For something different, we’re going to have a look at the new 2016 Honda Civic Coupe by giving it a bit of a test drive, but we’re also speaking with its lead designer, Guy Melville-Brown, for his unique perspective. Enjoy our video first drive of this all new two door from Honda.
The Honda Civic is Canada’s best selling car – but that’s actually the sedan. The coupe has long been the sportier, sort of the middle child of the Civic lineup. It represents about 10% of Civic sales and while that might not seem like a lot, by the numbers, the Civic Coupe outsells other carmakers’ entire lineups, so that’s nothing to sniff at.
This new coupe has adopted a more fastback like roofline and has shorter front and rear overhangs making it an inch shorter overall than the sedan. If you look closely, you’ll notice LED lighting front and rear on this Touring model, which is a nice touch on an entry level coupe.
If you’ve managed to catch our first drive in the new Civic sedan, you’re familiar with the drive train we’re testing here – the 174 horsepower 1.5-litre turbo four mated to the excellent CVT transmission. They work supremely well here – and like a good all around pop song – there’s nothing to complain about.
You can also get a 2-litre four cylinder – that’s actually the base engine for the LX model– with your choice of CVT or manual transmissions. In fact, for 2017 both engines will be available with either transmission – great news for members of the save the manuals club. The 1.5 litre should be your engine of choice, simply because its peak torque of 162 pounds is available from 1,700 to 5,500 rpm.
From behind the wheel, I’m impressed by the interior. Great seating position and great ergonomics. There’s also lots of useful tech that’s standard on the Touring model. I used the Adaptive Cruise Control to keep me ticket free on the drive to Whistler and back. The right side blind spot camera is very effective in urban driving to help spot cyclists before you make right hand turns. Oh, and Apple Car Play is standard on all trim levels. Android Auto, too, whatever that is. And there’s a ton of standard and optional safety tech, too. And according to my camera operator John, the rear seat is both comfortable and remarkably spacious.
Overall, this new Civic Coupe is just as impressive as the sedan, but just for a different buyer. Honda’s hit another home run with this one.
2016 Honda Civic Coupe Touring
Base Price: $27,555 CAD
As Tested: $27,555 CAD
Notable Options: None
Drivetrain: 1.5-litre, turbocharged four-cylinder, 174 hp, 162 lb-ft, continuously variable transmission, front wheel drive
Performance: Superb all around handling and adequate performance out of the little turbo. No fuel consumption numbers to report on this first drive; Honda says 7.5 l/100km city and 5.6 highway
VVUZZ Recommended: Another excellent all around car from Honda – and it’s made in Canada, too
Image courtesy of Honda.