2022 Honda Civic (FE) Review
The Honda Civic doesn’t need much of an introduction, if any. Now in its 11th-generation (FE) form as a C-segment leader, the car remains a go-to option for anyone looking for a well-equipped, stylish and practical sedan that’s also got a decent dose of fun.
2022 Honda Civic (FE) Specifications
Prices for the newest Honda Civic have risen from the outgoing model, but in return there are rather significant upgrades to its feature set that further elevate it above its mass market class rivals.
The new addition here is the inclusion of a variant called the RS that sits at the top of the range, above the 1.5L V and entry-level 1.5 E. As before, each Honda Civic is locally assembled by Honda Malaysia in Pegoh, Melaka.
Mechanically, the biggest change here is the exclusion of the previous generation’s 1.8-litre i-VTEC naturally aspirated engine. Every Honda Civic will now share a turbocharged 1.5-litre four-cylinder petrol engine with 182PS and 240Nm of torque that’s mated to a CVT gearbox (with paddle shifters, not on the 1.5 E) that drives the front wheels.
Interestingly, thanks to the extra cosmetic items on the RS variant, it’s estimated consumption over 100km/h is 6.3-litres instead of 6.0-litres like the 1.5 E and 1.5 V.
Exterior Of The 2022 Honda Civic (FE)
Much has changed over its direct predecessor, the 10th-gen Honda Civic FC, but at the same time a lot has stayed the same.
In terms of design, this all-new model ditches that edgier and more angular look for a softer, rounder surfacing treatment overall. Opinions remain divided but generally the FE is perceived as a more matured, if a little derivative.
However, what has been retained is the sloping, almost coupe-style roofline that tapers down to the boot lid which is still hinged (as traditionally) at the rear deck and not the roof itself, unlike a liftback (example: Volkswagen Arteon).
LED headlamps and tail lamps as well as LED daytime running lights are standard fitment. Each variant receives a unique wheel design as well, from a 16-inch set on the 1.5 E, a 17-inches on the 1.5V, and 18-inch alloys on the Honda Civic RS finished in matte black and wearing Michelin Pilot Sport 4 tyres.
Interior Of The 2022 Honda Civic (FE)
Any casual driver will be able to notice a marked improvement in cabin refinement on the newest Honda Civic. Despite it being the poster child of the four-door non-premium sedan, the Japanese automaker has managed to narrow the gulf of perceived quality.
For its price, the interior feels impressively resolved in terms of its use of materials, build quality, and even design. Also, being a Honda, the expectation is for it to offer best-in-class levels of spaciousness thanks to clever vehicle packaging of components and sub-structures.
The tech offering is a step above the older model as well with all variants coming with a touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support. All but the base 1.5 E receives a 9-inch panel that’s sharp and paired a slick and intuitive interface.
The car definitely delivers in this regard. To sit in or drive, the Honda Civic feels comfortable, well-considered, and therefore quite accomplished. Even with the spacious passenger area, its 497-litre boot is larger than some SUVs.
2022 Honda Civic (FE) Safety Features
Each Honda Civic arrives with 6 airbags, electronic stability control, anti-lock brakes, hill start assist, a reversing camera, and front/rear parking sensors.
More importantly, though, every single variant now comes equipped with Honda SENSING, the automaker’s comprehensive suite of active safety (sometimes called ADAS) features. These include: Forward Collision Warning, Collision Mitigation Brake Support (AEB), Lane Departure Warning, Lane Keep Assist, Road Departure Mitigation, Adaptive Cruise Control.
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- Body Type: Sedan
- Transmission: Automatic
- Engine Capacity: 1499 cc
- Fuel Type: petrol
- Seat Capacity: 5
- Price: RM 125,295 - RM 144,010
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User Review of Honda Civic
A good car to drive
looks of the car
Safety play’s important role.
Beautiful in interior & exterior
Awesome and futuristic Honda Civic 2020