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Ovens & Murray Advertiser - - MOTOR GUIDE -

How­ever, Ap­ple CarPlay comes with Siri Eyes Free mode and An­droid Auto with Google Voice for hands-free op­er­a­tions. Both con­nect via USB ca­ble rather than be­ing wire­less.

Blue­tooth phone and au­dio stream­ing are also stan­dard and there’s a two-tier smart­phone tray at the bot­tom of the front con­sole with a use­ful ca­ble man­age­ment open­ing.

The top-spec Civic VTi-LX gets ded­i­cated Garmin satellite nav­i­ga­tion with SUNA live traf­fic up­dates. All other mod­els rely on smart­phone links for nav­i­ga­tion.

The stan­dard 180-Watt au­dio sys­tem has eight speak­ers, while the RS and VTi-LX fea­ture a 542-Watt pre­mium au­dio with 12 speak­ers, in­clud­ing two satellite speak­ers, cen­tre speaker and sub-woofer. Dig­i­tal ra­dio is avail­able on VTi-L, RS and VTi-LX mod­els. SAFETY In ad­di­tion to the com­mon de­nom­i­na­tor safety fea­tures (airbags, en­hanced brakes and sta­bil­ity/ trac­tion con­trol) all Civic vari­ants get a multi-an­gle re­vers­ing cam­era; emer­gency stop sig­nal; low tyre pres­sure warn­ing; hill start as­sist; and Isofix child seat an­chor points on the two outer rear seats.

VTi-S and above get front and rear park­ing sen­sors as well as LaneWatch which uses a cam­era mounted at the rear of the left-hand mir­ror to pro­vide an 80-de­gree view of the left lane when the left in­di­ca­tor is ac­ti­vated.

The top spec Civic VTi-LX takes safety to a higher level with the Honda Sens­ing suite of safety and driver-as­sist tech­nol­ogy that in­cludes au­to­matic emer­gency brak­ing; for­ward col­li­sion warn­ing; lane de­par­ture warn­ing; adap­tive cruise con­trol with low speed fol­low; lane keep­ing as­sist and road de­par­ture mit­i­ga­tion. DRIV­ING Our test car was the top-of-the-range Honda VTi-LX sedan which, with its raft of safety equip­ment at an af­ford­able price, is likely to be the pre­ferred choice for fam­ily buy­ers.

All-round vis­i­bil­ity is ex­cel­lent in­clud­ing the safety and con­ve­nience of nar­row A-pil­lars.

The in­te­rior has an el­e­gant look and feel with a high level of com­fort. The front seats are well-pro­por­tioned and com­fort­able while the rears could eas­ily pass for those in a car in the next size up.

The dash­board is log­i­cally de­signed with a tachome­ter and dig­i­tal speedome­ter di­rectly in front of the driver and a large in­fo­tain­ment touch­screen in the cen­tre of the dash.

We love the in­stru­ment light­ing that in­creases and de­creases in bright­ness to re­flect driv­ing ef­fi­ciency rang­ing from green through bluish-green and up to blue. Great way to be­come aware of the most fu­el­ef­fi­cient style of driv­ing.

The new 1.5-litre tur­bocharged en­gine pulls strongly with lit­tle ef­fort and con­trib­utes to a very pleas­ant en­vi­ron­ment to counter the hus­tle and bus­tle of ur­ban driv­ing. The quiet en­gine and un­der­body stream­lin­ing con­trib­ute to one of the qui­etest small cars that we’ve driven.

The CVT is well-matched to the en­gine with the op­tion of pad­dle shift­ing for man­ual con­trol if re­quired.

A new gen­er­a­tion of G-De­sign shift logic aids ac­cel­er­a­tion and has a more pos­i­tive driv­ing touch with re­duced turbo lag.

Honda claims the Civic VTi-LX will $22,390 (CVT) $24,490 (CVT) $27,790 (CVT) $31,790 (CVT) $33,590 (CVT) $50,990 (six-speed man­ual)

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