2016 Honda Civic RS Review

2016 Honda Civic RS Review - The new-generation Honda Civic sedan is a crucial element in the brand name's return prepare for Australia. Sales have actually dropped of late, however wishes for a resurgence are high.

2016 Honda Civic RS Review

2016 Honda Civic RS Review

For one, couple of small-car nameplates have such brand name acknowledgment, and while the last Civic sedan design didn't provide much beyond being credible transportation, this brand-new one is a various story.

Here we evaluate the 'stylish' alternative, called the Civic RS. It's no track-tearing Type-R, however it has the sort of aggressive body improvements that Australian purchasers gravitate to-- body package, black grille, aggressive wheels, alloy pedals and a (naff) RS badge on the back.

We usually do not invest excessive time on outside style, and we will not break type here, conserve to state that the Civic's hatch-type style polarised our Melbourne workplace. Safe and foreseeable it isn't really ...


Priced from $31,790 plus on-road expenses, the RS is the 2nd most pricey Civic sedan version (behind the $33,590 VTi-LX), that makes it $1800 more than a Mazda 3 SP25 GT. Remarkably, the correctly hot 152kW Hyundai Elantra SR is simply around the corner, and will be a comparable rate.

2016 Honda Civic RS Review

Among the Civic's huge stories is the brand-new engine. Entry vehicles maintain the familiar 1.8-litre generally aspirated gas, however the higher-end designs such as the RS sport a brand-new 1.5-litre four-cylinder system with a turbocharger. Invite to 2016, Honda.

Outputs are a really reputable 127kW and 220Nm, both at 5500rpm, makings for a reasonable upgrade over the 104kW/174Nm base system. For contrast, the generally aspirated Mazda 3 SP25's 2.5-litre naturally aspirated system makes 138kW/250Nm.


The Civic's engine is matched as basic to a CVT automated with paddle-shifters-- not your common stylish option-- sending out torque to the front wheels. There's likewise a VW-style Vehicle Hold anti-creeping function, along with a contemporary electrical parking brake.

It's a great little engine, with excited rolling reaction providing it a lot of pep around town, while at greater speeds and much heavier throttle loads it stays refined. In normal Honda design, it's at its finest when bring greater revs and not running in the doughy Eco mode.

It's not all that stylish, however, belying the 'RS' badge and the brilliant red starter button. The CVT is open and fine-tuned in regular driving, however doing not have quality in corners, either in Sport mode (which simply includes revs) or when resolving the stepped ratios through the paddles.

Declared fuel usage is 6.0 litres per 100km, though on test we handled 7.9 L/100km, which is really okay for the class.


Dynamically, the Civic RS is a huge action up over the previous sedan. Its electric-assisted steering is light, however extremely instant from centre, while the body control and road-holding is well solved. Hat idea to the brand-new overall independent suspension system and the stiffer chassis.

2016 Honda Civic RS Review

The trip is a little tight, however never ever disconcerting or excessively fragile, though the 17-inch wheels fitted with 215/55 tires send out a little excess roadway sound into the cabin.

On the topic of cabin, the Civic's interior is a peak. The dated, slab-like old Civic's dash has actually been changed with something streamlined, modern-day and driver-facing like a BMW.

Basic devices levels are high, consisting of soft and top quality leather seats with heating, a LaneWatch blind-spot cam, reversing electronic camera, front/rear parking sensing units, environment and (routine) cruise control systems, vehicle headlights and wipers, a sunroof and a 10-speaker 452 watt audio system with sub.

The primary fascia consists of a 7.0-inch touchscreen that you can swipe, and which hosts Apple CarPlay and Android Car, in addition to DAB+ digital radio. The interface takes a couple of minutes to acclimatise to, once you're operating, it's exceptional.

Ahead of the chauffeur is a slick digital speedo and tacho, flanked by fuel and temperature level assesses. Buttons on the well-trimmed wheel permit you to scroll through the journey computer system quickly enough. That odd volume control switch is not so preferable.

Usually of Honda, the cabin's functionality is second-to-none, with a big two-tiered centre console, a concealed storage location behind the fascia with USB port, huge door bins and more.

General develop quality is unsurprisingly great, and though there are some tough plastic surface areas, these are more than balanced out by the beautiful silver highlights and soft leather cushioning that encompasses the door and centre console cover.

The only truly significant omission is an integrated satellite navigation system, though lots of people will argue the CarPlay's phone-based map combination is sufficient. If you desire traditional nav, you'll have to go the range-topping VTi-LX.

A few of stated VTi-LX's security functions, such as adaptive cruise control and accident mitigation, would be welcome since $32k for a little automobile is not inexpensive, and you can get it on the $6000 less expensive, and bigger, Skoda Octavia Aspiration.

Th rear seats are as simply as excellent as the front; wonderfully cut and encouraging in the base. Legroom is impressive thinking about the 2700mm wheelbase has to do with par for the class, with adequate area for high grownups, though headroom is impinged upon by the sunroof. You get 2 ISOFIX anchors and full-length drape air airbags.

The only downer is the space-saving short-term extra wheel under the boot flooring.
 At 519 litres, the boot is larger than a Commodore, while little levers turn the rear seats down for through-loading.

From an ownership viewpoint, Honda Australia promotes just how much each service will cost you: $281 per check out as much as 100,000 km (aside from $310 at 80,000 km). Congratulations for the openness, however this figure isn't really extremely low-cost, and the periods are brief, at 10,000 km.

Honda Australia likewise provides a three-year/100,000 km guarantee, and outstanding resale worth is normal of the brand name.

There is no doubt the brand-new Honda Civic sedan is a huge action up on its predecessor, and throughout the board represents powerful competitors to the Elantra, Mazda 3 and Corolla. It's terrific to see, and the arrival of the hatch variation in early 2017 will be most welcome.

Whether the Civic RS, which does not do much to make the racy badge, is the finest version, is a harder concern to respond to. If you can go without the leather seats and sunroof and the $27,790 Civic VTi-L variation with the 1.5 turbo engine is there for the purchasing.

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