Week 4: Our long-term 2018 Honda Civic has started delivering further good new when it comes to practicality. Especially when it comes to fuel economy.
Despite its fairly compact footprint, the 2018 Honda Civic has a reasonable amount of space inside. As you can see from the photo, there is ample legroom in the back when you’re got a shorty like me in the driver’s seat. And while the space shrinks considerably when you’ve got a six-footer upfront, it not unbearable for short urban drives.
My daily commute to work and back is about 30 kilometres, which combined with the fact that the fuel efficiency has improved further to about 9.0L/100km, means I have to fill up even less frequently. This bodes well for a family runabout.
I’m still not convinced with some of the plastics and materials used in the cabin, especially given our 2018 Honda Civic long-term car weighs in at a hefty AED75,000.
It is relatively good to drive though and there is definitely more intent in its dynamics, like someone actually paid attention to handing and real engineering rather than taking the easy way out and stuffing it with gizmos and calling it a day.
I’m still not a fan of the dreaded CVT which drones and moans incessantly and I don’t think I’ll ever get used to the racket it creates. On balance, it is still amongst the best in the segment, when it comes to emulating a proper gearbox.
Our long-term Civic’s departure is looming and to be completely honest, I am still ambivalent about how I feel about it. Quantifiably, it hasn’t put a foot wrong, and it looks great. However, I’m still not convinced about the price, or rather the relative enormity of it.
More next week.
2018 Honda Civic LX — Long-term review
Average fuel economy: 9.0 litres/100km
Lows: CVT, some hard plastics
Highs: Reasonably spacious… if you have ‘right-sized’ passengers
Costs this week: AED40 (Fuel)