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I'm test driving the 9g diesel on saturday and will report back with comments. although i have to say i do like this car and looking forward to driving it, makes the 8g look dated, more modern but that what its supposed to do!

Anyway are there any interior images of the es-t model? cant find any

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Hi Guys

I'm test driving the 9g diesel on saturday and will report back with comments. although i have to say i do like this car and looking forward to driving it, makes the 8g look dated, more modern but that what its supposed to do!

Anyway are there any interior images of the es-t model? cant find any

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really?? bold statement!

i saw it up close for the first time a few days ago, cant say i see myself owning one (unless its a type r lol).... cant comment on how it drives, but looks wise... not great
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Hi Guys

I'm test driving the 9g diesel on saturday and will report back with comments. although i have to say i do like this car and looking forward to driving it, makes the 8g look dated, more modern but that what its supposed to do!

Anyway are there any interior images of the es-t model? cant find any

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Same as ES but with SD Navigation system with integrated Bluetooth Hands Free Telephone (HFT). i.e, with one of these in the dash...
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Technology moves on and the 9g is more technologically advanced than the 8g looks, design, interior, exterior etc etc.

Once you start to see it on the road regularly you'll just accept it for what it is and then end up liking it...it gets in your brain!

Enough ranting

Can anyone tell me what is premium audio system on the EX as to what you get on the ES-T? also whats the difference between the SD navi system and HDD navi system other than SD/HDD
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Technology moves on and the 9g is more technologically advanced than the 8g looks, design, interior, exterior etc etc.

Once you start to see it on the road regularly you'll just accept it for what it is and then end up liking it...it gets in your brain!

Enough ranting

Can anyone tell me what is premium audio system on the EX as to what you get on the ES-T? also whats the difference between the SD navi system and HDD navi system other than SD/HDD
EX gets a high spec 6 speaker system , the HDD is also higher spec via disk drive, enables video playback etc...
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Technology moves on and the 9g is more technologically advanced than the 8g looks, design, interior, exterior etc etc.

Once you start to see it on the road regularly you'll just accept it for what it is and then end up liking it...it gets in your brain!

Enough ranting

Can anyone tell me what is premium audio system on the EX as to what you get on the ES-T? also whats the difference between the SD navi system and HDD navi system other than SD/HDD
I've been asking the same but so far no reply.

The only difference I can guess from the limited literature I've seen is that the HDD navi has a facility for playing movies in the car via a MP4 link to the HDD.
In some leaflets the SD navi doesn't advertise RDS-TMC whereas the HDD does but I think that's an omission error as the current ES-T navi has RDS-TMC.

Wouldn't it have been nice if they had allowed user POI's via CSV files so we could upload safety camera locations and provide a suitable warning like the PND boys.
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I notice that the pictures of the SD Nav show far less buttons down each side than the HDD nav. The HDD has video leads in the centre arm rest that enable a full colour video to be watched. Both SD & HDD have touch screens for entering postcodes and addresses etc. A USB can show playlists and album artwork on screen. Both have Bluetooth HFT with an integrated microphone. There is no DAB only dual FM / AM.
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Test drive review

Well I test drove the new Civic today (2.2 diesel ES) for a couple of hours and I have to say its a humongous leap from the 8th gen in everyway; smooth, solid, quiet, well built, I like the dash and the I-mid display is pretty cool, I donít like the handbrake being on the passenger side though...designers eh!

I took it on some seriously rotten roads uneven, pot holey, speed bumps, cobbled and twisty country roads. I deliberately went through pot holes and over speed bumps quick to see how it reacted and I have to say it soaked it up very well (no knocking!) and on the A47 got up to 110 in no time and road noise was minimal (I could still hear the radio on level 4)

The doors feel heavier and far more solid than the 8th gen and the controls on the door are of much higher quality. Some people have said they bang their knees on the door card...well I have to say im 6ft4 and got in and out of the car with no problems, I also like the way the door controls are angled up towards you rather than level as they are on the 8th gen.

I was amazed how light the clutch was on this car and the gear change is shorter and much smoother (changing gear in my EX is all clunky this is quiet and smooth) I love the idle stop (once I figured it out!)

The diesel engine is a little bit noisy at idle but once you're moving you donít really notice it and it gives a nice smooth powerful drive.

The steering is a bit over light (I went round a roundabout holding the steering wheel with two fingers!) I have to mention the steering wheel as some donít like it. Well I think itís a very good steering wheel it feels more padded and fuller and the controls are easy to manage all soft to touch but the horn sounds a bit wimpy!

The aluminium pedals are all good im pleased Honda have gone back to the traditional accelerator as I prefer this to floor mounted one on the 8th gen

The cloth seats are of a good quality, nice and firm but I couldn't help but feel the seats were narrower than the 8th gen

Visibility from the rear window has been massively improved with the split much lower

I really liked this car but would go for the ES-T spec as I would like the in built satnav

Before I drove it I thought why would Honda omit the start button on all but the EX-GT but once inside I depressed the clutch and turned the key; I very quickly forgot about it. I asked the sales guy in the showroom about this and he very convenitly mentioned that Honda like to hold things back so in two or three years time Honda will facelift this car and perhaps you will get the start button across the range and the wheel arches will be colour coded...just like they did on the 8th gen!

Overall I thoroughly enjoyed driving this car and it put a smile back on my face. Would I have one...most definatley but will be about a year before im in a position to do so

if anyone has any questions about anything Iíve missed then please ask

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Glad you enjoyed civ-boy,enjoyed reading the review.Had a peek at one in the showroom tday,must say loved it.Going for a test drive soon.Nice you put some pics up.
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Few pics I took of the demo ES Diesel I tried before ordering my ES 1.8

Good to see the little blue light is still there, glove box a bit on on the small side & not cooled, however with USB there, then won't be much need for many CD's...!!

Sorry about pic quality, taken with my phone...
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I'm liking this more and more each time I see it. Disappointed with the glove box size, no starter button and traditional accelerator, but they're absolutely not deal breakers. It'll be several years before I change my car anyway so I'll be looking at a face-lifted one when the time comes, it's just interesting to see what the improvements are as it evolves.
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