2012 Honda Civic Coupe redesigned and updated

Auto review by Veeno Dewan

For 2012 the Honda Civic looks a tad more substantial and heftier than the outgoing model.

It lose some of the sass and has a more serious look about it. For example the front profile is more rounded and there is feeling of more sheet metal and subtlety about it. The headlights are redesigned and overall the Coupe certainly remains a good-looking car.

A few new standard features have been added for 2012 and include Bluetooth connectivity, illuminated steering wheel controls for cruise and radio functions, VSA (Vehicle Stability Assist) and an ECON mode, which enables the driver to track their driving efficiency style.

The new Civic Coupe is still powered by a 1.8-litre engine with 140hp and available with either a five-speed automatic transmission or a five-speed manual transmission.

The starting price of the Civic Coupe is $17,990 in LX trim, while the EX model at two grand extra adds 16-inch aluminum alloys wheels, power moonroof with tilt, leather wrapped steering wheel and rear disc brakes instead of the standard rear drums.

The interior of the Civic Coupe is relatively unchanged. The major change is the sleek two-tiered dash gauge setup now with an easier-to-read layout and a large information display screen to the right of the speedometer. The huge screen displays information such as average trip fuel consumption, the digital clock and radio setup information.

The fit, finish and quality in the Honda is top notch with hardwearing plastics, fabrics and good textures. Ergonomics are good with a nice tactile feel and unfussy controls. The height adjustable seat and tilt and telescopic steering wheel make getting into the ideal driving position easy.

Driver and front passenger room is good in all directions; however as with most low slung coupes getting in and out of the back seats is a chore and rear head room will be tight for tall folk. Driver visibility as in most coupes is not the greatest.

The 60/40 rear folding seats allow for good cargo carrying capacity if needed.

On the road the new Civic Coupe feels powerful and revs happily. Acceleration is good and on the highway the new Civic feels a shade more refined with a stable compliant ride and quick steering.

Also gone is some of the harshness and noise of the old model.

Team the engine with the slick, fast shifting six speed manual transmission and the Civic is a joy to drive on curving back roads and fast straight sections of highway.

In short the new Civic Coupe is a very good replacement of the older model and is a suitable choice for those who don’t want or need a four-door sedan, but still desire the reliability and resale of a Honda name in a compact sporty package.