Week 6: Our long-term 2018 Honda Civic departs from the Motormouth HQ and leaves us with
Our 2018 Honda Civic long-term tester is a difficult one to tackle. While it is one of the best driving cars in its class, looks rather good and hasn’t put a foot wrong during its time with us, it costs a plump AED75,000. That’s not bad if you consider its merits, but there is a noticeable lack of kit for a car at that price. A Kia in the same fiscal ballpark is loaded with kit, however, it is not anywhere near as nice to drive.
And now as our Civic departs it’s time for the obligatory final verdict. The price is indeed on the high side, especially when you consider our LX tester and sparse equipment list. Forget a reversing camera, there aren’t even any parking sensors up front, which is a shame. Even the seats are fabric and some of the plastics are rather cheap.
On the upside though, and this perhaps matters more for a family car than anything else, the fuel economy is great at under 9.0 litres per 100km. It is quite nice to drive as I mentioned and there is reasonable space in the back for most every-day applications.
The 2018 Honda Civic in its poverty-spec trim is a bit of a difficult one to reach a definitive verdict on. Sure it’s dynamically interesting, but it doesn’t quite add up when you put the price into the equation.
Overall, here’s the thing… If you need your next runabout to be interesting to drive and yet be fuel efficient then the Civic is just the car for you. If you’re looking for a metal box with sat-nav to transport you from point A to B, then there are several better options out there. I’d heartily recommend it, if it were slightly better equipped. But hey, you can’t have it all, can you?
Next week we welcome a new long-term car and it’s quite the opposite of the Civic in many respects. Stay tuned.
2018 Honda Civic LX — Long-term review
Average fuel economy: 8.5 litres/100km
Lows: Price, lack of kit
Highs: Good to drive, looks great, fuel economy and reliability
Costs this week: AED40 (Fuel)