I wanted a change from the Honda Civic hatch type, because I have had four of them since the late nineties and have driven them. Based on my research and what suited me, I went for a change in the body shape of the sedan.
Although I really love the versatility of the ‘Magic Seats’ in my previous hatch models, the sedan offers space, versatility in folding rear seats and generous luggage space.
While choosing the cosmic blue metallic paint for my new car, I would have gone for silver or white if I had known how much dirtier the dark color would be after rain, etc.
The 1.5-liter turbo engine and CVT transmission are new to me, and although I love the responsiveness, the power and the start, the transmission is an aspect that I am still adapting to. There seems to be a slight delay in the middle rpm, but there is nothing to worry about.
I use an Android phone and an iPad, both of which are connected to the car via cable and Bluetooth. Autoplay is another function that I am still trying to achieve. This allows the apps of your phone to be used via the system, for example maps / navigation. For me it doesn’t really add functionality to my disk and it doesn’t always connect correctly, but I get used to the navigation and the system as I use it.
The reliability and usability of this car are there, as you would expect with a Honda Civic. Since this is the first model built in Thailand that I have driven, I was skeptical about how it would compare. The seats are fabric is a step lower than my previous VTi-L hatch that came standard with leather. They are comfortable, but longer drives require breaks.
The interior is spacious and much attention has been paid to design accents. There are plastic parts in it, such as the dashboard that didn’t fool me. It is not classified as a luxury vehicle, but internally and externally the design is very contemporary and fits perfectly with my driving needs.
It is a valuable vehicle for the money and support in which I have purchased. The fuel consumption that I have achieved is as low as 5.9L / 100km, and the average is around 7.4L / 100km combined highway and city traffic.
Regarding the improvements, I would have liked the leather seating option in the VTi-L model. The “S” mode responds faster than the “D'” mode in the transmission and I think this needs attention. A manual model may also have to be offered.