Left in automatic' mode it drives like all these systems do, with sluggish gear changes and panic downchanges if you are clumsy with the accelerator pedal. In 2009 the 1.4-litre DSi engine was replaced by a vastly better 1.4-litre i-VTEC that produces a much healthier. Because red and carbon fiber mean fast, theres red stitching, a red digital gauge cluster, and faux carbon-fiber trim to define the interior aesthetic. The cloth sport seats feature more aggressive bolstering and embossed Si logos. Standard equipment is generous and includes automatic climate control, heated front seats, rain-sensing wipers, and a 7.0-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Honda says the Civic Si will start in the mid-20,000s, right in the ballpark of those more powerful competitors from VW. So though it accomplishes what it does through fairly stiff suspension, it's a very trustworthy, sporty drive with nice, honest steering. And the fact that it did 45mpg answers the question about the loss of the diesel. That all changes now: The Si versions of the 10th-generation Civic feature turbocharging for the first time in the history of the nameplate. Perhaps more blasphemously, the Si lacks the traditional two-stage VTEC variable valve timing and lift, instead using Hondas variable timing control (VTC). Buyers Show for Last New VW 2.0-Liter Diesels. Which 2017 Cars Have Android Auto? Which 2017 Cars Have Apple CarPlay? Read more on Car Buying The 2016 m American-Made Index m illustration by Paul Dolan; manufacturer image; Scyther5/iStock/Thinkstock.