Some things in life are unavoidableÖ Be it going to the dentist, taking the bins out, or visiting the in-laws ñ they all just have to be done. On the automotive front, that means getting your car serviced, and that time is now for our Honda Civic diesel. ëWhat? Already?í I hear you cry. Well, in this case, yes.
While the majority of Hondaís range sticks to the usual ëevery 12 months or 12,500-milesí routine, this diesel engine requires a service for fresh oil every 6,250-miles, which might be a bit inconvenient for high-mileage users. Honda engineers worked hard on the revisions to the 1.6-litre i-DTEC engine in this car to ensure it met the strict emissions regulations that were coming into force at its launch, without the need for Selective Catalyst Reduction and AdBlue top-ups, so the trade-off was more frequent servicing. Donít worry, Honda provides good value service plans, so new buyers are recommended to buy one.
Our Civic went back to the mother ship of Honda UK HQ for its fill of the black stuff, but past visits have shown the Honda dealership experience to be amongst the best. Friendly well-informed staff, tea and coffee on tap, and a general feeling that they actually care about your ownership experience. Showrooms and waiting areas are clean and minimalist, and of course the latest models are all on display should you become tempted to browse.
On the road once again and our Rallye Red test car has to deal with our worsening British weather. With icy mornings and wet leaves regularly on the menu for the morning commute, itís important to have a car that feels secure on the road surface. The Civic hugs the tarmac with the best of them and itís this high level of grip that provides a reassuring drive. Weíve talked about the carís active safety systems on these pages before, but they really come into their own when conditions take a turn for the worst. Things like adaptive cruise control that can help maintain a safe distance from the car ahead on waterlogged motorways and active emergency braking certainly adds some extra peace of mind.
The Honda Civic diesel marches on toward the Christmas period where it will have to face the horrors of festive shopping and ferrying family to various gatherings ñ all while preventing its occupants from killing each other in unrelenting traffic jams. Wish us luck!
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Date arrived 20th June 2018
Fuel economy 80.7 (combined) 52.7mpg (on test)
Quick window de-misting is a godsend in this season of damp coats and cold weather.
This diesel engine requires more regular servicing than petrol alternatives.