Honda Civic 2006 vs 2012

Civic (FD1) 2006-2012 vs Civic (FB1) 2012-present

CIVIC FD1( 1.8 I-vtec )

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Lets start with the look . This car personally has caught my attention. The overall aerodynamic design with visable A-pillars and short bonnet gives the car a futuristic look. The windscreen is one of the biggest piece of glass among the other Honda models, even larger than accord. Well, we take a look what is under the hood .

This car is the first car in Malaysia running a new SOHC I-vtec engine. Surprising Honda creates a SOHC engine with I-vtec technology as Honda was previously well known for their DOHC i-vtec engines. They produce excellent performance figures at high revs. As you can see in their previous generation civics, they run on a 1.6 (B-16 ) Dohc – vtec or 1.8(B-18) Dohc – engine. The latest performance cars from Honda runs on K20A engine which is a 2.0 litre DOHC i-vtec engine producing 225bhp @ 8200rpm.

Why Honda is bringing back the SOHC technology back into its cars. Mainly SOHC ( Single Over Head CAM ) has characteristics of delivering its highest power and torque at its mid rpm (3000-5000rpm ) which in short terms more economical . DOHC gives a more sporty feeling as the higher revs you go the more power you get. However thanks to its new lightweight aluminium VTEC rocker arms and piston oil jets , they could go on a pretty high compression ratio to deliver the same power as a DOHC engine .

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As you can see from the graph above , the torque of the 1.7 VTEC used in the previous civic is delivered in 4800 rpm compared to the new 1.8 I-vtec on a 4300 rpm . This gives a more punchy feel at a lower revs.

Another good factor about this i-vtec engine is the dual cam settings which helps the car to improves its economy while driving.

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I guess this graph is difficult to be interpretted. Well let me make it simple. When the car is not need of much power, the economy cam will operate whereby the input valves open longer as the air gets to go out more back to the throttle valve when the piston is pushing up .This reduces power as less fuel is burned which therefore increases fuel econom , whereas when the car goes on vtec mode the input cams are shut quickly and the pressure is build up in the chamber which gives a higher compression and therefore more power . Do refer to this link for more details on the R18a engine.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Px0_6-Btx3Y

Apart from this, Honda is the first to produce a five speed auto transmission car compared to its competitors at that moment. Toyota was stuck with its 4 speed auto which is still being used in its newest 2013 camry. However recently Toyota started bringing back CVT transmission back to its C segment cars, enthusiast drivers would enjoy more in honda’s 5 speed gear box which not only has long final gear ratio , (103kph at 2000 rpm) but has more powerband to play with. The first three gears are short ratio which gives the car a punchy and sporty feel for acceleration ( 2nd gear can touch 100km/h at 6500 rpm ) and the 4th and 5th gear are overdrive gears .

Without further a do , I would move on to the interior .

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A picture is worth a thousand words. This is the interior of the 2006 – 2012 Civic . Honda has made a hit by introducing this dual tier dashboard separating the speedometer and the tachometer. According to them this design allows to driver to focus more on the road without bending down to look at the speedometer.

The protruding dashboard gives an illusion feeling that the car is spacious and grand. However in actual fact the size and the angle of the front window would just give you a luxurious feeling.

Relatively the booth is very small.

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At that time, even Honda City is even bigger than this civic . Seats are unable to fold down 60:40  which I felt was a set back to this car . Apart from this , the remote trunk release is unavailable for this model which was a disgrace considering paying RM 113 800 for this junk considering a toyota vios which is a smaller model than this car has this function.

I guess this would be end for Civic FD 1 (2006 model). We move on with the latest 2012 generation civic .

Civic (FB1) 2012 

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This jump to the new civic (FB 1 ) is not that significant . Frankly the body and chasis is same as the old FD1 . I have listed the main details below comparing the differences of Civic FD1 & Civic FB1 .

SPECIFICATIONS CIVIC 1.8A (FD1 ) 2006-2012 CIVIC 1.8A (FB1) 2012 till present
Engine 140PS @ 6300 RPM174 Nm @ 4300 RPMR18-A I-Vtec 141PS @ 6500 RPM174 Nm @ 4300 RPMR18-A I-Vtec
Transmission 5 Speed Auto 5 Speed Auto
Weight 1179KB 1225KG
Suspension Double Wishbone (Rear )MacPherson Strut ( Front) Multi Link Suspension(Rear )MacPherson Strut ( Front)
Steering Wheel Hydraulic Steering Electric Power Steering
Extra Features –        NIL –        I-mid control-        ECON-mode

Frankly speaking the back of the civic looks nicer than the previous one. I have driven both cars and noticed that first thing when I hold the wheel of the new civic, it is lighter and has more buttons and controls on the steering but however I don’t feel the response is as good as the hydraulic power steering. Secondly the acceleration pedal is tuned not for performance use. The drive by wire system is discouraging you from pushing power from the car. Once you step to the metal then it will only respond.

The econ mode I feel is quite a failure for me . Maybe for city driving it is applicable but if you were to drive on the highway and in need of overtaking the car , it needs to be hit hard on the pedal for the engine to scream . I couldn feel much on the power difference but I could say maybe it would be slower a bit due to the weight. The gear ratios are great and still could go on highway on low RPM ( 2000rpm @ 103km/h) .

If you were to compare with the interior . I would say it is much of a disappointment,

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The civic’s signature characteristic still maintained . 2 dual tier dashboard . The I-mid screen is located on the left showing the fuel consumption, trip and controlling other settings of the car such as clock , lighting timer, alarm system. The numeric display on the speedometer is 3-D and has a backlit illumination which shows blue for uneconomical and green for economical.

The only specification which I dislike is the finishing of the dashboard. It feels like pieces of recycled plastics are used and the joints are uneven. Specifically on the higher specification car which has NAVI and GPS control.

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The GPS grey tone is very rough and box-ed looking. The buttons are extracted from a china brand dvd player. The climate control panel buttons are made of alluminium which gives u a cold sensation and does not blend well with the GPS buttons. Need to experience it yourself to know what is the difference. These type of finishing gives you a feeling that this car does not deserve to be holding honda’s badge. In fact, Honda City’s interior dashboard is much better than civic’s outlook.

As I could end the conclusion, the new civic has its pros compared to the old civic but a better finishing touch would be good enough to beat other cars interior. Lets hope that the facelift model would be of a better product.

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