Honda Civic treated to refreshed design, modern tech and expanded drivetrain options

Honda Civic gains updates along with twin-motor hybrid powertrain

Building on the success of the 11th generation Civic, the refreshed 2025 Honda Civic has been enhanced with more style, more tech and with an available two-motor hybrid powertrain.

The 2025 Civic will be available in four trim levels, starting with LX and Sport and topped by the hybrid-powered Sport Hybrid and Sport Touring Hybrid. 

Honda believe that the Civic is a perfectly timed addition to their lineup as hybrid electric sales continue to grow, providing Honda with an important building block towards 100% zero emissions vehicle sales by 2040.

With an anticipated 150kW the Honda Civic hybrid-electric is set to be the most powerful non-Type R Civic model yet, as it provides quick, effortless acceleration while receiving outstanding fuel consumption. Linear Shift Control further elevates the driving experience by mimicking the vehicle speed-linked rev feel typically associated with a conventional drivetrain shifting gears under acceleration.

The Honda two-motor hybrid system maximises efficiency without compromising dynamic performance or passenger and cargo space. Optimised for the Civic and delivering a sporty driving experience, the refined Honda two-motor hybrid-electric power unit features two large and powerful electric motors. The system also includes four levels of regenerative braking.

To further amplify the Civics legendary fun to drive spirit and class leading ride comfort, the ride and handling dynamics of the Civic hybrid have been optimised with unique spring and damper tuning and a specially developed tyre.

Civic LX and Sport trims continue to be powered by the 2.0 litre, four-cylinder engine. Sport Hybrid and Sport Touring Hybrid trims benefit from Honda’s powerful yet efficient two-motor hybrid system with which drivers can seamlessly switch between selectable drive modes in order to optimise the Civic driving experience.

Enhanced design

The exterior styling of the 2025 Honda Civic has been enhanced with a new more aggressive front fascia and grille and darker taillights which add a sharper look. The new more-powerful hybrid is differentiated by a distinct body coloured headlamp garnish and lower front spoiler. All Sport trims continue to be differentiated by dark trim and 18-inch alloy wheels.

Inside, the simple and clean interior of the Civic has also been refreshed. All hybrid models are now available with a grey interior and Sport Hybrid models come standard with a moonroof, heated front seats and dual zone climate control. Sport Touring Hybrid models gain leather seating, a 12-speaker Bose premium audio system and intuitive technology, including a nine-inch touchscreen with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility.

Safety for everyone

The 11th generation Honda Civic is a safety leader in the compact class thanks to advanced active and passive safety technology that comes standard on all models.

This includes Honda’s Advanced Compatibility Engineering body structure, which is designed to help protect occupants in a wide variety of frontal collisions, along with advanced supplemental restraint systems.

For example the Civics’ driver and passenger airbags were designed to minimise the potential for severe brain trauma associated with angled frontal collisions with the front driver’s airbag using an innovative donut-shaped structure to cradle the head and reduce rotation.

Based on Honda’s long-standing Safety for Everyone approach which focuses on advancing safety for everyone sharing the road, all Civic models are equipped with the Honda Sensing suite of safety and driver assistance technologies which includes collision mitigation braking with pedestrian detection, forward collision warning, road departure mitigation, lane keeping assist and adaptive cruise control. All models are now also equipped with Blind Spot warning with Rear Cross Traffic Alert.

Local availability

The refreshed Honda Civic along with two motor hybrid models are yet to be confirmed for South African introduction.