Honda chose to stick to the platform of the previous generations, which left the designers with pretty limited space to maneuver their pens. While this might bring extra points for the interior (the rear visibility was improved), it did leave the car with an appearance that doesn't seem to appeal to the general public.
We approve the car's originality, we've always said that the market needs cars with a bold design, and we are offering the Civic some points for this, but we can't ignore the fact that the end result is not necessarily pleasant for the eye. However, if there is one thing that was improved that is the height of the profile (we’re talking about perception here), as the car comes with a lower stance, which makes it look sportier than before.
The panoramic glass roof, which comes in standard for the Executive range-topping version we tested, together with the tinted windows, really change the appearance of the car more than this sort of features manage to do, as they influence the design altogether rather than being just some extra elements, so we would recommend these.
The new design also enhanced the aerodynamics, with the Civic now offering a drag coefficient of 0.27, one of the best in its class.Continue reading
Hold on, Sir May B. Bach would like to say something...
The Japanese are well known for copying everything when it comes to cars and in this case it's obvious that they have copied... ahem... themselves. And, as with most clones, the result is inferior to the original - the last Civic was a major breakthrough, while this one doesn't manage to... ahem... arouse anybody.
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