Honda Civic Review (Updated 2020)

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Maintaining its excellent driveability and superior suspension, the 2020 Honda Civic has had some thoughtful touches to keep the vehicle relevant in this day and age.
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Introduction

Often regarded as the pinnacle of engineering among Japanese compact sedans, the 2020 edition of the Honda Civic retains its classic appeal but with several relevant updates. Maintaining its excellent driveability and superior suspension, the 2020 Honda Civic has had some thoughtful touches to keep the vehicle relevant in this day and age.

The 2020 Honda Civic comes in 3 forms – the classic 1.6L Sedan, the 1.5 Turbo, and the Hatchback. In this review, we will be covering the 1.6 and 1.5 Turbo.

Honda Civic 1.5 Turbo Exterior

The new Honda Civic exterior follows the same recipe as its predecessor, except now it has a new front lower bumper section with two chrome strips. LED fog lamps have also been added for more visibility.

A new antenna which is shaped like a fin, replaces the old glass mounted antenna.

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Fin-like antenna

The 1.5L Turbo version gets a sunroof for a sportier look, as it should, while the regular 1.6L version has no sunroof.

Honda Civic 1.6 LX Exterior

The 1.6L version sports the same 16 inch diameter wheels as before, and is basically identical to the 1.5 Turbo except for the sunroof.

The 2020 Honda Civic comes in an impressive glossy finish and is available in 7 different colours (Platinum White, Crystal Black, Brilliant Sporty Blue Metallic, Cosmic Blue Metallic, Lunar Silver Metallic, Modern Steel Metallic, Coffee Cherry Red).

Honda Civic Interior

Honda has made the most changes to their designs on the inside of the 2020 Honda Civic.

Space-wise, the 2020 Honda Civic is no slouch, offering 519L of cargo space.

There is sufficient legroom for passengers and it is not cramped at maximum capacity (5 human adult passengers). Even taller passengers will find this new setup comfortable, due to the spacious legroom available. They just might have to duck on their way in due to the sloped roof.

In terms of practical storage, the 2020 Honda Civic delivers with classic door pockets and a deep armrest storage cabinet. Storing essential items like keys, wallet and phones is no issue at all.

Seats are made of a comfortable fabric, and plastic covering the interior is dimpled, which just screams ‘classic Japanese sedan’. The backseats can be folded forward to reveal an aperture for expanding boot storage (for longer items).

Appearing to have heeded feedback, Honda changed the touchscreen buttons for volume into a physical volume knob (which probably is better for drivers’ safety). Aircon buttons have also been introduced for a less frustrating experience.

Both the 1.5 Turbo and 1.6LX have the same interior.

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Designed for a less frustrating experience

Honda Civic 1.5 Turbo Performance

At 170bhp horsepower, the 1.5 Turbo can reach top speeds faster than the 1.6 LX, taking only 8.5 seconds to reach 100km/h.

The 1.5 Turbo outperforms the 1.6 i-VTEC in terms of engine capacity and fuel efficiency, but for most families the 1.6LX is good enough. However, for those who want that extra edge and enhanced driving experience, the 1.5 Turbo is a good upgrade.

Honda Civic 1.6 LX Performance

As mentioned, Honda has always been known for delivering superb drivability and engineering. The 2020 Honda Civic 1.6L with its specialised i-VTEC technology is no different.

Pumping out 123 bhp Horsepower , the 1.6 litre engine is more than capable of moving metal, reaching 100km/h in 11.7 seconds flat.

Honda Civic Handling

The 2020 Honda Civic utilises CVT (continuously variable transmission), that is smooth and provides for a comfortable driving experience. Those who enjoy a simple and fuss-free drive will like the Honda Civic for its reliability in this regard.

In terms of handling, the 2020 Honda Civic is easy to steer and drive, and strikes a good balance between comfort and intensity of focus. It handles turns well and can be considered a versatile vehicle.

Honda Civic Fuel Efficiency

Fuel efficiency is not lost with the upgraded power of the 2020 Honda Civic, especially with the 1.5 Turbo engine which is surprisingly more fuel efficient than the 1.6 i-VTEC counterpart (5.9L/100km vs 6.7L/100km). Both fall under the 5-8L/100km range, which is considered good fuel efficiency.

Honda Civic Safety

A staple in the sedan market, the 2020 Honda Civic does not scrimp on safety features. The new Civic comes with stability controls which detect when handling limits have been exceeded. This automatically reduces engine power and applies brakes as necessary.

The 2020 Honda Civic has been designed with front, side and overhead airbags which protect the occupants in the event of an accident. However, these only protect the front two seats, which could be improved.

Honda also included a neat anti-theft solution with its security system which disables ignition if the original manufacturer’s key is not used, and a LaneWatch system which allows one to view the passenger side of the car to check for oncoming vehicles.

Honda Civic Singapore Price

Based on the Honda Singapore website, the 2020 Honda Civic 1.6LX retails for $95,999 while the 2020 Honda Civic 1.5 Turbo retails for $113,999.

Summary

The 2020 Honda Civic is a valuable player in today’s car market, boasting all you really need in a compact sedan and family car. With its sleek design, functional specs and comfortable drivability, it is definitely one of the better sedans out now.

The 1.5 Turbo, costing about $23,000 more than the base 1.6L model is fun to drive and has slightly better specs, but at the end of the day we would still recommend the classic 1.6L model, as it is spacious, offers reliability and functionality for a more affordable price.

We would also recommend picking up the LX upgrade for a few thousand dollars more as it allows for leather seats and a solar film for the glass panels. These will inevitably make the interior cooler and easier to maintain than the standard fabric seats.

Verdict

What we like
- Nicely planned and well-designed interior
What we do not like
- Slight body roll only when cornering at higher speeds
- Comes with only 2 airbags
Editor’s recommendation
Overall, the Honda Civic is a well balanced car. It comes with all the right ticks at the right price.

Honda Civic Specifications

2020 Honda Civic Model

1.6L i-VTEC LX

1.5 Turbo

Dimensions

4662mm x 1799mm x 1416mm(LxWxH)

4662mm x 1799mm x 1416mm(LxWxH)

Wheelbase

2700mm

2700mm

Turning Radius

5300mm

5300mm

Weight

1237kg

1310kg

2020 Honda Civic Model

1.6L i-VTEC LX

1.5 Turbo

Engine

1597cc SOHC i-VTEC

1498cc DOHC Turbo

Transmission

CVT

CVT

Drive Type

Front-Wheel Drive

Front-Wheel Drive

Power

125bhp

173bhp

Torque

151Nm

220Nm

Top Speed

200km/h

200km/h

0-100km/h

11.7s

8.5s

Fuel consumption

6.7L/100km

5.9L/100km

Suspension (Front/Rear)

MacPherson Strut/Multi-links

MacPherson Strut/Multi-links

Brakes (Front/Rear)

Ventilated Disc/Solid Disc

Ventilated Disc/Solid Disc

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