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£249 - Honda Civic 1.4 ES IMA Hybrid
posted on Jul 09 2008 by Kyle McWilton
We now offer you the opportunity to contract hire lease a HondaCivic 1.4 ES IMA Hybrid for as little as £249 + VAT per month based on a 3+35 leasing agreement. For more details please speak to the Car Leasing Team on 01273 789 900 or see our latest Honda Civis lease deals within our website.
Honda was 2nd in the market to introduce its Hybrid Model and are now reporting sales increasing and catching the Prius.The Civic Hybrid isavailable as a four-door saloon, which is different to thefuturistic lines of the Prius. The Civic Hybrid has a 1.4-litre petrol engine linked to an electric motor/generator and a CVT automatic transmission.
The electric motor is there chiefly to boost the petrol engine during brisk acceleration, although it can also run the car on its own during cruising or, briefly, low-speed manoeuvring. Together they make 113bhp and 166lb-ft of torque, which is about as much power as you'd expect from a conventional 1.6-litre petrol engine and rather more torque.
The Honda Civic Hybridgets all its charge from the engine and from the improved regenerative braking system, which not only soaks up energy that would otherwise be wasted during deceleration but also aids the slowing-down process. It's a Honda, so it's built well and built to last. The oddest thing about the Civic Hybrid is just how normal it feels.
Unlike the rival Toyota Prius's, the instruments don't display a fetishistic interest in where the power is coming from and going to at any given moment. This all makes perfect sense, in so far as the Civic's not meant to be a car for driving enthusiasts or techno buffs - it's transport for commuters, reps and families who want to get from A to B with minimal fuss and without causing undue harm to the environment.
The IMA system also brings the electric motor to the fore during idling at a standstill, when the petrol engine cuts out. The engine uses Honda's i-DSI (Intelligent Dual and Sequential Ignition) system, with two spark plugs per cylinder. Their firing can be staggered to maximise the efficiency of the combustion process. The i-VTEC valve control system incorporates VCM (Variable Cylinder Management) which, during deceleration, ensures all four cylinders are sealed shut, so the pistons carry on moving but aren't wastefully pumping fuel or air.
The suspension includes a multi-link double wishbone system at the rear, which is fancier than the Civic hatchback's, and gives a smooth, comfortable ride. However, there's a lot of slack in the steering, which has none of the hatchback's precision, and the brakes feel overwhelmed by the 1,297kg kerb weight. Anti-lock brakes with electronic brakeforce distribution and stability control are fitted as standard, as are active front head restraints.
The tyres are designed to save fuel by having a low rolling resistance, but that's not left them short of grip. To deter thieves, the Civic Hybrid comes with remote central locking, deadlocks and an immobiliser with a rolling code.