Join Date: 23rd December 2012
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I've driven both, but not owned an 8g.
I generally think the 9g is better built, with comfier seats, my brother owned an 8g (the one I've driven) and he agrees.
The 2.2d is also quieter than the old 2.2d 8g. Outside and in. On the drive ticking over i think you really could mistake it for a petrol.
I prefer the look from front and back, but think it looks a bit odd from the side, like the back somehow doesn't match the front, it also has a lower roof line, looks a bit like someone sat on it, I've even hit my head a few times! But then I guess that's better for less drag and better mpg.
The odd flares over the rear arches of the 2.2d denote it being that model, they lower drag according to Honda and got the car into the 110cfm tax bracket! Madness.
I prefer the dash, feels more solid, but also a more traditional dash makes me personally feel more in touch with the car and road, the 8g always made me feel like I was in a bubble! Lol.
To sum up my thoughts, styling is more marmite, but its better built, and inside is well thought out. Engine also seems more refined.
This is only my opinion however, experience wise as said, driven two 8g's which I've also ridden in a lot, an ES with heated leather 1.8vtec, and a 2.2d dtec type S. My car is the same as pictured above, in the 2.2d ES.