Honda Civic Sport review
Garry Fabian has filed this Honda Civic Sport review.
Ever since its birth in 1972, the Civic has undergone many evolutionary changes and stills remains one of the most successful cars ever built by Honda.
The latest Civic range comes in three variations, the VTi-L, Hybrid and Sport.
The futuristic styling of the Civic Sport was developed to capture the European market and the new model is a British build offering, adding a new dimension to the Civic line-up.
Now the very stylish (yet practical), high performance (yet fuel efficient), Honda Civic Sport offers a five door hatch with coupé styling.
Just glancing at the hatch you would swear that it was a two door, but on closer inspection you’ll find the somewhat hidden rear door handles to reveal that this is, in actual fact, a five door.
Driving the Honda Civic Sport around town was a breeze as the overall length and height has been reduced by 35mm.
Now, this may not sound like much but when trying to squeeze into a tight parking space every bit counts – and what may be surprising to some is that the interior dimensions do not suffer at all from the reduced measurements.
The Civic Sport handles like it’s on rails, the handling is exceptional, the suspension remained settled over even the harshest mid corner bump while – at the same time – being comfortable enough to produce a good ride quality.
Honda has found a happy medium between sport and comfort.
Not only was the Honda good around town but with the added sixth gear to the manual transmission itwas also great out on the freeway, cruising at 100km/h felt comfortable enough for the 2.0-litre engine and still had enough torque when needed.
After driving the Honda Civic Sport for a week both in the city and country, the fuel economy was great too, with the i-VTEC engine using 7.8 litres per 100km – bearing in mind that most of that was used for city driving.
The 2.0 litre i-VTEC engine found in the Civic Sport is a much improved version of earlier engines found in the previous generation of the Civic and delivers 114kW of power and 190Nm of torque.
The engine provides excellent levels of driveability, fuel efficiency and performance that confirm Honda’s outstanding reputation for advanced engine technology.
Exterior styling of the Honda Sport gives the impression that this is a genuine pocket rocket, it’s not, but it still looks cool.
Defiantly different from anything currently on the market, the Civic Sport features many of the same styling characteristics’ as the Type-R.
Its headlamps blend seamlessly into a clear plastic central panel, triangular front fog lights, integrated dual triangular exhaust pipes positioned at either side of the rear bumper, tailgate glass that is split via a modest rear spoiler and ‘hidden’ rear door handles.
With such aggressive styling, a wider and comparatively longer wheelbase, the Civic Sport demands respect.
Fit and finish of the Honda Civic Sport’s interior is top rate and is further enhanced by the well designed seats, which add a touch of class to the hatch.
Based on the ‘Dual Link’ concept, the dashboard is separated into two functional “links” – one provides visual information like economy, rev-limit and speedo, while the other displays a wide range of controls.
As a result, Honda was able to give the Civic Sport a futuristic and high-tech looking cockpit.
The Dual Link dashboard features a Multiplex instrument panel, the upper part of the instrument panel displays rev indicator lights to its left and an Eco indicator to the right – and most importantly vehicle speed.
By positioning essential information as high on the dashboard as possible means that the driver only needs minimal eye movements between the road and the display for safer motoring.
Occupying the lower part of the dash is the large tachometer and within this, the multi-information display with odometer, trip computer, outside temperature, distance to empty, instant fuel consumption, average vehicle speed, average fuel economy and elapsed time.
The Civic Sport’s interior not only looks good it’s practical too.
Exceptional utility is provided by rear seats that are similar in concept to the ‘Magic seats’ found in the Honda Jazz.
The split-fold rear seat can be tipped up to form a second storage area in the rear passenger cabin.
The rear seats also have a one-motion, dive-down feature that creates a flat loading space.
With the rear seats in the upright position the Civic Si has a total storage volume of 415-litres.
There is also an illuminated 14 litre glove-box, a large capacity 1-litre centre pocket, a large capacity 6.9-litres console box, a multi-use double cup holder with sliding lid and all four doors are equipped with storage spaces ideally suited to holding 500ml bottles.
Soft touch materials are used for the upper sections of the dashboard and the door panels, while the lower section of the dashboard, the centre console and the lower part of the door panels are covered with a leather-effect grain.
Rounding out the Honda Civic’s interior is the adjustable multi-functional steering wheel with audio, cruise control and multi-info display buttons.
The 2.0 litre i-VTEC engine, six-speed transmission, build quality and drivability of the Honda Civic Si are hard to fault; the stylish hatch is simply a pleasure to drive.
NUTS & BOLTS
Engine: 2.0 lt SOHC-i-VTEC producing 114 kW and 190Nm.
Transmission: Six-speed manual or five-speed auto
Economy: 8.9 lt/100 city; 5.7 lt/100 highway
Warranty 3 Year/100,00km
Price: $ $27,990 (auto)