Honda Civic 2022 Review
The Honda Civic is the one C-segment sedan to rule them all. If you were a C-Segment sedan launched in the last ten years or so, life is going to be pretty tough for you. The Honda Civic is as C-Segment as it gets, and this eleventh generation model improves vastly on an already winning formula that proved to dominate and redefine the segment in a way we haven’t seen since the Honda Civic FD.
With every passing year, there are more and more competitors to the Honda Civic – and we’re not talking about rivals within its segment, but rivals at its price point or lower. Consumers are shifting towards crossovers and SUVs for perceived space and practicality reasons, and yet the Civic marches solidly onwards with a substantial base of owners and fans.
To say that the eleventh generation Honda Civic will redefine the segment is a bit of an overstatement, but the previous generation proved just how good of a base it is starting with and Honda has definitely paid attention in ensuring that this generation of Civic will not suffer the same fate as the Civic FB which was regarded as barely an improvement over the Civic FD - a downgrade even, to some.
Honda Civic Specifications
It’s hard to talk about the Honda Civic without talking about the powertrains it has on offer – more specifically, the turbocharged 1.5-litre petrol engine that has made its way into almost every product Honda has to offer in their Malaysian line-up. This is the engine that really helped to make downsized, turbocharged petrol engines acceptable to the broader public – more so than a specific German brand.
Outputs for the Honda Civic stand at 182 PS and 240 Nm of torque, sent to the front wheels through a CVT-type automatic transmission - which is 9 PS and 20 Nm more than the outgoing model. There are paddle shifters to override the traditional CVT elasticity and give you some semblance of gear control, though even without it the Civic is astonishingly quick in a straight line. This same engine is also used in the Honda CR-V and Honda Accord, albeit with different power outputs.
The 1.8-litre petrol engine, pushing a more normal 141 PS and 174 Nm of torque with the previous generation Civic, is no longer offered - which means that for the first time the Honda Civic is offered only with turbocharged petrol powertrains.
Compared to the model it replaces, the eleventh generation Civic has a wheelbase sitting proud at 2,733 mm (33 mm longer than the outgoing model), with an overall length of 4,678 mm and width of 1,802 mm – marginally larger in every dimension except height, which shrinks by 19 mm. It is certainly a more imposing vehicle to see on the road, especially when right alongside more commonplace local hatchback offerings.
Exterior Honda Civic 2022
It’s hard to believe that Honda could make such a large distinction between this new generation Honda Civic and the one it replaces, because the design that was first made familiar to Malaysians back in 2016 still feels as fresh as ever. Despite this, Honda still managed to come up with an entirely new design that’s both eye-catching and mature, definitely borrowing elements and lines from certain European products.
Interior Honda Civic 2022
The driver’s seat is the place you want to be when you’re in a Honda Civic – especially with sublime performance and handling - and most important of all is the completely new dashboard design that’s a radical departure from the interiors we’re used to seeing with Honda. The honeycomb inlay and vent controls are as unique as they are practical, and the overall layout and use of space make you feel both comfortable and snug at the same time.
We thought black interiors were coming to an end, but the Civic still proves that they work perfectly well for this segment and are a good blend of functional and luxury. The instrument cluster has also seen a massive revision that makes it far more vibrant and integrated being largely a screen and capable of displaying as much information as a driver would reasonably choose to see.
Honda Civic Safety Features
The all-new Honda Civic comes with the most current variant of Honda Sensing, which means you get items like Forward Collision Warning, Collision Mitigation Braking System, Lane Departure Warning, Lane Keep Assist System, Road Departure Mitigation – and most of all, Adaptive Cruise Control with Low Speed Follow. This is on top of the must-have items like Vehicle Stability Assist and Hill Start Assist.
Unlike the previous generation Honda Civic, these items are also standard across the range. On top of this, you have the usual items such as ISOFIX, six airbags, and a multi-angle rearview camera. Regardless of which Civic you pick, you’ll be guaranteed to have an extensive safety suite helping you along the way.
Pros & Cons: Honda Civic
A Honda, is a Honda, is a Honda. Just like any of their models, the Honda Civic is an excellent example of how to plan and utilize interior space well. There is no missing the number of storage spaces and cubby holes, hideaways and holes for you to tuck your personal items into and place both your mobile phones and beverage of choice without compromise.
The performance is also a strong talking point, with many owners of the Civic making a name for themselves both on the road and the track. The powertrain is extremely robust, delivering power and torque as and when you need it and building speed smoothly. Both ride and handling are up to scratch in this area too, allowing a driver to fully utilize the performance of the Civic.
If there was a downside to be listed for the Civic, it is only that the pricing has crept up ever so slightly making it a slightly more difficult proposition. However, one could argue that inflation and worsening currencies have led us to this inevitable point. Given how much the Honda Civic has improved over its predecessor, you could say that it more than makes up for the bump in price - especially when you feel like you’re in a car that punches way above its belt.
Honda Civic Price in Malaysia
Pricing for the all-new Honda Civic was slightly surprising as the numbers were bumped up slightly compared to the outgoing model - but this is expected as the all-new Civic has a fair amount more in terms of features and overall design and styling elements. The entry-level model is the E variant that runs you RM 125,635. Going up to the mid-spec V will set you back RM 138,043, while the range-topping RS model goes for RM 144,350. All in these numbers aren’t so bad by today’s standards. Perhaps a decade ago they would be unacceptable as they were in D-segment sedan territory, but with D-segment sedans breaching the RM 200,000 mark nobody would dare make that comparison today.
Features of Honda Civic 2022
With the 2022 Honda Civic, the level of equipment is evenly distributed across the range. The entry-level model still gets a 7-inch display audio head unit with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality, as well as remote engine start, smart entry with push start, cruise control, and the like. Where the other two Civic variants step up comes with paddle shifters, a Sport button, leather upholstery, powered driver’s seats, and a larger 9-inch display audio head unit.
Honda Civic 2022 Fuel Consumption
With the transition to having all variants of the Honda Civic running the same 1.5-litre turbocharged engine you would expect them to return fairly similarly fuel consumption figures - but you’re wrong! The entry and mid-spec Civic variants are quoted as returning 6.0 litres per 100 kilometres, or 16.7 kilometres per litre. The range-topping RS variant will return 6.3 litres per 100 kilometres, or 15.9 kilometres per litre - most likely attributed to the wider tyre package.
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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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Honda is clearly confident in this engine, too, and are doubling down on its widespread use with it featuring it in the CR-V and Accord, albeit tuned to 193PS and 201PS respectively. It will also be powering the majority of 11th-gen Civics moving forward in most markets, Malaysia included. On those fronts, the Civic has made some concessions to deliver a sexier roofline. As a result, the rear seats have a lower than expected H-point to maximise headroom and the 60:40 bench folds to reveal an oddly narrow boot passage, but knee room is plentiful and the seat cushions themselves are plush and supportive. Rear air conditioning vents are equipped, so there’s every reason to easily settle in for a long journey. When you’ve got all your items hidden away in the huge centre cubby space, your music playing via Apple CarPlay or Android Auto, and the engine faintly humming away as you sip fuel at highway speeds, it's easy to realise that the person driving that BMW 318i probably isn’t having a markedly better experience, yet paid much more. In any review, this is probably the least interesting topic to cover, but Honda’s inclusion of a comprehensive active safety suite, at this price point, is perhaps the main reason why those now-culled C-segment rivals could struggle should they attempt a comeback. The Civic 1.5 TC-P isn’t just equipped with a trimmed feature list of Honda Sensing, but the full package as also found on the top-spec CR-V, Accord, and City RS. Naturally, we also have the standard 6 airbags, anti-lock brakes, stability control, parking sensors, reversing camera, and ISOFIX mounts. This is a car to suit nearly every need. It’s spacious, handsome, comfortable, easy to drive, quick in everyday situations, easy on fuel, and packed to the gills with safety and convenience tech. It isn’t the class leader in every discipline, but like the City, clearly wins on averages. C-segment crown well-deserved.View full review
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On the exterior, the range-topping variant will come with new 18-inch wheels as opposed the current 17-inch rims. Besides that, there is the new front bumper design that also features a new fog lamp surround. The finishing on the plastic panel is now smooth, as opposed to the old design which had honeycomb inserts.View full review
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Driving on poorly maintained roads, the ones peppered by residual cement leaked from mixer trucks, broken strips of tarmac, uneven surfaces around manhole covers, the Civic soaks them up so well that we thought were in an Audi A3 – which Ito-san revealed that was one of the models the Civic was benchmarked against for ride and handling.View full review
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