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Test Drive with the new 2012 Honda Civic 1.8 I-VTEC-Who wants supercharged gasoline engine?

Autolatest tested this week one of the most important compact car segment in the world, that the new Civic in 2012.

Test Drive with the new 2012 Honda Civic 1.8 I-VTEC-Who wants supercharged gasoline engine?

We say important because the Civic is a true automotive icon in the car segment with history on all continents.


To say Civic in the U.S. is to have to do with a real trend setter. Americans began to love the first generation Civic since the 80's, 90's and from then the car dominate in the small car segment. The name Honda Civic has become synonymous with endurance and top performance, features that have given and continue to give problems to the big Americans car manufacturers like GM, Ford and Chrylser.


In Europe the compact Civic is a competitor for the German VW Golf uncrowned king of the segment. Despite these drawbacks Honda Civic remains a desirable car for those who want to drive a car more elegant than a VW Golf & Co, and not least a car that is extremely reliable.


TOP RELIABILITY 


Here the figures speak more consistently announced more than twenty years of the Honda car as the best in the segment in terms of running costs and endurance over time. If  VW Golf goes smoothly two years unlimited mileage Honda Civic goes smoothly over 200,000 km in 10 years.


This performance brings to the fore new trade policy that makes the European manufacturers of consumer society dedicated machines, machines that are designed to work smoothly only a short time and after that service visits are required.


Japanese thinking is completely opposite to that of the  European manufacturers, to produce cars that are extremely reliable over time and that is rewarding owners for a period as long at the expense of acquisitions.


Another of the policy of Honda is to make cars mostly with i-VTEC petrol engines to diesel expense. This new Civic customers can still choose the 2.2 liter diesel engine but the piece de resistance remains undoubtedly the 1.8-liter gasoline engine and 143 horsepower. Honda mentality that it corresponds to maximum output high speeds and lower fuel consumption when applied to driving style.


The difference in costs compared to the diesel engine is ok only if you drive mare km compared to the petrol engine. Also the higher maintenance costs for a diesel engine are ingredients increasingly difficult especially by European customers.


European average in this segment is that customer buy an average of 60% cars equipped with diesel engines while the Honda customer buys an average of 80% gasoline cars.


The new 1.8 i-VTEC petrol engine 2012


Under the hood hides the "old" 1.8-liter petrol engine technology that has I-VTEC variable valve timing. This is a propeller speed of distribution chain which is credited with a reliability of at least 200,000 km in normal conditions of use. Maximum output of 143 hp is enough to move despite a sleek new Civic weight gain over the previous generation.


This engine has problems even when is driver in urban are al low rpm, but when speed is required it can now climb over 6,000 rpm where the engine has top performance.


In terms of the new Civic half's reach 100 km / h in just 9.1 seconds and top speed is 215 km / h Average consumption observed by Autolatest team displayed in over 500 km was 9.5 liters in urban areas and only 6.2 liters when they travel the highway with the cruise control activated.


TIPS FOR DRIVING A HONDA


To go pace with the new Civic you should forget the traditional limitations of conventional gasoline engine and the tachometer needle go exactly by the tachometer red zone.


Even if the engine seems impossible to reach a limit should be aware that it was built specifically to provide top performance at these high speeds.


Torque of 174 Nm is available in the area of ​​4,300 rpm shift point when a top speed of 6,500 rpm results in the exact speed range torque.


CIVIC VS COMPETITION


New Honda Civic is a car for everyone because it has a sporty, has a gasoline engine and alert road behavior exactly.


If you want a very roomy and economical car that would cost the average base price of 15,000 Euros must necessarily be headed for a VW Golf 1.6 TDI.


Interior design and good quality materials make this Civic a premium one. It is capable to compete successfully with models like BMW 1, Audi A3 and the new Mercedes Class A.


The interior is also very high rate and because Honda is the only constructor that uses rear Magic Seats system. This allows folding rear bench seat to carry relatively large objects and objects not least a great height that could not fit in the trunk normal compacts in Europe.


Call premium if we look at where the engine line 1.8-liter gasoline engine corresponds to a long forgotten Europeans mentality applied mass phenomenon of downsizing.


It reduces engine displacement brings large turbocharger and reduce engine operating time in years.


PRICE


This test car costs 19,290 Euros without VAT, a price that may seem more fitting but first Executive brings all facilities desired standard. If you equip a VW Golf TSI with the equipment the purchase price is higher than 20,000 Euros..


Those who to not want a very well equipped Civic can always choose the comfort version has a purchase price of 14,490 Euros.


PRO


Brand image, refined petrol engine performance, fuel consumption, very good quality inside, top quality production. reliable petrol engine.


AGAINST


The purchase price is relatively high, 1.4 petrol engine is not recommended as the new Civic is already a car with a high dry weight.



Author: Lucian Dumitrescu
Source: Autolatest


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Test efectuat la: 4.06.2012 | 12:00 EEST


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SPECIFICATII TEHNICE TEST DRIVE

Test efectuat la: 4.06.2012 | 12:00 EEST

  Civic 2012pct
MOTOR/ENGINE ENGINEL4 Benzina
DISPLACEMENT (cmc)1798
MAX POWER(hp/rpm)142/6500
Torque(Nm/rpm)174/4300
DIMENSIUNI LENGHT(mm)4300
WIDTH C(mm)1770
HEIGHT(mm)1470
MASS EMPTY (kg)1180
PERFORMANTE V Max (km/h)215
0-100 km/h (secunde)9.7
Average Fuel Consumption (liters)6.1
PRET Without taxes (euro)19.300
With taxes (euro)-
CAROSERIE Inside Space10
Quality of materials9
Standard Equipement10
Trunk Space8
CONFORT Confort9
Seats front/rear10/7
Air Conditioning Quality9
Sounds10
DINAMICA Engine Rafinement10
80-120 km/h9
Fuel Consumption8
Traction9
Braking10

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