The Honda Civic is one of the world’s most popular cars, which alongside the Toyota Corolla, is a car that is known all over the world by almost all walks of life. It’s also a car drooled over by college students both in the Philippines and around the world. I myself, included, love the Honda Civic, having owned the 9th generation model, which, wasn’t exactly a huge leap forward compared to its predecessor. Not resting on their laurels, Honda made sure that the new, 10th generation Civic, will once again bring back the Civic magic that made the Civic such as popular nameplate, combining practicality, reliability, and why it was made famous in the first place, fun to drive. One of the most awaited cars of 2016 in the Philippines is here. Welcome, to the all-new Honda Civic.
The outside of the Civic is a huge departure from the cab forward design of the 8th and 9th generations, also known by their codes as FD and FB, respectively. Instead, it now has a longer hood, and with it, a lot of style. A crease from the standard full LED (including turn signals) headlights run all the way to the door, giving an impression of dynamism and sportiness, which continues all the way to the side. The coupe-like roofline gives the Civic an elegant and aggressive stance, giving off a similar vibe to the 4-door coupes we’ve come to see from BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and Audi. At the back, C-shaped LED tail lights give the Civic an unmistakable look at night. RS variants have high gloss shadow lines and a blacked out grille, and 17-inch 5-spoke alloy wheels.
Inside is also a huge departure from the double-tier layout of the 8th and 9th generation Civic. Gone is the eyebrow display, now replaced by a more conventional gauge layout. What is interesting to note is that, the gauges are an all-LCD affair, which means there’s a huge TFT LCD screen at your face, and upon start up, has some cool animations that brings oohs and aahs to anyone who first steps in the all-new Civic. The interior is also made from premium soft touch materials, and for the first time ever, the Civic becomes part of Ward’s 10 Best Interiors for 2016. A testament of Honda to making the Civic an even more upmarket and premium feeling sedan. Honda’s capacitive touch screen Display Audio is standard across the line-up, including automatic climate control (dual zone for the RS), smart entry with a pulsating push button start, electronic parking brake, and electrostatic steering wheel controls. A godsend to us Filipinos is the Remote Engine Starter feature. In our hot country, drivers are able to turn on the engine from a distance, enabling them to also turn on the climate control way before they enter the new Civic, and this is standard on all variants. As a matter of fact, not much separates the 1.8 E and the 1.5 RS in terms of features, with the RS only gaining power adjustable leather seats, navigation, and an auto dimming rear view mirror.
Powering the all-new Civic are two engine choices. A not so new 1.8 liter i-VTEC engine, as it is a carry over from the previous generation Civic, still producing 141 hp and 174 Nm of torque. Of course, what you’re interested at is the new 1.5 liter, turbo and direct-injected petrol engine. It produces a mighty 173 hp and 220 Nm of torque from as low as 1700 rpm, a characteristic of a turbocharged, direct-injected petrol engine. All variants are equipped only with a CVT, and this enables the 1.5 RS to sprint from 0-100 km/h in 7.6 seconds, the fastest in its segment.
It’d be interesting for everyone to know that the 1.8 E Civic has no price increase over the previous generation. However, it is understandable that the new Civic 1.5 RS will not be for everyone. See the prices of the two variants below, but whichever you choose, you get an innovative, practical, reliable, and fun to drive compact sedan.
1.8 E: P1,088,000
1.5 RS: P1,398,000