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Honda Civic Sport 2.0 Sedan (2007)
Honda has churned out more than 16 million Civics since the first of the nameplate rolled down the road in 1972.
The premium model in the current (eighth generation) Civic’s four-model line-up is the Sport sedan.
By building the new Civics in Thailand and taking advantage of free trade agreements, Honda can sell them at quite agreeable prices, and with good standard equipment and safety features.
Like the rest of the Civic range, the Sport has a quality look, feel and refinement, well surpassing its price tag.
Sports enhancements over lesser variants include a larger displacement, all-alloy, 2.0-litre, i-VTEC engine, while the standard features list also gets a boost. The Euro 4 emissions-compliant engine is a little weak low in the rev range, but it’s getting its act together by around 3500 rpm.
Overall, performance is decent, but falls a little short of expectations given the Sports moniker.
Our test car was fitted with a snappy five-speed manual gearbox, but buyers can also opt for a five-speed auto for another $2000.
The Civic Sport’s electric power steering has a meaty, accurate feel, while handling proves capable, confident and ‘grippy’.
Ride is firmer than its siblings and can be a little thumpy over sharp edges, but still feels more supple than many sports-oriented models.
Inside, drivers will find comfortably firm, supportive seats, albeit without lumbar adjustment, and there’s also excellent ergonomics.
Controls are easily seen and fall naturally to hand. The well-located handbrake frees up additional oddments stowage space and the split instrument display places the speedo in an ideal spot above the main cluster.
On the downside, it’s a pity Honda’s largesse with equipment doesn’t run to standard electronic stability control. And the boot hinges intrude into an otherwise useful boot space.
Don’t expect too much in the way of Thai chilli heat from the Civic Sport. It’s more your tasty but lightly spiced, liveable, quality sedan.
Build quality, refinement, ergonomics
No stability control system, intrusive boot hinges
||Civic Sport 2.0 Sedan
||Small Under $35,000
|Price when new
|Current price range
$ - $
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||2.0-litre , double overhead cam (DOHC), i-VTEC, in-line, four-cylinder
||114 kW @ 6200 rpm
||188 Nm @ 4200 rpm
||(ADR FIGURE): 8.3 litres/100 km
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This review is based on road testing conducted by The Road Ahead. Further vehicle reviews, in-depth comparisons and coverage of consumer motoring issues can be found in the Club's magazine. Prices listed were current at the time of review and are manufacturers list prices and do not include statutory and delivery charges. Prices can vary from time to time and dealer to dealer.