Honda Civic Used for sale Cheltenham, Gloucester, Tewkesbury, Cirencester,Stroud, Gloucestershire
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Honda Civic Used for sale Cheltenham, Gloucester, Tewkesbury, Cirencester,Stroud, Gloucestershire

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The Honda Civic from the steering wheel to the way it drives to the build quality to the reliability to the looks? is probally the best all round family car you can buy, except the price!

Vehicle Information

Tax Band:  G 170
Insurance Group:  9
Number of Previous Owners:  0
Fuel Type:  Petrol
Co2 Emissions:  156
BHP:  137
Max Speed:  128
Acceleration:  8.60
Combined (mpg):  42.00

Vehicle Features

Air Conditioning
Climate Control
Alloy Wheels
Sports Seats
Radio/CD Player
Remote Central Locking
Power Steering
Parking Sensors
6 Airbags
ABS
Leather Seats
Electric Windows
Electric Mirrors

Honda Civic Used for sale Cheltenham, Gloucester, Tewkesbury, Cirencester,Stroud, Gloucestershire.

Adherents of the "all cars look alike" school always come unstuck   with Honda's Civic. Part pyramid, part jet fighter, the new Civic, when it   first appeared at the Geneva show in 2006, set jaws dropping. Then there was   the equally futuristic interior. Switches and dials captured the textures   and hues of a sweet shop. Flickering bar graphs and LEDs indicated, well,   what? Escape velocity from earth? Truly this was a spaceship hiding among   the C-segment Golfs, Focuses and Astras.

About as difficult to operate, too, and Honda's dash defined a Marmite moment   in automotive interiors. What's more, the Civic was a conceptual step back   for Honda, hiding MacPherson strut, torsion-beam chassis ubiquity instead of   the company's previous race-car engineering. Style over substance? Not at   all, but to drive, that Civic proved far from revolutionary, with a harsh   and noisy ride, numb-feeling steering, indifferent trim materials and   uncomfy seats.

So it was in the office marked "Kaizen" (Continuous Improvement),   rather than "Space-age design", that Honda started work on this,   the ninth generation of the Civic, a genus first launched in 1972.

Things have not been so good for Honda since the banking crisis of the last   decade. Sales, not uniformly strong across the whole of Europe, have fallen   off a cliff. In the UK, Honda sales are less than half their 2006 figure and   Civic sales have gently declined from 25,000 in 2006 to 20,000 last year. If   that weren't enough, the company was hit hard by this year's Fukushima   disaster and recent floods in Thailand have hit another tranche of its   suppliers.

This new Civic is seen as crucial to the turnaround prospects in Europe and   Honda has thrown the kitchen sink at the launch. There's a British angle to   all this as, since 1993, the Civic has been built by 3,000 staff at the   company's Swindon factory, which has recently been put on part-time   operation because of shortages of parts from Thailand. More than 1.2 million   Civics have been built there alongside the Jazz and the CR-V and over 50 per   cent of them are exported to more than 60 countries.

So to the shape. The new car is almost an inch lower, just over an inch longer   and a fraction wider than its predecessor, but it's the shorter wheelbase   that has the most dramatic effect, with longer overhangs at both ends. The   style isn't as cogent or attractive as the old, especially the low-drag nose   and some colours overemphasise the ludicrous rear lamp/spoiler moulding.

There's method in those outlandish looks, though. "It was fortunate that   we pulled out of Formula One racing," says Kazuo Sunaoshi, deputy   development leader on the Civic, "because we could use those   aerodynamicists and the wind tunnel to fine tune the car."

So aerodynamic lift at speeds over 60mph has been reduced and stability   increased, but not at the expense of increasing drag. The body is stiffer,   too, better locating the rear suspension, which runs on liquid-filled rather   than solid rubber bushes. There's a stop/start system across the range and   an Eco button which moderates throttle mapping and reduces the aircon   output. Press-on drivers will also find the speedometer lighting changing   from green to red when they jam the accelerator to the boards.

As before, the most popular UK model is likely to be the 1.8 i-VTEC ES petrol.   Perhaps that's because Honda's oil-burner is the idiosyncratic 148bhp,   2.2-litre unit, which gives 67.3mpg in the Combined cycle and with Band B   CO2 emissions, but also weighs another 315lb and costs an additional £2,100.

There are four main trim levels; SE, ES, EX and EX GT, with the most popular   being the ES, with cruise control, dual-zone air conditioning, a rear   parking camera, automatic lights and windscreen wipers, electric windows, a   Category 1 alarm system and a six-speaker audio system. From March, Honda   plans an ES-T upgrade for an additional £995, which adds Bluetooth   hands-free telephone connectivity and an integrated satnav. There's a   standard three-year, 90,000-mile warranty.

Step inside and while the facia is still split-level, there's a new found   logic with more conventional switches and dials bunched together. Material   quality is hugely improved and the trim seems better made and fitted. In the   centre is a new Panasonic high-resolution screen that looks like a tablet   computer, clearly displaying satnav, air-con and radio/CD information.

The seats are more comfortable, with a more lateral location, and there's   enough room in back for a couple of six footers with room to spare. The rear   seat bases also pivot up, as in the Jazz, which allows access to the floor   area and the carriage of taller loads. Drivers with big feet might find that   right-hand-drive Civics have an annoying strengthening bar across the top of   the pedals, which catches your toe caps.

On the road, the 1.8 petrol is a clean-revving, sparky unit, complimented by   the new six-speed manual gearbox, which has a pleasing mechanical-feeling   change and well-spaced ratios. There's a new found agility, with   well-weighted and accurate steering, progressive brakes and a fluid,   comfortable ride. It's a more instinctive drive, turns in well and is all   the better for it. A Type-R performance version is on the way and this car   bodes well for that hot hatch, previous versions of which suffered from   slightly disappointing steering.

The diesel version doesn't carry its extra weight as easily and there's a   sense that the damping/springing curve is much steeper so that while it   rides acceptably over small ripples, it fires uncomfortably off bigger   bumps. A combination of harder springing and stiff-walled Michelin eco tyres   transmits certain road vibrations straight to the steering wheel and your   fingers. There's also a fair bit of road noise.

It's not a disaster, but this is a car for those who value fuel economy over   purchase price and dynamics. Diesel fans might be better waiting for Honda's   new 1.6-litre unit, which appears late next year.

Honda's engineers have done a fine job on improving the Civic's faults and   raising standards for this likeable hatchback. Let's hope the Thai floods   recede quickly, the suppliers get back on their feet and Swindon can resume   full production. Honda's done the hard work with the Civic, but now it could   do with a bit of good luck.

THE FACTS

Honda Civic

Tested: 1,798cc four-cylinder petrol engine; six-speed manual   transmission (five-speed auto optional), front-wheel drive

Price/on sale: £16,495-£26,595 (ES £18,995)/February 2012

Power/torque: 140bhp @ 6,500rpm/ 128lb ft @ 4,300rpm

Top speed: 134mph

Acceleration: 0-62mph in 9.1sec

Fuel economy: 37.2mpg/47.1mpg (EU Urban/Combined)

CO2 emissions: 143g/km

VED band: F (£130)

Verdict: A fine upgrade, which addresses some of the shortcomings of   its predecessor. The petrol models are still the ones to go for

Telegraph rating: Four out of five stars

 

RIVALS

Ford Focus, from £13,995

Has divided opinions, but we think it’s the benchmark for ride and handling in   the sector, with more than adequate accommodation and eye-catching style.

Volkswagen Golf, from £15,850

Due for replacement next year, but don’t expect a run-out bargain for VW’s   mainstay, which offers almost unrivalled build quality and a smooth ride.

Vauxhall Astra, from £13,995

Unexceptional styling, but fine ride and handling and competitive prices. Add   fine build and good engine range and small wonder this is a regular UK   bestseller.