We tested the Honda Civic Sport Plus: Type R for beginners

With the tenth edition of one of the best C-segment cars in the Honda, they have (again) offered a body whose appearance provokes fierce controversy, but the controversy is not about the superior mechanics and features that make the Civic respected for decades.
It’s been 15 years since he was dating the then current seventh-generation Civic. The discreet-looking black three-cylinder car was powered by a 1.7-liter turbo diesel engine. The reason for the preliminary handshake, it quickly turned out, was completely unfounded. It took no more than a few turns to conclude that the (slightly remaped) fuel-efficient Civic diesel is the true Civic Type R for the gritty, as Honda’s highly-trained “quintet” (engine / gearbox / steering wheel / suspension / brakes) played music that I will remember forever.

With the thought that the tenth-generation low red Civic body, refined with a few black details, irresistibly reminds me of a particularly dear 25-year-old red-black Civic Fastback (MA8 Series), I opened the door and settled into a low-mounted seat.

Ah, how beautiful and unreal in the age of crossovers, influencers and similar nonsense, sitting again near the asphalt in a car that is not racing. This time, it didn’t take more than two or three turns to come to a new conclusion: The current Civic with the Sport Plus package is the right Civic Type R for beginners. Definitely!

I don’t know if it’s true when they say that beauty comes from within, but I know that there are cars that just like some people are not photogenic. For a real impression, they should be seen live, which is undoubtedly true of the current edition of Civic, which, in addition to its large fake air vents on the bumpers and unusually broken live taillights, still looks much better than in the photos.

I’m in a company that doesn’t want to be sympathetic to fake air vents (which still bother me less than the trend with false exhaust finishes), but should certainly appreciate the true centrally located chrome exhaust finishes that are reminiscent of a solution that Porsche has been offering the 911 GT3 semi-racing model for years. In any case, if you are thinking of Civic, make sure to watch it live. If you get the chance to try it, too, and money doesn’t play a significant role, you’re likely to take it home.

In Honda’s “playing” quintet in this case for partial “faking”, the culprit is the automatic CVT gearbox, which is probably the optimal solution for defensive hybrid combinations and scooters, but not for a car like the Civic with the Sport Plus package , with a precise control system and adaptive shock absorbers that, when desired, smell like shock absorbers in the right Civic Type R.

Convenient to use, the CVT transmission is not the only option offered with this car, and for less money there is also a manual 6-speed transmission with the widely known short and precise gear lever stroke. The quintet is then in full splendor, the road becomes a stage, and the driver is left to indulge in the magic of superb mechanical music.

And in Honda they eventually raised their hands from their famous gasoline atmosphere. Forget about the two-liter four-cylinder turbocharged option in the awesome Civic Type R, Honda offers two turbo-petrol and one turbo-diesel to run the rest of the Civic.

With the Sport Plus equipment package, the low-nose lightweight Civic hides the more powerful of the two turbocharged engines that wakes up by pushing the red button. With a cylinder higher than the smaller liter option, the quiet, sleek, resilient and power-saving four-cylinder 1.5-liter engine offers 182 hp and 220 Nm of maximum torque (240 Nm with manual transmission). Combined with an extraordinarily balanced car, it is enough for a dynamic rhythm in a relaxed atmosphere, because the routes on the tugs contaminated by Bosnian roads that can be crossed and are no longer so short.

With an adequate soundstage produced by the exhaust system, there is also a reason why this superbly equipped, comfortable and above average spacious car (dominated by black in color) be at the forefront of the column behind the true C-segment sports cars that bring with them more “horse” and R, RS, GTI, ST markings … It is a shame that the front seat backs do not offer a little better lateral support, as this Civic best demonstrates its character in the bends it runs through like rails.

Everyone asked about the price. Then they mostly frowned and shook hands. Some of them laughed mockingly, and many mentioned the various cars that could be bought for the amount that would have to be set aside for Honda’s entry into the world of sports cars at the moment. Yes, the Type R for Beginners is a really good cocktail made of excellent ingredients, but in the end, I still thought of the slightly more expensive Renault Mégane RS Trophy (300hp, 400Nm …) with a manual transmission and Recaro seats .

Test car base information: Honda Civic Sport Plus CVT 1.5 Turbo
Basic model price (Honda Civic Comfort 1.0 Turbo): KM 36,780
Test model price: KM 65,828

Honda is again available in Bosnia and Herzegovina through the Bunjo Group sales network .

Engine: Crosswise forward, gasoline, four cylinders, four valves per cylinder, direct injection, turbocharger. Displacement is 1,498 cc. Maximum power 134 kW – 182 hp at 6,000 rpm. Maximum torque of 220 Nm from 1,700 to 5,500 rpm.

Power Transmission: Front axle drive, CVT automatic transmission, 17-inch alloy wheels, tires 235/45 R17 94W (Michelin Primacy 3).

Suspension:Independent, forward McPherson, back multilink, stabilizers, adaptive dampers.

Performance and Fuel Consumption: Acceleration from 0 to 100 km / h – 8.2 s. Top speed – 200 km / h. Average test consumption – 6.4 l / 100 km. Factory declared fuel consumption: 7.9 l / 100 km in the city, 5 l / 100 km on the open road, combined 6.1 l / 100 km Average CO2 emissions – 139 g / km. 46 l is the volume of the tank.

Dimensions: Length – 4.518 mm. Width – 1.799 mm. Height – 1,434 mm. Wheelbase – 2,697 mm. Luggage compartment from 420 to 1,209 liters. Curb weight – 1.340 kg. Maximum vehicle weight – 1.790 kg.

Test Vehicle Standard Equipment:smart entry, electric parking brake, ESS (emergency braking warning system), ignition lock, luggage compartment cover, black slats around windows, remote control for rearview mirrors, el. adjustable mirrors with integrated heaters, el. folding exterior mirrors, LED front fog lights, panoramic glass sunroof, flipping radios, vehicle color mirrors, vehicle color door handles, rear parking camera, tinted windows, 17-inch alloy. 235/45 / R17 tire rims, tire repair kit, dual-zone automatic air conditioning, remote window lift control (with Key fob key only), pocket holders on back of both front seats, el. floor. lumbar part of the backrest of the passenger seat, el. driver’s seat lumbar adjustment, el. front and rear window lifters, front seat heaters, leather steering wheel, hooks for securing luggage using the net in the boot, armrest in the center of the rear bench, armrests for the front seats, parking sensors (4 forward and 4 back), front el . two-stage up-and-down windows (DR / AS), self-dimming rearview mirror, auto-ignition sensor, rain sensor, height and depth adjustable steering wheel, lowering and raising windows with one touch, sunshades with mirrors and lighting, driver’s seat height adjustable, rear bench split 60/40 … center armrest in rear center bench, armrest for front seats, parking sensors (4 forward and 4 back), front el. two-stage up-and-down windows (DR / AS), self-dimming rearview mirror, auto-ignition sensor, rain sensor, height and depth adjustable steering wheel, lowering and raising windows with one touch, sunshades with mirrors and lighting, driver’s seat height adjustable, rear bench split 60/40 … center armrest in rear center bench, armrest for front seats, parking sensors (4 forward and 4 back), front el. two-stage up-and-down windows (DR / AS), self-dimming rearview mirror, auto-ignition sensor, rain sensor, height and depth adjustable steering wheel, lowering and raising windows with one touch, sunshades with mirrors and lighting, driver’s seat height adjustable, rear bench split 60/40 …

Warranty: 3 years or 100,000 miles.

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