THE new Honda Civic is now available in South Africa, bringing bold, dynamic styling, along with trend-setting levels of sophistication and high-tech features.
Over the course of the past nine generations, the Civic has continuously evolved to meet changing customer needs around the world.
Thus, it comes as no surprise that Honda’s longest-running automotive nameplate is also its biggest-selling model globally, with more than 23 million Civics sold to date.
The new Honda Civic was realised on three main pillars, beginning with a design that offers depth of appeal supported by the car’s technology and performance.
It is also soulful, delivering new levels of dynamic, sporty performance that remain true to its heritage, and that of the Honda brand.
With the focus on comfort, Honda incorporated advanced equipment developed for an era that demands new levels of integration between people, smartphones and the vehicle, while also increasing the Civic’s comfort, safety and quality standards.
In aiming for superior levels of design and comfort, the challenge for Honda engineers was to combine a sleek and aerodynamic exterior with D-segment levels of spaciousness and comfort.
The newcomer’s styling carefully reflects a revolutionary silhouette for a four-door sedan, creating the overall impression of a sleek sports coupé.
The result is a clean, sculpted body shape that emphasises the new Civic’s sporty character, reinforced by the lower and wider stance, along with a longer bonnet and short front overhang.
The reduced height and the more dynamic aesthetic appeal also translate into a lower centre of gravity for greater on-road stability, boosting cornering confidence and encouraging sporty, engaging driving.
A selection of futuristic-looking 16 and 17-inch wheel designs completes the sophisticated and athletic design.
The uncluttered interior design features extensive use of attractive soft-touch and accent materials that heighten the sense of premium quality. On an ergonomic level it offers refined, user-friendly access to the various controls.
This includes the new high-deck centre console that encompasses key features such as the new Electric Parking Brake and Brake Hold function.
To reduce cabin noise and enhance ride quality, the interior package is fitted with lightweight sound proofing materials. This includes underbody coverings and a noise isolation door system.
Rear-seat knee space has increased by 55 mm, along with further gains in shoulder room for the rear occupants. Boot capacity has also improved by 20 percent.
Ahead of the driver is a new advanced full-colour LCD multi-information cluster.
One of the most exciting new features is the advanced interface provided by the high-resolution, seven-inch- WVGA LCD display that forms the centrepiece for the digital audio system.
The expansive IPS display can be viewed from both driver and passenger seats, and the air-conditioning can also be operated on the display panel.
The innovative system enables connection with numerous smartphone functions, including maps for ease of navi operation.
The system is also compatible with various media formats, and can be operated by controls on the multifunction steering wheel.
In addition, a switch on the steering wheel can perform alphabet searches and switching of content. A separate switch for the volume, which is frequently used, has also been added.
Several other Civic firsts are also included, such as Walk Away Auto Lock operated by the smart key system, standard on the Sport and Executive models.
Performance comes into sharper focus with the latest Honda Civic, featuring a new 1.5-litre VTEC turbo engine that features Honda’s “Earth Dreams Technology” – the company’s next generation set of technological advancements.
Honda’s first-ever 1.5 VTEC turbo engine produces 127 kW of maximum power at 5 500 r/min, along with 220 Nm of maximum torque – the latter available in a range between 1 700 and 5 500 r/min to enhance all-round drivability.
The engine achieves Euro4 emission requirements, making it one of the most environmentally-friendly engines in its class.
The new Civic is also available with an updated version of the 1,8-litre SOHC i-VTEC naturally aspirated engine. It produces 104 kW and 6 500 r/min, allied to a torque peak of 174 Nm at 4 300 r/min.
Both engines are paired with an exhilarating and sporty new series of CVT gearboxes as standard. This ensures powerful and smooth performance, with the added benefit of maximum efficiency.
This combination achieves a combined cycle fuel consumption of 5,9 l/100 km for the 1.5 VTEC TURBO, and 6,3 l/100 km for the 1.8 SOHC i-VTEC – the latter representing an improvement of 8,8 percent compared to the old model.
Both engines feature Honda’s ECON mode, which optimises the engine and transmission for maximum fuel economy.
Honda’s new Agile Handling Assist feature is integrated with the Civic’s EPS and vehicle control systems to facilitate overall control and stability.
An additional safety net is provided by means of the Vehicle Stability Control, which is standard on all models, incorporating Hill Start Assist, along with ABS anti-lock brakes and electronic brake force distribution (EBD).
All models are equipped with dual front, side and curtain air bags, complemented with a reverse camera and rear parking sensors on all but the base model.
The new Honda Civic range comprises four models, spanning a choice of two engines and four specification grades.
1.8 Comfort CVT – R330 000
1.8 Elegance CVT – R370 000
1.5T Sport CVT – R430 000
1.5T Executive CVT – R460 000
The recommended retail pricing includes a five-year/200 000km warranty, a five-year/90 000km service plan, as well as three years of AA Roadside Assistance. - Supplied.