Honda 2015 Civic Euro LN review

Honda 2015 Civic Euro LN review

Like a trendy club, the hatchback class is full of the good-looking and sharply dressed, but if you take one home, will you regret it in the morning? You could have a Volkswagen Golf, a Mazda3, or a Ford Focus (amongst others) as alternatives to the Honda Euro Civic. What moves does it have to catch your eye?

Honda Euro Civic LN 2015 frontThe Euro Civic is full of chat up lines to seduce you: intelligent headlights and wipers, a reversing camera with bendy lines showing you where you’re turning, sexy 17-inch black alloys, smart proximity key with push-button start, integrated alarm/immobiliser, dual climate Honda Euro Civic LN 2015 rear quartercontrol, Bluetooth phone integration with music streaming, heated electric folding wing mirrors, and (the clincher for me) heated front seats.

What will capture your attention first is its look. The bonnet has the kind of muscular hump that you see in some Honda Euro Civic LN 2015 front interiorLexus models, seeming like it’s about to transform into something else. The rear end is tidy and there are pleasing curves in abundance.

On the inside it’s far more appealing than the boring and conservative Golf with supportive leather seats (albeit a bit on the hard side), leather gear shift trim, a 7-inch touch screen with HDMI input, and alloy pedals. There are Honda Euro Civic LN 2015 magic seatsplenty of storage options including a large glovebox, reasonable size central binnacle and door pockets. None of the spaces are particularly suited for common 750ml water bottles. Rear headroom and legroom is tight due to the sloping roofline and the generous boot space.

The Magic seats in the rear do not under-deliver on their magical promise: they fold up like cinema seats to give you room to store tall objects like a push bike in the back behind the driver’s seat. The rear doors open at a 90-degree angle to make it easy to get large loads in. There’s a small hidden storage area underneath the boot floor, mostly taken up by the space saver spare wheel, and the boot itself is quite big at 487 litres – much bigger than a Golf or Focus. If you fold the Magic seats down this expands to over 1200 litres.

The 320W sound system really has to work its speed-sensitive volume control to overcome the road noise on coarse chip seal. When the surface is smooth, everything’s great because there is next to no wind noise, but on a long journey through rural New Zealand the tyre noise becomes tiring. This might be alleviated with different tyres.

The 5-star ANCAP safety rating means you won’t have to take extra protection, but there are a whole host of other safety features. Tyre deflation warning system (DWS) monitors tyre pressures and warns in the event of a sudden or gradual loss of pressure, there are six airbags (front i-SRS airbags, side airbags with occupant position detection [OPDS] and full length side curtain SRS airbags with roll over protection), plus antilock brakes, electronic brake force distribution, emergency brake assist, emergency stop signal hazard light activation, vehicle stability assist, traction control, and agile handling assist which brakes the inside wheel to help in cornering and activates before vehicle stability assist intervenes.

While the Euro Civic is chic to the max, it’s not a particularly sporty drive. There’s not enough power from the 1.8-litre four-cylinder i-VTEC petrol engine when you have to deal with the hilly stuff (104kW) therefore it searches for gears a lot if you try to maintain a specific speed, and the real world fuel economy is average. I achieved 7.3l/100km using a lot of Econ mode on a trip from Auckland to Napier with minimal overtaking and a journey time of around 5 hours to cover 430km; the official figure is 6.6l/100km combined, but that would leave you dawdling away from the lights, frustrating other drivers. To rub salt into the wound, you have to use 95 octane petrol, not 91.

So, we have a car that’s a looker, but is it a keeper? Despite being well-appointed, there’s nothing other than its styling and the convenient Magic seats to set it apart from its contemporaries. And Magic seats could be the attribute that convinces you to have a long-term relationship with the Euro Civic.

Price: $39,900

Pros

  • Stylish design
  • Well-equipped

Cons

  • Lots of road noise
  • Thirsty on petrol in relation to the amount of power on offer
  • Poor rear visibility


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