Just thought I’d write a small review of my latest experience with the Civic – travelling 5941 km. in three weeks across Europe!
I and my wife set out from Norway with the boot fully stuffed with luggage. During the trip we also bought tons of stuff so half of the trip the backseat was also heavy loaded. We drove mainly motorways between the cities we’d stay. Stops were in Celle (1 night) and the Mosel valley (4 nights) in Germany, Avallon (2 nights) and Les Arcs Provence (7 nights) in France, Lago del Orta (2 nights) in Italy, Heidenheim (4 nights) in Germany and finally Roedekro (1 night) in Denmark before travelling with the ferry back to Norway.
In total we spent 85 hours driving (!), average speed of 70 km/h. The fuel consumption for the whole trip (motorways mostly between 110-140 km/h), a bit of citydriving and other main roads + lots of mountains in Provence) were 6,6 l. pr
. 100 km. That’s exactly what Honda states as average consumption for mixed driving as far as I know. I think it’s pretty good when the car was loaded heavy most of the time. Top speed was 184 km/h according to the GPS…
No problem with the car. The seats (to us) are ok for longer periods. The cruise control really helps because you can take your foot of the pedal and reposition yourself in the seat. If not, I think would need more breaks… We stopped for about every 3 hour for a break. The car behaved well on motorways, I had a steady and secure feel when travelling at high speeds. The noise level is quite high I guess… The tyres/road noise and wind noise is quite bad. The engine noise is not bad even if the revs are constantly between 3000 – 4500 rpm. The car is fast/strong enough to easily follow the traffic, but you could wish for more torque when for example accelerating from 100 km/h in 5th and 6th gear again after slowing down to a truck passing another in a two line motorway. The Audis, BMW’s and Mercedes diesels almost pushed my ass several times…
Guess I should have owned a diesel Civic.
On more twisty main roads, the Civic excels. Easy and fun to drive, especially in the mountains in the south of France. Also in the city, the car excels – except for parking in narrow streets where I could not se a damned thing because of the bad rear/side visibility… That was hell…
We saw several other Civics as well, two black ones in the Mosel valley, one black type R cruising with us for maybe one hour on the A7 south of Lyon. Even another Norwegian Civic at the main road between Frejus ans Ste-Maxim at the Riviera! On the A7 going from the south to north in Germany we were passed by a very fast Civic as well. We were going like 150 km/h and I believe the other must have gone like 200 km/h! That was north of Hamburg I think.
To sum up I’m very pleased with the car, and what a freedom it is to have a car available all the time. Of course you can rent, but thee is nothing like having your own car. And you can bring more stuff home than you can pack in your suitcase for the flight… I’ll definitely take another trip like that again.