Senin, 06 Februari 2017

New Honda Civic in Test


If you're wondering who this getting used piece of automotive design unleashed on the world - is Honda. And to their new Civic. The tenth generation Civic, to be exact. And this time, despite the strong European focus, he is actually a world car for the first time. That means: The USA, Japan, we ... everywhere the Civic looks the same now. And it has the same substructure. That is, as actually everything on this something, uhm ... "restless" shaped vehicle, completely new and a good corner different than before.

Stiff and significantly larger
because it significantly more high-strength steels used than before, the torsional rigidity increases by considerable 52 percent. And the chassis also weighs 16 kilos less. Does not sound pioneering, but is remarkable, because the new Civic has put an almost frightening growth thrust. Well, for a sportier silhouette, he has been stolen 20 millimeters high, but he is 136 millimeters longer and 30 millimeters wider than before, the wheelbase also grows 30 millimeters.

New chassis with various benefits
interior space is guaranteed. Especially because the tank from back among the predecessors back where it belongs (that would be behind). Disadvantage: Honda's enchanting "Magic Seats" system is history. Advantage 1: The driver sits now much lower, speak: better. Advantage 2: There is also enough leg and head space at the rear as well as a quite enormous luggage compartment with 478 to a maximum of 1,267 liters volume. Advantage 3: At last there is room for electrification, which will soon be moving into the Civic - probably with a fuel cell. These are quite a few advantages. And where we are at the moment: With the new chassis, Honda finally bines the linkage rear axle and replaces it with single wheel suspension in the form of a multi-link axle, which has a positive effect on almost everything, which has somehow to do with driving dynamics and comfort. In the case of the conventional McPherson suspension strut, higher equipment levels have the additional option of adaptive dampers.

New turbo gasoline
Everything seems still a little arg provocative from (especially those gigantösen "ventilation grids" in the rear bumper), sounds far but quite good. This also applies to everything under the spacey nose. At the start, there are two VTEC turbines with a displacement of 1.0 and 1.5 liters. A 1.6-liter diesel will follow at the end of 2017. The one-liter three-cylinder engine delivers 129hp and 200 newton meters, the single-cylinder four-cylinder engine delivers 182hp and 240 newton meters. In the course of the year follows the new Civic Type-R, whose 2.0-liter turbo should spit around the 330 hp. The standard for all units is a newly developed six-speed manual gearbox. For the two petrol engines, a CVT automatic is available as an option, while the diesel will have a Neungang automatic.

Interior finally okay
but enough of the hard facts, it is time for the essentials. How does he drive so now, the new Civic? For the first time purely in the completely remodeled interior. Yes much better. One sits deeper, more involved and the Sci-Fi-moderate two-layer dashboard of the predecessor is also gone. Now there is a seven inch touch screen in the middle and another seven inch TFT display for the classically arranged instruments. The material quality works perfectly if a whole piece of the haptic standard of German premium compact is still missing. The new Civic has not only an advantage over golf, A-Class and Co., but also a surprising and surprising feature: Honda is now offering its impressive range of driving aids, including an active tracking assistant, adaptive speed control and traffic sign detection with intelligent speed adjustment. Standard. For all variants. That means, the Civic is now driving on country roads or motorways in principle by itself. And from 19.990 euros. This must be done first.

Agil but comfortable
Who prefer to drive themselves, will not be sustainable with the Civic in 2017, however, very good. Sure, in the normal versions, he does not offer any hot-hatch-like levels of vehicle performance (this is ultimately responsible for Type-R), but you can have fun with him. Clearly more than with many competing products, to be honest. Among his strengths are the fast, if somewhat sensitive, steering, a considerable grip level as well as an agile but nonsense basic balance. Driving is quite dynamic, but always comfortable. The adaptive dampers can be saved. The differences in the two modes are hardly noticeable and the competence of the normal chassis works more than good enough.

Dear himself off
a considerable part of the driving experience control, moreover, the new turbo petrol engine with. We could test both variants with manual box as well as with CVT automatic and were basically quite pleased. For the CVT, this is restricted, because it is one of the better of its guild and does not cry as much as it is known. But a CVT remains it all the same anyway and even switching to the manual shift paddle mode with its seven driving stages brings only a touch more feeling and control. And it is still a Honda, which means that the gearbox is once again an absolute force. Easy, precise, with short distances and quite generally the clearly better choice.

Angry three-cylinder ranges thick
useful and more than adequate is the combination with the charismatic and surprisingly researching three-cylinder. The little Motörchen pushes the Civic with an impressive will forward and roars the typical, rough-symphatic three-cylinder chanson. The only downside: the end of the speed is at oddly low 5.600 tours and you are already more often than wanted in the limiter. Significantly less voice but noticeably more punch is the 1.5-liter four-cylinder. In itself a real cream motor. At the bottom, quite powerful, he has a real desire to turn. Almost like the old Honda sucker, just with a welcome turbo punch in the middle. His problem is less his own, but rather the fact that the three-cylinder is, in principle, completely sufficient.

Much equipment for the money
And that brings us to tip for all those looking for a really big, agile, very pleasant to handle and affordable compact car: The Honda Civic 1.0 Turbo S in the equipment starts at 19,990 euros. Referenced "Honda SENSE" Assistance System Package included. In terms of equipment and engine power, the basic versions of the higher-quality VW Golf and the narrower Ford Focus clearly have the look. The 1.0 Turbo "Elegance" from 25.170 Euro is available with a full range of Navi, rearview camera and LED headlights. The 1.5 turbo starts at 27,960 euros. Full cabin including leather and all Pipapo is available for 31,460 euros in the 1.5 Turbo "Presitge". The CVT-Automatik costs 1,300 euro extra charge. Launch for the new Civic is on 18 March 2017.