In The Fast Lane Car’s hot or not segment on YouTube, Roman Mica and Paul Gerrard put the Civic Coupe to the test both on road and on track.
Gerrard puts the 1.5 L CVT Civic Turbo through a series of performance track tests including the 0-60mph acceleration test. In sport mode it was quite fast, managing to hit 60 mph from a complete stop in just 7.69 seconds. It pulls away from a complete stop quite slowly but once you get up to around 3000-4000 rpms, you can feel the boost kick in and increase the acceleration.
Next, he did a fast lap test and you have to remember that the Civic Coupe was not designed with racing down the track in mind, that’s what the Si is for. There’s a bit of understeer and even when he tried to carry brake into the corner it wanted to understeer coming out of a corner. Still, the Civic did pretty well overall with a 1 minute and 11 seconds lap time.
One gripe both of them has is about the CVT transmission. There’s always going to be that one second delay between the pedals and the engine. You can floor the pedal but there will always be a delay and if you quickly move your foot from the gas to the brake, you’ll feel the CVT drive the car down the track a bit more before the brake kicks in.
As for Mica’s review, he’s a big fan of the interior that is both sexy and comfortable, the best in its segment. Everything is strategically placed and within reach of the driver and the only problem he had with the interior was with the missing volume knob. Other than that, steering is pretty direct and the car just soaks up all those uneven bumps on the road thanks to its independent rear suspension.
Give the review a watch if you want to know if the Civic Coupe is hot or not.