July 18, 2012

FIRST IMPRESSION: 2012 Honda Civic !

 I'm always a great fan of C-segment sedans, they are decently sized, has good refinement and reasonable amount of safety features. Honda Civic is one of them, mostly because it has design which is sporty enough to appeal to the younger generation (and of course the young-at-hearts). However, a bad experience can really affect yours truly's mood (more on this later). For the technical specification regarding the 2012 Civic, please visit this link for more info.

 The Civic above is the 2.0S with 17-inch alloy wheel while the Civic below is the 1.8S with 16-inch alloy wheel. After checking out the Civic in person, I would say that the design is contemporary and yet still sporty enough to appeal to youngster. Most of us (including me) has commented that the car doesn't look as awesome as the predecessor, but after a quick glance today I would say that the 2012 Civic is beautiful in its own way. Not as sporty, but still sharply styled.

I can't say the same for the rear. I love how the bumper and taillights are shaped, but the aftermarket-like light clusters on the bootlid seriously has to go.

 My experience with the outgoing Civic's cabin doesn't went quite well. The previous Civic has dreadful plastic around the cabin. Luckily, this has improved in the 2012 Civic. Although it's still not on par compared to the likes such as Altis and Jetta, the Civic has padded door panels, nicely patterned dashboard, buttons felt nice and gave good tactile feedback when pressed. Certainly felt more upmarket in this Civic than in its predecessor. But I still prefer the more roundish dashboard of the previous Civic, especially the upper part of the dashboard. This is a bit too bulky for me.

 Where did the space-saving handbrake found in the previous Civic went? This conventional looking design certainly has taken some usable around the gear lever.

 Different colour tone for the 1.8S. The Civic Hybrid has same colour for its cabin, but it comes with leather seats while the 1.8S make do with fabric.

 The intelligent-Multi Informational Display (i-MID) and instrument panel will light up once you opened the door on the hybrid, cool!

 The battery did not took as much space in the boot as I expected... The Civic Hybrid still have a decent sized boot!

 Overall, the Civic has improved compared to its predecessor based on first look. Go and check it out in person before making up your mind that it's a car to be left out from your option list! I wanted to ask for a test drive in the first place but the ignorant Sales Advisors in one of the showrooms (which shall not be named) changed my mind. I was not served by any one of them and they were just minding their own business on the reception desk. Is it because I look young and doesn't look like a prospective buyer? It made me in a bad mood and it made me forgotten to take a rear shot of the Civic LOL! Later, I went to another showroom nearby to take a rear shot and the Sales Advisor had at least asked whether I need any help, kudos!

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9 Gossips:

Simon Seow said...

Go to Bandar Sg. Long branch, look for Ryan Mo to test drive lol.

Nikel Khor said...


SiMon Har said...

Simon Seow: for sure I will :)

otoreview said...

Sumber Auto's the WORST. 7 times experienced RUDE Service by their SA there between 2003 to 2012. But I still serviced my 2008 Civic FD2 there as it's the nearest from my House. Service Advisor is OK but NOT the sales division. 1/2 of them loved to smoke outside the showroom. Bad impression to start with. Tenaga Setia and Global Amity way better...

SiMon Har said...

Otoreview: I see... rude services must be reported as they will really affect the good name of Honda. It's true that Global Amity and 3S Imavest are some of the best I visited.

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