Assalam o alikum Dear Pakwheelers ,
I am posting after a long time , although I already had driven it last week but wanted to check it again before posting ( also after 1st drive you may not give a good review as you are lost in the charm of new model )* so today went for a long test drive again !
This post is totally related to the Driving experience of 1.5T and not on quality issues just to clear , this is not to support Atlas or Civic X lovers and not even against the members who had a bad experience with display units ! This is a simple honest review based on a long half an hour drive i had today in karachi ..
I dont know from where to start but the overall experience was really good and AL HAMDULILLAH I am really happy and satisfied with my decision !
Driving Position and Visibility :
Excellent Driving position , sporty yet comfortable , loved the overall seating position .. Visibility is nice too , you can even see the bonnet from driving seat which is good for cars without Navi and front camera .. Steering wheel Felt Nice and grippy . The overall layout of the dashboard is soo good simply loved it ..
Suspension and Road Grip :
Finally finally the suspension has really improved as compared to predecessors and competition .. I tried almost every bump and bad broken rough patch* I saw on the road and I was impressed the car had a good cushioning soft effect and is much more comfortable than previous models and almost same as competition infact even better at a few bumps and rough roads ! Grip is nice , with such a powerful engine and mind blowing acceleration the car really performed well at a sharp curve where i usually have to slow down in my 11th Gen Corolla or previous 8th n 9th gen Civics yes even better than 8th !
VSA is a blessing indeed !
Adrenaline rush / Mind Blowing Acceleration:
The car is full of driving pleasure
Civic's Fun to drive factor is back finally and at its peak ! Loved the engine roar car simply loves to rev !
I floored it many times almost everytime i got a chance and what a beast it is My God ! Really impressed never thought 1 day we will drive such a fast locally assembled sedan in pakistan
The car was smooth at higher speeds and there was hardly any cabin noise but the moment you floor it be it any speed 20 , 40 , 60 whatever it just goes like a rocket ..
Once I floored it and was really shocked within twinkle of an eye it was at 94km/hr it is indeed really fast than all other local cars infact even better than cars of higher class.. no offence to any vezel owner here or CL9 or mark X owner or even C180 or Audi A4 owner here but This one is really really fast and a clear winner in acceleration !
Brakes are nice and i wasnt disappointed at all* brakes performed well ..
CVT Transmission :
The car was butter smooth
Paddle Shifters :
Nice placement and within reach
Even though it is CVT but they did a great job with flappy paddles , the car really felt more responsive and just like it is going in manual mode , i was at 80+ when i shifted it to S the instrument cluster was showing M5 so i downshifted it to M3 and car immediatley gave a real feel as if I really downshifted a manual car from 5th to 3rd gear simply loved it .. indeed a great feature which further contributes to driving pleasure and fun to drive* factor ..
Brake Hold is also a great addition
When My Father was driving it I really enjoyed the front passenger seat , the low seating position is great simply loved it
And Yes 1 more thing
We tested the car on super / regular fuel and not on Hi Octane . By this i dont mean we should drive it on super and it wont have any issues i am just sharing the fuel that was there in the car .. the car was showing more than 1000 kms and according to the guy who was with us during test drive they were using regular super continuously and no knocking or any issue yet
Road clearance is ok the car didnt hit any speed rather car breaker with 4 ppl inside ..
The Drive is really very impressive , the car is massive looks so dashing , drive is equally good loved the interior and seating position , powerful and sporty yet elegant .. A lovely car by Honda .. thumbs up !