2019 Honda Civic Sedan Review | Asian Car Guide
December 12, 2019

2019 Honda Civic Sedan Review

2019 honda civc sedan

The Civic is Honda’s longest-running model and best-selling model globally, with more than 25 million sales since 1972. In Australia, over 360,000 Civics have sold since the first-generation vehicle in early 1973.

The 10th generation Civic, released in Australia in 2016, brought the Japanese marque’s A-game back to the increasingly competitive sedan market, lifting sales about 50%, with the RS spec being most popular.

It now has been given a major mid-life update, improved in quite a few ways, internally and externally. Internally, updates include new dashboard trim inserts, new audio controls, more ergonomic infotainment and air-condition controls. Honda’s exceptional engineering, clever packaging and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto.

Externally, the front bumper has been redesigned with a new lower grille that further accentuates the Civics’ low, muscular portions, while a piano black upper grille is now fitted to all models apart from the VTi.

The Civic comes with two petrol engine options in four variants (VTi, VTi-S, VTi-L and VTi-LX), with the VTi starting at a manufacturer’s list price of $22,390 (plus on-road cost), rising to $33,690 (plus on-road cost) for the range-topping VTi-LX model, competing closely with Mazda3. All variants come with six airbags.

Interestingly, getting with new trends of CVT gearbox and turbo charging, for better economy, lower cost and less emissions, the previous 1.8-litre normally aspirated engine remains as the entry level variant, and may still be chosen by some,  whilst the lower displacement but higher power and torque 1.5-litre turbo is in the mid and high-end variants.

Basic specs are: 1.5-litre turbo petrol engine producing 127kW of power at 5,500rpm and 220Nm of torque at 1,700-5,500rpm, and 1.8-litre engine pushing out 104kW at 6,500rpm and 174Nm at 4,300rpm, all engines mated to Earth Dream 7 speed Continuously Variable Transmissions (CVT), not rapid changers, but good for everyday driving.

Every Honda Civic sedan variant now features a unique wheel as of fresh designs and new colour treatments that have been applied across the range. Both the VTi and VTi-S have all-new wheel designs and the top of the variants VTi-LX is now fitted with its own distinctive alloy wheel with a new dark grey finish applied.

The 1.5-litre has minimal and refined premium interior design, with smart entry and push start, and the centre console has comparatively enormous storage space. The roomier cabin has plenty of leg and head room for rear passengers, and basically simpler cleaner design. The instrument panel digital display looks modern and exciting with Paddle Shifters, Electric Park Brake and a Brake Hold Function.

The CVT gearbox still drones but with a fuller and raspier sound, a big improvement where Honda CVT exhaust notes are concerned.

The 1.5-litre turbo has firm brake bite and hugs corners very well with only slight body roll. The 1.8-litre is also impressive though lacking the delivery of the turbo.

Both cars have very well insulated cabins, with updates to the instrument panel and seat trims, and improvements to the controls for the audio and ventilation systems.

The Advanced Display Audio touchscreen in the new Civic has been redesigned for a more intuitive user experience; additional of hard keys for the most commonly used functions, along with a dedicated volume control knob.

Standard safety features in the 10th generation Civic include ABS, Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA), and Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), Emergency Stop Signal (ESS), six airbags (dual front, side curtains and side units), Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA), Hill Start Assist and security alarm.

SAFETY

Safety features: Full suite of Honda Sensing safety and driver-assist technologies.

Honda Sensing consists of a forward collision warning, autonomous emergency braking, pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control with stop and go functionality, lane departure warning, lane-keep assist and steering assist.

WARRANTY AND SERVICING

Servicing: Honda’s ownership promise includes a five-year/100,000km warranty, while capped-price servicing is also available – intervals for both engines are set every 10,000km or twelve months (whichever occurs first), up to 100,000km. Maintenance will average out at about $300 per visit.

Pricing

  • VTi 1.8L-VTEC $22,390
  • VTi-S 1.8L i-VTEC $24,590
  • VTi-L 1.5L VTEC Turbo $27,990
  • RS 1.5L VTEC Turbo $31,990
  • VTi-LX 1.5L VTEC Turbo $33,690

Note: excludes on-road costs