Honda Civic Hybrid IMA review and opinion RICHADA STICKING TWO …

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Now there’s a question! is Honda’s answer to the rather known Toyota Prius, i.e an low emissions vehicle, in this dependant on a combination of small litre) petrol engine and a powered electric motor.

The on the back reads “HYBRID”, the one on the “IMA” – Integrated Motor Both of these terms in amount to the same thing, a sized saloon car powered by two working together to produce an emissions vehicle, theoretically of very good economy.

at the Civic saloon it is difficult to the much more stylish, and Civic hatchback with I suspect, you will be far more Indeed this is a totally car, sharing no external panels with the Civic inside there are certain but the interior too is largely bespoke.


Due to the expense of the and the cost and complexity of building the saloon, Honda keeps it simple indeed. The Hybrid in just one version: the very equipped ES, with a 1.3 petrol coupled to an automatic CVT (constantly transmission. You have a choice of colour and the option of leather and that is it.

I found myself wondering why Honda had not offered intriguing and tax busting power in the hatchback Civic – a far more LOOKING car. That was opening the boot and discovering how space the battery pack and mounted motor take up. also explains why at 4545mm (1750 wide), it is so close to the Honda Accord.

The saloon style is also now, available in the UK as a Type R (“Racing”) – dropping the 1.3 litre petrol and battery powered motor replacing them with a 2 litre petrol engine, creating an animal of a totally breed. Stylistically somehow, the Saloon shape far more the Hybrid badge than it the sporty Type R one.

On markets the same body is with a more conventional of petrol and diesel engines.


I am reviewing this car very in its natural environment, partly it to evade Mr Livingstone’s TfL Congestion I actually requested it for the day from Honda upon taking in my Diesel for a service.

If you drive a and live in this area, the of service and body shop cars from Chiswick are now Hybrids, which neatly steps the issue of having to pay the Charge which has now been to West London – including the History Museum to which we heading.

I had never driven a Hybrid car of any before – not surprising as only and Toyota / Lexus currently them.


Ultimately is going to be the prime selling of this particular car. in this case, present an complex equation. It is difficult to analyse the car costs without into consideration the potential that you will make if you in and, or, work within the now congestion charge zone.

At the assuming that you drive the capital every working day car can save you Ј2000 per year, a not amount of money on your expenses.

Group 7 insurance with the lowest road tax even for city dwellers, will not break the bank.

An cost per mile of 40.6p is to write home about – conventionally engined Civic both petrol and diesel, can that. Incidentally, the cheapest Prius model would 43.4 pence per mile to

This will be one of the cheapest cars of all to run however, with a CO2 of just 109gms/kg it falls the very lowest benefit in tax band at 12%, costing a 22% tax Ј546.05 per year and Ј992.82 for a 40% tax


Apart buying a second hand Prius, or a used one of these, car is going to be your cheapest way Hybrid motoring and the advantages come with it. For the basic car will charge you Ј16,600, reasonable indeed considering the involved, not to mention the well average standard kit count.

THE GAME: 9 / 10 or “How much do I to spend to make it habitable?”

car has all the mod cons that you could for. The only two options – of which I would recommend, are paint (Ј375) and leather (Ј800).


Pictures of Civic Hybrid IMA

Not exactly a especially next to the Civic

8 / 10 – Always the biggest running

Not an easy category to score in case as this car has so very competition. Worth 46% of its purchase (i.e. Ј7636) after years and 36,000 miles it depreciates at the same rate as a or diesel Civic hatchback.

a Toyota Prius – the only Hybrid on the market, is worth a 36% of its initial value after the length of time and mileage.

figures are however rather I suspect that in London – or Manchester, where road is coming, the second hand of these cars is likely to be far than in more rural


We were NOT impressed / amused!

I fallen victim to Honda’s over optimistic “official” consumption figures before. my own diesel Accord is supposed to 53mpg, over 75,000 use it has managed 40mpg – not bad for a family — but way below the figure Honda and their salesmen had led me to when purchasing it.

In the Hybrid’s the overall consumption figure is at 61.4 mpg, the worst being the “Urban” one at 54.3mpg.

OK, we have liked to have far more miles in this particularly in less traffic, but for it……

……according to the cars own computer, my 28 miles of mixed achieved 12.8mpg!

YES, not a 12.8mpg! I had well and truly had Ken over!

I am quite sure had I driven our own diesel Accord on those same roads, it have proved considerably economical AND let far less pollution out London’s still hideously roads.

In the Hybrid we drove Town for nothing, in the Accord we have been charged for the same journey.

Very the rated CO2 level is directly to the amount of fuel burned by the If the fuel consumption is that far out – so too will be the amount of carbon being emitted into the from the exhaust pipe.

simplistically, this car uses known trick in the book in to, theoretically, save fuel. In we discovered that in heavy traffic most of the fuel features just could not the constant stop start

On the dashboard are bar graphs showing you how charge is in the battery and how efficiently you are it up – or running it down. The wheels act dynamos – charging the battery braking and when cruising on throttle. Creeping from one set of to the next simply does not let the charge – although once you do start to move the battery surprisingly quickly.

When you to rest at a red light, the petrol stops, leaving the electric to power the climate control, and wipers etc. Strangely if I my foot off the brake pedal and the hand-brake, the engine re-started.

of these tricks however save the Civic Hybrid producing what I consider to be abysmal fuel consumption – in the very environment for which, it was designed.

SERVICE MAINTENANCE 9 / 10: are you going to make the dealer

According to Honda’s published cost figures no. Your will take less for one of these than for any diesel in their range.

Budget for on servicing over three and 36,000 miles use. The would cost Ј745 the same period.

From experience with our own I would expect to use far more pads than expected – so with this being an – and also with that bar winking at you on the dashboard, positively you into braking in order to up the battery pack!

Let the “fun” You want to know what car is like to live with and to and be driven in…….


5 /10: A very subjective here.

With the exception of the Jazz, Honda have a stunning looking range of this particular saloon out as the dullard in that range – as it wears a Civic badge. better looking than the Prius, there is little to the shape or styling details on the saloon.

In short, nobody buy it for its looks.

OVERALL BUILD AND FINISH 9 / 10 Does it look as it was slung together?

The Civic is a thoroughly well built and car. The gaps between the panels are close and very aligned, whilst the pale metallic paint finish on our car was and evenly applied.

SAFETY 9 /10 If it to the worst, how well are you and your going to come out of it.

Honda did not on safety features in order to the engine technology here. The Hybrid carries a full of dynamic and passive safety

Vehicle Safety Assist helps control the car in extreme situations – and I can vouch that works superbly on the larger, Accord, whilst Electronic Force Distribution (EBD) these cars with the brakes that I have experienced. The latter factor explains the unusually high of brake pad wear.

Inside the car you are with airbags, including ones, whilst active rests combined with the airbags offer extra to the front seat occupants in the of a crash.


ERGONOMICS 7 / 10 I can start the engine and drive I need to feel at home in the environment”. The relationship between the and how I, the driver, am able to instinctively those controls is, all important. for me is make or break, before I a car, if it does not instinctively right in this department I will never like it or buy it.

Some may well prefer the of the Civic Hybrid to the Civic Whilst it shares the same dashboard design, with zone displays, the Hybrid’s is somewhat less fussy in

The primary controls and gauges are all enough, whilst the relationship the steering wheel, pedals, selector and handbrake are just ideal. Incidentally the stylish handbrake lever not only great, but works beautifully too – done Honda in bringing a touch of unusual style AND to such a basic control.

The Hybrid, as with its more Civic brethren, gets down due to its confusing multiplicity of controls. I was also less keen on the very prominent and white bar graph, next to the speedometer, which showed the fuel consumption read


Hondas, for whatever are never the best on this Vastly better than the with its’ dangerously rearwards visibility, I still it difficult judging the corners of car when parking. Not usually a fan of systems, but if using a Hybrid in town, I would be tempted to add a radar system to it – front and

SPACE: 8 / 10:

This car has a huge and is equally as spacious as the slightly (externally) Accord. There is room for three adults to sit in the rear and they will be accommodated for leg and headroom too.

The space is also very used, with oddments and storage spaces everywhere.

it does not have, thanks to the pack mounted behind the seats, is a very large This particular feature actually prove a problem in our

STYLE 7 / 10:

When compared to the Rogers” Civic hatchback, the Saloon looks a bit of a half effort on this score. the dashboard still sweeps the front doors, adding to the of space, the materials used are imaginative in nature and the instrument less attractive to look at I was pleased to see the Civic’s attractive rimmed steering wheel though.

“Our” car came the grey leather seat which brings with it leather panels set into the Unlike in our own Accord, the Civic is free of any fake wood – and looks all the better for it.

I prefer the more supportive seats in the Civic, or in the Accord, although of us had any complaints after sitting in car for a couple of hours.

MATERIALS, FIT 8 / 10: Aspreys or Ratners?

Having that I prefer the standard Civics’ rather more interior style, it was difficult to the materials, fit and finish here. I driven many far more cars with less good factor” about interiors.

AUDIO CLIMATE SYSTEMS 9 / 10: Strange grouping?

We impressed with not only the of using these controls – less complex than in the but the audio system was notably in sound quality too.

Compared to the rather more “dual zone” climate to be found in the Accord, the Hybrid’s was rather noisy, if acceptably in operation. Particularly appealing was the that thanks to the battery the climate control continues to the interior of the car even with the not running.


……Time to it up and to offer you a driving assessment.

VIBRATION HARSHNESS 9 / 10 Silk or sow’s ear?

BIG SURPRISE! I to be honest here and say that my on this score were The last Civic that I was an i-Shift semi-automatic, and I remarked at the that it would be a much car had Honda put their excellent CVT into it.

This car has that albeit coupled to a much engine.

The transmission is smooth in up, the engine revs willingly, vibration and the whole car has a thoroughly up” feel to it that I simply had not

Also very unexpected is the transition from petrol to power. More impressive is the silent engine start you drive away, no starter noise, no vibration the engine very quietly gets on the job in hand.

At higher speeds, and acceleration, the Civic Hybrid was less impressive, this being a characteristic of the CVT transmission has a tendency to “over-rev” the engine. coasting with the engine shut down a strange rumble is heard – maybe not road noise but a low pitched hum the electric motor.

Sitting at lights with the engine off – with the windows wound up – you what a noisy world we in, a strange feeling until you get to the engine cutting out at every

PERFORMANCE 7 / 10 Sh*t off a shovel or a tortoise?

Having read a lot Hybrids I was very curious to the Civic’s performance. Due to the free little 1.3 engine and CVT transmission it feels very sprightly about town.

At 1297kg in the Hybrid is not exactly a lightweight Offering 88bhp at 6,000rpm you are not to be first away from set of lights. However, those actually paint a rather picture of the Hybrid’s ability on the

The combination of two power sources – the one majoring on torque — that in give and take this is an amazingly relaxed and car to drive. For those interested the torque figure is 166lbs/ft at – very impressive indeed for a 1.3 engine!

In ordinary day to day driving, car is totally the opposite to the traditional revving, manic gearchanging It has just enough performance for driving conditions – no more, no


I have to be here and confess that I did not get the to “throw the car about” in order to assess its handling abilities. In driving the handling is very thanks to the electrically assisted steering it is very light to once again there is unusual about it on this

On a wide variety of road some pretty awful broken, ones we were with the Hybrids ride Certainly it rides more and quietly, than the more sprung Civic hatchback.

– Would I buy one myself and would we to drive it to Poland in a day?

tricky! I found this the most relaxing way in which to around our crowded capital and was in every way that I did not expect to be. the big let down was that, given all high tech gadgetry, well concealed under the skin, in my opinion at least, it miserably to live up to its billing as an economy car.

Taking a Hybrid to Poland would not be a idea with Mrs R as nearly of her precious luggage space has given over to the battery In terms of performance, comfort and even long range I would have no qualms covering 1000 miles in a day in one of cars.

On balance, I feel I have to conclude by saying probably a more conventional diesel powered car is going to a better all round choice. said that there is a lot of potential development left to run in technology and it would not surprise me if were not marketing more versions in the very near

FINAL SCORE: 125 / 170 —

Putting that score perspective are the following cars on identical scoring criteria:

ROMEO 147 1.9JTD Lusso (5 Dr) 67.8%

FIAT PUNTO SPORTING 130 Mjet – 75.9%

ACCORD i-CTDi Saloon 80.0%




HONDA JAZZ 1.4 SE CVT-7 — 74.7%


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