Car reviews - Honda - Civic - VTi-L sedan
Honda's Civic sedan defies the critics with its value for money and enjoyable ride
29 Jun 2012
By TIM NICHOLSON
HONDA’S small-car stalwart suffered some worrying overseas press leading up to the ninth-generation sedan’s Australian release in February, but after a spell behind the wheel of the keenly priced VTi-L auto we wonder whether some critics need to have their heads checked.
You will struggle to find a better-value quality-built C-segment sedan that is as much fun to steer, easy to resell, or as reliable.
While far from perfect, the Civic shows that the company knows its stuff after 40 years of building the series.
Model release date: 1 February 2012 to 1 April 2016
FD Civic VTiReleased:
January 2012Family Tree: Civic
HONDA scored a smash hit with the Mk8 Civic range, despite the lack of a hatch that was affordable, as both the British-built three-door Type R and five-door Si topped $40,000. , , Very keen pricing that started at under $21,000 for the entry-level VTi helped pull in punters, as did a slickly styled exterior and extrovert cabin presentation. , , Three four-cylinder engines were offered – the 103kW/174Nm 1.8-litre single-cam unit in the VTi and VTi-L, a 114kW/188Nm 2.0-litre twin-cam for the Sport, and a 85kW/170Nm 1.3-litre petrol-electric Hybrid.Get the full story: Honda's Civic has a proud heritage, but can it still cut it against the new breed?
The regular petrol cars came with either a five-speed manual or five-speed automatic gearbox, while the Hybrid employed a continuously variable transmission (CVT).
Only the lack of electronic stability control jarred, a situation only rectified with the 2010 model year facelift.
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