Distinguishing the refreshed Civic hatch from the outside is a new piano black finish to the front and rear bumpers (previously silvery grey), privacy glass for the entry-level VTi-S and DTi-S variants (already standard on VTi-L and VTi-LN), and a new 17-inch alloy wheel design for DTi-S, VTi-L and VTi-LN.
The updated cabin features white stitching on the front seats, steering wheel, knee pad and centre armrest, as well as piano black on the steering wheel, and brighter trim around the switches and air vents.
A new colour, Urban Titanium, has been added, while Deep Ocean Blue and Crystal Black are no longer available on DTi-S.
Honda says suspension changes include increased spring rates, steering rigidity and rear H-beam stabiliser diameter in the pursuit of improved ride feel, comfort and driving dynamics.
The $1000 hike sees Honda position the Civic hatch's entry-point above its main competitors, including the Volkswagen Golf 90TSI (from $21,490), Hyundai i30 Active ($20,990), Mazda 3 Neo ($20,490) and Toyota Corolla Ascent ($19,990).
2014 Honda Civic hatch prices:
VTi-S manual $21,650
VTi-S auto $23,950
VTi-L auto $26,490
DTi-S manual $27,990
VTi-LN auto $30,590