Car: 2018 1.5 Sport Plus CVT Red
Join Date: 11th January 2015
Location: Berkshire UK
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Thanks for this really great review, I would agree with everything, I just have a few differences because I have the Sport Plus. The ride, even in normal mode with the adaptive dampers is a tad too firm for my liking, and poor road surfaces do make themselves known with harshness transmitted through to the cabin. The Prestige is definitely a softer and more comfortable overall set up. It is also apparent that the exhaust system is actually tuned to be noisy and give you an exhaust note to listen to, which frankly I could do without, but I do love the look of the twin tail pipes.
I have sunroof issues too, but it's not the actual sunroof, it's the head lining. All round the opening of the sunroof area, the head lining is not properly stuck on, and it creaks and pops and clicks all the time. I have to prod, poke and squeeze all around the area in various places to silence it and it will be fine for a while and then it will start up again. I must say that in over 30 years of driving I've never had a car with noisy head lining! I also have an occasional rattle from deep within the dash which only happens at certain ambient temperatures and depending on what mode the aircon has gone into. My previous 1.0 SR had exactly the same rattle under the same conditions. I have the wind noise issue around the front door pillar under certain conditions, but my aircon doesn't whistle and I don't have any issues with squealing breaks that some owners have reported. My sat nav will frequently show me as driving in fields or even open water, but eventually it sorts itself out.
I would have loved leather trim and electric seats, even if they were an option, or at least different and more luxurious fabric on a car that is only one down from the top of the range. The interior is exactly the same as a basic S grade apart from leather steering wheel, gear selector and drilled pedals.
Love the CVT with the 1.5, it's a seriously good match, and nothing like CVTs of old. Having said that, the CVT doesn't work well with the 1.0 that I had before because it's set up differently and causes engine RPM to scream really high for a lot of the time accompanied with jerking and lurching at low speeds, not nice at all. The 1.5 is totally smooth and quiet.
I had the door protector strips fitted to mine and after 8 months they are already beginning to come off on the passenger side, so I'm having those replaced at the first service booked in next week.
Overall, I love the Civic as a product, just a few build quality issues here and there that do seem to be fairly widely reported, hopefully Honda will address those going forward.