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Stylish new looks for the ninth generation Honda Civic

The ninth generation Honda Civic has undergone a much needed revamp with styling changes to the front and rear and the interior getting a more upmarket look.

The Honda Civic has come in for a much-needed once-over, getting restyling at the front and the rear, while the interior gets higher quality fitments and a seven-inch Honda Connect touch screen.

There’s a Sport trim level inserted into the range to bridge the gap to the turbocharged Type-R range-topper . And significantly more affordable pricing.

Let’s note here that there are some things about the Civic that are really, really good. The 1.6-litre diesel engine is a case in point. We don’t think there’s a better diesel; in the whole supermini sector and it continues in this car, developing 120PS, which is about the sweet spot in this market sector.

There’s also an entry-level 1.4-litre petrol engine on offer. Also continuing the theme is the 1.8-litre petrol engine, that’s good for 142PS. At the top of the range is the banzai Civic Type-R which features turbocharging for the very first time.

The underpinnings carry on largely unchanged. Which means a torsion bar rear end. Yes, we know that the Civic used to sport a multi-link rear end, but it pays to take a pragmatic view.

The last Type-R was no shoddy handler and neither is the Renaultsport Megane, another proponent of the torsion bar rear end. Standard across the range is Honda’s clever City Brake Active system. Designed to avoid low-speed accidents, the system scans the road ahead, and applies the brakes if it detects an impending collision. It only works below 20mph though, so anything above that and it’s down to you.

There have been a few exterior design tweaks to both the Civic hatch and the Civic Tourer estate .

Gone is the weirdly modern yet somewhat bland face and in comes revised headlight units with integrated daytime running lights and a more rakish front bumper assembly.

The Civic hatchback also features a slicker design for the rear bumper, side skirts, a rear spoiler finished in black, plus LED rear lamps. The sum total of these changes is that the car now looks a lot more like an older eighth generation Civic. Retrograde? Not really. That car was a little peach.

The Honda Civic was one of those unfortunate cars that was so nearly right, but just needed a bit of spit and polish to come good. It just received the requisite burnishing.

While it’s probably still not going to threaten the Volkswagen Golf and Ford Focus for class honours, it’s now a car that looks a lot classier and which features more quality indoors at a much more competitive price. In other words, your friends won’t look at you and wonder what came over you if you arrive home with one.

The Type-R looks a genuinely exciting prospect, Honda determined to wrest the title of fastest front-wheel drive car around the Nurburgring away from Renault. A turbocharged Type-R might take a little bit of mental readjustment, but we’re more than ready for our remedial therapy.

The Civic looks good once again. For that, we’re truly glad.

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Honda should really consider changing their names on the Civic models!
A car with a 'sport' designation should not only look sporty but also drive like a sportier version, an 1.4 with the sport label is just a joke.
I wish Honda would make a sportier version of the Civic with a little more omph and a sportier suspension among other things. It doesn't need to be a Type-R like but something in between.
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Type S should be named...
Maybe with 10th generation this change. At least with a intermediate engine below Type R
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