Honda has for many rears been renowned for its reliability here in SA and also all over the world.
Unfortunately here in SA Honda’s cars in general became quite expensive and consumers tend to then rather purchase the German rivals. Resale value on the Honda’s thus tend to suffer.
But is this really bad news? Absolutely not. This means you can get into a second hand Honda for a steal. Honda has a long-standing reputation for reliability, and the Civic has scored well in customer satisfaction and reliability surveys. Back in the old days Honda was distributed by Mercedes-Benz and in most of Honda’s models nowadays the German engineered quality still exists.
The previous generation (Generation 9) Civic is one of those gems.
The 1.8 litre i-Vtec engine produces 104kW/6500rpm and 175Nm/4300rpm, yes the engine is definitely rev-happy but combined with its 5-speed Auto box it still makes for a comfortable ride, you have to push it a bit if you need to get the power out of it, but yes that is due to the nature of this kind of engine.
Some might find it a bit sluggish (as with most of its rivals), but keep in mind it is not a performance car.
The cabin in quiet and luxurious. Standard spec includes Leather seats and leather covered steering wheel, soft-touch plastic, Trip computer, height and reach adjustable steering with satellite controls, Bluetooth connectivity, USB/AUX input, climate control, side mirror demisters.
The seating is really comfortable and it is easy to find your desired driving position.
Other features include: “motion-adaptive electronic power-steering” working with passive stability control; EPS and VSA control and also Honda’s Eco Mode (ECON).
ECON is an intelligent fuel-saving assistance system that coaches drivers on the most-efficient driving style.
I have found that Honda’s interiors in general is quite durable, the plastic surfaces does not scratch easily as in some of its rivals.
Maintenance in general is affordable and servicing even at the agents will not break the bank.
Fuel consumption on the 1.8 litre motor is not too bad either, Honda quoted a combined cycle figure in 2012 of around 7.2l/100km, expect real-world consumption of around 8.5l/100km
The styling of the Civic sedan is also not to everyone’s taste but if you look at its competitors like the Toyota Corolla, Previous Generation Hyundai Elantra, their designs will also not set your heart racing.
Pricing for the 2012-2015 Civics range between as little as R150k to R260k – Basically what you would pay for a compact entry-level small hatchback.
If you are looking at an affordable, reliable second hand luxury car you should definitely consider the Civic.