More active safety tech on turbo models only, subtle tweaks inside and out, price rises
The Honda Civic hatch has been given an update for 2020, bringing it into line with the revised sedan version launched in 2019.
These changes apply to the Thai-made mainstream versions, not the UK-sourced Type R mega-hatch.
Chief item among the changes is the rollout of Honda Sensing active safety tech into the mid-range VTi-L and sporty RS (previously the province of the flagship VTi-LX).
This means features such as autonomous emergency braking, lane-departure warning and assist, active high-beam lights, and adaptive cruise control.
However the two entry Civic variants (VTi and VTi-S) that feature a 1.8-litre petrol engine instead of the 1.5-litre turbo used on the VTi-L and above, still do not have any of these increasingly commonplace driver-assistance features.
Despite that fact, all Civics are now more expensive at RRP, by between $400 and $1250.
Beyond this, all five grades get new wheel designs. The RS hatch leads the way with new 18-inch alloy wheels fitted with wider 235/40 Michelin Pilot Sport 4 tyres. The VTi-LX gets the former RS wheels, but finished in dark grey.
The Civic’s front and rear bumpers have also been redesigned, incorporating body coloured accents in the new lower panel sections, along with a new front grille design, while the RS grade also gains a new rear diffuser design.
There are some new colours: red metallic on all grades, Taffeta White on all grades bar the RS, and Phoenix Orange on the RS only.
Inside there are updates to the instrument panel and seat trims, plus improvements to the controls for the audio and ventilation systems.
These include new geometric inserts, an overdue volume knob, shortcut hard keys for home/audio/telephone/back menus, buttons to change the fan speed (no longer the province of a touchscreen sub menu), and red stitching for the RS grade.
For background, the Civic is Honda’s longest-running nameplate and its best-selling model globally, with more than 25 million sales since 1972. In Australia, more than 360,000 Civics have been sold since the first-generation vehicle went on sale locally in early 1973.
Civic sedan and hatch sales last year were 10,531, down 22 per cent in an overall small car segment down nearly 19 per cent. Its market share subsequently fell from 7.3 to 7.0 per cent. It was still sixth in-market behind the Toyota Corolla, Hyundai i30, Mazda 3, Kia Cerato and Volkswagen Golf.
2020 Honda Civic hatch pricing:
VTi 1.8 – $22,790 (up $400)
VTi-S 1.8 – $24,990 (up $500)
VTi-L 1.5 – $28,390 (up $600)
RS 1.5 – $33,540 (up $1250)
VTi-LX 1.5 – $34,090 (up $500)
Note: All pictures are of the Civic RS, which were the ones supplied
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2020 Honda Civic hatch updates detailed