Test Honda Civic 1.8 i-VTEC Lifestyle – The last century

One of the Honda Civic is definitely: different. This begins with the futuristic appearance, the matching cockpit, and ends with the motor that lifts itself with variable valve timing against the trend of the turbo forced induction.


Test Honda Civic 1.8 i-VTEC Lifestyle - The last century

As sporty as the Civic is available, the 1.8 i-VTEC is not.
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The Honda Civic I got here to the test acts as fallen out of time. Earlier, exterior styling and cockpit may have seemed futuristic, now the work gives the Civic with me the same feeling as a result of "Star Trek: The Next Generation"; so have therefore at that time presented the future. But while Picard and Co. flickered 27 years ago for the first time on the small screen, the Honda Civic sees only since 2006 like this, as it looks today. From the outside, the ninth generation was defused after all, something that makes the formerly continuous light units on rear and front rather conventional. So the Civic, while still very different from the rest, but worth seeing.

inner space

Unlike the interior. Although, you realize that Honda is committed to ease of use in current models, but the unusual appearance obscures this. Too many ads and too many different shapes and colors simply confuse too much to Honda newcomer, which could also explain the very manageable sales. Because after all what's a saying? The farmer does not move, he does not know. Or something like that ... Therefore, the same old German models sell so well, in which a generation looks like a mild facelift of the foregoing.

Test Honda Civic 1.8 i-VTEC Lifestyle - The last century

Look and feel of the cockpit are no longer appropriate.
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It all makes a second glance pretty much in the cockpit of Honda Civic sense. The large curved display on the dashboard, the speed is about digitally displayed. Because the ad was so far displaced upward, the view must be hardly taken off the road. A head-up display would be unnecessary. The colorful light strip right next to it changes depending on the driving style, the color of green ( "exemplary economical driving") - to the deep red ( "old lead foot!"). Even the onboard computer, which is otherwise squeezed somewhere between the speedometer and tachometer, is found again. Whether it was necessary urgently, the round instruments with blue scales, white numerals and symbols in red, white and green run is debatable.


For this, the Honda Civic Square, and even where it did not even get other manufacturers to mind. Thus, the seat of the rear bench can be folded up, making enough space for two bicycles incurred if you removed the front wheels. Still, standing in the rear of the Honda Civic - behind a not inconsiderable loading edge - 467 liters of storage space is available; Top value in the compact class. If you fold the back of the rear bench classic to fit a total of 1,378 liters in the five-door Civic.


Test Honda Civic 1.8 i-VTEC Lifestyle - The last century

Ingenious: the Magic Seats
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The 1.8-liter i-VTEC petrol engine in my text car fits perfectly with my impression of the interior. For while the whole world is in danger of the downsizing and forced ventilation, where the first three-cylinder turbos are even in business class in the wings, Honda can continue to breathe freely the Civic. In its 1.8-liter engine, the Japanese rely on variable valve control instead of a turbo. As a result, the engine should theoretically require less maintenance (which in 14 days was not really tested) and even be in the power delivery. In addition, the engine lower peak demand would have to have when it comes time properly to the point. In fact, however, the gasoline engine develops its power quite harmonious, its maximum achieved only at 4300 rev / min

Nevertheless, the Civic makes a large petrol engine dynamically driven quite fun. For while the Japanese pushing with 132 kg heavier diesel under the hood in tight corners rather than the front wheels, the petrol engine feels much more agile. The chassis does a good job here, and also the five-door would look good on the adaptive shock from the combination. Generally Honda should turn some screws so that the veteran Japanese do not too much gets all behind. Because the competition in the compact class is harder than ever. And while many competitors shine with contemporary technology and optics, the Honda Civic looks a bit left over from the last century.

Specifications Honda Civic 1.8i-VTEC

Five-door compact car
Length / width / height (m):4.32 / 1.77 / 1.47
Wheel base (m): 2.60
engine:Four-cylinder in-line gasoline engine
displacement:1798 cc
power:104 kW / 142 hp at 6,500 U / min.
Max. torque:174 Nm at 4300 rev / min
top speed:215 km / h
acceleration 0-100 km / h:
9.6 s
Test-Consumption:7.5 l / 100 km
Consumption Manufacturer:6.1 l / 100 km
CO2 Manufacturer:145 g / km
Emission standard:5 EURO
Energy efficiency class:D
Weight / payload
Empty weight:1336 kg
Perm. Total weight:1750 kg
payload:414 kg
Boot capacity:467-1368 l
base Pricefrom 16.950 euro
Price test car:30,550 €
Estimated cost per year
Tax:106,00 euro
Fuel:1767.00 €
Depreciation:4582.50 €
Total annual costs:   6455.50 €
* Costs per year are made up of fuel costs, road tax, the imputed value loss (15 percent p. A.)
** Fuel costs at 1.55 euros / liter of super gasoline and an annual mileage of 15,000 kilometers
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