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Hi there,

Just joined this forum, which seems like a wealth of information!

I'm very much thinking about buying a new Civic, but am torn between the ES and the EX.

I didn't really want to stretch to the EX, and I'm not actually a fan of leather, but wanted the premium audio option, and sadly this can't be added separately.

(I'll probably custom fit a DAB radio if possible, and if anyone has any advice on audio options that may be possible if I'm leasing the car, they would be much appreciated!)


Sitting in the ES, I noticed the cloth seat material is different to pretty much any other car I've seen and it looks like it might catch/bobble easily and be difficult to clean.

Does anyone have any experience of the seats to share? Do I have anything to worry about!?

Please let me know if I should be reading some previous posts on this stuff - I did a search, but couldn't find anything specific.

Thanks in advance,

hbc
 

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Yeah I'd be interested to know the answer to this as well. Mulling the possibilty of a 2.2 ES on lease to replace my gen 8 ES.

The gen 8 cloth has its draw backs too - it looks flat and worn fairly quickly. They should have used the same stuff as the cloth in the facelift Gen 2 CRV - hard wearing and looks good.

Wouldn't have the budget to stretch to the EX either.
 

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with the 2009 facelift all the cloth seats were replaced with a better quality materials.
 

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I've already done my homework and I will be going for the ES-T next September.

I can't remember what material they had in the showroom car I sat in but as long as it's not the 8G velvet type that looked like a badly mowed cricket pitch.

The 09 facelift material is certainly an improvement looks wise.


I can't understand why Honda would only provide things like HID's on the top spec model ? I can't see the EX-GT selling that many so why limit it to that model. I thought the 8G ES-GT was the best of both worlds. It had no expensive leather but had the HID's, SatNav and rear parking sensors as standard. I think there should be a 9G ES-GT with HID's, carpet mats and parking sensors as standard.
 

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I think the only alternative is go the BMW route and have and endless list of options. Makes it more difficult buying used I suppose.

With the cloth seats it would be interesting to hear from owners what the durability is like...
 

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I've already done my homework and I will be going for the ES-T next September.

I can't remember what material they had in the showroom car I sat in but as long as it's not the 8G velvet type that looked like a badly mowed cricket pitch.

The 09 facelift material is certainly an improvement looks wise.
To be honest this was my concern. The type I sat in a new model ES yesterday was velvety, and I was a bit concerned how it would last over a few years. Hence the post on here!

Cheers,

hbc
 

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The thing is there's velvet and there's velvet.

The pre-facelift Civic had velvet that layed in all manner of directions and looked horrible. The Lexus IS200 had velvet but it was a different type, presumably a shorter pile and looked perfectly OK after you got out.

The way to test is to rub your open hand in both directions on 2 adjacent bits of the material and see what it looks like.
 

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The thing is there's velvet and there's velvet.

The pre-facelift Civic had velvet that layed in all manner of directions and looked horrible. The Lexus IS200 had velvet but it was a different type, presumably a shorter pile and looked perfectly OK after you got out.

The way to test is to rub your open hand in both directions on 2 adjacent bits of the material and see what it looks like.
Thank you. I'll look to get another opportunity with the car to try out that test!
 

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HI HBC.
If your still looking then look at the ES-T.
Its the ES model with the posh satnavwithout the other gubbins that you get on the EX.
I find the cloth seats fine after 3000miles and this is me, coming from an 8th Generation civic with leather.
 
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