2019 Honda Civic 1.5 RS Turbo Modulo Sport test drive, review -Philippines

2019 Honda Civic 1.5 RS Turbo Modulo Sport test drive, review -Philippines


this is the 10th gen Honda Civic RS Turbo modulo next to the Type R it’s the fastest Civic that you can buy
locally but is it worth its 1.6 million peso price tag let’s find out The Civic is one of the most loved and also one of the most hated cars in the car
community It is also one of the most modded cars that you’ll see on the road
and that may be one of the reasons for the hate I’ve actually owned a couple of
civics I’ve owned a fifth gen with a D15B engine swap I’ve owned a 6th gen
also with a d15B swap I’ve owned a seventh and an eighth gen this generation of the Civic is the
first generation to be offered with a turbocharged engine the Civic was first
introduced back in 2017 but until now it’s still a pretty striking looking car
it looks long it looks wide and it looks aggressive I think the most striking
angle of the Civic is right here at the back these huge C shaped LED tail lamps
look pretty futuristic especially at night it is a sedan with a trunk but
because of the way the rear window slopes it looks like a fastback when
viewed from the side it looks very streamlined with its long hood and its
sharply sloping roofline the standard RS turbo looks very
sporty already but this modulo variant adds a couple of aesthetic mods which
make it look even sportier it has side skirts it has a chin It has dual exhaust tips both of
which are functional it has 17 inch wheels finished in gloss black compared
to the regular RS turbo it looks a lot meaner The RS turbo is powered by an L15B7 engine it’s a 1.5 liter four-cylinder
turbocharged dual overhead cam engine it has a small turbo which spools pretty
quickly it produces 16.5 psi of boost out of the factory boost is
controlled via an electronic waste gate it doesn’t have VTEC what it has is VTC
VTEC adjusts valve lift while VDC adjusts timing since the engine is
turbocharged air is gonna be forced into the cylinders by the turbine and it’ll
not benefit as much from a higher valve lift the engine produces 172 horsepower
at 5,500 rpm and 220 Newton meters of torque at 1700 to 5500
rpm it’s way below the Kia Forte which also sells for 1.6 million but produces
204 horsepower one good thing about having a turbo engine is that it’s
easier to tune with an ECU tune you can easily get more than 200 horsepower out
of it another good thing about turbo charging is that you can’t produce more
power without sacrificing fuel efficiency as much on the highway it can
do fifteen to sixteen kpl and in the city it can do between nine to ten kpl the interior is unmistakeably a Honda
interior it looks similar to other Honda models like the CRV and even the Brio you
have these cascading elements on the dashboard it’s a pretty premium looking
interior you have leather seats you have soft touch materials on the dashboard
you have this aluminum looking trim on the dashboard and on the door sidings the center console is pretty high on one
hand it makes the interior look pretty sporty it gives it a cockpit like
feeling on the other hand it kind of gets in the way imagine giving your
passenger a “hug” and you have a huge chunk of plastic and leather in between
you underneath the center tunnel you have a 12-volt outlet you have USB ports
and an HDMI outlet it has a 7-inch infotainment screen with Android auto
apple carplay and it has navigation it is semi responsive the map lags a
little bit if you move it too fast it has a backup camera with active
guidelines the steering wheel is leather covered
you have notches on the three o’clock and 9 o’clock positions and you have
buttons for the infotainment as well as for the cruise control it has
an electronic parking brake space at the back is adequate although
it has to be mentioned that it has no air con vents for the rear passengers the Civic RS turbo has a slightly
stiffer suspension compared to the regular 1.8e so it handles a bit better
on tight turns if you’re expecting the RS turbo to be a baby Type R you will be
disappointed it is quick but not that quick it can do
0 to 100 kph in 8.5e seconds which is quick compared to other compact
cars in the segment but it’s still within the realm of regular cars it is
by no means a sports car at least out of the box because it has good tuning
potential I wish there was a manual option though or at least something
other than a CVT you choose the RS turbo over the
regular civic 1.8 because you want something that’s a bit more exciting to
drive and it will deliver on that department just set your expectations
accordingly it is significantly more powerful than the 1.8 E and it also has
plenty of potential for tuning the only limiting factor
from a performance standpoint is the CVT one reason why people hate on older
Civics so much is that they’re usually modified to look fast even though
they’re not the Civic RS turbo modulo sport looks like it can go fast and it
offers a bit of performance to match the looks it has new competition though I
got to test-drive the 2020 Kia Forte GT which sells at the same price it also
has a 1.5 liter turbocharged engine but produces 204 horsepower I’ll post a
review of the car soon so watch out for it

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