There’s no denying that we are big fans of the diesel sipping 1.6 iDTEC Honda engine. We have banged on about it here, here and here.
However! New for 2015 Honda have updated the Civic once more, this time a more major overhall front and rear keeps the family hatch mainstay up to date with the Type R.
Sport Navi trim as it is known, sits squarely in the middle of the range. You can opt for a 1.4 or 1.8 petrol and the ever loved 1.6 i-DTEC diesel. Naturally we went for the diesel.
Coming in at £22,925 the only options were the pearlescent Passion Red paint and the Driver Assistance Safety Pack.
To keep the Civic in vogue with its halo bigger brother the Type R, Honda have given the latest model the same grille and headlights, with the mean DRL’s running across the bottom.
At the rear a gloss black diffuser sits low down in the bumper, and a flat spoiler sticks out from the boot to give it some added street cred.
The same, very cool rear lights from the Type R are also fitted and to finish off the Sport trim nicely a set of 17” black alloys.
In all respects the Sport trim is like a reincarnation of the old Type S models. You get similar looks to the Type R but with a frugal engine and toned down interior.
Now with only 118 BHP you think this rather large hatchback will be slow and left wanting. It isn’t! The 1.6 i-DTEC power plant is brilliant. Producing a huge 300Nm of torque makes the Civic feel punchier than it is.
We drove it over 520 miles and it never felt like it had run out of puff – or that it needed more go to it. It’s more than adequate, especially when it is complemented by such a great 6-speed gearbox; changes are short and precise whilst the gearing helps to keep the Honda feeling nippy.
On a motorway you can whack it in 6th and cruise idly at 70 with the engine nearly on tick over.
We actually managed to drive 120 more miles than we did in our first 1.6 i-DTEC Civic. We squeezed a massive 520 miles from one single tank before playing fuel roulette; over that mileage we managed 60.9 MPG, which bested our previous 60.6 MPG.
Inside the Sport you now get alloy foot pedals and a smart black roof lining. Another new add on is the revised infotainment system.
Still looking like a bolt in, the double din setup now runs on Android and is far more user friendly.
You can pinch and zoom, load your own images into the somewhat limited on-board memory, stream music and browse the web via your smartphone.
The whole system can be updated through your phones connection, or via it to your home Wi-Fi. Clever stuff and a welcome addition bringing the Civic right up to date.
We still love the “Magic” rear seats. The lower seat folds up flat against the backrest, which can be operated with one hand. It makes the interior truly cavernous. They also fold completely flat allowing for a huge load space from the boot.
Once again the Civic is our most loved family hatch. It achieves astonishing miles per gallon, is ridiculously practical, comfy and now it has even bolder looks than ever before. We wonder if they will again somehow give it a facelift in another year…surely not?!
Sport Navi trim is only £100 extra over SE Plus Navi, and you may as well go for it for such an insignificant increase. That extra £100 gives you Black alloys, rear spoiler, lower mesh front grille, alloy pedals, and tinted rear three window glass, that’s a bit of a bargain if you ask me!
2016 Honda Civic Sport – Beefier looks, great extras for a small step up in trim level, we still love it!
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