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Hi all! I take delivery of a new Civic early next week. Here it's called a Euro Civic L Auto, I haven't figured out what the equivalent model is in the UK. It seems to be pretty much fully loaded except that we don't have the nav option here.

I'm planning a 600km road trip to Auckland in a couple of weeks so I'll post fuel usage when I get home.
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Looks like you get the SE and ES models without Nav. Enjoy your new car.
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Looks like the same approach Honda Au does with the manual only on the base model then auto only.
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Looks like the same approach Honda Au does with the manual only on the base model then auto only.
Looks like it. Only one manual model makes sense here because autos a way more popular. But that's all we get, just 3 models, we don't get diesel either.

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Looks like you get the SE and ES models without Nav. Enjoy your new car.
The Euro L here in NZ is effectively a UK EX less the Nav. Unlike the Ozzy VTi-L, it has leather as standard.

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The Euro L here in NZ is effectively a UK EX less the Nav. Unlike the Ozzy VTi-L, it has leather as standard.

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Oops I meant EX. With the series 2 Australian range -
1) Honda improved the spec of the
base VTIS - (SE Equivalent) it gained Cruise control, bluetooth, 2 door tweeters, reverse camera, boot sub floor. Price reduction over series 1.
2) VTIL (EX equivalent for series 1) , was downgraded to an ES for series 2 as the leather and premium sound (7 speaker) was dropped but gained reverse camera and push button start / proximity key (however there was a price drop).
3) VTI-LN (EX equivalent) was a new addition to the range (has navi, push button start/ proximity key, leather etc but is not equipped with premium sound as it doesn't have the 7 speakers.
4) DTI-S 1.6L diesel (looks like a SE equivalent) is a new addition and the first in the range to get the auto-stop function.

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The Euro L here in NZ is effectively a UK EX less the Nav. Unlike the Ozzy VTi-L, it has leather as standard.

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I'm looking forward to the leather heated seats as it means that I can comfortably drive naked
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I'm looking forward to the leather heated seats as it means that I can comfortably drive naked
We can look forward to a thoroughly detailed naked review then...
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We can look forward to a thoroughly detailed naked review then...
Dunno if 'look frward' is the right phrase
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Got it!

So today finally arrived and I felt like a kid waiting to open my pressies on Christmas day. Had to patiently wait at the dealership for 'I's to be crossed and 'T's to be dotted while every fibre of my being was crying out "just give me the bloody keys already".

Got the keys, got into the car and drove away...... for 10 metres. Some twit had double parked at the exit and gone on a test drive

But I was good , I didn't slash their tyres or run a key down the side of their car......

..... after assistance from a very pretty receptionist I got on my way. Man I love this car. Photos and a more detailed report soon.

Wife has vetoed the nude driving idea
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So today finally arrived and I felt like a kid waiting to open my pressies on Christmas day...
Congratulations! All the best with it and happy journeys.
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The civic is to only be used on 70% of the roads in NZ.
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The civic is to only be used on 70% of the roads in NZ.
Good point. Where I live, many of our decent beaches are only accessible by quite lengthy loose-metal roads. When I test drove the 9th Gen Civic, I never took it over a typical NZ shingle road... It will be interesting to see how that live rear axial copes with the filling loosening corrugations...
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And how long the paint lasts.
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Drive my new civic behind a ute, nek minnit, full of stone chips
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Drive my new civic behind a ute, nek minnit, full of stone chips
I've never had much of a problem with stone chips driving on metaled roads here. Generally local drivers used to driving on loose-metal will slow when a vehicle approaches from the opposite direction, and if following another vehicle, will keep well back (otherwise you have to live in the middle of a dust storm and get pelted continuously by the rather coarse chunks of rock used for shingle roads here in NZ).

I find the biggest problem with stone chips is in the summer on sealed roads. Temperatures in the mid 30's are not uncommon in NZ, and this can cause the tar to bleed and pool to the surface of our typical course-chip surfaces. The road maintenance authorities counter this by spreading pea-metal to stick to the tar and form a new surface. The problem is with the loose stuff that doesn't get 'glued' and ends up being sprayed over your car by motorists coming from the opposite direction going too fast. Or worst can be driving behind or coming toward a truck ('lorry' for the UK-ers) after depositing its load of pea-metal is heading back to base for the next load. Residual metal left in the tray will often get whipped up by air turbulence and pelt the car .

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