Car: 2009 CTR DBP
Join Date: 5th October 2011
Location: Glasgow, UK
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Suppose it depends on what you're comparing it against - The majority of the civics' competitors now have a smaller, turbo petrol engine in the slot where the 1.8 sits. These will provide effortless cruising though ultimately are less rewarding.
I agree it's good fun to have a high revving NA engine for the times when you want to be having a bit of fun but given the ultimate lack of power in the 1.8 or its competitors i'd say that 90% of the time something that can make easy, effortless progress is better in this class.
I'm glad they've retained the 1.8, whilst it's never going to be the engine for me it at least gives people a decent choice in the market. It's also really quite economical especially when compared to the real life mpg of engines like VW's 1.4 tsi - as with everything in life there are trade offs to be made
Last edited by rodenal; 8th November 2011 at 09:54.