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Video Review - Honda Civic 1.5 VTEC Turbo (A)
29 Nov 2021  |  Honda Reviews
The Honda Civic gets a new, grown-up design as well as plenty of refinement improvements. Is that enough to convince you from its popular rivals?
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What We Dislike
Engine is mated to a continuously variable transmission
More expensive than its rivals
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   Consumer Reviews of Honda Civic
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OVERALL RATING
 
5 Reviewers
4 out of 5
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Comfort
4/5 Reliability
4.5/5
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Handling
4.5/5 Features
4/5
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Exterior Styling
4/5 Interior Design
4.5/5
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Value for money
4/5 Engine Performance
4/5
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5 Reviews

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kobayashiGT
Twincharged
1 reviews
26,145 points
12914 forum posts Joined on 21-Oct-2013
Great car - does everything I need  Posted on 26 Nov 2021
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Comfort 5/5 Reliability 5/5
Handling 5/5 Features 5/5
Exterior Styling 5/5 Interior Design 5/5
Value for money 5/5 Engine Performance 5/5
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Simply the most enjoyable car to drive in all respects. Excellent driving position. I've previously owned eight Honda Accords over 30+ years. I wish the current Civic had been available sooner. The styling is "Marmite" - you love it or hate it. I have got used to it and like it.

What I like
cvt transmission beautifully smooth.

What I do not like
Fuel consumption slightly lower than I had hoped

beatdrive
Neutral Newbie
16 reviews
0 points
0 forum posts Joined on 07-Apr-2021
New Honda Civic!  Posted on 21 Dec 2021
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Comfort 4/5 Reliability 5/5
Handling 5/5 Features 4/5
Exterior Styling 4/5 Interior Design 4/5
Value for money 4/5 Engine Performance 3/5
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Design wise, this new civic is probably the best indication of the model growing with its audiences. Back in the 90s Civics are the prime boy-racer cars. Now, like the people who used to enjoy them, the Civic has matured.

This new Civic has a milder, but classy look, I suspect it will age much better than the outgoing model.

What I like
- Simpler, classier design
- Quality interior
- Same nice Honda drive as expected

What I do not like
- Looks like power has been curbed, probably for the sake of COE category here. Would likely be able to unleash more power with aftermarket mods and tunes.

Conan86
1st Gear
6 reviews
40 points
44 forum posts Joined on 07-Jul-2019
All grown up but lost some mojo..  Posted on 21 Dec 2021
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Comfort 4/5 Reliability 5/5
Handling 4/5 Features 4/5
Exterior Styling 2/5 Interior Design 4/5
Value for money 3/5 Engine Performance 2/5
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Had hope that this generation of Civic had really improved after browsing thru some reviews. Turns out the reviews may have been too lenient on the car.. Interior styling is pretty nice and practical. Exterior is really questionable.. But it can look good in certain colours. Sadly the engine is down tuned to fit into our unique market but it can't be helped since this is ultimately a BnB car. The car expectedly drives ok and well during normal conditions.. Push a little harder and you'll realise that it's not meant for any form of spirited driving with its engine and CVT setup.. Handling of the car is good but it's Japanese competitors are also good if not better in this aspect..

What I like
+ Wireless Apple CarPlay
+ 1.5L turbo means lots of potential at your own risk
+ Spacious and practical cabin
+ Honda Sensing and Lane Watch
+ Nice illuminated scuff plates

What I do not like
- CVT drone is terrible when pushing a little harder
- Loud engine and road noise
- NVH is average
- Halogen headlights!!!?? On the flip side it's cheaper to replace if the bulb blows… but come on….
- QC/Build Quality.. not sure if it's due to MIT..

turbotan
1st Gear
1 reviews
93 points
122 forum posts Joined on 18-Jan-2016
Huge upgrade from the 8th generation civic  Posted on 08 Dec 2021
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Comfort 5/5 Reliability 5/5
Handling 5/5 Features 5/5
Exterior Styling 5/5 Interior Design 5/5
Value for money 5/5 Engine Performance 5/5
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Having owned this car for about 2 months now, it simply brings a smile to my face when I drive it. No doubt it may not be the fastest car around but the handling is one of, if not the, best in this class. The steering is so light compared to my old car and the spacious interior and comfortable seats also feel very premium. Even the doors feel solid and heavy compared to my previous car which felt light and cheap. Initially was comparing this car along with the Cerato, Avante and A3, but went for this car instead. In fact, I bought the Civic even though I only test drove the Cerato and Avante which I felt the enjoyment in driving these two cars was sorely lacking. Plus, having owned a Hyundai before my previous car I can say that although they have improved leaps and bounds, you still can not get the same fun factor compared to driving a Civic. Also comparing with the A3 which I felt was quite cramp inside especially the rear. While the other Korean makes have lots of fancy features which the Civic doesn't have, the drive itself beats these two cars hands down. To be honest, most features that you need are already equipped in the Civic unless you want to nitpick. Of course there will be comparisons to the 10th gen turbo which produce much more power and torque, but due to the nature of the COE this car was down tuned to cater to Cat A. Nevertheless it is still adequate for daily driving and pickup is just enough to overtake most cars. Although I have found a couple of tuners who are able to unlock much more power from the engine I will enjoy it for now. Honda sensing is much improved to my surprise compared to the first generation Vezel sensing, it really adds a lot of confidence in your driving and I can say that it is pretty accurate. As for the exterior, looks are really subjective - I didn't like the look of it initially from the pictures but you have to see the car in person to really appreciate it. It no longer has the boy racer wannabe looks from the 10th generation where the fake vents doesn't make the car look nice (unless it is the Type R), instead it looks more mature and more Accord like. Overall I am really pleased with the car so far - does it justify the price tag compared to the competition? Maybe not. But is it a better car than the Korean cars? For me that's a definite YES.

What I like
- Responsive engine and smooth CVT
- Cabin Space
- Honda Sensing performance
- Great handling
- Wireless Apple Carplay
- Premium feel across the board in the interior

What I do not like
- Wireless charging performance is tacky if you use a MagSafe case.
- Head unit Equaliser could have more tweaking options
- Wished it came with Dual pipe exhaust instead (Look nicer)
- No LED headlights (because FOMO, not like you can see when you are sitting inside)

quippery
Neutral Newbie
31 reviews
0 points
0 forum posts Joined on 07-Apr-2021
All round refinement for the family  Posted on 28 Nov 2021
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Comfort 4/5 Reliability 4/5
Handling 5/5 Features 4/5
Exterior Styling 4/5 Interior Design 5/5
Value for money 3/5 Engine Performance 5/5
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Review
The new Honda Civic now comes with a simplified exterior design that is a little more grown up than the previous generation.

What I like
The turbocharged engine may be less than what most people are expecting, but still delivers on smoothness and refinement. It is paired to a CVT but it still sounds ok as long as you don't push the engine too hard.

Cabin feels properly premium and well put together. I think the honeycomb pattern in the dash will give all passengers something to talk about and the air-conditioning vent controls are a classy touch.

What I do not like
The new Civic is asking for a lot and does not even come with LED headlights when the Honda City does. Lane watch should also give you a camera feed on both sides of the car instead of just the passenger side.

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Honda Civic
4 stars - based on 5 reviews