It is no secret that customers prefer compact SUVs over the likes of a sedan, especially when that sedan used to offer far more excitement. I am talking about the Honda Civic which at one point ticked all the boxes for those wanting a bit of oomph in their drive. But it became a bit more sensible and therefore, well, boring. The 10th generation arrived in South Africa in 2016 and thankfully, it reinstated a bit of that charm that many Honda fans were after. Late last year, it received an update and so Honda hopes it will continue to draw the crowds.
The updates include a redesigned front grille, a bolder, three-dimensional bumper and new styling details. At the rear, there is new chrome detailing designed to highlight the wide, low stance of the Civic, while chrome garnish has been added to the front of the 1.8 Comfort, as well as around the fog lamps of the 1.8 Elegance and 1.5T Executive models. The Civic Sport gains 17-inch alloy wheels finished in Berlina Black, augmented by a dark coating. The interior remains pretty much the same with a few tiny refinements here and there. It is a spacious cabin, which you’d expect from a sedan, but it might be somewhat outdated for many. It has been referred to as ‘sombre’ by many. The standard spec list is good, but again, it might need a bit more to keep up with the times, especially if you consider the lack of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
The boot on a sedan is always a plus for me and the Civic’s is no different. It offers 424-litres, and although not particularly deep, it is wide. From a safety point of view, the Civic Sport comes with six airbags, ABS with EBD, and Vehicle Stability Control with Hill Start Assist. Not to mention a reverse camera and rear parking sensors.
The Honda Civic Sport is the more, you guessed it, ‘sporty’ of the models on offer. You can opt for a 1.8 naturally aspirated engine(104 kW/174 Nm) in either Comfort or Elegance guise, but the Sport boasts a 1.5l turbocharged engine which produces 127 kW and 220 Nm of torque. Before you get too excited, however, I must point out that it is only available with a CVT transmission. But before your lips starts to quiver, you will be glad to know that it is not all that bad. This engine is eager and there is minimal whingeing from the ‘box. Fuel consumption is at a claimed 5.9l/100 km but you will more than likely sit a fair bit higher than this. I know I did.
It’s a tough call to make between this and some of its rivals, especially that of the Mazda3 which feels truly premium, but the Honda Civic offers a lot in terms of space, comfort and performance.
The civic comes with a five-year/200 000 km warranty, a five-year/90 000 km service plan, as well as three years of AA Roadside Assistance.
Honda Civic Sport is priced at: R527 690