Join Date: 24th February 2013
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Tried all three engines today.
So i was at the dealer for a final decision on what car to buy and i was kindly offered to drive first the 1.6 then the 1.8 and last, the 2.2. Some views from a Honda newbie below.
The 1.6 is a great engine, and as I am driving 125 miles a day 4 days a week the most sensible choice. Great torque, very low fuel consumption (reached 60 mpg doing 75 on the highway) and light and nimble. The overall sound level with this car is at about the same level as the others. The sound system noise canceling doesn't seem to add much though, maybe it had been louder then the other two without it, i dont know. In general the civic is certainly not the the quietest car in the c-segment. Part of this might be because the Hondas usually are fitted with 17inch alloys as standard when test driving?
The 1.8 has alot going for it. First of all, Honda diesels are priced high and therefore the lower initial cost and running cost of a petrol might be hard to gain back solely on lower fuel costs from a diesel.
It is also dead silent engine wise but has a very pleasing sound when revved and is quick enough for me. It should also be extremely reliable i have read. Nimble as well.
So then the 2.2. It has a more lower frequency humming than the 1.6 but overall is louder maybe. And then when you rev it, the sound of what i believe is the whistle from the turbo together with the growling of this large engine in this small car is just charming. Im not used to sports cars and the 8.5 sec figure is not that high but man this car feels quick. At high revs it looses out to the petrol of course but its still much better than the smaller diesel. I also think i prefer this gearbox to the 1.6s.
Finally, i find the 2.2 very very expensive.
So, in summary, for me it feels like the 1.6 you choose with your brain but the 2.2 you choose with your heart. The 1.8 had been my pick if was driving mostly around town but since i do mostly high way miles the lower revs and lower fuel consumption make me go for a diesel. The 2.2 without a doubt.
So now the waiting begin, i really do not love the Honda way of production....