The new-generation Honda Civic has launched in South Africa, with the local arm of the Japanese automaker saying the box-fresh sedan “combines heritage and technology in an attractive, well-rounded, and modern package”. See pricing below…

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Available in only range-topping RS trim, the Civic line-up comprises only one model (before the all-new Civic Type R makes its local debut, that is). Although drawing inspiration from the previous iteration, the eleventh-generation variant’s exterior styling is more subtle. A duo of “wide-set” LED headlamps flanks the upper radiator grille. Daytime-running lights are also present. 

In addition, the sedan’s low bonnet and beltline add to its sporty persona. The rear lamps also incorporate LED tech. The new Civic is equipped with 18-inch matte black alloy wheels. Black finishes have also been applied to the side mirrors, door handles and boot spoiler. Five exterior colour options are available. These are Platinum White, Coffee Cherry Red, Meteoroid Grey, Lunar Silver, and Brilliant Sporty Blue.

The new Civic sedan measures 4 677 mm nose to tail, 1 802 mm in width and 1 415 mm in height. Compared to its forebear, the wheelbase has been stretched by 35 mm to 2 735 mm. 

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Honda says the design of the “human-centric” cabin reflects a “clear focus” on detail. Thanks to the “efficient” use of space, outward visibility has been improved. At the same time, the instrument panel and other interior surfaces have been designed with a minimum number of cut lines to reduce visual distractions. 

The electrically adjustable and heated seats are upholstered in a combination of leather and suede. The headlining is black. The Civic RS ships with Honda’s 9.0-inch infotainment system. The set-up incorporates (wireless) Apple CarPlay. Android Auto is also present. The digital instrument cluster measures 10.2 inches. A Bose sound system relays tunes over 12 speakers. In addition, the cabin features dual-zone climate control. Red ambient lighting and “sport” pedals add to its “sporty” feel. 

Safety items include Honda’s ‘SENSING’ tech, featuring adaptive cruise control, lane-keep assist, lane-watch camera, road departure mitigation, forward collision warning and collision mitigation braking. Front, side and curtain airbags are present, as are Isofix child-seat anchorages. 

The Civic RS is equipped with Honda’s “enhanced” 1.5-litre VTEC turbocharged engine and CVT. Honda says the powertrain “rings in a major change”. The petrol unit produces 131 kW and 240 Nm, available from 6 000 r/min and 1 700 r/min, respectively. Honda claims an average fuel consumption figure of 6.2 L/100 km. 

The Civic RS is priced at R669 000. Pricing includes a five-year/90 000 km service plan and a five-year/200 000 km warranty. Three-year AA roadside assistance is also included.