The car which left us in 2013 is now reborn after five long years in a new avatar. Yes, today I plan to write about the all new “Honda Civic” 2019 edition. The executive sedan from Honda, Civic was born in Japan in the year 1972. Since then, it has been the most sold car from the house of Honda. Sales volumes claim that approximately 2.5 crore units of Civic have been sold till date around the globe.
In India Civic was first sold in 2006 but discontinued in the year 2013. At that time, Hyundai Elantra was its competitor. Civic tried to make its own signature in its segment but failed with just a petrol variant under its hood.
Now for the first time, precisely after five long years of wait, Civic is back; but this time with a diesel engine the way people here wanted it. Back then in 2006, we had the 8th gen Civic. Now, in the global market, it’s the 10th gen Civic being retailed and that’s exactly what India too has received. As a matter of fact, there are simply no similarities at all between the old and new models.
The new Civic gets a surrealistic and modern design. The wheelbase, length & width are more than the old Civic, though not in terms of height. The front grille design looks familiar like the typical new age Honda cars. Broad and chunky signature wing chrome grille installed with Honda logo extends its way to the headlamps on both sides. LED headlamps with ‘L’ shaped DRL looks distinct and fair. The long cladding in the front bumper includes air dam, fog lamps while a chrome insert border for the cladding enhances the sports looks of the car. LED fog lamps are a first in segment feature.
Chiseled edges, especially on the front bumpers keeps new Civic distinct from other cars. Both the edges of the bonnet are bulged but don’t look odd, as these lines flow downwards all the way to the wheel arches. R17 diamond cut 17-inch alloy wheels are another noticeable feature and also a segment first, that ensures to improve the stability and comfort of New Civic. These big alloy wheels reflect the beauty of new Civic. Sliding roof lines appear impressive.
The ‘C’ pillar runs toward the boot lid while the tail lamp juts out from the rear on both ends giving it an altogether new look. Talking of the rear profile, crystal clear LED tail lamps are one of the attractive elements of 10th gen Civic. Suddenly it seemed like a fastback from the rear view like Hyundai Elantra and Chevy Cruze. Apparently, 430L boot space is quite enough for a fastback design. Integrated spoiler and the scuff plates add to the sports looks on this new sedan. Electric sunroof has been added on this new generation model. Like I mentioned earlier, everything is new about this car now.
As said, Civic falls under the executive sedan segment. Hence, all features will have that executive touch to it. The interiors of the cabin are finished in black, aluminum and wooden elements. Most of the parts are soft touched ones including the dashboard. 7 inch touch screen infotainment system has been installed at the center of the dashboard. All the options are user friendly, is it pairing mobiles with Android Auto or Apple Carplay, audio controls, telephone controls or whatever functions are offered on it. Right under the touch screen display, there is the dual zone automatic climate control setup. Most of the options are controlled on the touch screen system. Steering wheel as well as gear knobs are wrapped in leather. Multi functioning steering wheel is one of the best in its class with buttons for cruise control, paddle shift, voice commands and many more.
The seating position is slightly low compared to other cars in this segment. The seats are made of white leather and have a small black strip running through on one side. Driver seat comes with 8-way adjustable power function. Ample storage space is seen under long armrests, under the dashboard, and even inside the glove box. The door pads have big bottle holders. 7 inch instrument console has been revised, while comparing to the old Civic. Information can be easily read from the center of the instrument cluster. The fuel gauge remains analogue.
In the cabin, interior space and plush seats render premium feel. Arm rests with cup holders in the rear seat and rear AC vents gives the rear passengers more comfort. But the center tunnel in center of the rear seat feels little uncomfortable to those sitting in the center. Leg space and head room is good enough while the seats provide good thigh support. Rear doors too get bottle holders.
Push button for start and stop is also provided on the new Civic. Auto dimming rear view mirror is yet another notable feature that automatically dims the rear view mirror facilitating comfortable view for the driver, when the glare from the headlamps on vehicles behind start to disturb. Another first in segment feature is the new engine starter remote that allows you to start the engine from a distance, to keep it cool and ready before you get in. This is indeed the 10th generation Civic.
It is great news that Honda has launched a diesel engine on the new Civic. But sadly, it doesn’t get an automatic transmission. Only the petrol engine gets a CVT unit. Maybe we can expect one for the diesel variant too in the coming days.
So, as I mentioned earlier, 2019 Civic was launched in two trims. One is the 1.6L i-Dtec Diesel engine paired to a six-speed manual box which produces 120Bhp in 300Nm maximum torque @ 2000 Rpm & 1.8 L Petrol engine which produces 141Bhp in 174Nm maximum torque @ 4300Rpm. The i-Vtec Petrol engine feels smooth enough but on the other hand feels a little noisy inside the cabin. The diesel trim of Amaze too seemed to have the same problem. But it doesn’t matter at all. In case of mileage Civic is the car that offers best in segment fuel efficiency i.e. 16.5kmpl in petrol automatic transmission and 26.8kmpl in Diesel manual transmission. There is an ECON button that automatically adjusts few systems for increased fuel efficiency while the Eco Assist function tracks the mileage on the instrument console.
Suspension is far better than the old civic with Macpherson Strut, Coil Spring at the front and Multilink coil spring at the rear. Six airbags, ABS with EBD, multiple angle rear view camera, Hill hold assist, 4 disc brakes are now added to the safety features list. Apart from that, there is a segment first Lane watch function that has an independent camera on the left ORVM. This alerts the driver with a video from the camera on to the touchscreen display at the centre, if a car is heading through the left side of the vehicle. Civic also has an emergency stop signal that alerts other vehicles from behind using hazard warning lights, in times of panic braking.
Apparently, Honda Civic has bagged 5 stars on the ASEAN NCAP rating that ensures super safety, thanks to its patented ACE body structure.
There is a new electric parking brake switch on the New Civic instead of the age old handbrake setup. In 2018 Honda launched New Amaze and New CRV that reported good numbers in terms of sales in the market. Now it is the turn of New Civic and we hope Honda will fare well this time in this segment. Corolla Altis, Hyundai Elantra, Skoda Octavia are its competitors. Prices begin at Rs.17.70 lakh in India
Complete executive sedan
More features than its competitors
More power & looks
Segment first features
Best in class mileage
Best in space and comfort