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First drive: Honda Civic 1.6 i-DTEC Sport

Entry pricing remains unchanged and starts from  €21,895 for the  1.4 i-VTEC Comfort model

Entry pricing remains unchanged and starts from €21,895 for the 1.4 i-VTEC Comfort model

We check out the new Honda Civic range for 2015 writes Geraldine Herbert

What is it? Honda’s Civic has been given a nip and tuck and for 2015 there is a new grille, bumper and lights design, a new rear spoiler and more equipment  has been added to the range. A new model also joins the line up, the Civic Si, which is intended to bridge the gap  to the turbocharged Type-R range-topper.

First impressions of the new Honda Civic? The New Si certainly looks the part and has a dynamic presence on the road thanks to  sports 17” alloy wheels in black gloss finish, mesh front grille,  rear spoiler, black interior roof lining and Alloy pedals.

What about the interior?  Inside the biggest change is the addition of the Honda Connect system that is now standard on all grades except entry level and offers a new tablet-style 7” touchscreen interface, allowing for internet access, phone connectivity, and a range of other functions with Mirrorlink and Siri compatibility.

And on the road? At the launch we drove the 1.6-litre i-DTEC with 118bhp and a substantial 300Nm of sheer pulling power.  It also returns 3.6l/100km or 78.5mpg and costs only €180 to tax annually.  Press the start button and the changes are very noticeable; the steering is quick and responsive and the gearbox slick.  Take it on a back road and it is really fun to drive, without compromising on comfort as the ride may be a little   on the firm side   but it is never uncomfortable.

How much? Starting price is €21,895 for the 1.4 i-VTEC with Comfort trim and the prices rises as far as €29,395 for the Executive trim.

The Civic is available with four  trim levels Comfort, Sport, Si and Executive

The Civic is available with four trim levels Comfort, Sport, Si and Executive

How safe? Honda have made excellent  efforts to keep you safe and you now get a host of active and safety features as standard including Honda’s City-brake Active System, which uses radar sensors to monitor in front of the vehicle and automatically apply the brakes to reduce the risk of collision. The system operates between 5 and 32km/h and is standard on all new Civics.

What about my options? The Civic is available with three engines (1.4 i-VTEC, 1.6 i-DTEC and 1.8 i-VTEC) and four trim levels; Comfort, Sport, Si and Executive.

3 words to describe the Honda Civic? Stylish; Reliable; Sporty

For more information check out Honda.ie or the Honda Ireland Facebook page

Geraldine Herbert

3rd March, 2015

 

Author: Geraldine Herbert

Contributing Editor and Motoring Columnist for the Sunday Independent and editor of wheelsforwomen. Geraldine is also a regular contributor to Good Housekeeping (UK) and to RTÉ Radio One, Newstalk, TodayFM and BBC Radio. You can follow Geraldine on Twitter at @GerHerbert1

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