Even though most people will raise their eyebrows when reading this, the Civic is now in its ninth generation and this new one comes with an extremely difficult mission. This is because its predecessor brought a set of changes that took the idea of revolution in the carmaker's range further than ever before, so the fresh model has to beat a car that was extremely impressive.
Honda is well aware of this and thus hasn't set itself the goal to reinvent its compact contender. The company used the same platform, albeit revised, and thus the designers had a limited play area. The same approach was used from the inter
However, the engineers were asked to refined the car to an extent that would allow anybody to feel this without any explanations.
So, the Civic adds the refinement card and hopes to get closer to winning more hands than before. Of course, this will never be a segment leader in terms of sales, but then again, Honda is aiming for the customers that want something special. However, the changes bring it closer to a family car, so we've got to find out if the new new Civic works.
We've chosen the current entry-level petrol engine, the 1.8-liter four-cylinder petrol borrowed from the previous generation. We also had an "Executive" coat thrown over the car, the best one you can have, and we set out to find the European meaning of the fresh Civic.
The US version of the vehicle has received a few pieces of criticism, but the European one is radically different, so let’s see if the different hat offers us a better rabbit.