Our Fleet Test Drive: Honda Civic - 3rd Report
15 May 2012
Author: Hugh Hunston
Our Honda Civic celebrated passing the 1500-mile mark by posting a new high for economy of 63.7mpg, contributing to an average of nearly 61mpg - just 6mpg short of the normally unachievable official combined figure.
That eco righteousness and tax effectiveness is enhanced by the 150hp 2.2-litre diesel and six-speed manual transmission powertrain emitting 110g/km CO2 for a 16% BIK banding. The virtuous circle is completed if a fleet operator runs an environmental audit factoring in the Civic being built at Swindon, thereby shrinking its carbon footprint by the car not having been shipped half way round the world to the fleet and end user.
Whether or not enthusiastic fleet drivers constantly use the eco button and inhibit the car's dynamic straight-line performance is a point for discussion, but I plan to dispense with the planet-saving setting briefly to see how much it impacts on consumption, and cope with the guilt of a dashboard glowing blue not green.
Whichever mode you select, Honda deserves credit for the prominent but subtle reminder arrows that encourage shifting gears down as well as up, so the car neither labours nor wastes higher engine revs.