Test drive Honda Civic: Captain Future


Civic Attacks Markets With Outstanding Design, New Turbocharged Engines And Phenomenal Brakes

Over its 45-year history and nine generations Honda The Civic has undergone various metamorphoses: from a small car to a compact, it has become a launch vehicle for the introduction of new technologies, but with the first generation it has earned a reputation as a strong, economical and reliable car.

However, the tenth generation is much more. The new Civic stands out from all the other models that have borne that name until now, and from everything else in its class. It's amazing how Honda folks have always managed to keep their models this distinctive, but the tenth generation of the Civic combines personality traits with a rather “expressive design language”.

Test drive Honda Civic: Captain Future

Unlike many of its predecessors, the new Civic has a distinct dynamic. There are no rounded ovoid shapes, no reflections of light. Sharp cut volumes are dominated by tinted headlights with vertical internal ribs.

They are part of a complete wing-shaped complex featuring a contrasting black color and a vertical, sculpted radiator grille, while large pentagonal shapes underneath give the impression of a sports car physiognomy.

All of this sculpture creates a sense of immense scope, which continues in the compartment-like side relief, carved taillights and symmetrically transferred lower black shapes at the back. The car's new proportions, with a 2cm lower roofline, 3cm wider track and a wheelbase increased to 2697mm, also contribute to the overall feel.

All new

At the same time, the body, dressed in the sportswear in question, became lighter (the total weight of the Civic decreased by 16 kg), increasing its resistance to twisting by as much as 52 percent. At 4,5 meters in length (130 mm longer than its predecessor), the Civic hatchback version is larger than that of direct competitors such as the Golf and Astra (4258 and 4370 mm).

Test drive Honda Civic: Captain Future

Thus, the model has reached the limit of the compact class, which inevitably affects the space in the interior. This is an impressive achievement against the backdrop of one of the lowest weights in the compact class, with the base Honda 1.0 weighing 1275 kg.

The coupé line is even brighter on the sedan version, which reaches 4648 mm in length, which is almost equal to the length of the Accord. This option will not be positioned as a more budget option (for example, Hyundai Elantra, which has a torsion bar rear axle unlike the i30 hatchback). With a luggage capacity of 519 liters, the Civic sedan has a more family orientation, which does not prevent it from being equipped with only a 1,5-liter unit with 182 hp.

Full transition to turbo engines

Yes, this Honda has a lot of dynamism and lure. Such cars are often damaged in comparative tests because there are no style ratings, and beauty is a much more exciting factor in choosing a car than trunk size, although in this respect the Civic is one of the best in its class.

But the style isn't the only significant change here. In Formula 1 history, Honda has gone from naturally aspirated to turbocharged engines twice and once back to showcase the capabilities of its engine builders.

Test drive Honda Civic: Captain Future

The tenth generation Civic is also revolutionary in this regard - given how dedicated and good Honda is at building and manufacturing high-speed, high-efficiency naturally aspirated engines, we can't help but notice that this generation of Civic will only be powered by turbocharged engines.

Yes, this is the rule of time, but this does not prevent Honda from interpreting modern solutions in its own way. The Japanese company has believed that control of the fuel process is a key factor in the development of new engines since the inception of the CVCC process.

The two three- and four-cylinder gasoline engines use "highly fluid combustion," a term for severe turbulence and increased combustion rates in the cylinders, as well as variable valve control.

The basic three-cylinder engine has a displacement of 1,0 liters, has a small turbocharger with pressures of up to 1,5 bar and is the most powerful in its class (129 hp). Its torque of 200 Nm is reached at 2250 rpm (180 Nm in the CVT version).

The four-cylinder unit with a working volume of 1,5 liters develops a power of 182 hp. at 5500 rpm (6000 rpm in the CVT version) and a torque of 240 Nm in the range of 1900-5000 rpm. (220 Nm in the CVT version in the range of 1700-5500 rpm).

On the road

The smaller engine emits the typical hoarse voice of three-cylinder units and sounds like a larger one, showing a drive for dynamics, but the 1,3-tonne weight of the car shows that physical dimensions cannot be ignored. Despite the fact that it craves speed, develops an enviable 200 Nm and maintains them at a fairly high level, according to modern ideas, this car is for a quiet ride, especially if it is equipped with a CVT gearbox - an unusual and rather rare offer in the class of compact cars.

Test drive Honda Civic: Captain Future

Honda has modified the software for this transmission specifically for Europe, simulating 7 individual gears, thus approaching classic automatic transmissions while significantly reducing the synthetic effect inherent in CVTs. The big unit definitely has something to brag about, and its lure blends in with the Civic's exterior.

It picks up speed easily, and that's where its power lies - the torque is maintained to much higher revs than rivals such as the Hyundai i30 and VW Golf, and thus delivers such impressive power. Thus, Honda clearly demonstrates its technological potential and shows that it is truly an engineering company.

From this point of view, it can be assumed that the addition of new versions is unlikely to take place - after all, the buyers of this car appreciate the authenticity of the brand and especially its transmission. On the other hand, an excellent 1.6 iDTEC turbodiesel with a capacity of 120 hp is provided, and, judging by the vision of the machine, it is likely that heavier artillery will come into play in the face of a version with two turbochargers and a capacity of 160 hp. - both options are combined with a nine-speed ZF transmission.

Unique brakes

On the other hand, it is the powerful 1,5-liter unit that unlocks the potential of the new multi-link rear suspension more, and in the higher versions the chassis has adaptive dampers with four-stage adjustment.

Combined with the front axle suspension, the Civic offers extremely balanced handling and dynamic and stable cornering, thanks in large part to variable steering speed with perfect feedback from a small steering wheel.

Test drive Honda Civic: Captain Future

All this is complemented by a braking system that provides a braking distance of 33,3 meters at a speed of 100 km / h. For the same exercise, Golf needs an additional 3,4 meters.

Beauty may be more important than the size of the trunk, but the Honda Civic somehow manages to pull it off. Despite the sophisticated rear suspension design, the compact model has one of the largest boot racks in its class at 473 liters, 100 liters more than the Golf and Astra.

Unfortunately, the usual Magic Seats, which can be folded like in a movie theater, have been removed because the designers decided to place the front seats lower and the tank returned to the safest place - above the rear axle. And in the interior you will find a lot of Honda feel - both in the arrangement of the dashboard and in the overall quality of the UK-made model.

In front of the driver, there is a TFT screen with personalization options, and as standard all versions are equipped with the integrated Honda Sensing passive and active safety system, including multiple assistive systems based on cameras, radars and sensors.

Honda Connect, on the other hand, is standard equipment at all levels above S and Comfort and includes the ability to work with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto apps.



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