Today the phrase ëthey donít make them like they used toí is more applicable than ever. Think about how frequently mobile phones need costly battery replacements, or how many washing machines youíve needed to buy over the years. The sad truth is that we live in a disposable society where weíve come to expect that even our most costly purchases will let us down. Thankfully there are some manufacturers that pride themselves on durability, Honda being one of them.
While some will love or even dislike the Japanese brand for whatever pre-conceptions they might have, youíd be hard pushed to find someone who thinks Honda builds unreliable cars. Our Civic certainly continues the marqueís traditional sense of solidity as it approaches its 10,000th mile. Thereís not a squeak, rattle, or knocking coming from any element of the cabin, which has received considerable punishment from the rigours of modern life. Hundreds of boot loadings, thousands of door slams, and countless button prods later, it still feels as well put together as it did on day one. Going by Hondaís past reputation and current owner surveys, thereís no reason to believe that this wonít be the case in tens of thousands of miles to come.
The only genuine gremlin weíve experienced while running the car over the past seven months reared its ugly head just last week. While driving in a considerable downpour, the Civicís front parking sensors began to shriek as if we were about to crash headlong into an iceberg ñ ahead of the car was nothing but open road. Itís an intermittent issue that only seems to arise when the heavens substantially open. Considering that the sensors are clever enough to know the difference between rain and a brick wall, we think some water might be getting into a sensor itself and causing the electronic equivalent of toothache. The issue is rare and only occurs in heavy downpours, but itís an irritation, nonetheless.
Something that is undoubtably well engineered is Hondaís latest 1.6-litre diesel engine of which we canít recommend highly enough. While it does need to be serviced more regularly than some competitors, the convenience of not needing to top it up with AdBlue to get around strict emissions regulations is a big bonus for me. And to cap it all, itís also smooth, refined, and frugal.
The next time you read about our Rallye Red Civic hatchback on these pages will mark the end of our journey with this car. Stay tuned for a complete end of term report card, but itís safe to say weíll be savouring the time we have left with this mile-munching member of the Diesel Car long-term family.
Date arrived 20th June 2018
Fuel economy 80.7mpg (NDEC combined) 52.2mpg (on test)
We’ve all bumped a kerb while parking in the dark before, but sensible 17-inch alloy wheels and a respectable profile of tyre protects these alloy wheels.
It would appear that the parking sensors on our car have had enough of the British weather, and sound off accordingly.