Well, we don’t usually talk about looks, but we’d just have to admit that the Civic is quite a looker, I mean look at those curves! That brutal swooping roofline is complemented by a low-slung profile with edgy body-lines, and aggressively etched headlamps and tail lamps. And if that weren’t enough, the minimal overhangs and that wide stance just nails it. I’ve got goose-bumps already!
Diesel Engine-Gearbox Combo
The new Honda Civic gets two engine options. A 1.8-litre petrol with a CVT gearbox, and a 1.6-litre diesel engine with a six-speed manual gearbox, like we have here. Performance in the diesel is more than adequate and there’s a strong tug when you get on the move, which is then followed by a fairly linear power delivery.
The icing on the cake, though, is the slick-shifting six-speed manual transmission with closely-stacked gates, and a short gear lever. It’s just a joy to use on the go! But what’s surprising is the refinement of this diesel engine, which, when combined with the superior cabin insulation, makes for a rather calm and serene drive.
The Civic just shines when it comes to ride quality. It remains plush over most broken surfaces at all speeds, and it doesn’t get harsh even at the damping limit. Besides that, there’s hardly any suspension noise, and importantly, unlike the earlier car, it’s got adequate ground clearance too.
On the handling front, the tight road manners are courtesy of the great chassis balance which uses a superior suspension setup. Also, the light and quick steering offer an accurate response, which is further aided by very few turns from lock-to-lock, and this makes it easy to manoeuvre within city limits.