Honda Civic 1.0 Vtec Turbo: Test – Great chassis, sad Funzeln

he loves curves town he can: The Civic goes agile, fast and economical. He also scores with its bold look, but messes up the light. The compact in the test.

New Civic, new size: The Compact is 4.52 meters long - quite a lot for a hatchback
New Civic, new size: The Compact is 4.52 meters long - quite a lot for a hatchback

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Berlin - he is no longer Really compact, the compact car from Honda. In his tenth generation of the Civic puts too neat. He is a hatchback as big as old Mittelklässler with Stage. At the same time he is building from under the hood: The base is now working with three cylinders and a liter of displacement. This is now common practice in the compact class, Civic but new.

The exterior remains characteristic, including the spoiler centrally on the rear window. The eye-catching design may not please everyone, of course. This courage is a real rarity in the volume segment. Experiments nobody allowed here otherwise. The Civic is a welcome change.

We drove the Civic in the tenth generation with base gasoline and "Elegance" equipment for two weeks in everyday life. Where he scores and where the problem lies, you read our Complete standings.

dimensions | Space | body

Behind the grill, it is modern: Saugbenziner or intake manifold injection are no longer in the program. The Civic starts with two turbos, a diesel follows Behind the grill, it is modern: Saugbenziner or intake manifold injection are no longer in the program. The Civic starts with two turbos, a diesel follows Source: mobile.de More size means more space. Nevertheless, the length fall of 4.52 meters (+ 13.5 cm) and 2.70 meters wheelbase (+ 9.5 cm) in the first moment not the case. Much more important: Honda no longer placing the fuel tank under the front seats. He slipped far back before the rear axle. This allows a lower seating position and more headroom front.

This tall drivers finally have enough space in the Civic. The price: The account for "Magic Seats" of its predecessor. So the seat of the rear seat can be folded up 9 no longer as in the Civic. Something independence and real added value is lost. As a consolation, the trunk remains.

And what a: 478 liters up to the window edge are large class. With so much space we accept the stage just behind the rear seats. For interior giants of the Civic is not total. Its flat silhouette (1.43 meters) and the sloping roof cost space. Behind it is close to the head. For this, the legroom fits in the rear. Practical: the side closing loading space cover (saves space) and the huge compartment in the center console (accommodate).

A Civic station wagon will not give way, in Generation 10th Honda provides the current model exclusively as a sedan or five-door.

interior | processing | materials

Typical: Spoiler centered on the rear window, striking tail lights Typical: Spoiler centered on the rear window, striking tail lights Source: mobile.de To the cockpit of the Civic have to get used. It has a playful and less harmonious. Too many materials and styles alternate. The speedometer is digital. The switches on the steering wheel does not seem thought out, the radio can be operated only by touch - but does not look like that. It takes a while until you no longer controls the temperature, actually if you think the volume.

The processing in the Civic's fine. We want more uniformity in the materials, less Playstation in the speedometer and a nicer feel on the multifunction steering wheel. Better it will be on the center console. Here Honda installed clear, pleasant clicky switch. That's how it should be.

infotainment | radio | connectivity

Whether a Civic is networked, decides the equipment. In the base there is nothing one level above at least one radio. From "Elegance" has a navigation with 7-inch display, smartphone networking, Internet access, and HDMI port is part of the standard equipment. Higher equipment get better sound systems. The navigation software comes from Garmin.

The system connects afloat with phones, navigates reliably and plays music from all the major media from. Prettier graphics were beautiful, a knob for volume practically. Annoying: Who confirmed not the distraction clause of the system (after each start), lands in the screen saver.

Assistance Systems | safety

The cockpit of the Honda Civic 10: Getting used to The cockpit of the Honda Civic 10: Getting used to Source: mobile.de Most wizard builds Honda as standard in the Civic. Adaptive cruise control, lane assist, hill start assist, traffic sign recognition, collision warning system with pedestrian detection and automatic high beam headlights are always on board. Park assistance and blind spot warning comes in the expensive variants. A decent package.

Some helpers Honda has yet to rework. The lane departure of our Civic failed completely in the rain. While the cruise control kept the distance, but did not give independent gas when overtaking. And the high beam automatic shut too slow to. The few motorists told us via flasher.

All bad: The standard halogen headlights come just ahead of the car. Low beam goes in this class for almost 20 years more.

drive | motor | transmission

Crisp circuit around it good knob setting. Irritating: The temperature setting sit where you want to adjust the volume Crisp circuit around it good knob setting. Irritating: The temperature setting sit where you want to adjust the volume Source: mobile.de Honda has the Civic in Europe only with direct-injection turbo engines. The base provides 129 hp and 200 Newton meters of torque from one liter of capacity. The three-cylinder pulls the compact adequately fast forward. Although it sounds pithy and bold blows off when the load changes: For athletes it lacks untenrum power and top the will. But Honda has still the Type-R.

The little Civic feels in town (and around) most comfortable. Here he goes quiet and economical: While commuting to Berlin Vicinity he splashed on average a 6.1 liters per 100 kilometers. In the rush hour there were 8, 9 liters in heavy traffic. More were not even at a brisk pace on the highway. That's OK.

Honda standard combine a crisp six-speed manual transmission with the base gasoline. In the first two courses, the translations like to get tangled in the turbo lag. With a bit of getting used to but it bothers hardly regular Civic drivers, it will not soon remember.

Handling | chassis | steering

At a brisk pace of Civic comes to excellent. Suspension and steering agrees Honda from agile and directly. Especially in curves brisk this setup like. The Honda is supported by the rear axle clean and pulls ragged around the curve.

The sporty honeycomb are decorative only, the exhaust hiding The sporty honeycomb are decorative only, the exhaust hiding Source: mobile.de Although he is pursuing a completely different objective, the Civic recalls excellent examples of Japanese art voting as the Mazda MX-5 or the Toyota 86: For fun he does not need extreme performance. So much agility one would not expect in view of the small motor.

Features | price | Conclusion

At the Civic while there are many things to criticize, about many things can be overlooked, however. To the operator you get used to, just to the playful interior and unsightly Navi. Who can live with it, gets an agile, economical and independent car. In particular, the standard suspension we liked.

By the light, however, the Civic slips up in a big way. The basic Funzeln no longer part of 2017 in a new car. Better lamps with LED lamps there is no extra charge, but only in the higher trim levels. "1.0 Turbo Executive" (from 28,100 euros) and "1.5 Turbo Sport" (182 hp; 27,960 euros) it should therefore be at least if you want to leave the city limits more often behind.

That is already a lot of money for a compact car. There are a lot of features, however. We missed only good light even at "Elegance" (from 25,170 euros). "Sport" gets LED lamps and the larger engine. As "Executive" goes the Civic with basic machine, but better speakers, active suspension, auto-dimming mirrors and a few helpers. More is possible but not necessarily useful.

More information and discussions about the current Honda Civic you will find 10 Forum in our new Honda Civic.

Specifications Honda Civic 1.0 Vtec Turbo

  • Drive: 1.0-liter three-cylinder turbo
  • Power: 129 hp (95 kW) at 5500 rev / min
  • Torque: 200 Nm at 2,250 r / min
  • Transmission: 6-speed manual
  • 0-100 km / h: 10.9 sec
  • Top speed: 203 km / h
  • Consumption: 5.0 l / 100 km (NEDC)
  • Test consumption: 6.1 l / 100 km
  • Length: 4,518 m
  • Width: 1.799 m
  • Height: 1.434 m
  • Wheelbase: 2,697 m
  • Curb weight: 1,275 kg
  • Trunk: 478 l
  • Strike Honda Civic: from 19,990 euros
  • Strike Honda Civic Elegance: 25,170 euros
  • Price test car: 26166 €