• Lower prices; more advanced hybrid powertrain; improve fuel efficiency; smooth ride; split-level dashboard
  • Hybrid dearer than before; conservative exterior; old-school beige upholstery and hard cabin plastics;

6 / 10

Honda Civic: Sedan and Hybrid Review
Honda Civic: Sedan and Hybrid Review
Honda Civic: Sedan and Hybrid Review

The Honda Civic is one of the best-selling vehicles in history. More than 20 million have been sold around the world in 40 years of production, with more than 200,000 of those in Australia.

The outgoing eighth-generation model has been the most popular Honda Civic of all time, and has laid a solid foundation for the new ninth-gen Civic to build off. With the small-car segment now more competitive than ever, the new Honda Civic needed to take a proper generational leap, stepping up in all areas. But after putting the 2012 Honda Civic sedan through its paces at its Australian launch in Melbourne, it appears to have taken little more than a shuffle forwards.

There’s still plenty to like about the Civic, however, and that starts with the revised prices. The VTi-L manual is now the entry-level model in the range. At $20,990 before on-road costs, it’s $1500 cheaper than the old base model (VTi) and $3700 less than the old VTi-L. The Civic Sport is also $4300 cheaper than before at $27,990, and while the Civic Hybrid is up $1500 to $35,990, the price increase is largely justified by its all-new powertrain. The UK-built Civic Si hatch continues unchanged until the new model’s launch in July.

The new Honda Civic Hybrid gets a 67kW/132Nm 1.5-litre petrol engine (up from a 1.3-litre) and a more powerful electric motor. The end result is a maximum output of 82kW and 172Nm (down 3kW and up 2Nm) and a fuel consumption improvement of four per cent, now 4.4 litres per 100km. We achieved 5.6L/100km in a short urban run, although others on the launch came within a few tenths of the claimed figure.

Honda Civic: Sedan and Hybrid Review
Honda Civic: Sedan and Hybrid Review
Honda Civic: Sedan and Hybrid Review
Honda Civic: Sedan and Hybrid Review

The Civic Hybrid also benefits from a new lithium-ion battery pack that is 29 per cent lighter and 35 per cent more efficient than the old nickel-metal-hydride unit, meaning the new model can operate in full-electric mode for longer than before.

There’s nothing inherently exciting about the way it operates, but importantly, the Hybrid’s drive is effortless and very smooth. Peak torque is now delivered much lower and across a broad rev band (1000-3500rpm), although it’s still a modest accelerator. The continuously variable transmission (CVT) keeps revs in check and contributes to the powertrain’s quiet nature. The stop-start system also works seamlessly, turning the engine back over near-instantly with little rumble or fuss.

But Honda Australia says only five per cent of Civic sedan buyers will pick the Hybrid. The majority – around 70 per cent – will opt for the base VTi-L. With it comes a mildly revised 1.8-litre petrol engine with 104kW and 174Nm (up 1kW overall). The five-speed manual and automatic transmissions carry over from before. The manual’s official fuel consumption dips one tenth to 6.8L/100km, while the auto drops half a litre to a competitive 6.7L/100km.

The remaining quarter of buyers will slide into the Civic Sport. Its 2.0-litre engine – now teamed exclusively with the auto gearbox – produces 114kW and 190Nm (up 2Nm), yet fuel consumption has been slashed by 11 per cent, down to 7.5L/100km.

Honda Civic: Sedan and Hybrid Review
Honda Civic: Sedan and Hybrid Review
Honda Civic: Sedan and Hybrid Review
Honda Civic: Sedan and Hybrid Review

Unsurprisingly, the Sport is the perkier of the two. Like all good Honda powerplants, there’s plenty of life once the revs climb above 3000rpm, yet the noise it generates isn’t overly intrusive. The Civic Sport isn’t the quickest small car, but the engine’s refinement makes it enjoyable in its own right.

The 1.8-litre struggles more down low in the rev range and lacks the crispness of 2.0-litre. The engine and the five-speed auto are forced to work harder when overtaking and climbing hills, suggesting another ratio wouldn’t go astray to help reduce the workload.

Both models get steering wheel-mounted shift paddles in place of a sequential stick shifter, and in ‘manual’ mode the transmission obediently holds gears and kicks back upon request.

All Civic models feature an ‘Econ’ button that alters the throttle and transmission response and the power of the air conditioner, and an ‘Eco coach’ that aims to educate drivers by displaying green and blue dashboard lights depending on their driving style, all in an attempt to further improve efficiency.

The Civic’s ride is one of its strong suits. The suspension responds smoothly and directly to larger ruts and undulations and coarse surfaces, and finds a sweet, comfortable balance that’s neither too floaty nor overly firm. The Sport feels the most planted, although its larger tyres tend to be a little louder on rougher roads.

Honda Civic: Sedan and Hybrid Review
Honda Civic: Sedan and Hybrid Review
Honda Civic: Sedan and Hybrid Review
Honda Civic: Sedan and Hybrid Review

The steering may lack feedback, but that’s more than made up for by the confidence-inspiring consistency at turn in, nice mid-corner weight and quick return to centre out of bends.

The updated exterior styling substitutes curves for angles to create a sharper, but ultimately still conservative, design. The VTi-L comes standard with 16-inch alloy wheels, while the Sport adds 17s, fog lights and a sunroof. The Hybrid is differentiated by its chrome/body colour/clear blue front grille, blue headlight and taillight tinting, LED brake lights and 15-inch alloys.

The old Civic’s interior was crying out for an overhaul, but unfortunately the new model hasn’t brought Honda anyway near the most refined cars in its class. Only the doorsills have a soft-touch finish, with the rest of the plastic panels hard, scratchy and in some cases oddly patterned. All three models have beige-coloured upholstery. The leather in the Sport looks decent, but the furry cloth in the VTi-L and Hybrid is a bit 90s and looks dirty even when brand new.

Functionality is a redeeming feature, however. The important information is well placed on the split-level dashboard to reduce the time your eyes spend off the road, and a series of buttons on the tilt/reach leather-wrapped steering wheel make navigating trip, audio and vehicle information displays fuss-free.

Honda Civic: Sedan and Hybrid Review
Honda Civic: Sedan and Hybrid Review
Honda Civic: Sedan and Hybrid Review
Honda Civic: Sedan and Hybrid Review

Standard features include cruise control, climate control, front centre armrest with console bin and rear-seat armrest with cup holders, five-inch LCD display, and a four-speaker audio system with AUX and USB ports, iPod integration and Bluetooth phone connectivity and audio streaming.

The Sport gets subtle metallic paint highlights throughout the cabin, while the Hybrid adds additional energy use information screens on the display and two front tweeter speakers.

The driver’s seat remained comfortable over hour-plus stints on the launch. There’s plenty of leg and knee room for rear-seat passengers, although headroom gets tight for those north of 5’10’’.

The VTi-L and Sport gain an extra 64 litres of boot space – now 440 litres in total – although both are now forced to make do with a space saver spare wheel, unlike the previous model. The Hybrid’s boot is actually nine litres smaller than before (351 litres), and also features a temporary spare. The petrol models benefit from a 60:40 split-fold rear seat to expand the sedan’s cargo space, while the Hybrid has a fixed backrest.

Safety is on par with the competition. The new Civic sedan has earned the maximum five-star safety rating from ANCAP, and comes with six airbags and electronic stability control as standard.

The range is covered by a three-year/100,000km warranty and the Civic Hybrid’s lithium-ion battery is protected by warranty for eight years.

Honda Civic: Sedan and Hybrid Review
Honda Civic: Sedan and Hybrid Review
Honda Civic: Sedan and Hybrid Review

The ninth iteration of the Honda Civic hasn’t quite made the generational jump many hoped it would. Its drivetrains lack the overall responsiveness and engagement of the class leaders, and its interior and exterior styling is dated compared with its rivals. The ride is better than ever, however, and combined with improved efficiency and lower prices, the Civic remains a solid option in the small sedan market.

2012 Honda Civic sedan manufacturer’s list prices (excluding government and dealer charges):

  • VTi-L five-speed manual – $20,990 (– $3700)
  • VTi-L five-speed automatic – $23,290 (– $3700)
  • Sport five-speed automatic – $27,990 (– $4300)
  • Hybrid CVT – $35,990 (+ $1500)

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  • Hr

    It looks much better then the overrated 3

    • Tony

      I wouldnt call either of them good looking. 

      This looks like a Toyota Hilux type facelift to me… basically the same save for newly styled lights….

      • Noddy

        The front looks like the old Civic (American version), and the rear looks like the first generation Prius.

  • Ima_Hogg

    I dont know if I like the back or if I do like it but overall the new civic looks fantastic.

  • Jinnzhang

    My concern with Hybrid is that the battery doesn’t hold charge as well as new after a few years, and it becomes a normal 1.5litre car.

    • Guest

      You do (or do not) realise that the battery uses a fraction of its capacity range to extend the service life beyond the service life of the car. They are not like your remote control cars.

      • maple leaf

        the battery never gets fully charged/discharged in its life cycle so you can not compare with remote control batteries

  • JamesB

    Blech, manual is still 5-speed. Sorry Honda, no one is falling for that underequipped/overpriced rubbish again.

    • Car Bore

      What do you mean underequipped. Yes the gearboxes could do with another cog but other than thatthey are good for the money.

      • Guest

        i reckon for the 20.990 price, the feature list is extensive …. compared to the base models of rivals. i dont think others include a 5 inch lcd display, climate control, bluetooth, aux. i dunno if im blindly talking here but as far as i know, i reckon that is pretty good damn value. 

    • Roger

       A properly designed 5 speed is better than just adding an extra cog for the sake of doing it. The grade logic in auto gearbox is doing a good job compared to some non-intelligent 6 speed box on the market

  • Shak

    Well i guess the car isn’t really bad in any respects, but at the same time it isn’t class leading in ANY respects. Im one of those people who wants Honda to do well, and ill give them as many chances as necessary because i know they’re capable of wonderful things, but this is another mediocre effort. Maybe if they gave us the 2.4 engine that the US market gets it would add some excitement to an otherwise run-of-the-mill range.

    • Hehe

      If you chuck a 2.4L won’t make alot of sense because buyers in this segment are looking for fuel efficient, cheap to maintain cars. And how would the interior not class leading? Have you sat in a 3, Corolla, Lancer and Kia? Ride quality is better than all except maybe for 3 (not sure haven’t sat in a 3 long enough). 

  • Jimbo123

    I think the new civic is great, I believe Honda will gradually climb back to where it belongs in Australia – near the top. Their cars are exceptionally built and are extremely reliable. I own a Euro and I would defininately buy another one any day.

    • Shak

      The Euro is the only example of what most people expect from Honda in Australia. Well equipped, drives brilliantly, looks good and is very good value. Most of the other Honda products just dont have that class leading feel that we have come to expect from Honda’s over the years.

  • Tom

    So why exactly is the sport only available with auto?

    • Car Bore

      At this stage it could be one of two reasons. The japanese doesn’t have enough free space to do some manual versions of the sport and when production in Thailand starts back up will might get it OR Honda deleted it from the lineup because it didn’t sell in any great numbers to be deemed worthy for the new model.

      • Mighty Boy

        Excuse my ignorant, is it made in Japan or Thailand?

        • Shak

          The  model we’ll get for the first few months of production will come from Japan due to the fact that the Thai plant was damaged in the flooding which occurred last year. Once Honda’s Thai factories are back and running our Civic and a few other Honda’s will be sourced from there.

      • Guest

        i believe a manual wont be coming as apparently it was as @ss to sell for the dealers and only 1 in 100 buys it.. so i dont think its economically viable to bring it over..

    • Tony

       because apart from you and 3 others who frequent these forums, noone else bothers with manuals (excluding traditional genuine 4WDers)

      If the demand was there, the manufacturers would provide.

    • K20A

      As often the case, ‘Sport’ is the cash cow variant loaded with options and almost always the heaviest in the range. The Auto only transmission further confirms that this car is not intended to be the most lithe, athletic version of the lot. For that you’d be better off getting a base model manual or wait until a ‘proper’ sports version comes out.

      • ]

        In this case though, the Sport doesn’t share the same powerplant as the base.

  • jimbo123

     We recently purchased a 2011 civic and I was very surprised in regards to how well put together it is. Civics look alot better in real life than what they look on the internet. When looking around at say corollas and mazda 3, they dont even come close to the exterior and interiror finish of a civic. Ive also noticed by sitting in the 3 and corolla that the civic is alot quieter, even when it is being revved alot.

    • Tony

       hope you got a bargain, given the 2012 model has higher equipment and generally lower prices -wont be doing any favours to your 2011 model resale value….

    • Roger

       Have to agree with that. The engine love to rev and doesn’t sound harsh compared to the metalic sound in mazda 3 when it rev above 3000rpm

  • O123

    Its not bad but the new i30 and ceed ( if they bring it) will rape this, A new 3 or corolla can’t be too far off and the new golf comes out next year. Its just not enough

    • Hehe

      Are you serious?  Have you seen the i30 and ceed in real life? Hyundai and Kia normally looks fantastic in pictures but in real life the fit and finish and quality of plastic used are normally not as good . Won’t lose sleep on the new Corolla, they’ve been boring over the last eons and they will continue to be boring. Golfs are good when new but they don’t have the reliability of Japanese cars, and repairs cost quite a fair bit. The new 3 would be the only true competitor (if they stop producing cars with a silly grin). 
      Pricing is where civic fails. While they look attractive on paper, the dealers normally give very little discount compared to others, making it uncompetitive in price

      • Faust

         “Hyundai and Kia normally looks fantastic in pictures but in real life
        the fit and finish and quality of plastic used are normally not as good”

        Doesn’t sound like you’ve seen them in the flesh either Hehe. The Kia’s of the past year or two have been fantastic in fit and finish. I borrowed one from a friend when I was on Queensland on holiday, and I was really surprised, and it certainly was better value for money than our last (and it will also be our last) 2008 Honda Civic.

        • Hehe

          perhaps I have higher expectations than you then.
          I don’t like the plastics used in Hyundai and Kia
          I don’t like the way they drive and the light steering don’t give me confidence either

          • TJ

            Your so called expecations have nothing to do with the reality — the fact that the new Civic is more a 0.5 year upgrade as apposed to a new car, especially when rivals left, right and centre are making drastic progress.

          • Hehe

            If you have driven all the rivals and the civic itself, then I respect your opinion (although I don’t agree with so called drastic progress for corollas, lancers and the 3s). 

            I’ve driven the Korean cars and I don’t think they are up to par in terms of driving experience and the quality of materials used (my opinion – you don’t have to agree)But if you’re just judging from pictures you find on the internet then you have no idea what you’re talking about. 

  • Kampfer

    Sport sound pretty good (specially with Civic import from Japan atm). No other car in the class offer leather and sunroof under $28k. “Sport” may be a little bit mis-leading…

    • Guest

      It’s like calling a body builder “athletic” when they most likely couldn’t run a half marathon.

      • Ben

        huh? what was your point?

      • Rikstah

         terrible analogy

  • Guest3

    How’s the road noise compared to the Mazda3?

    • Car Bore

      The old model was better than the Mazda 3 in this respect and by all accounts this new Civic is even quieter again.

      • Robjh

        My new Civic Sport is very quiet, anyone who says otherwise simply hasn’t driven one (or has the hearing qualities of a dog)… as for is it quieter than the Mazda 3 .. in all honesty I have never driven a Mazda 3 so couldn’t comment, but I couldn’t imagine any other car in this price bracket being any quieter than the Civic, I would be surprised if there was.

  • Guest

    the current one looks much better, jazz it up with low profile tyres + decent rims and a spoiler and it looks fantastic…

  • Rocket

    If you are looking for a good honest 4 cyl small car you can do a lot worse than the Honda Civic.

  • Antmindel

    I think the Sport offers fantastic value,and the range should sell well,as its a great alternative to a 3,Focus,Corolla,and Cruze,with probably the best build quality and reliability of all…………………….

  • nickdl

    What sort of “Sport” model doesn’t come with a manual? I think that particular model would be the sweet spot of the range.

    • Chaitu00001

      A ferrari, Lamborghini,Maserti..

      • Fe


  • Xavier, Style Messiah

    This car is a massive disappointment, hopelessly asian styling, cheap interiors, ugly dash.  I’d have an Elantra over this in a heartbeat.

    • Roger

       Elantra for a start has a torsion beam rear suspension

    • Bobo

      are you serious? you’re comparing and favouring an elantra over a civic? you obviously haven’t driven or been inside a civic then.

      scratch that….just go for a cherry it’s even better value than the elantra.

      • Xavier, Style Messiah

        Yes, quite serious… the Elantra kills the Civic for interior and exterior styling, its bigger, it is more fuel efficient, it has a 6 speed auto, it has a direct injection petrol engine that can also run on 91 RON , it has a better warranty, the interior materials quality and presentation is in another league (better that its), it is a low maintenance car with annual service intervals, the engine uses a timing chain so no expensive timing belt changes, it even manages to handle decently.  The new Civic sedan truly looks dire and the interior is awash in hard cheap looking plastics… for me the Elantra is a no contest choice… it is the american car of the year and has trounced the civic sedan in consumer reviews there as well.

        • Roger

           Elantra 1.8 doesn’t come with direct injection. It does have dual VTC (both intake and exhaust CAM hence the power)

        • Roger

           And both engines uses timing chain so it is not big deal. Again, look is subjective. I wouldn’t say Elantra kill civic as both has the pros/cons.

  • Tee Jay

    Did Honda have the Canon photocopier people to design the dash?

  • Giz

    The face lift did not work out any better than current Civic. I actually quiet like current Civic design. It is sharp, nice design, never see it ageing. BTW, the rim in the first picture look so 80’s. Haha

    • Evanh

      The first picture is the Civic Hybrid, the new rim still looks ugly…

  • Sharjeel abbas

    civic is best car but 2 shapes in used pakistan then best car and 1 shape city used people like honda  3.5 used 1 shape and 3.5 used 2 shape diference in lights and small prize in pakistan then people interested this car

    • Car Bore

      Come again?

    • Mighty Boy

      Is this a coded message?

    • Don Quay

      Mr Abbas, you are a wordsmith! I couldn’t have said it better myself. The insight and clarity you displayed is in accord with the civic mindedness of your thoughts. Your words are truly a prelude to an oddysey of commentary that will take us to the edge of the city and far beyond, Keep up the good work and all that jazz. I look forward to reading more of your postings.

    • AGR

       Only a Pakistani can understand what his brother is trying to say :)…. after half an hour of deliberation i was able to decode his message…here goes.

      Honda civic 2000 and 2004 are liked here. Same is the case with Honda city….2002 model is a prized possession. Half of the people like older civic and the other half like 2004 model. Older models are cheaper here that is why people are more interested in buying them.

      • MisterZed

        Really?  I thought he was saying “we harbour terrorists”.

  • binladen

    In real life. Civic used a lot more fuel than claimed. around 12 liter per 100 kms…

    • snitz

      Ummm no way it goes over 10.  I have a 6th and 7th gen civic. Both around 7-8L 100ks. 

    • Car Bore

      This is BS. The type uses high 8’s in the real world and the less performance orientated models are down into the 7’s and low 8’s.

    • Hehe

      You’re full of BS

    • Bobo

      Do you wear lead shoes? Even my wife’s CRV which I think is pretty thirsty already….never exceeds 11 litres per 100kms. My previous 7th gen civic always averaged around 7 – 8 litres and i love pulling the revs every now and then.

    • Roger

      Troll bait? A 1.8 litre using 12 litre per 100km? I own 07 vti which does 8.8 L/100km on 90% city drive… highway goes as low as 5.8 L/100km (110km/h cruise control on)

      • binladen

        you are the only one make sense here. I guess u can get about 450 km in one tank. That is close to real life.

        • Chaitanya Kumar Samardhi

          I get close to 600km in city traffic. normally change from 2nd to 3rd at speeds between 50-60. or may be 2nd to 5th sometimes.

    • Robjh

      My new Sport uses around 8.6L per 100kms … all City stop/start traffic driving.

  • binladen

    Try the 2007 model auto made in Thailan. Full tank only gives you around 400 KM. Anyone anyone else ?? expecially during sydney peak hour trafic.

  • Hehe

    One thing though. How is this the 9th Gen when it uses the same engine, the same chassis and the same panels (bar the front and rear lights? 

    • Car Bore

      The 9th gen uses different panels throughout the body. It’s not just a facelift.

      • Hehe

        The A B and C pillars looks almost exactly the same as the outgoing model. 
        The same goes with the rake in the windscreen. I think the dimension is the same as well (not too sure about this. Haven’t checked)

        • Car Bore

          Very Very close on dimension but not quite the same. They are different panels but look pretty similar. The C Pillar where the panel meets the door is shaped differently too.

  • binladen

    In real life. I mean u go to work at about 8 and finish at 5. U fill with E10. If u live near motorway and work near motorway and u work odd hours. It is not real life.

    • Hehe

      If your car is stuck in traffic of course then your 12km/l wont count. Why? Because your car is NOT MOVING!  

      and then you fill it with E10…… 

    • Car Bore

      That’s funny because my mother loves her 8th gen Civic and gets at least 600km out of a tank. Maybe you should get yours checked by the dealer for higher than normal fuel consumption

      • Hehe

        I can only get 550km with mine and I’m driving a manual.. perhaps its my right foot

        • binladen

          you r saying u use 7.2 L per 100 Km. That is about the same as claimed. it is hard to believe.

      • binladen

        so your mum only use 6.7L/100 KM. that is less than honda has claimed 7.2 L/ 100 KM. it is 40 L tank. You mum should be a driver teacher. LOL. It is not possible at all.

        • Whatthe

          it’s a 55L tank you idiot

          • Whatthe

            Sorry 50L i mean

        • Car Bore

          Hondas claimed for the manual is 6.8 and yes she gets just under that.

    • Roger

       The way ADR test fuel consumption is based on ratio of 60 city : 40 highway. The R18 engine is very efficient with highway cruise (i did once get 5.4l/100km) but again the city consumption should be around 9.2l/100km. So it is possible for someone to get more than 10 litre/100km consumption if they stuck in traffic jam and did most city driving. The figure is high, but it will be much higher if the same person drive a Mazda 3. ADR figure provide a mean for car buyer to compare consumption between cars, and it is not the absolute indicator of what you going to get in real life.

      As for someone getting 600 or 700km per tank, when based on my 100% highway figure (5.8litre/100km) i can theoretically get 860km per tank. So every claim is valid, it just goes down to how the car is driven (city/highway)

  • Guest5

    Don’t believe binladen. He’s dead…

  • MisterZed

    It’s a shame there’s no electric driver’s seat on the Sport model.  :(

    • DAVIDZ

      Electric seats are the biggest wanK on cars

      Once u have set your seat u dont need to touch it again

      Slow too, v;s manual adjustment


    • Robjh

      Yes it is a shame, but not a deal breaker, manual adj is OK … I would have liked to have seen a tilt adjustment as well on the Civic like the Elantra has.

  • klowik

    The back looks like Mercedes C-class.


    5th photo down of the dash, acres and acres of boring tonka-style grey

    Give credit where its due the Elantra is a MUCH nice interior than this

  • Birty_B

    The problem is this “new model” just seems phoned in. The difference between the 7th and 8th gen was massive and made the civic a massive success when it was released. But 6 years later this latest model just doesn’t offer enough in terms of styling or engine improvements to make anywhere the impact of the previous model or what Honda need at this point. I hope it helps pick up civic sales, but it’ll be in need of a massive facelift and update in two years time to keep up with the market. 

    Seems like a bean counters update in my own humble opinion. 

    • MisterZed

      So what?  Every update doesn’t have to be a huge one.  Most car makers will only give a model a huge makeover every other cycle.  In between, it’s just an evolutionary change.  For example, the change between the 3rd and 4th gen Civic wasn’t that drastic, nor was it from the 5th to 6th.  Yet nobody complained.

      • Birty_B

        There’s nothing wrong with an evolutionary change if what you’ve got is working. 

  • Robjh

    Just checked out the new Civic Sport this afternoon .. WOW ! … what a car !

    It is absolutely beautiful, superb quality for the price bracket, I really cannot think of any other car in the class anywhere near as good as this,  …. I can’t wait for a test drive, if it drives anything like it looks, I for one will definately be placing an order !

    • Robjh

      Bought a Civic Sport today ..now I just got to pick what colour I want ?

      Aaarrggghhhh …. can’t decide !

      • Engineer

        I would buy white, because I find every other colour gets too hot in the sun. This also means that you could potentially use less fuel as you would use the air-conditioning system less often. 

        Also some insurance companies have lower premiums for the colour white as it is safer (more visible) at night. 

        • Scatman

          I agree, whites are superior

          • Robjh

            White was No.1 on my radar .. until I saw a Sport in Dyno Blue in the flesh … OMG !! .. it’s stunning in that colour !

            Promptly told the dealer …” I WANT THAT !!! ”

            Hopefully the dealer can source one locally otherwise it will be about a 4 week wait to get one.


        hi i was wondering did u pay for the sports under the original price or the new price 27990?? cos i told my mum about the 9th gen and when she went to the store they claim the price for a civic auto vti was still $26k+. can someone please explain?

        • Robjh

          I paid the new price Carolyn for my Sport .. $27,990 plus on roads.

          Maybe the dealer your Mum went to was quoting on road driveaway price?

  • http://www.wuzhouxingcorp.com/ tomato paste

    Great article. I am just sad I dont know how to reply properly, though, since I want to show my appreciation like many other.

  • Morpheus

    Honda’s marketing department needs a ‘heads up’. Calling a model “Sport” and then making it heavier than any other model and then cuffing it with an auto is beyond stoopid. Call the thing a ‘luxury’ or ‘porker’ but ‘Sport’???
    “Sport” implies light weight, go fast, manual transmission.
    If I want an overweight auto I have plenty in the market to choose from.
    Why does everyone want an auto anyway? Have we become so Americanised that we are too lazy to push in a clutch pedal?
    Please bring back the manual transmission!!!!

    • Robjh

      You can drop the auto into sport mode if you like and change gear manually with the paddle shifters … it will actually let you run all the way to the 7000rpm red-line too btw.


    hey i couldnt help notice the price range on these reviews for civic vti-l is $20-23k  but when i went to the store they claim an auto is still $26K+. can someone please clear things out for me? im not really a car fanatic so im really muddled. is the $20-23k only for america?

    • Robjh

      The $20,990 is for a VTi-L model with a Manual Transmission “without” on road costs.
      The on road price for this VTi-L model in Manual is $23,490 (based on Qld prices)

      If you want an Auto Transmission the on road price for the VTi-L model is pushed up to $25,790 (again, Qld price)

      The on road price for a Sport model, (which only comes with an auto transmission) is $30,729 (Qld price)

      Obviously these are “list prices” and with a bit of haggling with the salesperson you may be able to get a bit better price than the list price plus any extras you may be able to get thrown into the deal (mats, mudflaps etc).

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New Price
Private Sale
$16,720 - $19,000
Dealer Retail
$18,040 - $21,450
Dealer Trade
$13,100 - $15,200
Engine Specifications
Engine Type
Engine Size
Max. Torque
174Nm @  4200rpm
Max. Power
103kW @  6300rpm
Pwr:Wgt Ratio
Bore & Stroke
Compression Ratio
Valve Gear
Drivetrain Specifications
Drive Type
Final Drive Ratio
Fuel Specifications
Fuel Type
Fuel Tank Capacity
Fuel Consumption (Combined)
7.2L / 100km
Weight & Measurement
Kerb Weight
Gross Vehicle Weight
Not Provided
Ground Clearance
Towing Capacity
Brake:800  Unbrake:500
Steering & Suspension
Steering Type
Turning Circle
Front Rim Size
Rear Rim Size
Front Tyres
205/55 R16
Rear Tyres
205/55 R16
Wheel Base
Front Track
Rear Track
Front Brakes
Rear Brakes
Front Suspension
MacPherson strut, Coil Spring, Hydraulic double acting shock absorber, Anti roll bar
Rear Suspension
Double wishbone, Coil Spring, Hydraulic double acting shock absorber, Anti roll bar
Standard Features
Automatic Air Con / Climate Control
Control & Handling
16 Inch Alloy Wheels, Electronic Brake Force Distribution, Traction Control System, Vehicle Stability Control
Cruise Control, Power Steering
CD with 6 CD Stacker, Radio CD with 4 Speakers
Power Mirrors
Power Windows
Dual Airbag Package, Anti-lock Braking, Head Airbags, Seatbelts - Pre-tensioners Front Seats, Side Front Air Bags
Alarm System/Remote Anti Theft, Central Locking Remote Control, Engine Immobiliser
Optional Features
Metallic Paint
Service Interval
6 months /  10,000 kms
36 months /  100,000 kms
VIN Plate Location
Driver Side Eng Scuttle
Country of Origin