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http://kaywa.me/Op1Vo My Kaywa QR-Code www.robertbrucemotors.co.nz 24 Tuesday September 27 2016 Driven SELWYN TIMES Honda’s new Civic attracts attention • By Ross Kiddie QUITE OFTEN a total stranger will comment on a new car I’m driving. However, I wasn’t prepared for the lengthy conversation I had when I stopped outside my local pharmacy to have a prescription filled. I was driving Honda’s brand new Civic, and a man who had sighted the car from the other side of the street rushed over to talk about the vehicle. He was a Civic owner and was very enthusiastic about the newcomer. He knew all about its technology and design, and was delighted with its looks and appeal. It’s fair to say he was probably a buyer at some point, and he wanted me to tell him all about the car. At the time we met, the car had not long been in my care so I could only tell him the basics, but one thing we both did agree on was that the 10th-generation Civic is something rather special, especially in its design, its sleek and dramatic styling is quite simply stunning. Bear in mind that at this stage the Civic is only available as a sedan, the hatchback version will land next year. In the interim, the sedan is sensational in terms of visual appeal, even the basic-spec S version looks great, the RS with its sporty, add on elements really do give the car some stature. On the inside, the newcomer isn’t quite so dramatic, it is more conservative and typically Honda – functional and practical. I’m not saying it is plain, its design is meant for a user-friendly approach to use, and that it does well. The dash panel and display graphics do suggest that Honda, as a design company, is branching out a little, the digital elements are deep and vivid. In RS form, the Civic comes with a high amount of spec, major features include full leather trim, heated front seats (also electrically adjustable on driver’s side), cruise control (active on range-topper), dual-zone climate control, electric sunroof and comprehensive multimedia infotainment system, the latter projected through a middash 7in touch screen. It also links to Apple CarPlay. The items for comfort and convenience go a long way towards an inviting in-cabin environment. However, there is also a wealth of unseen items which are there for safety. Honda has an extensive advanced active safety suite, some features are available on the top-of-the-range NT only, but on the RS I particularly like the lane watch camera which provides the driver with an on-screen view of HONDA CIVIC: Sporty styling for RS sedan. what is rearwards of the car when the left-side indicator is activated. That’s a healthy list for a car which comes in at $39,900. Take into account, too, that the range starts at $29,900 for the base model and ends at $42,900 for the all bells and whistles NT. And the excitement doesn’t finish there. Under the bonnet sits a. 1.5-litre turbocharged engine, there is a more traditional naturally-aspirated 1.8-litre unit as a lower grade option, but the turbo engine would be the one for me. It is rated with a healthy 127kW of power with 220Nm of torque listing all of the way from 1750rpm to 5500rpm. If you take into account that the area of peak power sits at just 5500rpm, there is little fluctuation of power anywhere in the rev band. That is helped by a seamless flow of gearing through the inclusion of a continuously variable automatic transmission, the turbo Civic has dynamism not often associated with mainstream vehicles. Turbocharging is the modern way of boosting power outputs from small displacement engines, along with providing respectable fuel usage figures. Honda claims a six-litre per 100km (47mpg) combined cycle, which I suspect would be quite realistic given the 6.8l/100km (41mpg) figure showing on the fuel usage readout during evaluation time. At 100km/h the engine is working • Price – Honda Civic RS, $39,900 • Dimensions – Length, 4644mm; width, 1799mm; height, 1416mm • Configuration – Fourcylinder, front-wheel-drive, 1496cc, 127kW, 220Nm, seven-speed automatic. • Performance – 0-100km/h, 8.2sec • Fuel usage – 6l/100km over quite relaxed at just rpm, providing a 5l/100km (56mpg) figure. I took the test car inland to State Highway 72 and enjoyed its quiet motion and smooth ride. I like fully independent suspension systems, and the front-strut/rear multiple link system in the Civic has spring and damper rates biased towards ride comfort, yet they are set just firm enough to control body movement when a fast corner is presented. The Civic in its latest iteration is a class act; it had to be, Civic has a huge reputation worldwide for quality and practicality. Undoubtedly, Honda will continue to add to the series in body shape and specification upgrades. I simply can’t wait to find myself behind the wheel of another as it progresses through its lifecycle. 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