Honda has released their all-new 2017 Civic – a sedan that is sleek, elegant and streamlined. The aggressive lines, curves and angles display a daring side to the Civic, particularly in the Sport variant, and the overall perception and comments were that of a very appealing sedan.
Sleekness flows from the outside to the interior where simplicity flows through the cabin area that is totally uncluttered, yet chock-full of the latest equipment, including a seven inch central touchscreen with integrated smartphone capability, dual-zone automatic climate control, push-button start/stop, electric parking brake and a digital gauge cluster with customizable information displays.
The feature list is extensive and includes auto lights with LED daytime running lights, rain-sensing wipers, heated front seats, electric mirrors and windows with driver and passenger auto, Bluetooth telephony and media streaming, cruise control with speed limiter. Comfort and style shines through with a leather-bound multifunction steering wheel and a nice little feature is that the volume control on both the steering wheel and alongside the touch screen have touch-sensitive sliders to adjust the volume.
The Civic Sport features a six-speed auto gearbox that offers a sport drive as well as an eco mode. The sport mode is further enhanced thanks to the paddle shifters on the steering wheel.
The drive is smooth and silent. Leather seats provide comfort all round and space is afforded to all passengers. The reverse camera is handy for parking and the rear spoiler appeals to many but it’s not my favourite feature on this highly appealing car.
The boot has a large capacity. Being deeper than it is high, can create some packing issues with large luggage items, however the rear seats having a 60/40 split allows the Civic to carry various loads thanks to the extra load space with the seats down.
The overall perception of the Honda Civic Sport is one of a versatile option with a stunning design and a comfortable ride; however the 8.2l per 100km would raise an eyebrow for me.
The Volvo V40 is certainly something to behold. The pert hatch is stylish, sleek, sporty, sophisticated and has lines, curves and angles in all the right places.
It goes without saying that the V40 is a dream to drive. The 8-speed auto glides with smoothness, the handling is smooth and accurate from cruising to having the power to go!
The cabin area is set out in clean lines with brushed silver detail. The leather seats with auto-setting memory function and lumbar support ensure a comfortable ride. The leather-bound multifunction steering wheel is soft to the touch and includes a number of controls for easy operation.
The V40 D4 R-Design features auto lights with LED daytime running lights, auto-dimming rear-view mirror, lane departure warning, reverse camera with park pilot, blind spot warning, collision detection and alert as well as adaptive cruise control as well as Bluetooth telephone and media streaming, navigation, heated seats, keyless entry with push-button start and auto-stop/start. These are just some of the features on the Volvo V40. Not all features are standard though and many of them require the purchase of add on packs.
The Volvo V40 D4 seats 5 passengers and comfort and space is afforded for all. Rear-seated passengers have cup holders on the sides of each seat and ones that fold out of the seat.
The rear seats have a 60/40 split enabling versatility in the large boot area which also has a concealed tray for those items one needs to keep completely out of sight.
There is much to be said about the V40. For one, it is the one car that I drive in and feel completely safe, as is Volvo’s longstanding claim. It is refined, it is appealing to look at and the roof fin denotes the sporty side. The interior is clean, clear and crisp with much information displayed via the central display screen.
Detail is synonymous with Volvo. Your speed dial indicates via a red dot what the speed limit is, and displays the speed limit as well via an icon embedded in the dial.
The Volvo V40 also offers a sport drive and an eco-drive, and best of all, it self-parks – and it works well.
The stop-start is the best I have ever encountered – it is not temperamental as I find with most others. It works perfectly all the time.
The Volvo V40 D4 R-Design being a diesel makes it economical. It is certainly worth a look and it is welcome in my driveway anyday.