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Car: 1.8 Civic SE plus Auto 9th G
Join Date: 31st January 2008
Location: South London,Uk
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I drove the 2.2 dtec ES on friday to Leeds and back from London, about 550 miles round trip.
Having driven thousands of Hondas, different civics, petrol diesel etc, I wasn't expecting anything amazingly different tbh.
First opinions of the drive? at motorway speeds (around 70mph) the road and engine noise were noticably lower than previous Hondas, not just the civic. Its a diesel, they aren't silent but then again, it certainly didn't sound like the usual tin bucket full of ball bearings and was certainly quieter at tick over and at speed than the previous oil burner. I even managed to drag just over 60 mpg out of it and thats with my Matt Neal-like driving skills on the M1!
The seating was perfectly comfortable, noted by the fact I drove the whole return leg, door to door without feeling the need to stop, OR creaking like an arthritic old man when I got out.
The display tells you all you need, at eye level, the cruise worked fine (when you get the chance yo use it) and all in all it was all that i'd come to expect.
The 2012 Civic IS a new car. It may not be a revolution and in image, its an evolution BUT, it is miles ahead as a package overall than the 8th Gen imo. You'll get used to the rear of it and anyway, I dont spend a heck of alot of time staring at the back of my car, thats for the mugs behind me to do.