Honda Civic Test Drive KL to Penang (Day 1)

by - Friday, December 30, 2016

Personally, I have been driving Honda ever since I got my license. No complain. From old Accord to City then to Jazz and back to City. Most people would say DON'T SPEND ON EXPENSIVE CAR but spend on properties instead. I have no issue with that. However, if you be in my place who have to spend every single day inside a car to travel here and there for a meeting and shooting, then I would say, you should pick the right car. Good and trustable.


Few features that caught my attention are; long distance features (auto cruise & turbo), safety and comfort. Currently I wanted to change my current City to HRV but then I feel this Civic quite interesting to have as one of my collection.. Oh yes.. That's car that I drove on the first day.



There's total of 5 cars that will heading down to Penang Island. Right after our nice breakfast, we are divided into 5 team (3 person per team). Since I'm so tired, I let Fatin Bella to be the first driver and I be the co-driver. I was very impressed by it's spacious seat I can place my legs comfortably.


Our first car was the brand new 1.5L VTEC Turbocharged engine which is developed under Honda’s Earth Dreams Technology provides ‘Joy to drive’ with its dynamic performance and excellent fuel economy. Honda Malaysia is the first Japanese mass market manufacturer to introduce a turbo engine in the C-segment. The other engine variant is 1.8L i-VTEC. Both engines are mated with Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) for a smooth driving experience and fuel efficiency.


After a long drive, we drop by at Tanjung Tualang for a nice seafood. 




So, it's my turn to drive the Civic (my car is the silver color). I'm fallen in love with Auto Lock feature, the car will lock itself at a 2m distance. This is one of the safety feature and for the convenience.


The next agenda is something that I'm looking forward. We are heading to Stadium Batu Kawan and learnt further about the Civic safety feature, design and differentiation between competitors. I just found out that the LED light is automatically switch on when it went to the tunnel.


The new Civic have 6 airbags in order to keep you and your passengers safe (Dual Front Airbags, Side Curtain Airbags and Side Airbags). For those who don't know what is VSA, VSA is basically Vehicle Stability Assist; is a built-in safety system that is always on. There is a off button as well but it is not recommended to turn it off. Well, you can't predict when the accident will happen right?


Gymkhana activity was done by professionals and to demonstrate the VSA safety feature.


Thank you Honda for the awesome experience.. and thank you for the tire too!


Our next trip will be the island. The All-New Civic 1.5L VTEC Turbocharged variant is equipped with a smart monitoring system, giving peace of mind in maintaining the efficiency of the engine performance. This feature will indicate the timing of oil change and notify customers with an indication lamp on the speedometer on their service status. At 88 Honda dealers nationwide, customers can enjoy 5 years warranty with unlimited mileage with a service interval of 10,000km.


The All-New Civic is available in five colours: Dark Ruby Red Pearl, Modern Steel Metallic, Crystal Black Pearl. Lunar Silver Metallic and White Orchid Pearl. The price for the 3 variants are:

  • RM 113,800 for 1.8S (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)

Before we heading to the bed, first thing first... of course a good dinner. Penang is a food heaven. I'm glad that they told us there will have a local cuisine. I never know Penang have hidden gem. Botanica Mansion is where we had our dinner. Built in early 1881, Botanica Mansion was restored and currently functions as a clubhouse solely for Botanica.CT residents. A gymnasium, swimming pool and restaurant is available for daily dining and private events.


On the way back to our hotel, we were shown the light features of the Civic. Actually I never thought that using LED Lights can be very bright. It's really useful especially when driving in dark areas.


Finally we step into our room, the Executive Room. My first impression, I'm amazed. G Hotel Kelawai will house rooms that are uniquely inspired by innovative design to create energizing space for guests to play or work by day or mix and mingle by night. In addition to that, it will also accommodate three trendy and stylish food and beverage outlets – a coffee house, lobby lounge and a 23rd floor chill out bar that are set to fulfil guests' gastronomic appetites.


For more information on the All-New Civic, you can visit any Honda dealer, call Honda's Toll Free number at 1-800-88-2020 or log on to www.honda.com.my or www.ridethedream.my to discover more about the exciting features of the All-New Civic.

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