Honda’s all-new, 11th generation Civic sedan has touched down in Mzansi.
Though sales of C-segment sedans has waned and seen the demise of cars like the VW Jetta and Ford Focus in recent years, Honda has decided to soldier on with the Civic, which is the brand’s longest-running nameplate and spans five decades.
It is available in a single, top-of-the-range RS model priced at R669,000, which includes a five-year/200,000km warranty and a five-year/90 000km service plan. Also included is 3-year AA roadside assistance.
The new Civic boasts fresh exterior and interior styling. On the outside it draws inspiration from previous generations with a low beltline, a long and low bonnet, pulled back A-pillars, and large glass areas. Wide-set LED headlights and taillights are connected by a sharp character line that carries from the front bumper to the rear.
Accentuating the Civic’s sporty appeal is an RS exterior package with 18-inch black matte alloy wheels, and gloss black finishes for the side mirrors, shark fin antenna, outer door handles and rear boot spoiler.
At 4,677mm, the car is 25mm longer than its predecessor, with a wheelbase stretched by 35mm, and also slightly lower.
Inside, the instrument panel and other interior surfaces have been designed with a minimum number of cut lines to reduce visual distractions. There is extensive use of high-quality materials, while attention was paid to give a positive tactile feel to all switchgear and controls.
Leather/suede-combination upholstery for the power adjustable and heated seats, red ambient interior lighting, a black headlining, sport pedals and a finely-textured centre console add to the sporty, sophisticated feel.
A metal honeycomb mesh panel stretches across the entire dash, which also incorporates concealed air vents.