The minor model change (MMC) Civic isn’t a big facelift, so you’ll have to squint to notice the differences. The most obvious change is the new honeycomb front grille; now with the chrome element going under, instead of over the Honda logo. Also, the central air intake vent gains chrome highlights, and the alloys have a new design. There’s also a new bodykit.
Inside, there’s a new seven-inch “Advanced Touch Display” head unit with bulit-in navigation and smartphone connectivity via a HDMI port, just like in the new City Grade V. The screen also also includes a multi-angle rear view camera as per the latest Accord, an upgrade from the system in the current 2.0 Navi.
A notable upgrade is the availability of curtain airbags on the top 2.0L model, which brings the total up to six. The range topper also gets an eight-way powered driver’s seat and a four-way powered front passenger seat.
No changes to the mechanical package, so the 141 PS/174 Nm 1.8 litre and 155 PS/190 Nm 2.0 litre SOHC i-VTEC engines soldier on, together with the familiar five-speed automatic transmission, one of the more clever auto ‘boxes out there. No CVT for the Civic, yet.