2014 Honda Civic Coupe – Quick Take

2014 Honda Civic Coupe

2014 Honda Civic Coupe

Our first impressions of the 2014 Honda Civic are very favourable.  Here’s a preview of a more extensive road test we’ll post after we’ve racked up more time in the saddle.

This 2014 Honda Civic Coupe is one of those ’50 meter’ cars – within the first 50m of driving it, I know I like it.  A lot.  (Other ’50 meter’ cars I’ve instantly bonded with are the Volkswagen Golf TDI diesel and Ford Mustang 5.0 GT.)

It takes only a moment behind the steering wheel and the instrument cluster, audio and HVAC controls are almost instantly familiar.  The controls are intuitive and getting the Civic underway is a breeze.  Push button start means you only need the key fob in your pocket.

The front bucket seats are firm and comfortable, and with decent side bolsters for the sportscar-minded driver.

Likes:

  • Taut handling, solid chassis, comfortable ride
  • Intuitive driver and HVAC controls
  • 1.8-litre 4-cylinder engine is eager and works well with the CVT transmission
  • LaneWatch blindspot display is excellent
  • Heated front seats and cruise control can be switched ‘on’ and after restarting the car, stay ‘on’

Dislikes:

  • Front fascia is from the ‘Game Boy’ School of Design
  • Mediocre audio system
  • Lacks trunk closure handle
  • Touch-screen has bothersome multi-level menus for audio settings

 

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