Should I buy a Honda Civic?

This is why you should buy a Honda Civic

The Honda Civic is one of the most iconic nameplates in the automotive world. Now in its 11th generation it remains an excellent car to buy for a variety of reasons.

It remains true to its heritage

The newcomer, available in RS trim only, continues to build on a reputation for engineering excellence, fun-to-drive dynamics, quality construction and frugal fuel consumption.

It features a simple yet sporty exterior

The exterior design features a low beltline, long and low bonnet, pulled back A-pillars and large glass areas. Attractive, wide-set LED headlights and taillights are connected by a sharp character line. The RS package accentuates the sporty appeal and includes 18-inch matte black alloy wheels, gloss black side mirrors, shark fin antenna, outer door handles and rear boot spoiler.

The interior is premium

The human-centred cabin reflects a clear focus on detail. It provides excellent visibility and efficient use of space. There is extensive use of high-quality materials, while the feel and operation of all switchgear and controls ensures a tactile experience.

The power adjustable and heated seats are covered in a leather/suede combination upholstery while a black headlining, sporty pedals and a finely textured centre console add to the sophisticated look and feel.

Advanced infotainment technology

The Civic RS is equipped with Honda’s nine-inch Advanced HDMI Display Audio system that offers Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality. A 10.2-inch interactive all-digital LCD instrument cluster enables the driver to scroll through playlists, navigation directions, Honda Sensing functions and answer phone calls all from the steering wheel. A Bose SurroundStage 12-speaker system was custom engineered for the Civic and delivers a clear and impactful listening experience.

The engine is powerful yet frugal 

While maintaining the Civic’s reputation for offering a combination of performance and fuel consumption, the Civic is now fitted with an enhanced 1.5-litre VTEC turbocharged engine that offers 131kW at 6 000rpm and 240Nm from 1 700rpm. Combined with a CVT transmission it offers improved power delivery, refinement and fuel efficiency, with the Civic capable of using as little as 6,2 litres per 100km on the combined cycle.

Top-notch safety

The Civic comes standard with a full suite of active and passive safety technologies as standard including VSA, ABS, EBD, Hill Start Assist, Brake Hold, a rear view camera and parking sensors. It is also fitted with front, side and curtain airbags, Isofix child seat anchors and seatbelt pretensioners. In addition the Civic is fitted with the enhanced Honda Sensing safety technology, which incorporates a range of driver assistance features and aids.

Available as one derivative

The new Honda Civic is only available as the flagship RS derivative, with a full compliment of standard features, the latest 1.5-litre DOHC VTEC Turbocharged engine and a CVT transmission. The selling price includes a five-year/200 000km warranty, a five-year/90 000km service plan and three-year AA roadside assistance.