Honda has officially confirmed that the premium sedan will soon be launched in India. It is interesting news for all enthusiasts, in the Indian market, who have waited for the return of the Civic. The car is already available in many international markets and there are numerous reviews available online. We bring you a text and video review of the new Civic that is available in Australia and is similar to the Civic that will be launched in India. Here is what Australians think about the new version.
Civic 1.8-litre petrol
The Indian market will get both the petrol and diesel engine options. Here is the review of the petrol variant of the car. The reviewer, Performance Drive from Australia, has done both text and video reviews. The Civic available in the Australian market comes from Thailand. The Indian model has similar specs. Even though this is a 2016 model, Honda has not changed much in the vehicle except for a few features.
This is the tenth generation of the Honda Civic and it looks quite different from the Civic available in India. The 1.8-litre naturally aspirated engine produces a maximum power of 140 Bhp at 6,000 rpm and 174 Nm at 4,300 rpm. It comes with an automatic CVT gearbox that sends power to all the four-wheels in the Australian version, but the Indian model will only get FWD. The Civic can do 0-100 km/h in 10.33 seconds. The brakes are quite effective too and can bring down the vehicle from 100 km/h to standstill in 3.06 seconds in 37.47 meters. The official fuel efficiency of the Civic in Australia is 15.625 km/l, but during the official test the reviewers got around 12.5 km/l.
The reviewer says that the car has grown in dimensions and the new shape is quite clever and packages the car’s sleek styling with a sporty look. The machined alloy wheels, LED headlamps and tail lamps look quite good on the Civic. The Civic is quite spacious too and offers 519-litres of boot space.
On the inside, the Civic gets a 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system. The climate control system is easy to use but the absence of physical knobs can be a pain. The infotainment system plays through the 8-speaker system and the sound is crisp. The reviewers add that the console layout is simple with a blue LCD screen that shows temperature and a fuel gauge that looks interesting. The Civic also gets a lot of storage space and the reviewers describe it as clever.
Driving the Civic with the CVT automatic transmission makes it feel lethargic initially but putting it in the S mode changes the dynamics of the vehicle and it becomes quite sporty. The handling has been described as sharp and the high-speed stability is excellent. The tyres can be a bit of a let-down on the corners but overall, the handling is good enough to keep most people happy. The Civic has been described as one of the most relaxing vehicles to drive in, in the segment. The reviewer claims that Honda is back in action with the Civic.
The Indian launch of the Civic is expected to happen by the end of this year or early 2019. The car will also get a 1.6-litre diesel engine. The Civic will take on the likes of Hyundai Elantra and Toyota Corolla in the Indian market.