Join Date: 16th September 2008
Location: Middlesbrough UK
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2.2 CDTi Civic SE test drive - brief observations
well today i finally go around to test driving a civic down at francis honda in mount sorrel.
they took me out in a cosmic grey 5 door SE with the diesel engine.
i have to say i had a lot of reservations about the car having read around this site. thankfully nearly all these little niggles and worries were unfounded because the car was very impressive indeed.
heres a couple of observations.....
Driving position .... i didnt have a lot of time to get the seat sorted, but with the brief fiddling by the road side i got a pretty nice position going. with a few more minutes i reckon id of got the perfect setting.
i loved how easy all the controls are and how accessible they are too... really well thought out
Engine.... when it first started it sounded a little clattery and was a bit intrusive in the cabin. however, once it warmed up it was fine. more importantly, that thing (for a diesel) loves to rev.... i couldnt believe how free reving and responsive it was. it pulls like a train too and actually has a rather satisfying whine/whistling at low speeds.
On the road..... road noise was noticable, but didnt really seem over bearing, only a longer test drive might change my mind here. i thought the suspenision was perfectly fine, not too stiff at all and there was no rattles, knocks or clanks at any time.
it had the 16inch rims, which i reckon are probably the best bet for comfort, little extra sidewall to soak up the bumps.
Performance..... outstanding, i thought it was hilariously fast... i took my eyes off the the speedo for 2 secs and when i looked back i had 85 on the speedo! it just seemed effortless, 2500rpm for that speed. the engine pulls really well in all gears. amazing.
in short i was totally impressed with the car... id be quite happy with an SE though i might look for a Sport or something. think ill be seriously considering a purchase.