2020 Honda Civic VTi-LX Hatch Review | Asian Car Guide
September 21, 2020

2020 Honda Civic VTi-LX Hatch Review

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The current 10th generation (launched 2016) Honda Civic sedan was updated in early 2019. The hatch followed early in 2020 for Australia.

This saw the arrival of Honda Sensing safety and driver-assist technologies, including a new High Beam Assist System, for all 1.5-litre turbo engine models, partnered by a number of exterior styling and interior design upgrades across all variants.

The 2020 Honda Civic competes mainly with Mazda3, Toyota Corolla and Hyundai i30 in the small car segment, and is Honda’s longest-running model (since 1972).

The Civic has 5 specification levels, with optional extras for each.

Entry level VTi and Vti-S have 1.8-litre naturally-aspirated SOHC i-VTEC 4-cylinder petrol engine, 104kW @ 6500rpm and 174Nm @ 4300rpm. Consumption 6.4L/100km combined.

Higher spec Vti-L, sporty RS and top variant Vti-LX all get 1.5-litre DOHC VTEC turbo-petrol engines, 127kW @ 5500rpm and 220Nm @ 1700-5500rpm. Consumption 6.1L/100km combined.

All paired with CVT transmission, paddle shifters on RS and Vti-LX.

Externally

You could describe the front and rear design of the Civic as being busy, a lot going on, a matter of personal choice whether you prefer it to most basically more minimalist competitors.

I personally do, including the large faux air intakes/exits, for the interesting difference it provides.

Updates see redesigned front and grille, LED headlamps accompanying reshaped LED running lights, also minor back end changes, new alloy wheels and additional colours.

Front/rear bumpers display body colour accented lower panel sections, new front grille, rear privacy glass on Vti-S, and new RS rear defuser.

Top variant VTi-LX has its own distinctive, former RS, alloys with dark grey finish, body-coloured door handles, piano black grille and C-pillars, electrically adjusted door mirrors with integrated LED turn indicators, auto leveling and dusk-sensing LED headlights, LED daytime running lights & front fog lights, tail lights with integrated LED light bars, electric sunroof (great), rear privacy glass, shark fin antenna, body-coloured tailgate spoiler, piano black rear spoiler, 2-speed auto rain-sensing front wipers, rear wiper, rear privacy glass.

Internally

New materials are used; dashboard trim inserts feature geometric embossed finish, chequered-accent seat trims on seat centre panels.

There are changes to audio and ventilation panel controls – the info/control touch screen redesigned for intuitive use with dedicated hard keys for most common functions. A better, easier to use, close volume control knob.

VTi-LX has 60:40 split-fold rear seats, a boot cover, dual-zone climate, auto-dim rear-mirror, black leather-appointed seat trim, heated front seats, 8-way power adjust driver seat, power windows with front seat up/down, sun visor illuminated mirrors, rear centre fold down 2 cup holders, electric park brake auto hold, colour LCD driver info, leather-wrapped gear knob & wheel with multi-function controls, Eco Assist (speedo display) ECON Mod, Smart keyless entry, push-button start, Auto
Walk-Away Locking.

Multimedia components include a 7-inch colour touchscreen display with AM/FM/DAB+ radio, Bluetooth phone/audio, USB, Apple/Android, Garmin satnav with SUNA live traffic updates, 452W premium 12 speaker sound system including subwoofer, 12v front Accessory power outlet.

Safety

There is advanced body structure, SRS front, side, full curtain airbags, ABS with brake and electronic brake-force distribution, auto-dim rear mirror, child anchorage x3, ISOFIX x2, security alarm, emergency stop signal, hill start assist, lane Watch, multi-angle dynamic guideline reverse cam, also on when turning, or knob on indicator-lever-end at any time, which is handy, tyre deflation warning, vehicle stability assist with traction control.

Honda driver-assist sensing suite includes: forward collision/lane departure warning, collision mitigation braking, lane-keeping/road departure assist, adaptive cruise control with low-speed follow, high beam support system.

There are fresh new paint colours – Metallic Red for all grades, Flat Taffeta White all grades except RS and Pearlescent Phoenix Orange exclusive to RS, giving an 8 colour range of Pearlescent – orange, black, white, metallic – red, blue, steel, silver, and flat – white.

We tested the VTi-LX. Its features include all those of the other Vti spec levels. If affordable it’s obviously the preferred version to have, especially for the sunroof! or the similar RS with different extra options.

You would not accuse the Civic of being a powerhouse, this segment generally is not, unless you go the $58k 228kW/400Nm 2L turbo type R Civic, but the 1.5L turbo model is very capable of satisfying any usually expected demand placed on it.

The car handles very well, with a good compromise of comfort and handling. Steering and suspension are tight and precise. It is very spacious, comfortable and elegant inside, the leather seats, steering wheel, and gear knob feel good, overall a pleasure to drive, and very comprehensively equipped with electronic assistance, this updated version will no doubt make the Civics’ many buyers very happy.

Hondas offers a five-year/unlimited-kilometre warranty. Servicing are caps nine of the first 10 services at $297, with just one service costing around $328.

  • Security: engine immobiliser, alarm, auto walk-away door locking
  • Suspension: Macpherson strut front, multi-link rear,
  • Brakes: ventilated disc front, Solid disc rear.
  • Fuel: unleaded RON91 or higher, Tank 47L
  • Steering: dual pinion motion adaptive electric power steering, Drive by wire Throttle
  • Wheels: 17-inch alloys, space saver spare.
  • Dimensions: L 4,515 W1,799 H 1,421 WB 2,700mm
  • Pricing (Plus on road cost): Vti and Vti-S with 1.8L i-VTEC, $22,790 and $24,990, Vti-L, RS and Vti-LX with 1.5L VTEC Turbo $28,390, $33,540 and $34,090 (respectively)