So many years I am planning to take a big car because I am very passionate about cars. As I am working abroad no one is recommending me to take a good one, even TAI
friends also. Now my wife also passionate about cars, so finally decided to take one. My options was Civic and Jetta, if I was not there the monthly mileage will be around 200KM only, if I am there for two months it will comes to 5K to 6K, so the mileage is very less, so I decided to go for a petrol engine.
I got my Honda civic SMT on Feb 2012, Color is urban titanium.
The only difference between SMT and VMT is leather seat the blue ambient light and rear parking sensors only, so I choose SMT. It comes standard as automatic climate control, cruise control, fog lamps and ABS
The good side: looks, stylish, engine performance, interiors, comfort, the digital speedometer
The bad side: ground clearance (still I didnít face it, coz I used to be slow at humps, even I passed one hump which I didnít see at 50KM/Hr but didnít hit its body)
The Honda Civic is powered by 1.8 liter i-VTEC engine, 4 cylinder petrol engine and it comes with a 5 speed manual transmission. This one is coming with front and rear disk brakes which give us more confidence on high speeds. It comes with 15 inch 5 spoke alloy wheel, but the spare is a steal, have to pay another Rs10K for the spare alloy, which I didít buy. The turn indicators are also integrated on the out side electronically retractable mirrors. The dual exhaust gives a very sporty look. The door handles and protectors come in body color in SMT and in chrome in VMT variant.
Entering into the driverís seat we can see a digital speedometer, temperature and fuel gauge and analogue RPM meter. The alpine audio system comes with 6 speakers which is really nice, but didnít have a pre out function for extra amp, actually didnít need that because it gives a decent bass and treble. But I changed it to CASKA audio with DVD, map my India navigation, Bluetooth, reverse parking, IPOD, USB, SD card reader, picture viewer on a 7.2 inch LCD screen which cost me Rs45K. The seat is fabric beige color which I changed to STANLEY leather seat with matches to the interior beige color, that one cost me 60K. The automatic climate control AC is absolutely nice, can cool the car within minutes. It has four AC vents on the front side and two under the front passenger seats. If the airflow to downside position is opened, then only rear AC vents will works. The driver seat comes with a manual height positioner. All the 5 seats have height adjustable head rest also. It has lots of storage at front side also, two slide storage box and one under the hand rest on front side. It has illumination for key insert and for the buttons, so no need to trace the key hole at night time. Another feature is the cabin light will be off only after locking the car which is very useful. The trunk is also spacious which can keep two big briefcases and two smaller, it has an illumination light also. The window glasses are green tinted.
Starting the car is not so noisy, it is almost silent inside the car, and I found one sheet of sound absorber under the hood. Changed the gear and moved the car, the ride is so smooth, even in traffic also didnít need to change the gears frequently. Overtaking is quiet smooth. The best thing I like in this machine is the ABS
braking system, when I was on highway on higher speed, the cars in front of me has break suddenly mostly everybodyís tire has screamed and makes smokes. This one has stopped so nicely without loosing any control. Then I planned for a long trip itís about 550 KM from my home and I didnít feel tired through out the driving. I really enjoyed it. I used the cruise control on highways and was good option, but we cant drive with cruise control for a long period here, we will get a good reason to touch the brake, so that it will be disabled. On highways I get about 17KM/L and on city dives average of 12 KM/L. That is the only thing I never expect from this car, but I got it and still getting it.
For safety it comes with two airbags in front, ABS
, anti theft immobilizer, but only one key has remote.
Itís totally a driverís car.....