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Classy Honda Civics get makeover for 2019 model year

  • Midlife update for whole Honda Civic range
  • Athletic design gets fresh, more focused, elements
  • Drivetrains, model range remains unchanged
HONDA CIVIC RANGE: Update for the mid-range series. Image: Honda SA

JOHANNESBURG, Gauteng – Honda Motor SA now has stock of the improved and upgraded Honda Civic range.

It’s a ”midlife update” intended to build on the formula that’s underpinned the Civic’s considerable status by introducing a series of subtle enhancements to the exterior and interior of all four models in the line-up.

The choice of drive trains is unchanged – two  four-cylinder engines, being a refined 1.8-litre and a 1.5-litre turbo. The range also continues as a 1.8 Comfort and 1.8 Elegance, and 1.5T Sport and 1.5T Executive but with only a continuously variable transmission across the range.

HONDA CIVIC RANGE: Update for the mid-range series. Image: Honda SA

Hiroyuki Tazawa, new president of Honda Motor Southern Africa, explained: “This update emphasises Honda’s commitment to ongoing product improvement and enhanced customer satisfaction.

‘STRIKING STYLING’

“This the 10th generation Honda Civic set high standards in terms of dynamic appeal, interior packaging, advanced technology and driver engagement when it was introduced here in 2016.”

Now the updated Honda Civic is said to still have its striking styling approach with a silhouette that’s revolutionary for a four-door sedan.

”The overall impression is of a sleek sport coupé.”

For 2019 the nose has been given a redesigned grille, a bolder, three-dimensional bumper, and new styling details ”all designed to further emphasise the Civic’s unique fusion of sportiness and refinement”.

”The tail,” Honda says, ”gets new chromed detailing to highlight the wide, low, stance of the cars. Chromed garnish has been added to the front of the 1.8 Comfort and around the fog lights of the 1.8 Elegance and 1.5T Executive units.

HONDA CIVIC RANGE: Update for the mid-range series. Image: Honda SA

”In profile, the wind-cheating shape continues to be eye-catching but new model-specific wheel designs have been introduced.”

The 1.8 Comfort has grey double-spoked 16” alloy rims, the 1.8 Elegance and 1.5T Executive 17” with dark grey scythe-shaped spokes. In line with its overtly dynamic character, the 1.5T Sport gains black 17” alloys.

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The  Civic’s interior combines high-quality materials with an ergonomically intuitive centre console and a sporty yet comfortable driving position.

The cabin design, Honda says, has extensive use of soft-touch and accent materials ”that heighten the sense of premium quality”. There’s a striking high-deck centre console encompassing key features such as the electric parking brake and brake hold function.

HONDA CIVIC RANGE: Update for the mid-range series. Image: Honda SA

Low cabin noise and refined ride quality were hallmarks of the 10th generation Civic from the outset, thanks to comprehensive sound proofing, including underbody coverings and door noise insulation.

The high specification levels of the four Civic models have been carried over to the updated range, offering owners an extensive array of comfort, convenience and safety features. One of the most popular features is the high-resolution, seven-inch LCD display that forms the centrepiece of the digital audio system.

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

HONDA CIVIC RANGE: Update for the mid-range series. Image: Honda SA

The touchscreen buttons have been replaced by hard buttons; a convenient volume control has also been incorporated. In fact several Civic firsts have been carried over: ”walk away” auto-locking smart key system standard on the Sport and Executive models, and the range-topping Civic Executive comes with ”a raft of additional safety features, including:

  • Adaptive cruise control  with low-speed following
  • Collision mitigation brakes
  • Lane-keeping  and road-edge mitigation
  • Forward collision warning
  • Blind spot cameras

All models have front, side and curtain crash-mitigation bags, a reversing camera, and rear parking sensors except for the base model.

…AND SO TO THE PRICES

1.8 Comfort CVT – R364 500
1.8 Elegance CVT – R408 500
1.5T Sport CVT – R474 700
1.5T Executive CVT – R507 600

Prices include a five-year or 200 000km warranty, a five-year or 90 000km service plan, and three years of AA Roadside Assistance.

Services intervals 15 000km for 1.8 units, 10 000km for the 1.5T

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