Honda Civic continues sedan tradition

Honda launches 11 th generation Civic

Reuben Van Niekerk
Honda Civic

Honda has continued their presence in the sedan segment with the launch of the 11th generation Civic. With a reputation that stretches across five decades, the Civic is Honda’s longest running model and the latest iteration, that will only be available in RS trim, aims to continue that reputation.

The Civic is well loved for its engineering excellence, fun-to-drive dynamics, quality construction and frugal fuel consumption.

The Civic in RS form boasts a simple yet sporty design. Styling features include a low beltline, long and low bonnet, pulled back A-pillars and large glass area. Attractive, wide-set LED headlights and taillights are connected by a sharp character line that carries from the front bumper to the rear. Specific RS touches include 18-inch black matte alloy wheels, gloss black side mirrors, shark fin antenna, door handles and boot spoiler.

Inside story

A human centred cabin places a clear focus on detail and offers excellent visibility and excellent use of space. High quality materials have been used throughout, while a great deal of attention was given to the feel and operation of the switchgear and controls.

The electrically adjustable seats have been finished in a leather/suede combination, while red ambient interior lighting, a black headlining and aluminium pedals add to the sporty feel.

The Civic is equipped with Honda’s nine-inch Advanced HDMI Display Audio system that features Apple CarPlay and Android Auto Connectivity. A wireless smartphone charger and front and rear USB ports are standard fitment.

Ahead of the driver is a 10.2-inch all-digital interactive LCD instrument cluster that enables the driver to scroll through a variety of functions.

A Bose CenterPoint2 and Bose SurroundStage digital signal processing system utilise a new 12-speaker sound system to deliver a clear and impactful listening experience.

Under the bonnet

The powertrain of the Civic represents a major change and prioritises performance and fuel consumption. A 1.5-litre VTEC turbocharged engine offers 131kW at 6000rpm and 240Nm from 1700rpm. An updated continuously variable automatic transmission ensures improved power delivery, refinement and fuel efficiency. Honda’s Step Shift programming simulates gear changes when accelerating. Honda claims that the Civic will use just 6.2 litres per 100km.

Selecting from the three drive modes labelled Econ, Normal and Sport is simplified through an intuitive Drive Mode Switch located on the centre console.

Safety at its best

Active safety features include Vehicle Stability Assist, ABS, EBD, Hill Start Assist, Brake Hold, a rear view camera and parking sensors. Front, side and curtain airbags as well as Isofix child seat anchors ensure that passengers are kept safe in the event of a collision.

Honda Sensing safety technology incorporates a wide range of driver assistance features and driver aids, as standard. Features include a newly developed wider angle, higher definition front camera, which can detect a more comprehensive range of road surfaces and traffic characteristics. Incorporated technology includes collision mitigation braking, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, lane keeping assist, road departure mitigation, auto high beam and a lane watch camera.

Model range and pricing

The 11th generation Honda Civic is only available as the flagship RS derivative for R669 000, which includes a five-year/200 000km warranty and a five-year/90 000km service plan.