Juliet Reviews…the new HONDA CIVIC

An updated Honda Civic range has arrived in South Africa hoping to build on the success of this popular sedan. It is a midlife facelift that introduces a few subtle changes to the exterior and interior of all four models in the line-up.

This 10th generation Civic is still offered with a choice of either a naturally aspirated 1.8-litre or a sporty 1.5-litre turbo petrol engine. It also continues with its four models being the 1.8 Comfort, the 1.8 Elegance, 1.5T Sport and the 1.5T Executive. All models come standard with a continuously variable transmission (CVT).

Honda Motors Southern Africa’s newly appointed President says, “This update emphasises Honda’s commitment to ongoing product improvement and enhanced customer satisfaction. The 10th generation Honda Civic set high standards in terms of dynamic appeal, interior packaging, advanced technology and driver engagement when it was introduced here in 2016.”

It may be a four-door sedan, but it is recognisable for its sleek sports coupé looks. The front of the updated Honda Civic now has a redesigned front grille, a bolder, three-dimensional bumper and new styling details. Moving to the rear of the Civic, you will notice new chrome detailing. Chrome garnish has also been added to the front of the 1.8 Comfort model as well as around the fog lamps of the 1.8 Elegance and 1.5T Executive models.

Model-specific wheels have been introduced including double-spoke 16-inch alloys in Shark Grey for the 1.8 Comfort, while the 1.8 Elegance and 1.5T Executive are fitted with 17-inch wheels featuring scythe-shaped spokes in Dark Grey. To keep things really sporty, the 1.5T Sport boasts 17-inch alloys finished in Berlina Black, augmented by a dark coating.

Cabin noise is something those at Honda have tried to improve on with this updated Civic. The interior has been finely tweaked to further refine the cabin. The standard specification list remains unchanged. But when it comes to the high-resolution, seven-inch LCD display that forms the centrepiece of the digital audio system, the touchscreen buttons have been replaced by hard buttons which is probably my favourite news about this update. I wish more manufacturers would steer away from the touchscreen thing, it is certainly more dangerous to operate when driving. Honda has also incorporated a volume control knob. YAY!  

All safety features have been carried over in to the updated Civic some of which includes dual front, side and curtain airbags, Hill Start Assist, ABS and EBD. A reverse camera and rear parking sensors are also standard on all but the base model. The colour options have only slights changed with the Orchid White Pearl being replaced by an all-new Platinum White Pearl.

Pricing for the updated Honda Civic includes a five-year/200 000 km warranty, a five-year/90 000 km service plan, as well as three years of AA Roadside Assistance. Services are at 15 000 km intervals for the 1.8 models and 10 000 km for the 1.5T variants.

UPDATED HONDA CIVIC PRICING

1.8 Comfort CVT – R364,500

1.8 Elegance CVT – R408,500

1.5T Sport CVT – R474,700

1.5T Executive CVT – R507,600

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