The "Executive" equipment level, which is the best one you can have and brings you features such as a start-stop system, a dual-zone automatic climate control system, a multifunctional steering wheel, power windows all-round, foldable rear seats, heated front seats and an artificial leather upholstery (the material will make sweat during hot weather, so a cloth upholstery would be much better).
You also get a keyless entry and engine start system, Bi-Xenon headlights, leather-finished steering wheel and gear shifter, aluminum pedal covers, a classic (non-adaptive) cruise control system, a rear view camera (owners of the previous generation complained about the rear visibility, so Honda not only improved this but also added a camera), a panoramic glass roof (this can’t be opened, but does bring a lot of light inside the car) and privacy glass.
We got to play with the optional satnav-fitted infotainment system on the Civic and this unfortunately proved to be one of those cheap pieces of hardware that brings negative points to China's image. At first, you're impressed by the various functions - it's all there, you've got satnav, touchscreen, a hard drive, a subwoofer in the luggage compartment, Bluetooth connection and so on.
However, once you actually use any of the controls, you realize that you're dealing with a perfect definition of "jack of all trades, master of none". It's not actually a bad piece of equipment, but it is by no means premium.
Of course, having so many toys comes at a price - literally: the Civic 1.8 Executive we tested came with a price of EUR26,028 (USD34,380 at the current exchange rate), while the Sport trim level, the medium one of the three you can have, is offered for a little under EUR20,000 (USD26,400)Continue reading