Can the new Honda Civic make you forget the French?

The Honda Civic impressed us throughout our first take a look at drive earlier this 12 months. As the compact invades the Honda France community, it is time to see its case: can it lastly emerge from the shadows and steal market share from the French stars on their very own soil? If Toyota and, extra marginally, Nissan show that it’s potential to discover a place in the solar on this very demanding French market, Mazda, Subaru, Suzuki and Honda are at a higher drawback. The parcel community, typically gives somewhat too “Americanized” and doesn’t match the expectations of Europeans, excessive costs, Despite their typically legit fame for reliability, Japanese vehicles will not be all the time in a position to reside as much as the expectations of the French. But with the new Civic, Honda may be as much as one thing. Some are examined, coherent, well-constructed and above all with out overly divisive designs. So, the proper decide in opposition to the French?

An more and more unequal phase

In France, compact sedans come at an essential time in the electrification transition. The Renault Mégane IV is at the finish of its life and the new electrical Mégane is just too small and too totally different from the Honda Civic to make it a competing providing. So two tricolors stay: the Peugeot 308, and the Citroën C4.

From the outset, it needs to be famous that the Honda Civic, Peugeot 308 and Citroën C4 don’t share the identical mechanical options. The first is a “self-charging” hybrid whereas the different two are both gasoline, diesel or plug-in hybrids. We is not going to contemplate PHEVs, that are fairly a special and way more costly know-how.

In France, the Honda Civic will due to this fact face a Peugeot 308 PureTech 130 and a Citroën C4 with an equal engine. Acclaimed version in France. And on many factors, the Japanese convey way more than respect: Passenger compartment with critical meeting, multimedia lastly in progress, perfect driving place, smoothness of use, usability and efficiency.

attribute Honda Civic E:HEV 184 HP CVT Citroen C4 PureTech 130 EAT8 Peugeot 308 PureTech 130 EAT8 Renault Austral Full Hybrid E-Tech 200
attributethe worth Honda Civic E:HEV 184 HP CVTFrom €32,400 Citroen C4 PureTech 130 EAT8 From €29,540 Peugeot 308 PureTech 130 EAT8From €29,680 Renault Austral Full Hybrid E-Tech 200From €42,100
attributeMixed prices (as per our studying) Honda Civic E:HEV 184 HP CVT5.7l/100km Citroen C4 PureTech 130 EAT8 7.8l/100km Peugeot 308 PureTech 130 EAT87.4l/100km Renault Austral Full Hybrid E-Tech 2006.2l/100km
attributeWeight (as per our studying) Honda Civic E:HEV 184 HP CVT1490 kg Citroen C4 PureTech 130 EAT8 1334 kg Peugeot 308 PureTech 130 EAT81400 kg Renault Austral Full Hybrid E-Tech 2001690 kg
attributeTrunk quantity (in keeping with our survey, beneath and beneath the cabinets) Honda Civic E:HEV 184 HP CVT320 dm3 Citroen C4 PureTech 130 EAT8 300 dm3 Peugeot 308 PureTech 130 EAT8300 dm3 Renault Austral Full Hybrid E-Tech 200320 dm3
attributesize Honda Civic E:HEV 184 HP CVT4.55 m Citroen C4 PureTech 130 EAT8 4.36 m Peugeot 308 PureTech 130 EAT84.36 m Renault Austral Full Hybrid E-Tech 2004.51 m
attribute0 to 100 km/h (as per our studying) Honda Civic E:HEV 184 HP CVT8.60s Citroen C4 PureTech 130 EAT8 9.8s Peugeot 308 PureTech 130 EAT810s Renault Austral Full Hybrid E-Tech 2009 seconds
attribute80 to 120 km/h (as per our studying) Honda Civic E:HEV 184 HP CVT5.60s Citroen C4 PureTech 130 EAT8 6.9 s Peugeot 308 PureTech 130 EAT87.1s Renault Austral Full Hybrid E-Tech 2005.1 s
attributeassure Honda Civic E:HEV 184 HP CVT3 years or 100,000 km Citroen C4 PureTech 130 EAT8 2 years, limitless mileage Peugeot 308 PureTech 130 EAT82 years, limitless mileage Renault Austral Full Hybrid E-Tech 2002 years, limitless mileage

From a strictly pricing standpoint, the Honda Civic is barely costlier than its rivals. But it is beneficiant with, as normal, a reversing digicam, adaptive cruise management, LED lights, heated entrance seats and even keyless entry, in addition to Honda Connect with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.

And better of all, it gives way more on the street! Competent chassis, welcome restraint, sufficient acceleration all argue in favor of the Honda Civic, which has different benefits. In the Asian compact, there isn’t any clutch, gearbox and even turbo: the four-cylinder petrol 2.0 electrical motor acts as a present generator to drive the entrance wheels. It is linked via a set gear system to the wheels solely above a sure velocity. Remarkable mechanical simplicity for individuals who want to hold their automobile for the long run. And simply have a look at the variety of hybrid Toyotas (Prius, particularly) in circulation with insane mileage and flawless reliability.

Peugeot 308 is way smaller than the Civic: sensible for the metropolis!© Bernard Rofignac

Of course, the French are removed from unlivable: they’re nearly livable, however in a extra compact format. Exterior litter is once more missing in the Civic (+ 19 cm in comparison with 308!). One of the longest compacts in the phase. But you cannot declare good trunk quantity with out breaking eggs…

And Renault, then?

The Renault Austral is Renault's only recent C-segment offering in its full hybrid version.  But facing the civic, it is a sin in some areas!
The Renault Austral is Renault’s solely latest C-segment providing in its full hybrid model. But going through the civic, it’s a sin in some areas!© Alex Krasovsky

If we rule out the Megane for the aforementioned causes, we are able to take care of the 200 hp 1.2 E-Tech model of the Civic to the Austral. A “full hybrid” mannequin like the Civic, with comparable efficiency and finally comparable inside quantity: the Austral soars solely at trunk stage. But for the relaxation, It’s establishment with shoulder width, knee clearance and area for individuals who reside too shut!

Obviously, evaluating a Civic and an Austral is a little bit of a stretch, as they’re two utterly totally different entities. The Renault Austral will slightly be positioned forward of the all-new CR-V. But the makes use of will nonetheless be the identical: typically together with household, technical, hybrid and fashionable merchandise. The large distinction will come from worth: the E-Tech Full Hybrid begins at €42,100 in the 200 Renault. A €10,000 extension on the Civic, Which after all develops 16 hp much less, however which is lighter (about 200 kg), much less grasping and quicker in most measurements recorded throughout our unbiased checks… and on this interval of inflation, it counts.

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