Honda’s Civic models aren’t usually top of mind when considering medium-sized saloons. Models such as the Toyota Corolla, VW Jetta et al really dominate the segment. The local subsidiary of the Japanese automaker hopes that will change with the introduction of the facelifted Honda Civic.

A nip and tuck

The facelifted Honda Civic arrives halfway through the model’s lifecycle. A few slight revisions change the appearance of the 2019 Civics. The front now features a redesigned grille, new bumper and chrome garnish on the 1,8 Comfort, as well as around the fog lamps of the 1,8 Elegance and 1,5T Executive models A few small tweaks were made on its rump as well. These include new chrome detailing. New model-specific alloy wheel designs help differentiate the different derivatives.

Two engines, four derivatives

Matters under the bonnet remain unchanged. Two four-cylinder engines are on offer: a normally aspirated 1,8-litre unit (104 kW/174 N.m), and a  1,5-litre turbopetrol (127 kW/220 N.m). The two engines are available in two trim levels for a four-car line-up. The full facelifted Honda Civic range comprises a 1,8 Comfort and 1,8 Elegance, with Sport and Executive versions of the turbocharged variety. Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) is the sole transmission option.

Better NVH

The facelifted Honda Civic improves the noise insulation package of the earlier, 10th generation Civic. Cabin finishes have been refined and vary according to model. A high-resolution, seven-inch LCD display infotainment screen is standard across the range. It incorporates smartphone functions, including maps for navigation operation, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto on Elegance, Sport and Executive models.

Other features include an auto lock feature as the key is distanced from the car, which is standard on the Sport and Executive models. Other safety features include Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), incorporating hill start assist, with anti-lock brakes and electronic brake force distribution (EBD). All models are equipped with dual front, side and curtain airbags.


1,8 Comfort CVT                 R364 500

1,8 Elegance CVT                R408 500

1,5T Sport CVT                    R474 700

1,5T Executive CVT             R507 600

All prices included a five-year/200 000 km warranty, a five-year/90 000 km service plan and three years of AA roadside assistance.