Honda Civic VTi-L sedan
Mid-grade models benefit from safety upgrade.
Honda’s popular Civic sedan range has come in for an update, headlined by the introduction of Honda Sensing safety and driver-assist technologies on the mid and upper VTi-L and RS grades.
Honda Sensing includes Forward Collision Warning, Collision Mitigation Braking System, Lane Departure Warning, Lane Keep Assist, Road Departure Mitigation System and Adaptive Cruise Control with Low-Speed Follow.
There’s a refresh of the exterior styling and interior design, too. The front bumper has been redesigned with a new lower grille, finished in matching gloss black on all variants. A piano black upper grille is now fitted to all models, apart from the VTi.
The VTi-L scores electrically-retractable door mirrors with auto-fold function, while a new Platinum White pearlescent colour has been added to the paint palette.
Interior updates include:
- New dashboard trim inserts featuring a geometric embossed finish.
- New seat trims on the VTi-S grade and above, all featuring a chequered accent centre panel on both the seat base and backrest.
- New volume control knob, incorporating audio on/off functions.
- New hard keys for the core display screen functions.
- New, smooth-finish steering wheel-mounted rocker switch for remote volume control.
- New push buttons for one-touch adjustment of fan speed on the dual zone climate control airconditioning system.
- Apple CarPlay/Android Auto now is standard across the complete Civic sedan line-up.
What hasn’t changed is the Civic’s amenable driving manners. Though holding no pretentions of overt sportiness (big brother, the Civic Type R, takes care of that), the VTi-L goes well and is a car you could happily live with every day.
Its 127kW/220Nm 1.5-litre direct-injection, turbo-petrol four-cylinder engine, driving the front wheels through a CVT auto, makes for smooth, brisk performance. 0-100km/h comes up in a respectable 7.5 seconds. ADR combined cycle fuel economy is 6.0-litres/100km, though on test we averaged 10.0
Ride quality and handling rate among the best in the Small car segment. Inside, rear and front, is comfy and spacey. At 517 litres – some 22 litres more than the last locally-built VF-series Holden Commodore – boot space amounts to sizeable.
In all, there’s much to like and little to dislike, a point obviously not lost on buyers. In Australia, in excess of 360,000 Civics have been sold since the first-generation vehicle went on sale locally in early 1973. Globally, the Civic is Honda’s longest-running automotive nameplate and its best-selling model, with more than 25 million sales since 1972.
- MLP: $27,990 (plus on-road costs)
- ENGINE: 1.5-litre, VTEC, turbo-petrol 4-cyl.
- TAILPIPE CO2 (g/km): 142
Road manners; smooth, responsive engine; spacey interior and boot.
Space saver spare wheel, no rear seat air vents.