Week 5: Our 2018 Honda Civic long-term tester continues to impress with its fuel economy and annoy
with its lack of kit.
This one really gets my goat. Despite weighing in at a relatively hefty AED75,000 our long-term 2018 Honda Civic does not even have automatic headlights. No, seriously, are we still in the 1990s and no one told me? That is unacceptable in any modern car let alone one that costs this much. It doesn’t even have front parking sensors, let alone a reversing camera. Like I’ve said before the lack of kit is head-scratching and equally annoying in our LX tester.
However, there are some redeeming factors this week. The fuel economy is steadily improving and is now clocking in at under 9.0 litres per 100km, which means trips to the petrol station are relatively infrequent, which is a good thing. If you’re looking for a practical and fuel efficient family car then you should give the Civic a serious consideration.
There has been a mishap, though. This week someone has keyed the entire side of the car and they’ve ensured to cover all four ruddy panels. So, a trip to the coppers is in order shortly to procure a police report for insurance purposes.
To be honest, there hasn’t been much to report in terms of reliability or everyday usability of the car. Nothing has fallen off, nothing has broken. But as they say, no news is good news. And I’m sure you’d agree if this were your own car and there was an evident lack of drama when it comes to reliability.
More next week.
2018 Honda Civic LX — Long-term review
Average fuel economy: 8.7 litres/100km
Lows: No automatic headlights, someone has keyed the side of the car
Highs: Fuel economy and reliability
Costs this week: AED50 (Fuel)