I traded in my 2011 Civic 1.8 EX GT Manual for this stunning road navigating machine after I was utterly sold by a test drive last summer. I flicked through the brochure, saw a few of the ‘2017 Civic’s’ around town and decided on exactly what I liked in terms of ‘options’.
After a month of normal use I have continued to thoroughly enjoy the poke of the engine and the overall smoothness and refinement of the ride quality. The CVT and turbocharger pair well with the engine to give you a thump of constant acceleration whenever you need, with no need for gear changes to get to where you want to. The 182PS from the engine is actually class leading as far as I can see from other manufacturers that offer 1.5 petrol engines paired with turbos. The seats are comfortable, even on long drives - the lumbar adjustment was definitely worth adjusting and was a marked improvement over my older Civic. The CVT lends itself to any situation I have driven in - if you're driving at low speeds it's great in the ever increasing number of 20MPH areas (which manual cars can be tricky in). When you're on the motorway it has plenty to give to reach a respectable speed quickly, and for over taking. The engine never sounds like it’s thrashed, though I do appreciate some find it ‘bizarre’ how it behaves compared to an automatic or manual transmission. I find it makes perfect sense that when you want revs and acceleration – the engine just gives you as much as it can until it finds a happy balance with the CVT and you settle at your desired speed.
The Honda Sensing system I have found very useful and not at all gimmicky. The speed limiter is fantastic. I like the fact that it remembers what I last set it to, so when I'm in a 30MPH zone I just activate it and concentrate on the driving, and what's around me. Not having to fret about dipping over the speed limit and getting caught by a camera, which in modern driving terms, is what one is dogged by particularly when navigating around towns and schools – you need to have as much attention on the road as possible, not worrying about if you’ve dipped over the speed limit.
The AAC (Adaptive Cruise Control) is also excellent and very useful on motorway drives, it does use the brakes rather than any engine braking to slow down, which is surely going to cause premature wear of brake discs and pads, but I’m sure Honda don’t mind! The LKAS (Lane Keeping Assist System) is also useful, but I can really only see it as a collision avoidance measure, should you be distracted or nod off behind the wheel! It doesn’t feel natural keeping it on all of the time as it constantly makes adjustments which feels odd and takes you away from the enjoyment of the ride.
I, like some others have mentioned 'miss' a few things that my 8G had - the vent in the glovebox which was perfect for keeping things chilled in the summer is no longer. The magic seats are no more, though I do understand why they were removed. The ride quality speaks volumes on this decision. The door and boot sills do seem to 'trap' a lot of water when it's been raining and it's a lot of work drying these areas when washing the car. The sun roof blind is now a 'manual' affair, rather than the electronic gliding blind that it replaces - I suspect actually Honda knew that there were issues with this 'sticking' (as mine did) and kept it simple. I do also feel somewhat misled by the MPG figures as with a 1.5 (down from a 1.8) I would expect the efficiency to be greater and I am finding literally an extra 1-2 miles per gallon - I understand they vary in real world situations, but still.
The 'niggles' that the 10G Civic seems to have attracted, for what I presume is only some of us, I seem to be suffering with so many of. The overall driving experience of this car is absolutely fantastic and I thoroughly enjoy driving it most of the time. But the niggles at the moment really have made me think about Honda differently. The lack of a 'volume control knob' I don't consider an issue at all, but that's personal to each individual. I do consider that the fan speed of the Climate control system should have a physical button of some sort to control it as the touch screen requires attention to adjust it which is not safe to do most of the time whilst driving. I suppose the test of time will prove the reliability aspect of their reputation. The quality control issues, I hope, will be resolvable based on other peoples experiences on these forums. Some days I actually feel pretty cheesed off that I have the top of the range Civic yet I feel let down and annoyed by the glitches that are so difficult to ignore.
Perhaps I've been lucky with my 7G & 8G Civics as honestly, they were virtually flawless - No issues whatsoever with my 7G and just a sticky roof blind in my 8G in the winter months.
To date the niggles that I share with others are:
Roof rattle – Almost always rattling, though with the sun roof open far less (no good if it’s raining).
Aircon whistle – Particularly noticeable at low revs/speeds. Turning the Aircon off (but leaving the fans on) confirms it is indeed the aircon in my case.
A-pillar wind noise – On a windy day, or anything above 40MPH there is excessive noise coming from here.
Navigation system – Inaccurate position
So, overall a pleasurable driving experience with striking looks and styling marred by some quality problems that really should have been ironed out prior to production. Depending on how helpful Honda are, and if indeed the niggles can or will be resolved will definitely either keep me loyal to them or make me think again in the future.