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The Honda Civic has made a comeback after almost 7 years. No doubt, the previous Civic was one of the best car that came outta the Japanese market and without doubt one of the best car a petrol head could ask for.This JDM gem has been a dream for every mod-boy out there, for the ways it could be pimped out. It just looked too hot from any angle, thanks to the low stance. And not to forget the manual transmission that came with the 1.8l petrol engine which was just super fun. But the question is, will the new civic live upto its predecessor’s legacy? will it meet the expectations of those who waited for it. Will it make a mark like how it did in the past. The all new Honda Civic comes ONLY with an Automatic petrol transmission and one really powerless and lazy dirty diesel engine, keeping the "Kitna detha hei"in mind. In fact the diesel gives almost 25kmpl mileage, but is that what we really want in a civic? nah....i dont think so and its pretty late considering that the global markets have started phasing out diesel engines. Now, the only Automatic-petrol engine comes as the first and the biggest disappointment. Apparently Honda had conducted a survey, i presume of old ungils and lazy men, in which they opted for automatic over manual transmission. The manual should’ve been an option, at least for those who specifically demand for it. The automatic transmission couldve been better. It has got that typical rubber band effect that the Honda CVT transmissions have. A rubber band effect is where there is very minimal pull in mid RPMs. If you want to overtake someone instantly, you gotto plan well in advance and wait for that punch after the RPM crosses the 5k mark during when it gets too noisy though. Civic has got the least power amongst the cars in its segment. It is three seconds slower than the octavia in hitting the 100 kmph mark. In fact there is another 1.5L turbo charged Civic available in the international market, which would’ve been a better pick for our market. Honda should’ve brought it into the market to keep its enthusiastic civic lovers happy or at least to be on lines with its German rival, The Octavia.. In that case, octavia has a really good line up of engines. It has got 2 petrol variant, not counting the VRS missile. One amongst the two variant in a 1.4L turbo charged petrol engine, which is more fun to drive because of the manual shifting tunnel, and the other most powerful variant is the 1.8 RS engine. Now this is one other reason why the germans are better in this segment. The next car in the segment is the Corolla altis, which once again a really good car, but with a very less power just like the civic. In comparison with the corolla civic is better in every other way, that no doubt. Let alone the performance part, the new Honda Civic is stunning in every other way possible. Its has retained the killer looks, especially with that sliding roof and sports back. It has still got that low stance and it is intensely eager to hit the corners with great stability but something is missing….. the power punch.The low stance plays a very important role in keeping the centre of gravity in place and thats what makes the cornering so much fun. There is almost no over-steer at all which gives you all the confidence that you want. Honda has taken the interiors to a whole new level by using premium touches wherever necessary. The old gen civic was the first in market to have digital speedometer which had me drooling back then. This one has improved it and made it a lot better by providing all the necessary information. The Japanese have made every corner of the cabin count and have made the car very ergonomic in terms of space. It is also loaded with a lot of first in class features like the camera in rear view mirror and multiple safety feature. But even after all this, the sales figures had gone down from 3000 units in the first month to around 300 units in the following months. This gives us a glimpse of Civics success rate in India. It Wouldve been a lot better if Honda Ups the Civics performance figures. this is the main reason why the civic has not gotten the market it actually deserves. MaybeLets hope the type R to hit the shores at least. Thats the only way Honda can keep its fan boys happy. Fingers crossed.
Guys, I'm amid one of the biggest dilemmas in my life. I'm unable to decide between Polo GT TSI and the Polo GT TDI. Here are my struggling thoughts: Had a Test drive on the GT TSI and the auto DSG gearbox is absolutely delightful and fun to drive, but worried about the sub-par 12-13 city petrol consumption ! Had a Test drive on the regular Polo 1.2 diesel (not the GT TDI) and while the engine is decent, I didn't quite feel it amazing when compared to GT TSI. (Even the I20 1.4 diesel felt much smoother). Now my question is will the GT TDI, with it's much advanced 1.6 diesel engine (the one in the Vento 1.6 diesel model), be significantly better than the 1.2 diesel variant and comparable to the GT TSI's performance and fun? If Yes, then I can stick to GT TDI, as I'm a bit concerned about the fuel efficiency as well. If No, then TSI is the one for me. If anyone has driving experience on the Vento or Polo in general, please help me to decide !
We were just mourning the demise of the Polo 1.6 few days ago but it looks like Toyota is set to make petrol heads smile. Currently a special edition has been launched with body kit et al. But the big news is that Toyota is going to launch the Liva with the 1.5 litre engine from the Etios. Toyota is not looking at selling huge volumes of this variant but it will be targetted towards those who think with their hear rather than the head.. It will obviously be significantly more expensive that the 1.2. I feel this car looks promising with a lot of scope for mods. Only remains to be seen how much one will have to shell out for it. More info here: http://www.autocarindia.com/News/312309,scoop-toyota-plans-liva-15-hot-hatch.aspx