Honda plays it safe with the new Civic
Buying a Honda Civic has always been a safe choice in terms of reliability, build quality and residual values -- but now with the latest-generation model, heading to the Paris motor show this October, that statement is also true in the literal sense.
The 10th generation Civic hatchback will be one of the safest cars in its class when it goes on sale following its official Paris auto show reveal because its makers have decided to pack it with one of the most comprehensive selections of active driver safety technology systems currently available in the C-Segment car market.
The Honda SENSING suite includes Lane Departure Warning, Lane Keeping Assist, Collision Mitigation Braking, Road Sign Recognition, Adaptive Cruise Control, Cross Traffic Monitor and Blind Spot Monitoring systems.
However, the package shouldn't come as a surprise as Honda has never invested so much time or money in developing an individual car as it has with this Civic. The goal was to create a car for Europe that exceeds European driver demands.
And that's why it looks and should feel sporty to drive, too. The car has a lower center of gravity, a lower seating position for the driver, a tauter chassis, MacPherson struts for the front suspension and a multi-link system at the rear and when all of these elements come together, Honda is confident the Civic will offer class leading handling but will still be a comfortable, compliant everyday car.
It boasts a premium interior, support for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Wireless device charging is an option but storage spaces within the center console specifically designed for phones or standalone GPS units -- complete with innovative cable management system -- come as standard.
The new Civic will be the first Honda arriving in Europe with a 1-liter turbocharged VTEC engine. There are no economy figures but despite having just three cylinders it should still make for a fun driving experience thanks to 200Nm of torque and 127bhp on tap. For those wanting a bit more, there will also be a 1.5-liter unit available at launch with 180bhp and 250Nm of torque.
However, those looking for the ultimate hot hatch will need to wait at least another year before the Type R becomes a reality.
The 2016 Paris Motor Show opens its doors to the public on October 1.