If you take a look at the new Civic, you'll understand that it inherits a lot of features from the one it replaces and it's the same story underneath. This means that we;re still crying for the independent rear suspension that was used two generations ago, but we get the same the same torsion beam.
However, the rear torsion beam has been stiffened, while the engineers also introduced a few other tweaks to improve the comfort and refinement of the ride and we have to tell you that these really paid out.
The 1.8-liter naturally-aspirated petrol unit of our test car is borrowed from it's predecessor, but this shouldn't be seen as a drawback, since its VTEC variable distribution allows the driver to choose as if he had two powerplants.
The variable distribution and electronic lift control, to use the system's full name, lets you perform upshifts lower than 1,700 rpm to save fuel, or to climb all the way to 7,000 rpm in order to let the G-forces tickle him.
However, the peak power comes at 6,500 rpm, while the torque curve is pretty sharp, so you really have to push the unit hard in order to achieve a dynamic drive. The engine has been marginally enhanced, and now offers 2 extra hp and is also a tad cleaner, emitting 145 grams of CO2 per km instead of 152.Continue reading
HONDA Civic technical data summary
Engine: 1798 cc 4 petrol
Dimensions: 169.3 in OR 4300 mm length / 69.7 in OR 1770 mm width / 57.9 in OR 1471 mm height
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