Having just done over 1000 miles in England/Scotland, I thought a few observations would be of interest.
Fuel consumption - Journey north - 55.5 mpg, sticking to 70/75
Local running and journey south, 51.5 mpg
Overall with car (2500 miles) = 52.5 mpg
- Comfortable, rides well when laden, relaxed on M'way, roomy.
- Road noise at motorway speeds - this is a bad issue, and makes long motorway journeys tiring.
Radio sensitivity very poor - couldn't get FM stations my battery portable could easily get
Thick front pillars annoying on twisty highland roads
Regularly showered by tailgate!
Would prefer steering a touch heavier at speed
- Sat nav locked up once, with map keeping moving OK, but directions pop up screen stayed 'popped up' after that point had been passed, and new directions absent. Cleared by deleting journey and re-entering destination. - Worked fine thereafter
TMC advised motorway was queued on several occasions - on the first I took the recommended deviation ........ and ended up behind traffic I had already passed when I rejoined the motorway
After that I ignored its warnings and there were no real queues present (well not by M6 standards
Grounded twice (luckily gently) - front spoiler is just too low for rural Scottish roads
- Hands free much better after lowering mic as advised elsewhere
Fuel consumption excellent (55 mpg+) if at 70 mph ish
Cruise works very well
Low first gear excellent for really steep junctions
Firmish ride is well damped especially when laden for minor roads 'lumps and bumps' (but crashes a bit on potholes)
Interior well laid out for ease and driver comfort on long journeys
- I have done this trip annually for about 20 years in a variety of cars. The Civic is pretty good, the biggest weakness in my view being seriously poor road noise at motorway speeds on less than perfect surfaces. This becomes very tiresome on a long journey. Otherwise, a very nice car, economical, comfortable, and on smooth road surfaces, refined.