A new take on an old favourite.
The 10th generation Honda Civic utilised a revolutionary rather than an evolutionary design approach from its predecessor. For 2017, the Honda Civic receives a sleek and sporty fastback-like design treatment, as well as an aggressive front fascia. The front fenders are muscular and have large overhangs over the wheel arches. Continuing down the side of the car, the 'C' pillars are accented by the tapering windows, finished off by the Civic signature 'C' shaped LED tail lamps. The 2017 sits on stunning, two tone 17" alloy wheels.
The retro-like front quarter windows are now, thankfully, a thing of the past. The remainder of the body has aggressive sculpting, with soft lines, giving this sedan very nice athletic lines. Our Rallye Red, VTI-S tester came equipped with a 1500CC I-4 turbo-charged engine, capable of producing 170BHP - fixed to a very smooth CVT. The sport mode on the gear selector keeps the car closer to its power peak for spirited driving. Missing from the 2017 Civic are paddle shifters and a manual gear change option on the transmission case.
Utilising a lighter frame, the Civic was able to shed 68 pounds, giving the car a better power-to-weight ratio and decreased fuel consumption. Driving around the hilly urban areas with steep inclines and sharp corners, the Civic remained firmly planted to the road with no body roll. The revised suspension and wider tyres contributed to its outstanding handling and performance. The turbo-charged engine was responsive without a hint of turbo lag.
AN INTERIOR TO PLEASE
On the inside of the Civic, the design revolution continues. The split dashboard design of the previous models was ditched for a more ergonomic layout. The main event in the interior of the Civic is a 7" audio touch screen, equipped with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. This simplifies smartphone connectivity and mirroring with a single cable connection, giving users seamless integration of smartphone features and functions, including navigation.
The head unit also functions as the screen for the multi-angle rear-view camera, standard on all new Civics. A standout feature of the new Civic is the remote engine start. By pressing the 'lock' and 'engine' buttons on the key fob, you can remotely start the car and pre-cool the cabin before entering - a useful feature, especially on those very warm days.
The Civic is a legend. Its nameplate has a storied history having been in existence for over forty years. The more recent generations had very sedate designs and often got lost in the crowd. For 2017, the Civic has signaled its return to the crowded compact car segment with an aggressive, athletic exterior, a dynamic and modern cabin, as well as an embodiment of its heritage. Welcome back!
2017 Honda Civic, VTI-S
1500cc 4 cylinder turbo
Fuel Consumption: 7.4L/100KM
- Smart entry system
- Keyless start
- Automatic locking and unlocking of vehicle.
- Remote start
- Apple CarPlay
- Android Auto
Price Tested: $5.1M
Competitors: Nissan Sentra, VW Jetta, Toyota Corolla, Mazda 3, Hyundai Elantra
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