New Honda Civic 1.4 i-VTEC sport
Type R looks without the price tag, this is Honda’s new Civic Sport
Sporty as standard, the new Honda Civic Sport is a great compromise giving buyers the fast looks they want with the frugal engines they need. Nearly half the price of the range-topping Type R and with an engine nearly half the size, the new 1.4 i-VTEC Honda Civic Sport is the model to go for if you want the raciest looking model in the range without the associated cost of fuel and insurance.
Aside from the sporty looks that include 17-inch alloy wheels, a unique colour-coded rear spoiler and similar design characteristics of the Civic Type R, the Sport is quite sophisticated inside and comes with a wealth of standard features. Included as standard is a DAB radio, City Brake Active that will brake for you in slow moving traffic to avoid an accident, climate control, front and rear parking sensors and Honda’s Connect infotainment system. The 1.4 i-VTEC petrol engine isn’t the most powerful or the cleanest, but is ideal for mixed driving.
Available from just £199 a month on a three-year PCP deal with 5.9% APR, you could be driving the Civic Sport after a £3,415 deposit. Alternatively for £18,380 on the road it’s yours, and considering the base-model starts from £16,470, we think this is a very tempting deal.
Want a hot hatch but need a conventional family car? The new Honda Civic Sport could be exactly what you’re looking for. Already available with a 1.8-litre petrol and a 1.6-litre diesel, the latest engine to be added to the line-up is a 100PS 1.4 i-VTEC that will appeal to those who mainly stay in the city with the occasional longer journey. The Honda Civic has always been a great alternative choice if you wanted to go against the mainstream and have something a little more adventurous than the Ford Focus or Vauxhall Astra. With the release of the Honda Civic Type R it was easy to see that Honda were showing no signs of limiting what their design department were and were not allowed to get up to and it’s this ultra-sporty design that has now filtered down into a much more affordable model.
With the same striking looks as the Type R albeit toned down to something a little more civilized, the Civic Sport offers fantastic value for money on the face of it. For around £2,000 more than the entry-level model, the Sport not only receives more striking looks but a wealth of standard equipment that makes the already generously specified 2016 Honda Civic look even more appealing.
- Honda Civic Sport Specification
The main unique selling point of the new Civic Sport is the sporty exterior. Clearly there is influence of Type R without being quite as performance-focused, instead the Civic Sport has a toned-down design that loses the large rear wing in favor of a smaller, more discreet rear spoiler. 17-inch sport alloy wheels also come as standard in a gloss black that offsets the sport black mesh grille nicely. The headlights also gain the Civic’s new LED daytime running light signature that is a vast improvement over the earlier models.
Behind the privacy glass that also comes as standard, you’ll find a very well equipped interior that builds on the already impressive specification. Additional features include a DAB radio controlled by Honda’s Connect in-car audio system, essentially a touch screen for all your tunes. Other highlights include climate control, electric and heated wing mirrors, front and rear parking sensors and even City Brake Active – Honda’s safety assistance system that will brake for you in slow moving traffic.
- Honda Civic Sport Design
The Civic Sport is likely to be one of the more popular models in the extensive nine trim level range. It sits above the up until now more popular SE Plus models but below the more luxurious SR and EX Plus. Design wise the Civic Sport is how the basic Civic should have looked from the start and we can see from the new Honda Civic Prototype images that Honda are going for a sportier look right from the beginning. The glossy black accents help set apart the exterior from the rest of the range to create a delicate blend of sportiness without being too shouty.
- Honda Civic Sport Engine
A 1.8-litre petrol and 1.6-litre diesel are already available but it’s the new 1.4-litre petrol that sits at this new lower price point. Producing 100PS it’s not the most powerful small engine around and has been known to struggle on motorways. The 1.4-litre is better suited to the Jazz however if urban driving is mainly your thing, then the 1.4 i-VTEC is smooth, quiet and just fine for daily running around.