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Honda Civic 2020 Review - Prices, Specs, Variants, Features and Mileage

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By Harshit Gupta - Senior Editor Apr 13 2020 Share this blog

Honda has been a symbol of revolution and ingenuity as is proven by the machines this Japanese manufacturer has offered us over time. It continues on with the 2020 Honda Civic. Honda had brought the 8th Generation Civic to India in 2006. It was hands down the best thing that Honda ever did, of course after the Type Z Honda City! The Civic was unlike any other sedan back then. It looked futuristic and also performed like it was from the future. The 2020 Honda Civic is a testimony to its predecessor, in some ways!

2020 honda civic rear view

It is priced from Rs. 17.93 lakh and is offered with a sweet revving 1.8L i-VTEC motor than is coupled to a no so sweet-shifting CVT gearbox only. It carries forward the coupe-ish silhouette and looks eye-candy in red. It is offered in five vibrant colours and goes up against the likes of Hyundai Elantra, Toyota Corolla Altis and Skoda Octavia.

 

What are the good bits?

  • Fastback design
  • Fuel efficient engine
  • Sports-car like handling
  • Spacious second row
  • Remote engine mobiliser


What are the not so good bits?

  • Small fuel tank compromises range
  • The fuel-efficient engine lacks punch
  • Compromised cargo space


What’s new in the Honda Civic?

  • Diesel variants have been discontinued
  • A carry forward visually


In how many variants is 2020 Honda Civic available in?

Honda Civic is priced from Rs. 17.93 lakh for the base V variant and goes all the way up to Rs. 21.25 lakh for the ZX variant which gets bits like the lane-view camera and sunroof. It is available in three feature-packed variants and comes only with one powertrain option- a 1.8 i-VTEC coupled to a CVT with paddle shifters.

Variant

V

VX

ZX

                   Price                 (Ex-Showroom New Delhi) (Petrol)

Rs. 17,93,000

Rs. 19,44,900

Rs. 21,24,900

Key Features

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 DRLs

LED Turn indicators

Electric sunroof


Adjustable seatbelt height

Premium ivory leather upholstery

8-way power driver seat


Adjustable headrest

3 spoke leather steering wheel

Android Auto


4-speaker sound system

Dual-zone automatic climate control

Apple CarPlay


Rear AC vents

Steering mounted cruise control

Auto-dimming rearview mirror



Paddle shift

Auto rain-sensing front wipers



Interior ambient light

Tilt/telescoping steering

The differences in variants are confined to creature comfort and secondary safety features which adds up the driving experience. The bandwidth is narrow and thus will give consumers to choose between the variants without shelling out a huge amount.


What’s the most suitable variant for you?

We would recommend you to opt for the top of line ZX variant which is priced at Rs. 21.25 lakh. The added premium is well worth it as you get additional creature comfort features as well as safety upgrades which includes sunroof, lane assist camera and infotainment features.


Honda Civic offers and discounts(April)

Honda has put up a sweet deal on the Civic for April. It is a dealer level pan India initiative. The various offers on its variants are listed below.

Variant
Ongoing Offers

Honda Civic Petrol Automatic
Rs 1.25 Lakh Discount Benefits


Also Read,

How does Honda Accord take on its most reliable competitor?

How does the Accord fare against Hyundai Elantra?

Has Skoda Octavia taken Honda Accord's well-celebrated position?


What is the powertrain options for 2020 Civic?

Honda has updated its 2020 line-up of Civic with only the 1.8L i-VTEC petrol engine. The diesel engine has been discontinued in compliance with the new BS6 norms. The petrol motor is typical Honda, loves to be revved hard. But don't get any ideas as it is paired with a Continuously Variable Transmission( CVT) whose sole purpose is to extract the best mileage figures. So, Yes! it isn't anything like the predecessor which had the option of a manual gearbox.

2020 honda civic petrol engine

The rev-happy nature is a relief though, as it remains a breeze to drive in the urban jungle. The response is spot on and helps you navigate through thick traffic with ease. But on the wide-open roads, get ready to pull all of your muscles as you will need to pull the engine hard to extract every ouch of its performance. And not to mention the infamous rubberband effect which tends to ruin the moment now and then. But the paddle shifters are saviours in situations like these as you can modulate accordingly to pull the motor hard. ( Drop two gears and try hard to disappear!)

Model

Honda Civic V

Hyundai Elantra 2.0 SX (AT)

Toyota Corolla Altis 1.8G (CVT)

Skoda Octavia ONYX 1.8 TSI

Price

Rs. 17,93,000

Rs. 19,49,000

Rs. 18,06,000

Rs. 19,99,599

Engine

1799 cc 4-cylinder petrol

1999 cc 4-cylinder petrol

1798 cc 4-cylinder petrol

1798 cc 4-cylinder petrol

Power

141bhp @6500 RPM

152bhp @6200 RPM

138bhp @6400 RPM

177bhp @5100 RPM

Torque

174Nm @4300 RPM

192Nm @4000 RPM

173Nm @4000 RPM

250Nm @1250 RPM

Honda clearly chose the efficient route with its powertrain setup. If enthusiasm is what drives you, then better stay away from this Honda. The Octavia does it far better and the driving experience is very well worth its performance handicap. Even the Elantra is much more thrilling to drive.


How quick is the Honda Civic from 0-100 KMPH?

Acceleration and CVTs seldom go hand in hand. But Honda has managed to work some sort of magic here and the Civic impresses us with much better acceleration figures. This particular CVT setup has been hardwired to perform athletically contrary to the general belief.

2020 honda civic acceleration; 0-100 kmph

100 KMPH comes in a not so slow 10.5 seconds and continues to pull hard till 190 KMPH which is a force to reckon with on Indian roads. The rubberband effect stays dominant here as well but the smoothness with which this CVT works is commendable and thus manages to provide with an efficient thrill.

Model
Honda Civic V
Hyundai Elantra 2.0 SX (AT)

Toyota Corolla Altis 1.8G (CVT)

Skoda Octavia ONYX 1.8 TSI
TransmissionCVT with paddle shifters6-Speed AutomaticCVT7-Speed Automatic DSG
Acceleration       (0-100 KMPH)
(Seconds)
10.5
9.5
11.5
7.9

It doesn't even scrape the surface of Skoda Octavia when it comes to acceleration and a large chunk of it is because of the insane 1.8 TSI motor which just loves to leave the competition in the dust. Hyundai Elantra with the second most powerful engine and a strict diet manages to cling to the second spot. The other Japanese in this lot, well, also takes the calm route.


How sure-footed are the brakes in the Civic for a stern 100-0 KMPH stoppage?

The braking setup is simply clever and fantastic in the 2020 Civic. All four wheels are slapped on with discs and are well-calibrated to respond at a hair's length. Brake modulation is impressive and you get what you wish for here.

With the backing of ABS, EBD and ESP it builds up a lot of confidence in even the noobiest of drivers. Hill Assist feature(HSA) and agile handling assist is standard on all variants. Agile handling assist is an impressive piece of technology as it modulates braking while cornering which in turn nullifies the need for corrective steering.

Model
Honda Civic V
Hyundai Elantra 2.0 SX (AT)
Toyota Corolla Altis 1.8G (CVT)
Skoda Octavia ONYX 1.8 TSI
Front brakes
Disc
Disc
Disc
Disc
Rear brakes
Disc
Disc
Disc
Disc
Kerb Weight
1268
1300
1220
1330

All of the cars in this face-off are equipped with all-round discs and weigh in under 1350 kg. Kerb weight also plays an important role in load management when it comes to braking and that puts the Toyota Corolla in a favourable spot followed by the Civic. But then again, if you have a stronger bite and stiffer shell, you rule!


How good are the driving dynamics of Honda Civic?

Handling has improved leaps and bounds over the predecessor. The 2020 Civic gets an improved and multi-link suspension setup at the rear and the front is the competent hand of McPherson struts. The suspension setup is balanced and doesn't even bother the rear passengers on twitchy roads.

The ride is stiffer at triple-digit speed and thus gives you the confidence to do it all day long. The Civic adapts smoothly to both slow sharp turns and fast lane changes and this flexible handling characteristic makes it an all-rounder in dynamics. Only if the performance was on par with this.

2020 honda civic cornering

The steering column is now an electrically assisted unit which is sharp and changes direction with nill latency. The enthusiast in you will surely love taking this car onto the twisties and its low stance complements the driving dynamics well. Body roll is well controlled and you won't nauseous.

Infact, one complete rotation of the steering wheel is what it takes to get to either dead ends. But the same cannot be said of its turning radius as it turns like a freakin bus! The turning radius is of 5.85 meters which is still 0.05 m more than that of a Toyota Fortuner!


How well does the Honda Civic manage its thirst?

The whole point of coupling this energetic 1.8L motor to a rubbery CVT setup was to extract the best mileage figures off it. And it's safe to say that Honda has achieved it well. Despite having a high revving nature, the ECU has been programmed to cater for a more conservative layout.

2020 honda civic econ mode

It chunks out an ARAI approved 16.5 kmpl which is very impressive and a prime companion of this figurative is the "ECON" switch in the centre console. This button is basically the chill mode for the powertrain. It tones down the aggression of the engine and gearbox which in turn helps in milking out more kilometres to the litre.

Model

Honda Civic V

Hyundai Elantra 2.0 SX (AT)

Toyota Corolla Altis 1.8G (CVT)

Skoda Octavia ONYX 1.8 TSI

Mileage (ARAI)(kmpl)

16.5

14

14.28

15.1

Range(km)

776

700

786

755

Tank capacity(Litres)

47

50

55

50

A green twig in the instrument cluster reminds you to be mature and hold those horses for the time being. But then again, Honda should have coupled a bigger fuel tank as the size difference makes even the less efficient Toyota Corolla run longer on a full tank of fuel. Skoda Octavia didn't fail to surprise us here as well, as, despite its added aggression, it was just short by a margin.

How spacious is the cabin of Honda Civic?

The Civic has a neatly laid out interior which is airy and spacious and frankly, it doesn't feel much different from its predecessor. For starters, the dashboard positioning and the steering wheel size is very similar to that of the previous generation Civic. The doors open wide with the front ones in a three-step fashion and the rear ones in a two-step.

Honda has gone for beige leather for the upholstery which has a fine fabric cutout at the centre on the seats. The dashboard is piano-black with loads of soft-touch plastics. It clearly is a premium layout with ample attention to detail and quality.

2020 honda civic dashboard

Like most Japanese cars, the Civic has a driver-centric dashboard and centre console layout. Ergonomics is spot on and soothing as everything falls in place and you are not left lost in search for switches and storage spaces. The centre console is a continuous piece that flows onto the dash and is highlighted with the gear lever in between. It is surrounded by buttons on either side which includes the "ECON" and toggle for the electronic parking brake.

2020 honda civic seating

Seating is comfortable for both rows and the second-row seats get a dedicated air-con vent. to keep occupants cool and comfy. Front row seats are high on support but still lacks proper lumbar support as your back tends to give in on long drives. Short passengers in the front row will have to adjust to the view as the passenger seat doesn't get height adjustment. Rear seats are low and wide and will easily seat three. But tall passengers will have to tackle with shallow under high support.


How much cargo can the 2020 Civic chuck in?

Cargo space is limited as the sleek design language of the car takes the best of practicality with it. But Honda has squeezed out its best with the available space. Despite having a smaller volume, its wider and lower opening helps for an easier loading and unloading of cargo.

2020 honda civic cargo space

The interior is well padded, so much so that the inside of the lid is also fully done. A full-size alloy spare tyre is neatly laid out under the soft touch flooring along with the toolkit which is packed in styrofoam. Another quirky bit is small pockets under the flooring which can be used to store small cargo without being flown around.

Model

Honda Civic V

Hyundai Elantra 2.0 SX (AT)

Toyota Corolla Altis 1.8G (CVT)

Skoda Octavia ONYX 1.8 TSI

Cargo space(Litres)

430

458

470

590

Seating capacity

5

5

5

5

All of the competitors can seat 5 occupants but in some cases, they just do it better. Skoda scores here as well as it's simple yet elegant bulged out design language helps to store the maximum cargo of this lot. Toyota comes in at second with its smart interior layout.


What are the various infotainment features on offer in the Honda Civic?

Does the infotainment system remind you of anything? Yes, it is the same one as in the new Honda CR-V. It is a 7.0-inch touch-unit that runs on Android. The UI is android based but suffers from lag and feels out of place in this sedan. Modern features like Android Auto and Apple CarPlay helps it stay with the league.

2020 honda civic infotainment system

Honda being smart, layered the screen with a matter clearcoat which helps reduce the glare and thus is readable even in harsh lighting. It gets in-built storage of 2.34 GB which can be used to store apps and wallpapers. It's pleasing to see automakers still sticking with a few physical buttons which simplify the user experience.


Some of the standard features aboard the Civic are:

  • Android Auto
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Bluetooth
  • Front HDMI port
  • 4-speakers and 4-tweeters
  • Handsfree
  • Voice recognition

Is the 2020 Civic reminiscent of its predecessor in looks?

The new Civic is quirky, to say the least. It has a coupe-ish silhouette with the sloping roofline towards the rear. The fenders are muscled out to give it a menacing look. Coming to the front, the Civic is given a divided dose of chrome which will be sore to the eyes of some. But this is due to the major market interest which loves bling. Lighting is LED all-round except for the middle brake light that is out of sync with the halogen lighting.

2020 honda civic exterior design

The front has a futuristic approach will all of the LEDs and sharp lines. But the rear has a very bi-polar design language which is sharp for sure but looks mismatched with the frontal design due to the extra sharpness. Does it give out a futuristic vibe like its predecessor? No, it doesn't as unlike 2009, many cars look futuristic in the present day and age. But it still manages to make a statement and turn heads.

2020 honda civic rear third-quarter view

The Civic comes with both 16 and 17-inch  chunky 5-spoke alloy wheels which heavily complements the overall design language. The top variants also get a sunroof and a lane-view camera that is neatly integrated into the passenger side ORVM. Civic is also one of the few sedans in this segment to get metal underbody protection.

Model

Honda Civic V

Hyundai Elantra 2.0 SX (AT)

Toyota Corolla Altis 1.8G (CVT)

Skoda Octavia ONYX 1.8 TSI

Length(mm)

4656

4620

4620

4670

Width(mm)

1799

1800

1775

1814

Height(mm)

1433

1465

1475

1476

Wheelbase(mm)

2700

2700

2700

2688

Ground Clearance(mm)

171

170

175

155

With all of the edginess and futuristic vibe going on, the Civic is much compact proposition as compared to its competition. It shares the platform with CR-V and Accord and is even future-ready with a two-motor hybrid layout. With the compact form factor and short wheelbase, it is much more feasible to drive in tight traffics except for sharp turns. In that case, it is still the elephant in this room!

What are the various safety features on offer and how reliable is it?

Honda has given due importance to safety in the Civic and so is laden with a load of life-saving features. It even scores a full 5-star rating by the ASEAN NCAP in overall safety. It gets lane-watch which is a segment-first and has an integrated camera in the left ORVM to monitor oncoming traffic.

2020 honda civic airbags

2020 Honda Civic is equipped with an electronic hand brake that works flawlessly and also assists in the standard Hill Hold feature. Honda has a reputation of providing its consumers with a pleasing package in terms of reliability and servicing. Along with the standard warranty period of 3 years or unlimited kilometres, the Civic is also offered with an additional warranty which is detailed below.

2020 honda civic extended warranty

The various safety features that make the Civic one of the safest cars to drive in this segment has been listed below.

Safety features:

  • ACE body structure
  • i-SRS airbags for front
  • Front side airbags
  • Curtain airbags
  • Vehicle stability assist
  • Agile handling assist
  • ABS and EBD
  • Electronic parking brake
  • Lane watch camera
  • Multi-view reverse camera
  • Rear parking sensor
  • Child safety lock

How does Honda Civic stack up against its competitors?

Honda Civic vs Hyundai Elantra

Hyundai Elantra has been the trendsetter for this segment with the modern list of features and a very aggressive pricing. It is also packed with a more powerful and thrilling powertrain setup. But it is not as balanced as the Honda Civic which despite having a performance handicap is a hoon to drive.

2020 hyundai elantra

The Elantra has sure come a long way, but we will still go for the Civic as it is Rs. 1.5 lakh cheaper and offers a much wholesome driving experience. Concerning the design language, the Elantra with its eagle eyes is aggressive but the same aggression is not carried over to the rear. Looks are subjective and we go for the quirky Civic here.


Honda Civic vs Toyota Corolla Altis

Unfortunately, Toyota has decided to axe the Corolla Altis for India and we have a heavy heart as it was the perfect symphony of elegance and precision Japanese engineering. Reliability was the least of its worries and it provides with a luxurious cabin. Toyota is still clearing the rack and you can have the Corolla Altis in all its glory.

2020 toyota corolla altis

But we don't think that a sinking ship is worth it, despite its heritage. So, we choose the Civic here which is very late to the party but still made it. Performance and looks are also superior in case of the Civic.


Honda Civic vs Skoda Octavia

This here is a monster. It is in a league of its own. We would say that the Octavia is the definition of a stock sleeper car. Its looks are deceiving and once you depress the throttle, all hell will break loose. The 1.8 TSI motor is a hoon to drive and you will have a wide grin after every run. 

honda civic vs skoda octavia

The added premium it asks for is well worth it and the chaos is well controlled with the impressive driving dynamics. The cabin quality is at par with that of the Civic and we will vouch for the slick-shifting 7-Speed DSG of the Octavia. The humble yet fierce Czech is our choice of the two here.

 

Does the 10th Gen Civic make you drool like its predecessor?

Honda was late to the party with the Civic but unlike automakers, Honda didn't give up on this legend. It isn't anything like the predecessor but is not way off either. The calm and composed powertrain combo helps in providing an efficient drive and yes it is dull on the thrill part. It is a well slotted mid-size sedan setup that will never go wrong.

So, the bottom line here is that, if you are a Honda fanatic who used to droll over the LCD instrument cluster of the preceding Civic, then you will be at home with this conservative car. But if performance and an insane balance of attributes in a car is what you are looking for then the Skoda Octavia will suffice you well.