
2.2 CTDi ? 5.1 l/100km Diesel 8.6 s 205 km/h
2.0 i-VTEC 16V 155 hp ? Petrol ? ?
2.0 i-VTEC 16V 197 hp ? Petrol ? ?

Body type Hatchback
Number of doors 3/5
Number of seats 5
Engine position Front
Driven wheels Front
Length 4 245 mm
Width 1 765 mm
Height 1 460 mm
Wheelbase 2 635 mm
Ground clearance 150 mm
Weight (normal) ?
Weight (max) 1 750 kg
Boot space (min) 415 l
Boot space (max) 953 l
Fuel capacity 50 l


   The eighth generation Honda Civic is produced since 2006. It is available as a coupe, hatchback and sedan. Models produced for the North American market have a different styling.

   At the moment there are four petrol engines and one diesel developed for this car. The 1.4-liter petrol is more suitable for the settled driving around town. The 1.8-liter petrol, developing 140 hp is a willing performer. The 2.2-liter diesel is similar to the Accord's unit. It accelerates rapidly and is economical as well. The Honda Civic is also available with a hybrid engine. In this case engine is coupled with an automatic transmission only. The 2.0-liter model is available with the paddle shift gearbox.

   On the road the Civic is not as comfortable as the VW Golf, due to it's stiff suspension. The steering is a little slow to react.

   Engines on the Honda Civic are silent, and you do not here much noise coming from them, but there is plenty road and wind noise. It is worth mentioning that it is a common problem of all the Civics so far.

   The new Honda Civic costs almost the same what will buy you an Opel Astra or Mazda 3 and is cheaper than the VW Golf or Ford Focus. Furthermore Civic beats all of them with the lowest running costs, although it won't keep it's resale value as well as the last two motors.

   The build quality is fantastic. Everything is made from a high-quality materials, and a great attention was paid to details. Every switch or button works with precision.

   The eight generation Civic is futuristic in and out. Driver and the front passenger will find themselves comfortable, but the rear seats are more suited for children, due to the restricted headroom.

   The boot is probably the largest in the class, but with the seats folded you will load more into it's rivals. However a large boot space was achieved by replacing a spare wheel with a puncture spray kit. It is worth mentioning that the rear visibility is poor and you might struggle while parking.

   Every Honda Civic is equipped with twin front, side and curtain airbags, ABS, stability control system, immobilizer, deadlocks and alarm as standard.

   There are three basic trims for the Civic available - the DX, LX and EX. All of them come with a trip computer and all electric windows. The LX model adds a better stereo system and heated mirrors. The EX model comes with the alloy wheels, satellite navigation, even better sound system and some other things.

   Production of the eight generation Honda Civic still continues.


   Advantages: The futuristic inside and out Honda Civic performs well. Furthermore it has a large boot.

   Disadvantages: Jiggly ride, cramped rear seats and poor driver's visibility.

   Verdict: An affordable car from the space age.

   Also consider: Mazda 3, Opel Astra.


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