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Honda Civic 2016 Review

17_VTi-LXThe 2016 Honda Civic brings the Japanese company’s A-game to the most competitive segment in the market.

The tenth-generation Honda Civic sedan continues a nameplate that has been around for more than four decades, with the first examples sold in Australia in 1973. Since then, more than 327,000 Honda Civics have been sold locally (23 million globally), making it one of the most successful car models in history.

But as brands like Nokia, Kodak and IBM know, historical success is no real measure for the future, a fact Honda clearly understands, given the new Civic does a lot more than simply rely on its credentials.


From a design perspective, the 2016 Honda Civic sedan is a mixture of sporty, edgy and youthful styling without being over the top. It’s the sort of car that should appeal to buyers of all ages, although Honda admits that its aim is to attract a younger buyer to the new Civic, those that may not have previously considered the model.

So, what makes the new Civic a worthy competitor to the likes of the Mazda 3 which, alongside the Toyota Corolla and Hyundai i30 (and its Elantra sedan counterpart), have dominated the small car segment for the past few years?


With prices starting from $22,390 plus on-road costs, the Civic sedan is now available with two engines. Firstly, there’s the previous-generation 1.8-litre four-cylinder petrol (104kW, 174Nm and 6.4L/100km claimed fuel economy) carried over in the base VTi and mid-spec Civic VTi-S – now coupled with a new continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). No manual is offered in the new Honda Civic range. The top-choice, though, are the models fitted with the new 1.5-litre four-cylinder turbocharged engine.

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