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Sunday, July 7, 2013
The Civic 1.6 i-DTEC: a guaranteed diesel million km
A new diesel 1.6-liter i-DTEC happens under the hood of the Honda Civic. Low capacity but strong as a couple, it is very fuel efficient and guaranteed ten years or a million miles away
Lacked Honda a small diesel in order to compete with European competition. This gap is now filled with the arrival under the hood of the Civic, a 1.6-liter i-DTEC developing 120 hp. Unusually, for orders placed before March 31, Honda warrants its new diesel ten years or a million miles away, and the warranty is transferable in case of resale. An argument that should interest the big wheelers, all that mechanical Honda has other advantages.
As the 2.2 L i-DTEC, the 1.6 L will be assembled in the factory in Swindon, located in the United Kingdom. It is equipped with a variable turbine geometry Garrett blowing up to 1.5 bar, and solenoid Bosch injectors operating at a pressure of 1800 bar.Its designer, Tstsuya Miyake says that 1500 r / min, the mechanical friction has been reduced by 40% compared to 2.2 L. In the Civic comes standard with a stop & start, this translates into a combined fuel consumption of 3.6 l/100 km and C02 emissions limited to 94 g / km, compared to 4 l/100 km and 104 g / km of Renault Megane 1.6 dCi 130.
On our test drive, we enjoyed the flexibility and punch the little diesel Honda. It is certainly less powerful 1.6 dCi Renault but it takes more at very low revs. The transmission of the Civic proves unfortunately very long and staging his box perfectible speeds, with a gaping hole between the second and third gear.This forces you to constantly play the shifter but the order is fast and accurate as desired. An automatic double-clutch transmission would be indicated, but for now, this technology Honda reserves its motorcycles and a future gasoline-electric hybrid powertrain.
A competitive price
For the rest, there are flaws and qualities of the new Civic, starting with an excellent road behavior, coupled with a good comfort. The small diesel is just too shows this in the cockpit during a rapid acceleration. The driver faces a hilltop headquarters, probably because the tank placed below. The instrumentation two levels can also lead to some problems of readability, such as the Peugeot 208. Finally, we lamented the lack of consistency and a reminder of the power steering at low speeds, a disease that did not seem to affect version 2.2 L i-DTEC.
We console ourselves with the very large boot capacity (400 + 70 dm3), which, under family use, will be a valuable asset, as well as the modularity of the rear seats to embark objects of great height. And Honda has already announced that it will decline a wagon version.
This is the Civic better equipped to get a good job in the middle of the pack of compact diesel, especially as its price is competitive. The 1.6 L i-DTEC version costs, equal finish, € 1,450 less than the 2.2 L i-DTEC and low emissions earned him an environmental bonus of € 200.