There has been much of debate about the release of all new 1.5 turbo Honda Civic 2016. No doubt it’s a great car, but the question is, will it suit the conditions in Pakistan. The answer to this question is quite disappointing. There are a number of reasons for this disappointment.
Recently, Honda has issued some guidelines about the all new Civic. Honda dealers claim that the most popular variant is the 1.5l turbo. According to them 1.5L turbo variant will require Hi-octane fuel only. And the thing is it can be really hard for people, even in a city like Lahore, to find hi-octane, then what would be the situation in smaller cities?
Another thing wrong with the all new civic is the price factor. Talking about the 1.5 turbo variant, it will cost you around 30 Lac. Now 30 lac is just too much. The strongest competitor i.e. Toyota Corolla Grande is available in much less price (around 25 to 26 lac). But I think that the most dangerous competitor for Honda Civic is the popular Hybrid Boys in town like the Honda Vezel, Toyota Prius, and the Lexus CT200h. There are other readily available hybrid cars in our used car market as well. I don’t know what the drive quality of the Honda Civic 2016 is but the standards set by these used imported hybrid cars are really high.
Looking at the numbers of units booked, there is no doubt that a large number of people are attracted towards the all new turbo 2016 Honda Civic but the question is, will it be suitable for Pakistan? If you go to PakWheels forums, and look at the 2016 Honda Civic threads, you will find many people who felt betrayed by Honda Atlas. But let’s see how everything turns out to be. Real life experience might be completely different than the expectations.