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2016-08-11 11:28

NEW CIVIC HITS SA: Honda launched its new Civic sedan in South Africa available with a new turbocharged engine. Image: Wheels24 / Charlen Raymond

  • 10th-generation Civic in SA
  • New exterior, interior design
  • New 1.5 VTEC Turbo
  • Auto lock, remote start, brake hold
  • 7" touch screen, digital audio

Cape Town - Honda's 10th-generation Civic has arrived in SA sporting a completely new design (inside and out), enhanced technology and a new petrol engine.

The new Civic range comprises four specification grades with two engine options.

Overall, the wheelbase has been increased by 30mm, and the total length by 109mm, while the height has been lowered by 20mm. 

The result is a body reinforced by its lower and wider stance, along with a longer bonnet and short front overhang. 

New design

The new Civic includes a solid wing face that spans the entire front width of the car, while incorporating the brand’s bold grille design and the new slim headlight treatment.

Advanced full LED headlights and daytime running lights are fitted to the 1.5-litre turbo models for the first time, with the remaining models in the range equipped with projector-type halogen units. 

At the rear, the new Civic’s characteristic bracketed tail light design has been re-interpreted with LED bars on either side. A selection of new 16" and 17" alloy designs.

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New VTEC turbo

The Civic can be powered by a new 1.5-litre VTEC Turbo engine that features Honda’s ‘Earth Dreams Technology’.

Honda’s first 1.5 VTEC turbo is capable of 127kW/220Nm, comparable to a 2.4-litre naturally aspirated engine, though offering the equivalent fuel economy of a Honda Jazz. 

The new Civic is also available with a refined and updated version of the 1.8-litre SOHC i-VTEC naturally aspirated engine capable of 104kW/174Nm.

In line with Honda’s ‘Earth Dreams Technology’, both engines are paired with CVT gearboxes as standard.

Fuel consumption is rated at 5.9 litres/100km for the 1.5 VTEC and 6.3 litres/100km for the 1.8 (8.8% improvement compared to the model it replaces).


Inside, the Civic’s interior treatment embodies Honda’s ‘Daring ACE Design’ concept, combining high-quality materials with an ergonomically intuitive centre console.  The interior makes use of soft-touch and accent materials. 

This includes the new high-deck centre console that encompasses key features such as the all-new electronic parking brake and brake hold function.

Honda says its significantly reduced noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) to achieve, the automaker claims, "segment-best levels of on-road quietness". 

Leather seats (heatable at the front) are standard on all but the entry-level model, and the steering wheel offers tilt and telescopic adjustment. Rear-seat knee space has increased by 55mm, along with further gains in shoulder room for the rear occupants. Boot capacity has also improved by 20%.

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New technology

An extensive range of advanced technologies have been introduced in the all-new Civic to make driving easier and safer, while also increasing driver and passenger comfort.

The new Civic is equipped with a high-resolution, 7"-  LCD display that forms the centrepiece for the digital audio system.

The innovative system enables connection with numerous smartphone functions, including maps for ease of navigation operation. It’s is compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. 

The system is also compatible with various media formats, and can be operated by controls conveniently located on the multi-function steering wheel. 

In addition, a switch on the steering wheel can perform alphabet searches and switching of content. A separate switch for the volume has also been added.

Several other Civic firsts are also included, such as Walk Away Auto Lock operated by the smart key system, standard on the Sport and Executive models. 

The system automatically locks the car doors once the key is approximately 2.5m away from the vehicle. Smart keyless entry is standard for 1.5-litre Turbo derivatives.

The range-topping Civic Executive derivative reinforces its premium status with a raft of additional safety features, including:

  • Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Low Speed Following (LSF)
  • Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS)
  • Lane Departure Warning (LDW) 
  • Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS)
  • Road Departure Mitigation (RDM)
  • Forward Collision Warning (FCW)
  • Lane watch with side-sensing cameras


1.8 Comfort CVT – R330 000
1.8 Elegance CVT – R370 000
1.5T Sport CVT – R430 000
1.5T Executive CVT – R460 000

The recommended retail pricing includes a five-year or 200 000km warranty, a five-year or 90 000km service plan, as well as three years of AA Roadside Assistance. Services are at 15 000km.

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