2017 Honda Civic Si
Honda's Civic was the cool car to have growing up. Specifically the Si and Type R models. In 2017 Honda has 5 versions of the Civic. The Sedan, Coupe, Hatchback, Si and Type R. The Si comes in a sedan or coupe. For this week we have the Sedan version of the SI. The SI stands for sport injected!
Disclosure: Honda Canada provided me with the 2017 Civic Si for a week to test drive, and photograph. All photos in this blog post was taken by me.
- 205 @ 5700 rpm / 192 @ 2100-5000
- No V-tech. Turbocharged 4 cylinder
- 6 speed manual
- In older generations of the Si, you get more power revving to higher but in the modern generation you get more of the power at the lower range and it starts to taper off after 5000. If you're use to driving the older models then you'll want to shift earlier to get the fastest 0-100 km/hr time.
- 6.4 seconds 0-100 km/hr
- Light curb weight and tire size help it with excellent stopping time from 100-0.
- Lives up to the Honda Si reputation with great steering
- Low body roll when hitting the turns fast
- While having good handing, it's not super rigid feeling compared to previous generations so you could daily drive this.
- Being a sport car, fuel efficiency isn't suppose to matter to buyers, but you'll be happy to know it has the best fuel efficiency in it's class. 30% more efficient than the previous generation.
- Remember to use premium gas
- 28/38/32 (City/Highway/Combined)
CABIN NOISE: 7.5/10
- Exhaust and engine noise isn't that fierce inside the cabin. This might be disappointing for enthusiast but this does make it more tolerable for passengers with the dampened noise.
- Personally I like the styling, it's not overly aggressive and not plain. I think the look of the car is a hate it or love it type of relationship depending on your personal taste.
- The Si is the only one with the centre exhaust finsher.
LED daytime running lights
- Vehicle Stability Assist2 (VSA®) with Traction Control
- Honda LaneWatch™ blind spot display2
- martVent™ side airbags
- 4-wheel Anti-lock Braking System2 (ABS)
- Brake Assist
- Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD)
- Hill Start Assist2
INTERIOR FOR DRIVER: 8/10
- You can clearly see that it's an Si by the red stitching on the doors, steering wheel, seats, and shifter. There's also a large Si logo on both front seats.
- Clutch is very smooth and easy to get into gear.
- Shifter has short throws making it quick to change gear.
- No volume knob. The driver has to either use the touch screen or steering wheel controls.
- Front seats really hold you in but could be an issue for larger drivers.
- Easy daily drive car but the Si doesn't offer Honda Sensing like the other Civics. There's no active lane keep, forward collision alert , forward emergency braking, and lane departure warning. Driving enthusiast who buy this type of car won't really care but I do feel like it would make it a much more practical car to drive.
- Not really digging how it is an electronic parking brake with the manual transmission but it might be because I'm old school and prefer the feeling of pulling the hand brake.
- Brake hold is nice for drivers new to driving manual so the car won't roll back when on a hill.
INTERIOR FOR PASSENGERS: 8/10
- Rear seats have adequate leg and head room which make it practical.
INTERIOR STORAGE: 7.5/10
- For a sedan this has a decent amount of space. With the seats down you'll be able to get a lot in there if you get creative. I usually throw my snowboards, bicycle and snowboards in there!
INFOTAINMENT SYSTEM: 8/10
- No Navigation but there is Apple Car Play and Android Auto. But if you don't have cell service you won't have any sort of GPS navigation guidance. Strange Honda doesn't include Navigation.
- Not a fan of the volume control being part of the touch screen. They should roll out the Accord infotainment system to all the Honda vehicles I think.
OVERALL IMPRESSION OF THE 2017 Honda Civic Si:
The 2017 Civic Si has good performance. It has matured to a more practical car but doesn't give up the fun factor and the price makes it affordable for most people. Although the exhaust noise can't really be heard inside the cabin but outside the car, the exhaust does have a nice deep growl. I've enjoyed my time with the Si. With the Si only being offered in manual transmission, it may be scratched off the shopping list for most drivers. While driving enthusiast may skip the Si and opt for the more powerful Type R despite the much heavier price tag. If you're looking for an affordable, and fun to drive car that is performance oriented and practical for daily use then you should definitely take a closer look at the Si still. If you're in the market for a Civic and want to have the maximum fun factor, then you might want to up the budget for a Type R.