Car: 2006 2.2 iCDTi Sport
Join Date: 31st July 2008
Location: Essex, UK
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Thoughts on a 1.4...
If you happen to have read one of the threads I started on here, you'll know the car went back to the dealership to have a few things sorted, and as a result, I'm driving a 1.4 Civic for a couple of days. The one I'm driving is an SE spec car, with I believe, 15 or 16" alloys.
Just to give you an idea, my own car is the 2.2 Diesel, somewhat of a contrast to the entry level (in engine at least) 1.4, and I am a reasonably 'spirited' driver.
And to my distinct surprise, I liked it. Ish.
The first drive I had, home from the dealership was less than impressive. Having got straight out of the 2.2, the lack of acceleration was the first issue. It seemed like the engine note changed, but the acceleration remained lacklustre. The clutch is so light I found it hard to find the biting point, whilst the steering was so light, it felt decidedly vague.
However, after driving it a second time, I suddenly realised the reason I disliked it was because I was expecting it to be a mini version of the 2.2. What I found however, was a car which looks good, goes reasonably well, and is ridiculously easy to drive. I can even see a reason to buy one - comfort.
If you aren't one of the people who wants to get everywhere at a rate of knots, then the 1.4 Civic is a nice place to be. The fuel consumption is good (ish) and the engine nice and docile at lower revs. It has just enough power to be comfortable, but without too much power for those who will never use it. It will quite happily sit at 70, and whilst it takes a while to get there, it never really feels laboured.
So, would I buy one?
Well, er, no. But I know many people who would.