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2008 HONDA CIVIC VTi
OWNER RATING 8 /10
  • Interior quality and design, keen engine, fuel economy, driving position
  • Engine noise, steering could use more feel, dynamics not as sharp as rivals
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by Warren Kho

Reliability and fun to drive – the Civic is a car that embodies the philosophy of Honda that has made it such a successful car manufacturer.

From the low seating position and well-bolstered seats, you immediately feel a part of the car as opposed to being ‘on’ that other car makers seem to commonly overlook.

Although the dash is primarily fitted with hard plastic, its sweeping design, texturing, fit and finish otherwise give the impression of high quality and solidity.

Distinguishing itself from others in its class, the digital speedo is conveniently situated in the driver’s line of sight. Large wing mirrors enhance rear vision; however, thick A-pillars provide a blind spot at roundabouts.

Rear foot and leg room is above average (in part due to completely flat footwell) whilst head room and boot space is only average (in part due to full-size spare provided).

Suspension, road, wind and tyre noise is well suppressed. Overall cabin refinement is only let down by the loud engine noise that accompanies the revving nature of the Civic’s engine.

Although its figures are average for its class, the free revving nature that characterises Honda engines is evident in the Civic.

Tight and refined, the Civic’s engine encourages you to explore its upper rpm. Its five-speed auto provides smooth shifts with no evidence of gear hunting. Performance is adequate for suburban commuting with above average fuel efficiency for its class.

The Civic’s steering is well weighted and direct albeit possessing limited driver feedback. Combined with its eager engine and relatively light kerb weight, the Civic’s relative agility is compromised by suspension that has been tuned for comfort rather than handling.

The Civic’s steering is well weighted and direct albeit possessing limited driver feedback. Combined with its eager engine and relatively light kerb weight, the Civic’s relative agility is compromised by suspension that has been tuned for comfort rather than handling.

Although Honda has injected elements of its Type R DNA, the Civic ultimately provides a ‘mature’ driver experience for the average driver.



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