2012 Honda Civic | new car review

Posted on Aug 4, 2011 by
2012 Honda Civic











Friends, family & countrymen the all new 2012 is finally out in showrooms. Quite unlike today’s “game changer” Civic the 9th generation is more of a model refresh than a model change, in any case it is here to best its reputation as the economical and reliable family sedan.

It is built on the same ‘mono-form’ design. The A-pillars and C-pillars have been stretched further to create a free flowing silhouette. Interior volume has been upped by 104.7 litres contributing to more shoulder and hip room.

The two-tiered instrument panel has been retained, the centre console is more driver centric than ever and the steering wheel design gains some faux metal, as seen on the new Lexus CT 200h. New to the Civic is the Intelligent Multi-Information Display (i-MID) standard on EXI and VTI models. It displays an array of information inclusive of Audio, Trip computer, Fuel economy, Bluetooth and Clock. Interestingly, the display can be customized by uploading a wallpaper of choice.

2012 Honda Civic

Rear lamps reminiscent of the previous gen Camry!

All trim levels get the Econ Mode which improves fuel economy by calibrating the AC compressor functioning and engine throttle behaviour. It is also said to improve driving habits by observing the ambient lights guide. Bluetooth® Hands Free Telephone is also standard on EXI and VTI grades by which the driver can make and receive call using steering controls and browse the phonebook on the i-MID. Chic new design 16” 5-twin spoke alloy wheels are available on EXI and VTI models and are matched to 205/55 spec tyres. The basic model gets 15” wheels. In an effort to keep weight low Honda utilized 55% of high strength steel (HSS) contributing to a more robust frame. Due consideration for aerodynamics have help add features like under bumper air guides, flat under-floor, and front/rear strakes. This in combination with lightweight plastic parts in the engine bay and fuel tank have improved fuel economy, lowered emissions and reduced cabin noise, in the process enriching the Civic’s driving experience. The boot volume has increased by 14.15 litres, that coupled with the flexibility of 60:40 split folding rear seats augments cargo capacity.

2012 Honda Civic

Typical Honda quality interiors expected

No surprises under the hood. Bolted to the frame is the run of the mill 4-cylinder 1.8-litre SOHC i-VTEC engine that powers the current gen engine, churning out a max. power output of 139bhp @ 6,500 rpm and max. torque of 174Nm @ 4,300 rpm. It is meshed with conventional 5 speed automatic transmission that drives the front wheels. Standard safety features include Honda’s Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ body structure which enhances frontal collision energy management and crash compatibility and Dual-stage, multiple-threshold front airbags. The EXI and VTI upgrades get front side airbags with occupant position detection system (OPDS) and side curtain airbags. Anti-lock braking system (ABS) with Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist are other notable mentions. The Civic also gets the new Motion Adaptive Electric Power Steering (EPS) system.

2012 Honda Civic3 new body colours have been added to the Civic’s 8 shade range namely, Frosty White Metallic, Taffeta White, Alabaster Silver, Polished Metal Metallic, Crystal Black Pearl, Dyno Blue Pearl, Urban Titanium Metallic, Carnelian Red Pearl.

Watch this space for updates on pricing and warranty!

Engines: 1.8-litre I4
Max power (bhp @ rpm): 139bhp @ 6,500 rpm
Max torque (Nm @ rpm): 174Nm @ 4,300 rpm
Transmission: 5-speed automatic
Driven wheels: Front wheel drive

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