No, it's not my Comprehensive education gone wrong......... I have had a 1.4 V-tech 9th Gen as a courtesy motor for the weekend while my car has a few repairs done.
When I first seen the 9th Gen in the flesh, I thought "Oh........" The kind sales man gave me a guided tour and even then I was sort of impressed.....Well not really. It looked like someone had put an 8th Gen and 7th Gen in a dark room with each other to have their dirty way and hey presto....... This was the result.
However..... I'm not one to give up so easily. I put my car into Honda for suspension repairs before the roads of Ireland finish the job for good. As a loaner, I have been given a brand new 1.4 V-tech to play with for the weekend........ Sun and a free Sunday spells play time.
I'll be honest and say I like it. The interior is a touch bland but they have kept the spirit of the 8th Gen although the clock cluster is a bit dull and I did miss the 8th Gen look. Although the 1.4 V-Tech has more grunt than my Dsi it still has to be worked hard on rural roads and still is a bumbler on the motorway. The softer suspension has removed the handling ability a touch especially on tight bends. It's nice to be able to plug my I-Pod in and rear view is a bit better although I have never struggled with the rear view on my 8th Gen. Seats are good, the support is better than my 8th Gen seats. I found the drive quite smooth and despite the 1.4 performance it chewed up the miles I did today quite well. The MPG is on par with my Dsi which was a bit of a disappointment. What I would like to know is...... What is that green Econ button all about? Press it and the car suddenly loses power...... Why?? I turned it off, it didn't even improve the fuel consumption. The auto switch off at traffic lights was also switched off (I did the same with my Passat too).
I am glad the rear door appatures have been reshaped, it makes putting the kids in the back of the car much easier plus getting in and out of the car much better. I like the look of the front end, it looks meaner than the 8th Gen front end and very modern. They have fitted an airbag shut off switch (bout time) too thank god.
Would I have one?? Too right.......I will be having another 8th gen before I do but I haven't been out off the idea. The fact is, the 8th Gen was a very bold design that Honda will struggle to replicate it. The 9th Gen has retained the spirit of the 8th Gen but has moved on. The 8th Gen has started (
In my view) to look dated now so it's time to move on and rejoice the 8th Gen in all it's glory.