Honda Civic 1.6 i-DTEC ES
What is it?
It’s a Honda Civic fitted with the super-efficient 1.6 i-DTEC engine, which allows for emissions of just 94g/km. This review also represents the first time we’ve tried the updated 2014 Civic, which gets tweaks to the steering, suspension, interior and exterior.
Everything is geared towards making the Civic feel a bit more sporty and look a little more premium. Place your order in the beginning of 2014 and chances are you’ll receive one of these subtly updated Civics.
- Those styling tweaks, in case you missed them, are gloss black inserts in the grille and on the tailgate, and a contrasting rear diffuser. It is subtle, but with the desired premium look achieved.
- In the cabin there’s some more piano gloss black trim on the steering wheel and dash, while the seats have new stitching.
- As for the way it drives, we had a go back-to-back with a pre-facelift Civic and could only then tell the difference. There’s a fraction more consistency from the steering and the body rolls a mite less in the corners.
- You’ll be impressed by the motorway refinement, which is almost as good as that in Volkswagen’s latest Golf.
- The 1.6 i-DTEC engine is unchanged but that’s no bad thing. With 118bhp it provides plenty of punch and feels far quicker than its 10.5 second 0-62mph time suggests.
- At its cleanest the i-DTEC emits just 94g/km, which means it’s not only great for company car drivers thanks to a 13% BIK rating but it also makes sense for companies because it qualifies for 100% FYA for accelerated cash flow.
- Honda has also introduced a new safety pack (it’ll cost around £800) which includes things like lane departure warning and blind spot detection.
- The cabin can be a little confusing when you first step in, with Honda yet to realise that simple is the way to go. Try looking out the rear window and you’ll just see a load of rear spoiler, rather than a nice, clear view.
- While we like the punch of this engine, it does sound a little rough. It’s fine cruising on the motorway but accelerating at low speeds reveals a bit of a rattly note.
- We found that headroom can be a little tight in any of the seats so it might be worth checking it’ll suit you.
Business Car Manager verdict
The Honda Civic is a seriously capable family hatch that makes plenty of sense as a company car when paired up with this 1.6 i-DTEC engine.
For drivers, it sits in a low 13% company car tax band and for business car managers it qualifies for 100% FYA.
It does all that at a price that’s cheaper than Volkswagen’s Golf Bluemotion, too.
We wouldn’t necessarily say the Civic is at the top of its class for handling, or for comfort or quality but it does have a very rounded set of skills and figures that make it a very appealing business car proposition.
The Low Down…
|Doors and body style||5-door hatchback|
|Engine/gearbox||1.6 litre 4-cyl turbodiesel/6-speed manual|
…and what it costs
|Monthly business rental (ex VAT)||From £221 (3yrs/30,000 miles)|
|Road tax (VED)||A|
|Company Car Tax Bands 2013/14 to 2015/16||13%, 14%, 16%|
|Benefit in kind (BIK) 2013/14 to 2015/16||£2694, £2902, £3316|
|Annual/Monthly fuel benefit (20%)||£549/£46|
|Annual/Monthly fuel benefit (40%)||£1097/£91|
|Annual/monthly company car tax (20%)||£539/£45|
|Annual/monthly company car tax (40%)||£1078/£90|
|Figures correct at time of posting|
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