Now, given this is a Honda forum I now I cannot expect the replies to be totally objective. Nevertheless, I would like your opinion on this matter.
As you may have readsometime in 13 or 14, I'll be in the market for a new car.
I'm considering the cars mentioned. Originally, I'd ditched Subaru because they are very expensive. However, I like the AWD on them, and since it will be a family car, the wife agrees that AWD would be a nice safety feature.
I'm no "race guy" by any means, hence, 0-62 aren't that important to me. My current Swift 1.3 does this "sprint in around 12,3 secs, and that's fast enough for me.
Due to the high prices on Subarus I will have to settle for the newly engineered 1.6 petrol. It's not a fast car/engine combination by any means (13.8 secs from 0-62 with the CVT, which I need). However, the MPGs of this AWD car is now slightly better than that of the 2012 1.8 civic A/T, which I think is good considering the AWD!
What's more, in the Danish reviews, the 1.6/CVT combi is praised as a "good match between economy (MPGs) and power because, whilst the displacement is quite small, this little engine is described as delivering decent low down torque (for a 1.6, that is).
Now, a newly designed engine may be a reason to worry. Subaru's boxer diesel turned out to have a lot of "teething problems", however, I haven't heard of any real problems with the petrol (2.0), and from now and two year forward, I guess potential problems with the new 1.6 will have revealed themselves.
Subaru 1.6 pros:
AWD (permanent safety feature AND a bit more capable although I don't see myself going of road very often. In the winter time AWD will be awesome though).
MPGs same as comparable non AWD cars.
Best child protection ever tested in NCAP.
Overall, Subarus are known to be quality.
Subaru 1.6 cons:
Slow accelration (13.8 secs.)
"Only" 380 litres of boot space. (Although we will live with 200 litres the swift has to offer from our son is infant to two years old)
New engine (Teething problems)
Small dealer network in Denmark (although from May we'll be living just 8 ks from a dealer.
Expensive service (I think.)
and the big one: the Subaru costs 33% more than the civic and has less equipment as standard (not even cd/radio, cruise control via steering wheel and electric folding mirrors).
But I'm worried about the Quality of the new Civic, the dealer network is small too.
What do you think?