Friday, December 9, 2016

5 reasons why Honda Civic is my dream ride

Last weekend I have the opportunity to go for test drive in this newly launched 10th generation of Honda Civic together with other bloggers. This All-New Honda Civic will be the game-changer in the C-segment cars in Malaysia by offering stylish design, new powertrain and class leading features. And here are the 5 reasons why Honda Civic is my dream ride! #RidetheDreamCivic

1. Design
I'm always a bigger fan for Honda Civic compared to other Honda's car because I think they are more stylish and appearance.

With the sleek headlamps and the grille connected by the chrome lip gives this new Honda Civic a more sporty appearance.

In total there are five colours for this new Honda Civic i.e Dark Ruby Red Pearl ( in picture), Modern Steel Metallic, Crystal Black Pearl and two brand new colours Lunar Silver Metallic and White Orchid Pearl.

Out of so many colours, I like this 3 Honda Civic in these colours ; Dark Ruby Red Pearl,  White Orchid Pearl and Lunar Silver Metallic. 

Night view of Honda Civic (front)

Night view of Honda Civic (rear view) . So sexy I like it!

2. Safety
Very often we hear about the term Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA). But do you actually know what it means and how it works? To be honest I don't really know and in the past I guess it's the function to make sure the ride is stable.

What this Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) really means is it's a Traction Control to help to sense and correct over steering and under steering to improve cornering capabilities. So basically it helps to stabilize the cars when you do cornering and do emergency stops. I felt cornering is smooth and stable even at 100km/h during our test drive.

I don't really know the importance of this Vehicle Stability Assist until...I had this Reverse Flick terror ride. I thought I'm going to die but I survived thanks to Honda Civic's VSA! 

Airbags! Well we never had enough of that right? The more the merrier right? Well the All-New Civic offers 6 Airbags (Dual Front Airbags, Side Curtain Airbags and Side Airbags). Oh well, nice to have a lot of Airbags but I never want to activate this feature ...

On top of that this All-New Civic have additional safety features such as Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS), Brake Assist (BA) with Emergency Stop Signal (ESS). It basically helps the driver apply full braking pressure in an accident avoidance situation and automatically activates the brake and hazard warning lights when it detects an emergency stop situation.

3. Advance Features
You know how your car is warm after you park outdoor even just few hours in Malaysia. So my practice is I usually run to my car and start the engine and let the air condition run a bit to cool down the temperature inside before driving. First of all it's really troublesome and second this is dangerous because I have to basically unlock the car and step out again.

This All-New Civic offers a very useful feature specially for Malaysian! Honda Remote Engine Start feature where you can start your car engine 10 meter away to let the air con run to cool down the temperature. Worry not the car is still in lock mode until you enter the car. Love this feature very much, my makeup will never melt again!

On top of that I also like this Walk Away Auto Lock automatically locks the car when the driver leaves the vehicle 2 meter away and no key is detected in the car. This hands-free locking capability is really useful especially we have our hands full or even forgotten to lock the door :P 

What if I tell you .... you do not need to press on the brake when you stop your car. Possible ? Well it's possible with Honda Civic Auto Brake Hold feature. 

Just simply activate this function by pressing on the Brake Hold button and whenever you need to stop the car in traffic or at the red light, you do no need to keep your foot on the brake. All-New Civic does it automatically for you. And when you ready to go, just accelerate.

I felt this is simplest yet smartest feature ever because this just make our driving with Honda Civic simply more enjoyable. 

The All-New Civic offers "Advance Interface" via its 7" Advance Display Audio

You can connect to your Apple CarPlay app. Soon it would be available for Android user.

Speaking of handsfree, All-New Honda Civic allow seamless synchronization between your CarPlay and the Car interface program by connecting your iPhone to a dedicated USB port. Once it's connected the display now shows an IOS interface built specifically for a car.

4. Performance
I have tried driving both 1.5L VTEC Turbocharged and 1.8L. Personally I preferred the 1.5 VTEC Turbocharged one after having a test drive uphill to Bentong via Genting Sempah because the pick up power and acceleration is much more better and  powerful. Both engines are mated with Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) for a smooth driving experience and fuel efficiency. Both car variant of the All-New Civic are "Energy Efficient Vehicle" certified.

Moreover the 1.5L VTEC Turbocharged variant is equipped with smart monitoring which give a peace of mind to driver in maintaining the efficiency of the engine performance. It will indicate the timing of oil change and notify customers with an indication lap on speedometer on their service status.  
5. Service

We visited Kah Motor Selayang Service Center as they are the largest Honda 3S Center in Malaysia. 3S means they offer Sales, Services and Spare Parts for all your Honda needs. 

Every time you send your car to Honda Service centre, their technician will need to follow their check list upon registration. 

To ensure consumer's car is well protected while going through servicing, Honda technician will cover the driver seat and steering wheel to prevent it from becoming dirty.
All the 3S Centres are equipped with the DST-i diagnostic tools which lets them detect problems which may not be apparent at first. 

Professional tools to check tyres and I'm seeing this for the first time. Usually third party tyres shop check tires condition manually i.e use eyesight and the foreman might miss it. However for more accurate reading, would advice to check it at Honda Service Centre. 

From what I observed indeed the Honda Authorised Service Centres technicians are highly skilled and professional. I felt reassured as well that only genuine parts are being used here as well. 

Honda is a really familiar brand close to my heart because my mum is driving her trusted Honda City for years. Henry & Duncan my our team in this test driver were saying WOW every time we discovered the features of this car. All of us came to agreement that Auto Brake Hold feature is the best feature to have for city driver like us! 

And I can never overlook the importance of Vehicle Stability Assist feature the same way again now that we know the importance... that it might just save our life or the kitten on the road with Honda Civic's Brake Assist!

Speaking on stability, Honda Malaysia sent us to experience one of the lifetime experience, Flyboarding in Marina Putrajaya which requires balancing & stability skills to be able to fly up in the air like Iron man with water jet boots! 

  Looks easy and I can tell you NO..... cos they are experts!

This extreme sports need a lot of perseverance because it's really hard to flip your body and stand straight under the water with the high water pressure from your boots. You have to be extremely calm and steady for pressure to push up in the air.

After drinking gallons of water from the Lake ( cos I was thirsty lol)  finally I emerged from the water and have a few seconds of glamour moment before I felt into the water again. 

Flat Water Paddling. This is easier than Flyboarding but then again balancing is the key. Just keep calm and paddle on! Love this amazing view of Putrajaya! Thanks to Honda Malaysia I got another bucket list checked!

Before I forgot, the prices for All-New Civic 3 variants are:

RM 113,800 for 1.8L (on-the-road with insurance) 
RM 127,800 for 1.5 Turbocharged (on-the-road with insurance) 
RM 135,800 for 1.5 Turbocharged Premium (on-the-road with insurance)

Note : For  white Orchid Pearl colour, you need to top up additional RM 300. And there is a rebate of RM 3000 for Honda Civic for this year end promotion, please visit the website or walk in into any Honda showroom to find out more.

In case you are wondering how much is the service maintenance fee for this new Honda Civic. It's pretty affordable as it's price between RM 63.60 to RM238/every 10k service for the first 70k mileage service 

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Thanks Honda Malaysia for arranging this test drive trip, I have such a great time hanging out with these awesome people while riding my dream ride :) #RideTheDreamCivic

Well here are the top 5 reasons why Honda Civic is my dream ride. What is yours? 

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