Buyer’s guide to the Honda Civic

Buyer’s guide to the Honda Civic

Honda has tweaked its popular hatchback for 2020, and here’s what you need to know about it

The Honda Civic is a nameplate many of us will have come across – not least because this is a car now in its tenth generation – the original model debuting back in 1972.

Combining affordability with practicality, the Civic is a popular family car that’s available with a great choice of powertrains. For 2020, it’s been updated with additional trim levels along with a revised cabin that takes on board feedback from buyers to improve the package further. 

Here’s what you need to know about the latest Honda Civic. 

What engines are available?

Three engines are available on the Civic, with the line-up beginning with a 124bhp 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol, which is available with either a six-speed manual transmission or a CVT automatic transmission. With this, you can reach 60mph in 10.1 seconds, while returning a claimed 49.6mpg and CO2 emissions of 128g/km.

The other petrol engine is a 179bhp 1.5-litre turbocharged unit, which is reserved for the ‘Sport’ model. It’s also available with both manual and automatic transmissions, and can power the Civic from 0 to 60mph in eight seconds. It remains relatively efficient, though, returning a claimed 46.3mpg, with CO2 emissions of 137g/km. 

Currently the only diesel Civic available uses a 118bhp 1.6-litre diesel powertrain. Ir prioritises efficiency above all else, though can still send the Civic to 60mph in 10.6 seconds, but Honda claims it returns more than 60mg, along with low CO2 emissions of 117g/km. 

What trim levels can I choose?

Five grades are offered on the standard Civic, with equipment highlights and pricing as follows. 

S – from £19,800

All Civics come equipped with loads of standard safety kit – such as autonomous emergency braking, lane keep assist, adaptive cruise control and traffic sign recognition. It also comes with LED headlights, 16-inch steel wheels and remote locking. 

SE – from £20,270

Upgrade to the SE to get 16-inch alloy wheels, climate control, electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors and a five-inch monitor display with DAB radio and Bluetooth. 

SR – from £22,115

The pick of the range is the SR, which comes with larger 17-inch alloy wheels, a leather steering wheel, front fog lights, automatic lights and wipers and dual-zone climate control. It also gains front and rear parking sensors, electrically foldable door mirrors and a seven-inch media system with satellite navigation, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay and a reversing camera. 

Sport – from £24,095

If you want the most powerful Civic outside of the Type R hot hatch, the Sport is the one to go for. You’re mainly paying the price increase for its engine, but it also comes with black 17-inch alloy wheels, red ambient lighting, a sportier bodykit, LED front fog lights and a central dual exhaust. 

EX – from £25,975

In addition to the SR, this high-spec EX version features keyless entry and start, a leather interior, adaptive dampers and an auto-dimming rear-view mirror. You also get a sunroof, wireless smartphone charging, an 11-speaker sound system and front and rear parking sensors. 

EX Sport Line – from £25,975

At the top of the range is the EX Sport Line, which mainly gains cues from the Sport version – coming with black 17-inch alloy wheels, red interior elements and a spoiler. 

What about personalisation?

There’s a surprising amount of personalisation available on the new Civic  – including various colour packages called Bronze Line, Black Line and Red Line. These change the colour of the rear diffuser, side sills, mirrors and front and rear bumper decoration to give the Civic a more bespoke feel. 

Various protection and accessory packages are available as well, though Honda keeps the traditional options list short and sweet – you really just pick the trim level that comes with the kit you need.

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