Honda Civic

Civic removed as new Civic released (presently not on Scheme)

The Swindon built Honda Civic was updated in 2012 and while it’s evolution and not revolution on the design front, all the changes make for an even better car. Honda have a enviable reputation for reliability, design and build quality and very loyal customers, once you buy a Honda it is highly likely that you will buy another one, in America 60% of Honda customers do exactly this. Honda also make brilliant engines, the new 1.6 diesel created 500 new jobs at the Swindon pant.

 

The Civic is great fun to drive, the new 118 bhp 1.6 diesel can return 78.5 miles per gallon and the engine is both smooth and precise, 0-62 in 11 seconds proves it no slouch. The 1.8 140 bhp petrol Automatic returns 44.8 miles per gallon and can reach 62mph in an impressive 9.1 seconds and a top speed of 134 miles per hour.

There are three main trim levels; S, SE Plus and EX, in each trim you can add a ‘Connect sat nav’ upgrade which adds Bluetooth hands-free telephone connectivity and an integrated sat-nav. The most affordable Civic is the entry level S, which is fairly well equipped with climate control, 16″ alloy wheels, front and rear electric windows, LED daytime running lights, electric adjustable and heated door mirrors, engine idle stop, the engine stops when you do then automatically starts when you take off, and to top it all are the ‘magic’ seats, basically you can fold the rear seats like a cinema seat, great for carrying a pot plant.

 

The Civic will delight loyal Honda fans as it has a bigger boot, it is more comfortable, better to drive, the materials used in the car are top quality and the engines are improved. We can’t help feel that the Civic has pushed itself into a niche; it is just not mainstream enough to take customers from the Ford Focus and the VW Golf, it is more Citroen DS4 and Mini Clubman which is a shame because Honda have made a great car that will serve you well and to top it all it is built in Britain.

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