Assalam o Alaikum
I have a Grande CVTi, and I can vouch it can give the 1.8 MT a good run on any given day. The roar is there in CVTi also, however the CVTi takes the crown for giving u the MT pleasure whenever needed.
It has great throttle otherwise, shifting the car from auto to manual, takes the RPM up and that gives u the muscle when needed.
I would always prefer CVTi option and advise the same to all enthusiasts who prefer manual.
Also endorsing the migration from the new Civic to Grande CVTi, I have done that and love it, however I still rate Reborn civic better than Grande, minus the fuel average.
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