SO my car has gone in for a roof respray because of the common fault i posted in this forum "rusty roof recall"
Bassets Honda have now given me a new 9th gen to drive about for 3 days or so for courtesy, its a 2.2 diesel (red) with " magic seats!" as this is something a lot of people seem to hype about.
So first impressions are slightly confusing i like the front but not the side or the back.The car is red with the black plastic trim thats something a lot of current owners find quite annoying as the black tends to go a lovely Silver / Grey colour after a few years if you don't keep spending on products to keep the deep black shine also it does look somewhat "tacky" against the red ( i thought since they started to colour code the 8th gen civic this may have been ditched for the 9th gen?)
Further inspection of the car the tax is 15 quid a year due to the cars new shape and refined "eco" footprint ( i like this ). The car has new aero dynamics that help reach its goal of being more efficient, the lights at the back have been shaped specifically like that and not just put there to better the air flow and if you notice there are plastic strips ont the body work just below the lights ( they wont be there on the petrol models ) this is for air flow also again to achieve its low tax banding.
The outside of the car and side profiles are not for everyones taste, however the front of the car in my option is looking good. The front shape of the lights and the grill is quite aggressive for the standard model especially with the DRM lights thats become standard on all the models of the 9th generation. Looking back at the 8th generation the styling was pretty varied from the start all the way to the end of line with the grill and bumpers being changed and colour coding being added on the late models, i can pretty much see the new civic going the same way!
First impressions of the interior are not as good as when i first sat in the 8th generation civic. You're welcomed with the more edgy dashboard and yes in a way its more directed to the driver but without the spaceship sleek look of the last model. I was impressed that Honda had listened to the customer and installed a reverse camera for the car, i guess that the spoiler was and still is an obstruction to the driver ( however it needs to be there to meet eco footprint).
The gear stick was not placed in any strange place other than where it should be unlike the 7th gen stuck on the dash board, it has now become set and a slight angle towards the driver.. this is difficult to explain but if you test drive one you will see what i mean. A slight change to the handbrake area it is now over the other side of the slider box shown in the photos below, confusing if your use to the 8th gen!.
Another part of the interior that i instantly noticed was the strange air vents, they are now looking like something from a ford KA or a fiesta.
Another crazy feature is the seat that have the biggest head rest i have ever seen! This will probably change in other variants of the car especially the Type R as there would be no way these seats could keep you " seated" taking a corner at speed. On the other hand i did find them quite comfortable driving normal on the way home.
The car has a 2.2 diesel engine that is more refined that the older version found in the 8th gen civic's being more efficient and quieter!. I do like the way Honda have taken a step towards being more "green" to our planet by combining effective styling and new technology.
There is no start button anymore its now been changed so that you have to hold your foot on the clutch and then turn the ignition key to start, i guess this will stop some people jerking the car forward because it has been left in gear ( hats a few less insurance claims " thanks Honda" )
The car has 10bhp more than the last engine so the figure show on the manufacturers print out. With the drive home i have plenty of opportunity to test the car with how it handles on windy roads and the motorway i can safely say that its well built and you can feel that right from the very start.
The aggressiveness of the car has changed, i don't know if this is related to the weight of the car or if this is a change in the gear ratios. First and second gear is very punchy then the rest of the gears you feel the smooth speed acceleration, lets just say you dont feel like the car is doing the speed you are. In my honest opinion the 8th gen civic has a more RAW punch engine that has crazy torque steer in 1st and 2nd gear and a more prominent pull on the turbo throughout the rest of the gears.
I would not buy this particular model, however this is the first day of driving and there are other models out there to choose from. When you compare this car against its rivals there is no question that Honda are trying to be different and stand out and thats a good ting because they really have with this car
I will post more thoughts on this thread throughout the time i have the car, i hope this helps someone thats looking to check one of these 9th gen's out.
Keep you posted!