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2016 HONDA CIVIC: THE SOPHISTICATED CIVIC

The prospects of a luxurious life might not be a reality for many because not everyone is born with a silver spoon in his or her mouth. For many, life barrages them with a melee of obstacles and difficulties before even providing a glimpse of success. Nevertheless, the ones who keep getting back up after falling and persevere towards their goals do succeed, and once you reach this point in life you have the liberty to reward yourself for your struggles. There are many ways you can go about doing this; but for the petrol heads out there, nothing gets better than writing a check for a new car.

Once again, plenty of choices: you’ve got hot hatches for the sensibly smart, burly off roaders for the adventure junkies, decked out SUVs for the spendthrifts, and minivans for the family person. However, for the ones seeking a vehicle that exuberates premium sophistication and class nothing comes closer than a sleek sedan.

Often considered a symbol of success, sedans have been popular choices for many auto buyers. To cater to this market need, the auto industry provides a plethora of options. The one that we have at our hands here, is the Honda Civic 2017.

The Honda Civic has been put amongst the cream of the crop in the segment, slotting itself between the Accord and City from the same make. Premium feel and features backed with a favored brand has helped the Honda Civic carve out a niche amongst the sedan buyers. While many admired the model, an upgrade seemed the need of the hour. Answering the call, Honda has brought the new Civic, and it’s not just a cosmetic facelift or a half-assed upgrade. The Civic is back and it’s back with a bang.

EXTERIOR

Although previous updates have not set the bar high for the Civic, this one knocks the ball right out of the court. It looks as good as a car ready to be cast in the next Marvel Superhero movie. The face is aggressively designed gets a bold chrome slate on its grille. There is a clever concoction of sleek lines and angles throughout the entire body of the new Civic that gives it a sleek sophisticated appeal.

From its profile, you will notice that it is longer in terms of wheelbase. A sharp upper character line and raked roofline flows into a striking set of C-shaped taillights and gives it a sharp sporty design. The lower character line adds extra oomph into its design.

The Civic was always a looker, but the upgrades have certainly helped. And unless Emilia Clarke rolls in on a skateboard anytime soon, the Honda Civic is definitely in the running for Nepal’s sexiest thing on four wheels.

INTERIORS

Step inside and you will notice that the Civic Sedan has grown up. It features the most comfortable and sophisticated interior of any Civic ever. The cockpit of the car drips of confidence. The instrument cluster that consists of a TFT screen with a half-moon tacho wrapping around a digital speedo and lots of selectable ancillary info gives it the modern racecar feel. The displays are clear and beautifully laid out. On either side are bar-graph fuel and temp gauges. The design-centric instrument panel features a single-level display that’s easy to read so you can spend more time watching the scenery fly by.

Everything is in reach of the driver – from the controls to the storage console, which fits drinks, a tablet or a small bag also you don’t have to pull on a brake lever. Civic features a segment-first Electric Parking Brake that activates with the lift of a finger.

The cabin will seat five people comfortably and you get all the interior space you’ll need to pile in with your friends and turn a Saturday drive into something bigger. The back seat is fine for legroom, if tight for tall heads. With 60/40 split fold-down rear seats and a spacious trunk, Civic offers plenty of cargo options from picking up groceries to setting out for a long weekend also instead of a rigid boot cover that’s a pain to store when you fold the seats, there’s a roller blind that brilliantly goes side to side. Rolled up, it’s little more than the size of a telescoping umbrella. Still some clever touches to admire. Civic features luxe leather details throughout the cabin, including leather-trimmed seats, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob.

However, there are some misses in the trim level we drove with no reversing camera or engine start/stop button. But we are not going to nitpick because rarely have we felt like we were sitting in a cockpit as we did when we were driving this sleek Honda Civic.

PERFORMANCE

The Honda Civic is as much of a driver’s car as it is a sophisticated sedan. Sitting lower than in the old Civic, or indeed many rivals, makes you feel connected to the road. And it’s not just an illusion; the Civic traces a precise and quick-witted path to follow your orders. It rolls less than most rivals, and just gets on with the job of steering round the arc you set. There’s a good feel to the steering, and the general chassis confidence makes the drive secure. It copes well with mid-corner bumps too.

The Civic is designed to handle with the best of them, featuring standard MacPherson struts and a lightweight, rigid Honda ACE™ body structure. The Continuously Variable Transmissions (CVT) offered for Civic is optimized to match the engine, for plenty of power without sacrificing fuel efficiency.

There is some lag from a standing start, but once revs build, throttle response is better than with most CVTs. Put the transmission in S rather than D and the engine is kept spinning about 1000 rpm higher so that the turbo spools up more quickly.

VERDICT

The new Honda Civic is an improvement on an already good car. In terms of aesthetics Honda have hit the nail on the head with this one. While at close quarters the angles and cuts may seem like the metal has been bent a little too much on this sedan, it takes a more holistic perspective and a few steps back to see the real beauty of the exterior design.

Driving capabilities have not been compromised and it is definitely a driver’s car. Honda might have stagnated for a bit but it is now back with a vengeance.

2016 Honda Civic | Product Watch | Autolife Nepal

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