Test Honda Civic 1.6 i-DTEC 120 HP 6M Executive 5 doors

The Civic is to Honda what the Corolla and Golf to Toyota ​​strong> and Volkswagen . It is one of the most long-lived and successful compact in the world, and proof of this is that it is already in the tenth generation. However, despite being on the whole a very round product, its sales in Europe do not prove it. Perhaps it is because his image or price places him in the market a step above his generalist rivals.

In Actualidad Motor we have been very lucky, because we know the Honda Civic last generation to perfection. First we tested the 1.0 VTEC engine with 129 hp and then it was the turn to radical Type R GT . On this occasion, we have chosen a mechanic that drinks gas oíl and, unfortunately, is on everyone's lips. Yes, gentlemen, we have tested the Honda Civic 1.6 i-DTEC 120 HP and finished Executive .

​​Futuristic design at the same time elegant and sporty

The design of the Honda Civic is one of its biggest hallmarks. From the first generation of 1973 to the sixth of 1996 its lines evolved following a constant. However, with the arrival of the seventh generation, in the year 2000, things changed. First it was to differentiate the bodies three and five doors and from the octave, until today, combine with expertise a futuristic silhouette with sporty lines at the same time elegant.

Being clear, the tenth generation of the Civic is polarizing. Either you like their lines (like me) or you hate them. Honda designers, taking advantage of the NSX aesthetic, have evolved their design language. In this way, we find some LED optical groups (which work very well) joined by a black band with the "H" of Honda in the center. The air intakes of the bumper are generous, with the fog lights at the ends.

On the side is where the dynamism takes center stage. The points that emphasize this sensation are the roof descending line and the pillar "C" . Thanks to them, the Honda Civic acquires a silhouette with air coupe, where the alloy wheels of generous size put the cherry. Finally, we must mention the good harmony that exists between the waistline and the glazed surface, allowing a well-lit interior.

Finally, the behind . If the ninth generation emphasized the split moon, the tenth softens this cut. The two ailerons attract attention, one in the upper zone and another in the middle zone. This one, unites the optical groups and divides the moon in two. In the lower area, we find a bumper generous with false air vents. All in all, the visibility is not as bad as it might seem, although in certain maneuvers it would be appreciated a "use" behind.

Great interior, although the coupe silhouette penalizes

If we see the exterior size of the Honda Civic , we could think that its interior is very wide.Regarding the previous generation adds 15 extra centimeters, standing midway between the segment of the compact and the medium saloons .

To talk about the passenger compartment of the Civic , we have to divide it in two. First, we have a front seats where we find, at all levels, space in torrents. The driving position is comfortable as well as sporty, since seat and steering wheel have extensive adjustments. The shift lever stays close to your hand and you go with your legs stretched out. The heated leather seats, although very good, have not convinced me by lateral grip. Another important data is its access , because although it is a low model, it does not cost to access or exit.

However, things change in the second row. The space for the legs is generous, but the height is conditioned by the roof line. The width , as in its rivals, is correct for two adults and one child, since the central square is small. As in the front seats, the rear side have heating. However, we miss air vents for the air conditioner . In addition, there is a small problem, and that the downline of the roof penalizes the access and exit of the passenger compartment.

Finally, we must talk about the trunk . We access through a gate of generous size and weight. The capacity ranges between 478 liters and 1,267 liters , depending on whether we knock down seats or not. The shapes are regular and has a mobile roller blind with which to cover the load. However, there is a small problem. The loading floor is not flat when we lower the seats, leaving an annoying step. Finally, it does not have a spare wheel and a reparapinchazos kit.

Interior well done, but dispersed

The interior of the Honda Civic follows the same guidelines from the outside: exoticism and sportsmanship . The eighth generation inaugurated the "spacecraft" era and in the tenth it is maintained on a smaller scale. First of all, the instrument cluster is divided into three zones. The right shows the fuel level and the left the engine temperature. In the center there is a digital display showing the speedometer, revolving account and travel computer.

In the steering wheel , we find the controls for the system Honda Sensing , phone, on-board computer or voice control. The spellings are clear and their handling robust and intuitive. This assessment can be transferred to the controls for the air conditioner . It is appreciated that Honda has not included them in the touch screen, it facilitates its handling when we are running.

If we go to the infotainment system (compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto) the thing changes. The 7-inch screen has good resolution and its spellings are clear, although somewhat antiquated. However, we must highlight two buts. The first, are their touch controls , being uncomfortable at the time of operating them. The second one is the number of menus and sub-menus that have to be traversed to manage certain functions.

Finally, it's time to talk about the global quality and capacity of the porta porta objects .However, there are middle and hidden areas that use less expensive materials. Second, the center glove box and front are generous. On the negative side, there is the hole located under the center console, which despite being small and narrow, allows to leave the smartphone or any small element.

Effective technology and slightly intrusive

As standard, the Honda Civic 1.6 i-DTEC test was equipped with the Honda Sensing system. The following safety elements are grouped together: Impact prevention and mitigation system, Inadvertent lane change warning system, Roadway assistance system , Lane maintenance system, Reconnaissance system of road signs, Intelligent speed limiter, Intelligent adaptive cruise control and Adaptive cruise control with low speed tracking function.

This vast army of " Guardian angels " work perfectly, making the Civic's driving safer. In fact, it is one of the best I've been able to prove, because it is aware of everything that happens around us without interfering abruptly . Only, the system of recognition of traffic signals was "bundled" when several speed limitation signals were happening.

​​Dynamic agile and precise, although not sports

The tenth generation of the Civic is built on the new Global Platform of Honda . Now, it weighs up to 16 kilos less than the previous one, resulting in lower consumption and better driving dynamics. The set-up of the set is almost perfect. It has a address fast and accurate, with 2.2 laps between stops, goes where your eyes and hands want, without being nervous or hesitant.

The binomial Suspension and brakes is worthy of praise. In the first case, it has a firm setting , which is not dry, which allows controlling the parasite movements of the body. In addition, the tested version had an adaptive suspension , which increases the grip of the set on twisty roads. In the case of the brakes , it allows the Civic to be stopped safely and effectively, withstanding the continued efforts quite frankly.

However, despite the good overall result, two nuances have to be highlighted. First, the suspension does not get along very well with expansion joints or speed reducing bands. The reason is simple, the rear axle returns the bounce to the passengers, disturbing the comfort. Second, the first section of the brake pedal could have a greater mordant, because it gives the feeling, that we will not brake in time before an obstacle.

All in all, we can to say that the dynamics of the Honda Civic 1.6 i-DTEC are agile and precise, though not sporty. If we compare him with his rivals, he is in the leading group, along with the all-powerful Volkswagen Golf or his cousin Seat, the Lion.The Honda Civic 1.6 i-DTEC 120 HP is the best that exists in the market in its displacement and power. If in the ninth generation, this block stood out for progressiveness and refinement , in the tenth it has improved both aspects while reducing, even more, the consumption and transmission of vibrations .

It has a torque of 300 Nm that can be felt starting at 2,000 rpm , although from 1,200 it is already willing. From that point, we can stretch the marches without fear, because the cut is at 4,500 rpm. The manual gearbox, with six relations, is very well adjusted and has short routes. However, it is silent and hardly vibrates, showing only its diesel nature in strong accelerations and in cold.

One of the technical advantages of this block, compared to its competition, is that does not use AdBlue . To control the emissions of NOx , the catalyst of the Honda Civic 1.6 i-DTEC knows at each moment how many particles are stored. Thus, when it is necessary to destroy it, it injects the extra fuel needed, proceeding in this way to its ignition.


One of the great virtues of Honda Civic 1.6 i- DTEC is your low power . The brand approves 3.5 liters per 100 kilometers, but we have obtained 5.4 liters. For this, we have traveled a total of 1,400 kilometers between urban, interurban and highways. The most unfavorable environment is the first marking 5.7 liters and the most benevolent the last, consuming between 5 and 5.1 liters.

In any case, we must mention a small failure. The capacity of the fuel tank is just 46 liters , so the autonomy, despite the low consumption, is limited. With the approved average consumption reaches a theoretical 1,300 kilometers , however, in actual use, reaches 800 kilometers . In any case, it is not a major problem, because even then, you can cover great distances.


The main conclusion we can draw from the test of the Honda Civic 1.6 i-DTEC is the following. We do not understand why the Spanish (and European) public does not put their eyes on it. It is true that it has strengths and weaknesses, but if it has been in production for 45 years , its robustness is bombproof. In any case, to improve their numbers we would have to enter into issues that do not concern us now.

Among the list of virtues that make the Civic a model to consider, we could list your design , roominess , luggage capacity or dynamic behavior . In addition, we must point out that its diesel mechanics, yes, diesel, is among the best in the segment, turning it into a "sweet pear" for anyone looking for a compact for "everything".

With everything , if we still do not want to hear about diesel, we have the 1.0 VTEC Turbo 129 HP block. This engine offers a compromise between performance and remarkable efficiency, showing itself again as a very valid alternative.