The Honda Civic RS is the only car you'll ever need
Being petrolheads, we often tend to forget that we are in fact the minority when it comes to car buying. Most people buy cars for a few reasons- to get them from A to B, to use as status symbols or the car becomes their means of work like a taxi driver or a tradesperson. And then there's us who buy cars for driving pleasure or because the engine can be tuned or because there's a huge community of enthusiasts around that brand but is there any car that can satisfy all these parties?
Well, every now and then a car like the Honda Civic RS comes along and it is the only car you'll ever need but is it the only one you'll ever want?
IT'S A CIVIC
The Honda Civic is one of those cars that comes with a rich history of good sales and a large fan base. It's in the same region as the Volkswagen Golf and the Toyota Corolla when it comes to large scale sales across the globe. The Civic has has a long reputation of being a good value for money car providing comfort, efficiency, good looks and safety on the more recent models. No wonder they've sold so many of them.
IT REALLY DOES TICK ALL THE BOXES
Right, the new Honda Civic RS. Let's take a closer look at it. Does it look good, to me this is a yes but I understand that looks are subjective. Is it comfortable, very much so! At just under 6 ft, I'm a fairly sizable human and I had plenty of head, knee and footroom in both the front and the rear which is surprisingly spacious for the record. Is it practical, yes! The Civic has got a decent sized boot at just under 500 litres, it's got cupholders aplenty and storage spaces where you'd expect them. It comes with Honda's slow but functional infotainment system as well.
WAIT TILL THE VTEC KICKS IN
Yes, you heard that right! No lawnmower, I mean Civic is complete without VTEC and believe me, this Civic RS has got it. The RS comes with a 1.5L turbocharged variant of Honda's 'Earth Dreams' i-VTEC engine which is brought to life by a very cool flashing red Start/Stop button. Honda fans will be glad to know that this tiny powerplant sounds like a proper oldschool NA vtec engine and it even gives you that 'VTEC kicked in' effect at the higher revs. The engine delivers power through a stepped CVT gearbox that feels unlike most traditional CVTs. It is very very smooth for the most part which makes this a great drivers car overall.
This seems to be a big concern for car buyers these days hence the popularity of larger raised vehicles likes SUVs and utes. So how safe if this sedan? Very as it turns out, apart from the usual airbags and lane departure warnings. This Civic comes equipped with a new technology called lane watch where a camera placed on the left mirror will turn on when you indicate left though the feed is shown on the central infotainment screen which could be a little distracting. It also comes with adaptive cruise control and various other new crash tech which makes it a very safe bet.
The new Honda Civic RS is comfortable, efficient, safe, practical, affordable, looks good and drives well too. So really, it gives you everything you'll ever need in a car but that begs the question? Why isn't everyone driving around in Civics if all they needed was a car? Don't get me wrong, it's an excellent car but it just doesn't give me the fizz.
SUPERB CAR BUT JUST DOESN'T GIVE YOU THE 'FIZZ'
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Words and pictures by Matthew D'souza