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Do the 1.5's have noticeable turbo lag?

I ask because I stopped by the dealer on the way home from work hoping they finally got a turbo tester in, which they didn't. Salesman I was talking to said the 2.0 was more fun to drive, so I asked him why and he said because the 1.5 lags way too much...

Which i found extremely odd because everything I've read says the turbo does not have noticeable lag, and what lag it does have is masked by the CVT.

Granted he could of been trying to sell me a 2.0, but I made it fairly clear I was not there to buy today.

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Not noticeable at all. I have had two turbo cars, where didnt felt the lag and high the power rushed in at around 3k RPMs. The Civic Turbo is so linear in its power delivery, it actually feels naturally aspirated.

He was clearly just trying to push the car he had available at the time.
 

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Plus it is my understanding (from my internet reading, lol) that the CVT and the turbo mask and complement each other's lacks. I've tried CVTs in the Nissan Versa and the Dodge Caliber (same unit at the time, iirc), and was actually impressed with the smoothness. And they do seem to pull the MPG numbers. Word is that the Honda CVTs are even better. Never driven a turbo. Looking forward to it.
 

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I've had two turbo cars. I had a WRX and an Audi Alroad. This Civic turbo is awesome. No noticeable turbo lag to speak of.
 

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The lag is about the same amount of time as it takes an automatic transmission to downshift.

I've noticed the CVT can be a little hesitant sometimes since it's been cold, but nothing really different.
 

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Test drove a touring and noticed some hesitation from a stop, but nothing after that. Punched it at 30 and speeds above that and it seemed pretty smooth.
 

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Take a test drive in both the 2.0 and the 1.5T and see which one you like better. You'll get the same great mileage for both engine types. Since you don't have paddle shifters to downshift on the CVT, you sort of have to use the Sport mode. The engine will rev at a higher RPM, however, engine braking will be even greater. While turbo kicks in around 1600 RPM, the torque converter reduces any noticeable turbo lag. There was a video I saw on YouTube, where one of the engineer's from Japan spoke about how the turbo works.
 

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I have a 16 touring and i love it. Still not used to it. Im not sure its a lag or maybe a peddle/throttle thing. Only occurs with me at a complete stop then take off. And it maybe im still trying to get used to it. I have put 850 miles on it so thats how used to it i am! But this little buggar flies !! FAST , great for merging into traffic...
 

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I would think Honda would use a small turbo that spins up rather quickly...somewhere around 2k rpm, and should really be pulling hard by 3k rpm.
 

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I would think Honda would use a small turbo that spins up rather quickly...somewhere around 2k rpm, and should really be pulling hard by 3k rpm.
Indeed, since all they really need is power to fill in, especially during the low end of the power band.
 

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I haven't noticed any lag in the Civic's turbo, but I haven't been racing around like a demon either. It just seems to have a very smooth power band and definitely has more grunt at the low end.

I had a Volvo S80 T6 many years ago and with that one, you definitely felt the lag. If you hit the accelerator hard, the engine would rev up and you'd begin to accelerate smoothly, but a few ticks later, you'd feel a whoosh and really get pressed back in your seat. I always thought it was pretty cool to feel the turbos kick in. And, no, that wasn't from the transmission downshifting, though it was a similar feeling.
 

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People are confusing turbo lag with throttle response. The 1.5T has virtually no turbo lag, this is due to the relatively high compression turbo motor. There is a noticeable delay in throttle response though.
 

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Some Turbo Lag

Do the 1.5's have noticeable turbo lag?

I ask because I stopped by the dealer on the way home from work hoping they finally got a turbo tester in, which they didn't. Salesman I was talking to said the 2.0 was more fun to drive, so I asked him why and he said because the 1.5 lags way too much...

Which i found extremely odd because everything I've read says the turbo does not have noticeable lag, and what lag it does have is masked by the CVT.

Granted he could of been trying to sell me a 2.0, but I made it fairly clear I was not there to buy today.

Thoughts?
Apparently, I've been told that there's some turbo lag from the standing point. However, once the it revs... the throttle response are better than the others.

Is that true?

As I haven't test it out myself yet.
 
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