Car: 2016 Ford Kuga Titanium
Join Date: 16th August 2007
Location: Wrocław, Poland
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To Croatia (and back) Summer 2008
Croatia – the trip
Four of us decided to take a holiday in Croatia and get there in one car – My Civic.
Although I have a EX version it is the Polish version without Sat Nav as it was just too expensive to add on when it wouldn’t work here in Poland ( at the time of buying ) . We therefore planned to use my new Tomtom 730 as the navigation aid.
We set off at about 7.30pm on 1st August and planned to get to Vinisce, Croatia sometime Saturday morning – that was the plan. We had a 1000km drive ahead of us. The first thing to mention was that all the luggage went into the boot – and that was for all four of us. That included some food we were taking and everything. We were all amazed as we really thought it wouldn’t all fit in. We were 4 adults and all were able to sit in comfortably and with space, even the guy who was 6ft 2 or over I don’t know. He said he was comfortable.
We set off on what was supposed to be a 14 hour journey which turned into a 22 hour journey. We set the Tomtom to the destination but then our friend told us that we had to take a route that would miss a toll road in the Czech Republic. So we agreed and changed the setting of the Tomtom – big mistake! If you tell it you don’t want to use toll roads you get to see parts of countries you never expected or ever want to see again – but it was interesting seeing the small villages of the Czech Republic – our friends didn’t find it as amusing as my wife and I, as my wife and thought it was hilarious. Anyway after being told that the toll road was actually only about £12 for the I stopped at a petrol station, got the toll payment sticker and went on the motorway. The civic handled very well even though it was very full, I could still feel the acceleration and the car still wanted to go faster. I was impressed. The fuel economy was pretty impressive too but I will give you the overall figure at the end.
We were travelling at night so as to avoid traffic and that is what we did for most of the time but in some major cities along the way I did think to myself – does anyone sleep? But the Tomtom, now set up properly, so I thought, but I was only the driver. I had three navigators telling me what to do – I was not amused. For some reason my friend was not best pleased with my Tomtom device and thought it was the spawn of satan. So I panicked a little and set it again but it was still wrong but who cared. In end I put my foot down with a heavy hand and told them to decide who was to be the navigator and stick to that. Silence erupted in the car. We stopped at a Petrol Station and sat and reset the Tomtom and agreed on the route to the destination and agreed that everyone was happy – everyone was and off we set again. It was late and everyone feel asleep apart from me as I was the driver. I found the car very comfortable to drive long distances; I turned down the brightness of the speedo and so on and found I had no glare on the windscreen at all. The air conditioning, an often reported problem regarding the maintaining of temperature worked well, but I had to turn the temperature up to 25 at night so we kept warm – but everyone was happy with the temperature. The lights lit the road well and clearly and the overall visibility was good for overtaking and driving.
We arrived at the Slovenian – Croatian border at about 5.30am on Saturday morning to the longest traffic jam I have ever been in. And being with Polish people we had to find a way to jump the queue – we didn’t really find one and only managed a short distance jump. And so the wait began, 4 hours to be precise. But the car was nice and comfortable and the others slept whilst we waited. For my wife and I it wasn’t a problem, travelling is part of the holiday and you get to see different things and sometimes strange things along the way. The car was comfortable and remarkably fresh considering we had all been sitting in this car for over 8 hours. The queue moved very slowly and as I said we were there for 4 hours. We got to the border crossing and went through it in about 2 minutes. Yep, 4 hours for 2 minutes, if that, at the crossing. Anyway we got through and Tomtom told us which way to go with great efficiency and we got going again at speed ( within the law I hasten to add)
Then about an hour into the drive in Croatia, we hit another traffic Jam. So we sat and watched the people in other cars whilst we waited in line. The air conditioning now working with great efficiency as the temperature was in the late 20’s and we needed it. Again we sat with great comfort and patience as we were delayed for another 3-4 hours in the traffic jam. A two lane road had been reduced to one lane through one tunnel and caused horrendous traffic problems. Personally on holiday I don’t mind being in a traffic jam and just taking my time. We couldn’t get into our apartment where we were staying until after 12 noon anyway so it was a problem. We just enjoyed watching everyone around us.
Finally we got to near our destination and the car was doing fantastic. It was economical, comfortable and friendly. Then we turned towards the place we were to stay at and we saw a huge mountain that we had to pass to get to the place we were staying. Would the civic make it with so much of a load. Of course it did. It did a fantastic job and made the steep hills and turns seem like nothing at all. We were all impressed with it. The brakes worked well and I used the engine to slow the car too.
In conclusion the car was fantastic and comfortable. All four of us got to our destination without any complaints about the car with regards to comfort, even the tall guy. The Civic is a great long distance car and one I would recommend to anyone who is making a longer trip. The economy worked out at about 7l/100km (40mpg) which isn’t bad for a petrol fully loaded.
The journey back took 19 hours but that was due to road works in Croatia. Again the journey was very comfortable and efficient, even with the weather being rainy. I arrived back in Poland just missing the tornado that ripped through cities not far from where I live. The car coped really well in the wet. The auto windscreen wipers are great and work really well. Tomtom performed really well as we planned and checked the route thoroughly this time.
In all the Civic impressed me no end. Four adults in a 'small' family hatch travelled a total of 2200km without any problems. We didn't kill each other and we all felt we had enough space for ourselves. Great, great car.
Last edited by HappyMan; 21st September 2008 at 10:54.
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