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2.2 Civic Type S GT - MPG and Impression
We bought one of these for my girlfriend in March 2009 and average 3,500 miles a month and I thought I'd give you my impressions of the car (first Honda we have owned).
We bought the Civic when her BMW 320D M Sport went back to the fleet company having reached it's 3 year mileage allowance in 18 months... Having decided to opt out of a company car scheme for a while to save towards our wedding we looked around for a good value hatch to use as a workhorse but also be a bit of fun and the Civic won us over (looks, engine, reputation for reliability). Well here are our thoughts after 25,000 miles in 6 months:
Coming from the BMW we knew as soon as we test drove the Civic that it wasn't in the same league in terms of handling and we did have some issues with the hard plastics on the dash. However, we also recognised it's a damn site cheaper and after a 30 mile test drive on various roads we felt that for a front wheel drive car the handling wasn't too bad (certainly better than a Mark V Golf) and the build despite the look of the plastics was impressive with no squeaks or rattles. The engine despite having only 140bhp impressed even if it did feel significantly slower than what we were used to in the BMW.
After about 15,000 miles the Michelin tyres on the front needed replacing and for the last few thousand miles before we changed them the ride on these was shocking and the handling went to pot. We have changed these and stuck Goodyear F1 Aysymmetric's on and this has made a huge difference but they so seem to be wearing quite fast.
All in all:
Good Points: Relatively cheap when compared to rivals, economy can be good on a run, great boot (like the hidden compartment), looks great especially parked against most other euro boxes like Golf, A3, Focus, Astra etc, great gear change, refined engine, excellent build quality
Bad Points: Overall cr4p fuel economy. On our 100 mile plus commute which is half country road and "A" road and half urban crawl we rarely get over 40mpg usually late 30's giving us a range on a tank of about 380 miles. Annoying seatbelts that are difficult to grab when seated as they are so far back, seats that dont have a memory position so if you move them to access the back you always have to reset your seating position, cr4p radio reception, poor paint quality, door locks that don't open when you turn off ignition or if you pull handle internally (minor but annoying), no auto lock function when you pull away, rubbish and least intuitive cruise control system I have ever used (the one in my motorhome on a van base is a million times better!), engine is underpowered and runs out of steam in all gears too quickly, lack of rear wiper seems daft on any hatchback!
In conclusion, great little car but for me let down by too many niggly issues most of which could and should have been eliminated at the prototype stage. Would I buy another, personally no but only because we will be returning to BMW but I would always reccommend people to drive one if they are after a car in this segment. Only problem is, having driven a friends Mark VI Golf the other day the main opposition has marched on by quite some way.
I guess it's proof of the old saying "you get what you pay for..."