Civic Facelift - A step backwards

Andrew Hopkins

Admittedly, the appearance of the Civic can take a bit of getting used to - but it still has something.
It does pleasantly rise above the ranks of the run of the mill compacts.
The fact that this is not for everybody is clear, and taking into account what was really a more conservative predecessor, it is a big step. After all, with a change in design like this, there is always the danger of alienating a conservative clientele.

The main point of criticism from the start was the one piece headlight unit at the front of this Japanese car, which clearly split the fans into two schools of thought. You either love it or hate it (I like it).

Within the context of the facelift presented in Paris, Honda has paddled back a little upstream and given the Civic a more or less conventional radiator grille instead of the central trim between the headlamps (although it is still transparently mounted), in order to not get too close to the Type S and Type R.

The rear lights were also redecorated a little, although the basis concept of the Civic was not messed around with. What was particularly successful in my opinion is the concept of a flat tank below the floor. This provides any amount of stowage space beneath the rear seats, where the tank would normally be.

If you raise the rear seats you can transport a bicycle upright in the back (not possible with an Astra or Golf). The cabin now has a higher standard of materials (as is the case with a facelift to any car).

An new entry-level petrol engine with 98 HP that has been added to the new Jazz will also boost sales. Honda has not provided any information on the specification.