2007 Honda Civic LXI 1.8 from Saudi Arabia

Summary:

The best look with average performance

Faults:

Hand brake position is not driver friendly; wear a knee cap for protection.

Some vibration noises from the dashboard while driving rough roads at slow speeds or on the highway with high speeds.

Seats are not as comfortable as they look, and the front space for your legs is much smaller.

General Comments:

I love the interior and the head lamps, plus the back lights overall have a sporty look, and it gives you a younger feeling (at age near 35). i feel like mid 20s.

It is my dream car, and I feel lucky to have it, even it's just too early for me to comment, but I know i did make a good deal.

May Allah Bless me and help me to drive this on a true path with safety.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th September, 2008

2007 Honda Civic EX 1.8 litre from North America

Summary:

Recommend

Faults:

None; knock on wood.

General Comments:

A very good car.

I get 6.5L/100 km on the highway, and 7.8L/100 km in city driving. The oil change system will save you money. I got 12000 km before it came to 20% of oil life, and it would take another 2-4000 before coming to 10% (the recommended oil change interval).

Of course it is small car, and you can't get big comfort in this space, but overall it's a great car. I traveled a couple of weeks ago from Toronto to Calgary (3500 km), and it didn't feel bad to sit in for 8-10 hours a day. For example, I did the same trip in my second Nissan X-terra, and it was terrible compared with the Civic.

Only one downside (for rural areas) - very low ground clearance.

And the steering is very sensitive; you have to give yourself a couple of weeks to adjust your habits (after driving an American car).

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd May, 2008

22nd May 2008, 23:34

Civics have always been a great car choice for Canadians and the current model is no exception. I, however, would not buy the current Civic for one simple reason: the two-tiered dash layout and the interior design generally. Whereas previous Civics had functional no-nonsense high-quality (though perhaps boring) interior designs, the latest model has departed from this principle in a way that is off-putting to me personally. As such, I would put my money on the new Corolla. Otherwise, the Civic is a fantastic car.

2007 Honda Civic DX-G 1.8 from North America

Summary:

Love it

Faults:

So far no problems.

General Comments:

Love it. Excellent car for the money. Runs great, looks and feel sharp. Love it!!!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd March, 2008

2007 Honda Civic LX 1.8 from North America

Summary:

Great small car

Faults:

Nothing wrong yet.

General Comments:

With one or two people in the car, it is very quick. With four people in it, it is much slower.

Very nice handling car.

Fun to drive.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th February, 2008

2007 Honda Civic VTi Sedan 1.8 i-vtec from Australia and New Zealand

Summary:

Civic's Initial Impressions are great... long term quality and reliability may be a concern..

Faults:

Main faults with the car include:

- Power window regulator breaking causing the front passengers window to drop out of its mount. (rattling from the door began at about 5000kms).

- Car pulls towards left at speeds over 50kph and increases in intensity over 100kph. (problem commenced from the first day of ownership)

- Loud click from gear shifting from R to D (apparent from first day of ownership)

- Apparent vinyl trim defects (vinyl on the edge of the upper valence of all doors are starting to peel)

General Comments:

First Glance:

The car represented great value for money when I purchased in the start of 2007. It was the only 5spd automatic sedan available in its segment, and boasted many other refinements and features such as cruise control, ABS brakes and full power windows.

Initial impressions were the main reasons for choosing the Civic. The car had an interior which had a "quality feel", with "soft touch" dashboard and doors, which was something that other cars of the time such as the corolla, Tiida, 307 and other small segment cars lacked. The levels of trim and equipment of the base model Vti was also impressive. Where other manufacturers would cut costs by removing overhead grab handles, map lights and storage bins, the Civic Vti remained fully equipped and well trimmed.

Performance:

The 1.8 i-vtec is also quite capable as a performer when hooked-up with the 5 speed auto. Its brilliant, responsive, high-revving nature means that it accelerates reasonably. However, the lack of torque makes the car feel lethargic with passengers on-board or when taking off at the lights from a gradient.

Cruising on the highway is probably the best feature of the Civic. The extra 5th ratio translates to an ultra quite humm with a low rev range of 1900rpm at 100kph. After driving several other automatic compacts including the Tiida, Corolla, 307, Yaris and previous model Civic, because of the extra 5th gear, it feels more like a larger car at higher speeds.

Handling:

The Civic Vti, in my brief nine months of ownership, has handled conventional suburban roads with reasonable ease. I have to say that I agree with the other reviewers who comment that the Civics tyres are loud over rougher roads, however, aside from the tyre noise, the car is well insulated and has a relatively quite interior.

The car does also have a great deal of body roll (meaning that it flops into corners when cornered hard), but you'll need to push the car relatively hard to notice this. You'll also find far better handling compacts out there, including the new late 2007/2008 Corolla or the Ford Focus, but with that said, I think the Civic is still a relatively competent handler.

Styling and Design:

The design of the new Civic Vti sedan can, perhaps, be seen as practical and conventional rather than sporty. It has hints of an ambition of sportiness through its low front end and high rear waistline (where the windows meet that body work), nevertheless, its pushed forward front pillars, ultra large windscreen and quirky, yet, massive rear-view mirrors define its practical intentions. It certainly looks different from most old-style 90s sedans. Futuristic at best. But at my work car park, its design is easily lost with the plethora of other conventional A-B transporters.

Interior and Space:

The interior is where the new styling takes full advantage. Because of the stretched wheel span and extended front pillars the interior feels massive. The interior is well executed with the new two-teared instrumentation, which is easily legible. The plastic trim and fabric also gives a high quality impression. Unfortunately on my car it was only a mere first impression and the quality hasn't worn as well as it should have, with the vinyl on the doors starting to warp and peel. The seat trim as luxurious as it appears has also started to wear and stain relatively easily with the light rubbing of elbow grease.

Summary and Running Costs:

As the car is still relatively new and has only traveled a mere 7600kms, there hasn't been any real maintenance costs apart from fortnightly refueling. It's definitely a frugal car for its size, and although I haven't had the time to measure its fuel use, I have reason to believe the manufacturer's claims of 6.9L - 7.5L/100kms.

This is the second Civic that I have owned the previous being an early EG 1995 Gli sedan. Civics during the 70s to the early 90s used to be revolutionary compact cars that impressed with quality, features and ideas that were unheard of in the compact segment. This Civic is a far cry from the 13 year old lady that I use to own. But in 2008 this Civic fails to impress over the other rival manufacturers, like my old Civic use to do back in her day.

P.S. If I had it over again, I would have perhaps chosen a Mazda 3 or waited 4 months for the current 2007/2008 Corolla.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 17th February, 2008

5th Feb 2009, 02:58

I had a look at your review, as I was interested in what all the hype was about Honda's, and how they are were supposed to be rated as one of the most reliable cars at one time.

I like European cars and have an AH ASTRA CDXi with all the bells and whistles, and must admit over the 3 1/2 years me and my missus have owned the car, it has been fantastic. Obviously you can find a lot of bad reviews on Astra's, especially the TS Model Astra's, but don't be fooled by over expectant people who think cars are indestructible and will go on forever without them having to even lift that bonnet and check the engine once..

I don't know if my advice is of any use, but the new Astra's are a good buy and very reliable. If you want something nice inside such as an AH Sri with leather and all the features, I would back them as our AH Astra has very high quality leather interior that has worn in very well and still holds that classy look. The interior is robust and strong, hard wearing and the doors shut solid.

The car handles superbly around corners, and we drove to Adelaide from Melbourne and back home on 1 tank and 3 quarters, averages about 7.5 litre 100km.

Consider it as I jumped in to a Corolla, and it felt like jelly to drive and the interior is horribly made with cheap smelling plastic, door panels look cheap inside, paint was OK but in all honesty the paint on our Astra is awesome, so thick, and often we will pull up next to a car at the lights and put it to shame as ours has stayed so glossy. Also we look after it very well, applying polish every 4 months...

Anyway, good luck with your Honda, and consider a late model Astra or even the new line up they will be releasing soon..