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Reader test: Honda Civic EXI

2009-11-11 09:02

Henrico Bekker

Coming from a Polo TDI, and keeping in mind that their turbo’s could fail at any time, I decided to make the wise decision, and trade it in on a Honda Civic EXI, hatch.

Very happy with my new car, and 3 months away from getting married, and going down to Knysna with it for Honeymoon.

Performance wise, I am not bothered by 0-100 stats, or top end, I always keep to speed limits.

Luxury wise, this was definitely an upgrade from the Polo, 8 airbags is worth mentioning when talking about the Civic.

One week before wedding, a cyclist (yes, the pedal kind) decided to “lose control” and managed to impair about R18 000 worth of damage to the right side.

Got married, and started our journey from Pretoria, to Colesberg for a stop-over. This is where I was amazed at the nippy 1.8 VTEC engine. 5.7L/100km average... at 120km/h (GPS speed – not car’s)

Next morning hit another pole right as we were about to leave for the second stretch to Knysna. Door dented, handle inside the panel, and window cant open.

Still, economy stayed at 5.6 to 5.7l/100km. Amazing?

The local panel beater in Knysna was kind enough to pop the door handle out for us as a wedding gift.

Returned to Pretoria in the dented, marked and loaded Civic after a lovely holiday. Economy – 5.6l/100km. Still amazed.  Managed to squeeze +/- 900km out of the return tank. Aircon on all the way.

It was sad to see my beautiful Civic in this state, all the dents, paint from the pole, and the rust creeping in from the cyclist to took some paint off as well.

All together it was a pleasure driving this car over such a long distance, no problem, no issues, just cruised all the way.

Handling is superb for a car in it’s class, we had to swerve all over the road for some early morning rabbits crossing in Meiringspoort.

Took it to Noetzi, alot of uneven gravel, traction control kicked in a few times, but still, the Civic just kept climbing and going forward.

Great car, very happy with everything inside and under the bonnet, but a bit disappointed in how soft it is.


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