Autocar Dynamic revamp for 2014 Honda Civic hatchback

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    2014-honda-civic-1. Honda looks to boost the appeal of its Civic hatchback with a range of cosmetic and dynamic improvementsThe Honda Civic hatchback has undergone dynamic and styling improvements for the 2014 model year, in order to give the car a more sporting feel.
    The most significant tweaks of the ninth-generation Civic are under the skin. The electronic power steering has been retuned to make the car feel more surefooted at higher speeds. The front and rear dampers have also been tweaked to enhance body control, and the toe and camber of the rear suspension has been realigned to improve overall handling.
    The changes have been implemented in response to feedback from customers and Honda dealers. The revisions were carried out by the engineering team at Honda’s Swindon base, which has been given a degree of autonomy from head office in Japan to configure the car to European tastes.Honda's aim is to endow the standard hatchback with a slightly more sporting image to align it with the range-topping Civic Type-R performance variant, which is due to appear in 2015.
    Subtle exterior and interior tweaks have also been made to the Civic hatchback. The rear of the car gets privacy glass on the lower rear window, and piano black finishes to the tailgate, number plate surround and lower bumper in place of the previous body-coloured parts.
    The front bumper finish is now also piano black, instead of anthracite grey, and there are darker wheel arch garnishes and a new design of alloy wheel as standard.
    Inside the 2014 Civic hatchback there is new white stitching detail on the steering wheel, seat and knee pad, some aluminium-coloured finishing around the cup holder and black gloss inserts.
    Another addition to the Honda Civic range for 2014 is a package of safety kit known as Advanced Driving Assist Systems. A £500 option that will be offered on both the hatchback and Tourer, it includes systems such as lane departure warning, traffic sign recognition, blind spot warning and active city braking.
    Left-hand drive examples of the 2014 Honda Civic are already rolling off the Swindon production line, and right-hand drive cars will go on sale in the UK in January.
    Pricing has yet to be confirmed, although there is likely to be a small rise across the range, which currently starts at £16,995 for a 1.4-litre i-VTEC petrol in SE trim. However, any price change is also likely to occur in tandem with a realignment of trim levels to include some new kit such as DAB radio as standard.


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  2. Ichiban Founder Staff Team

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    There goes the Civic.. this is the start of your bigger problems. I thought they had done all this testing in Germany for year :lol: Swindon making engineering changes when the cars are not remotely built to spec as in Japan.

    Lets see the first few TSB for this new electronic power steering flooding in.:lol: Laughing my head off.
     
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  3. DeviateDefiant Co-Founder Staff Team

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    Let me pose you a question mate, let's say you were in the market for a hatchback and the Jazz didn't exist. Would you still have enough faith in Honda to buy the Civic over another manufacturer's comparable model?
     
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  4. Ichiban Founder Staff Team

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    Well for starters I will not buy anything else but Honda so that's put to rest. Civic well won't touch with a barge pole, I would be rather happy seen driving my first gen or looking for Japanese made Honda's on the second hand market.

    So the answer to your question is over my dead body basically.
     
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  5. DeviateDefiant Co-Founder Staff Team

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    Well, I'll take that answer. I was just curious just how far your hatred for Civic's went :Rolf:
     
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  6. Ichiban Founder Staff Team

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    I have had Civic's in the past the last one was the 7th Generation one it was a good car and a brief stint with an EP3 which was sublime, but since then its been extreme hatred especially towards the FN2.

    Swindon has radically changed the new generation of Civic's into something which the Civic does not represented... well in my eyes.
     
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  7. DeviateDefiant Co-Founder Staff Team

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    So I take it then that the JDM Civics you still like?
     
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  8. Ichiban Founder Staff Team

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    Hell yeah the FD2 the Type-R, FD3 the Civic Hybrid EK9 WHAT a CAR!! that car hits a sweet spot in my heart a car which can do no wrong!

    FD2 and EK9 both will hammer the FN2 in the right hands.
     
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  9. DeviateDefiant Co-Founder Staff Team

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    Haha, I've never liked the styling on the FD2. Unfortunately I can never grow to love the EK9 as I've seen so many of them bastardised by "rude boi racers".
     
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  10. Ichiban Founder Staff Team

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    Mate the FD2 is not a looker that why they made the FN2. FD2 is a far far superior car in all departments.. If you like your car hardcore race replica and extremely agile and rapid then FD2.

    if you want soft suspension not hard as nail ride and the driver is a soft as puffy cotton balls then the FN2 is right for you.
     
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  11. DeviateDefiant Co-Founder Staff Team

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    I don't doubt that it is the better car mate, it's just the styling I'm not found of.
     
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  12. Ichiban Founder Staff Team

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    Horses for courses matey I find the FD2 better looking than the FN2. FD2 looks like a Japanese car, FN2 well looks like a miscarriage.

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