The Civic nameplate has enjoyed a special place in the heart of enthusiasts in the country. The first Gen Civic available for India was the 8th International Generation and was unlike any other sedan of its time. It had a futuristic vibe and was a hit among petrolheads for its reliable and rev-happy engine.
After a 6 year vacuum, Honda relaunched the Civic in 2019 in its 10th Generation and was available in both i-VTEC and i-DTEC engines to cater to a wider audience. There have been a few changes for the Civic and the company has discontinued its diesel line-up in the wake of BS6 norms that have come into effect from April 2020.
The onslaught of BS6 norms is the main reason for the temporary discontinuation of Honda Civic’s diesel variants. The Indian Government’s decision to jump a number and make more stringent emission standards has put automakers in a challenging position. Many automakers were quick to transform all of its offerings to comply with the newly imposed norms, but some of them were not so swift in the transition.
Honda is one such automaker who have discontinued all diesel variants of their line-up for the time being. It should be noted that Honda has not pulled the plus of its diesel line-up and the BS6 compliant lot will most probably be launched by the end of this year or by early 2021. This reminds us of the old days when Honda was the sole automaker in India to stick with a petrol-powered portfolio.
The 2020 Honda Civic is now offered in three variants which are powered by the 1.8L naturally aspirated i-VTEC petrol engine. This is the sole engine on offer, as of now and is coupled to a rather dull CVT setup. It is priced from Rs. 17.93 lakh and there is a considerable price gap between all three variants with the top ZX variant being priced at Rs. 21.24 lakh.
The 1.8L naturally aspirated unit pumps out 141 horses and 174 Nm of torque which is spread widely across the rev-range. The features have been retained and you won’t be missing out on any of those as both the diesel and petrol variants share the same feature bundle. The only aspect you would be devoid of is the added torque which was available in the diesel power plant.
Price(Ex-Showroom New Delhi)(Petrol)
12.7 cm display monitor
17.7 cm display
Full LED headlights with auto on-off
Halogen projector headlights
Digital Colour TFT MID
LED Front fog lights
Smart entry system with one push start/stop button
All the features in V variant added/replaced and:
All the features in VX variant added/replaced and:
LED Turn indicators
Adjustable seat belt height
Premium ivory leather upholstery
8-way power driver seat
3 spoke leather steering wheel
4-speaker sound system
Dual-zone automatic climate control
Rear AC vents
Steering mounted cruise control
Auto-dimming rearview mirror
Auto rain-sensing front wipers
Interior ambient light
Features are well-sorted and will keep you content in all three variants. Quality of materials used is of higher quality and the impressive bundle of active and safety features will keep you safe at all times, on the road.
Honda Civic has enjoyed the prime position of the mid-size sedan segment since its launch in March 2019. Honda reliability and strong customer support have helped it flock in segment-leading numbers. But with the recent global health situation and its resulting lockdown has caused the sales to plummet.
The discontinuation of its diesel variants at such a weak time will have adverse effects also. The current scenario of a spike in the interest for crossovers is also damaging to the likes of Honda Civic and its competitors like Hyundai Elantra, Skoda Octavia and Toyota Corolla Altis.