Honda Civic IMA Executive

Honda Civic Review

Honda Civic IMA Review

Honda's 1.3 litre i-DSI petrol engine is ingeniously coupled to an electric motor which engages as you accelerate or as you go up hill.

24 February 2004 Melanie Carter
How It Drove - Performance

Honda's 1.3 litre i-DSI petrol engine is ingeniously coupled to an electric motor which engages as you accelerate or as you go up hill. The electric motor boosts the engine power until you reach cruising speed and then turns itself off. As you slow down or brake the electric motor acts as a generator recharging the battery which is stored out of sight behind the rear seats.

Town driving is the perfect environment for the Civic IMA which has been awarded may accolades for its fuel economy and green credentials. Honda asked the question 'what if things knew when they weren't being used and switched themselves off' and the Civic IMA does just that. When you come to a complete stop for example at traffic lights the car will switch itself off and when you depress the clutch and engage first gear it will automatically restart itself. This was a bit unnerving to begin with but you soon get used to it and you find yourself feeling smug in queues because you're not emitting unnecessary exhaust fumes. Around town the Civic IMA drives like any ordinary car, the 5 speed gearbox is light resulting in smooth easy gear changes. The engine is extremely quiet and refined, the urban fuel consumption is equally as impressive returning approximately 47.1 mpg.

The Civic IMA's 1339cc engine produces 89 bhp which enables it to accelerate from 0-62 mph in a respectable 12.8 seconds and continue to a top speed of 111 mph. However, on 'A' and 'B' roads the IMA did feel slightly underpowered and you have to work through the gear box to maintain a constant speed uphill. On the Motorway it cruised comfortably in 5th gear at 70 mph but again we found ourselves changing down into 4th regularly to maintain a constant speed uphill.

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Honda Civic Road Test Data
Model ReviewedHonda Civic IMA Executive
Body TypeSaloon
ColourSatin Silver Metallic
Performance (manufacturers data) 
0 - 62 mph12.8 seconds
Top Speed 111 mph
Transmission5-Speed Manual
Fuel TypePetrol - Unleaded
CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures) g/km
Economy (NEDC Figures) 
Urban47.1 mpg
Extra Urban65.7 mpg
Combined57.6 mpg
Insurance Group8
Euro NCAP RatingTBA
Warranty3-year/90,000 mile (whichever comes first) mechanical warranty
3-year paint surface warranty
6-year rust through warranty
8-year/100,000 mile warranty for the IMA components
Price (when tested on the 24/02/04)£ 15,000

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