A compelling, feature-rich choice
Honda’s impressive 2012 Civic sedan is a thoroughly convincing new contender in the sedan market. It offers an unrivalled blend of style and sophistication, performance and efficiency, engaging handling and outstanding safety.
An expanded model range, with the addition of the new 1,6-litre derivative, adds even broader appeal to the line-up, which is already revered for its peerless quality record, as well as an exceptional level of owner satisfaction and retention.
Throw in cutting-edge new smart technology, such as the multi-faceted driver interface and fuel-efficient driving systems, and the Civic truly sets new benchmarks for its class.
A further distinct advantage the Civic has over its competitors is the option of manual or automatic transmissions across all derivatives and engine options. That the advanced automatic gearbox matches, or even betters, the manual in terms of efficiency, gives the 2012 Civic an even greater competitive advantage, supported by compelling pricing and overall value.
HONDA CIVIC 1.6 Comfort
Honda’s extended model line-up for the Civic, which now includes the new 1,6-litre engine, will clearly appeal to customers looking for outstanding levels of space, comfort, efficiency and safety. Younger family buyers, in particular, are expected to be a key market for this model.
Value-for-money is a defining virtue of the 1.6 Comfort as it boasts an exceptional level of standard specification, despite its so-called entry-level status.
Indeed, even from the outside, it imparts an upmarket sophistication through the fitment of 15-inch alloy wheels (with 195/65 R15 tyres and a full-size alloy spare), colour-coded mirrors and door handles.
Also part of the comprehensive standard offering is speed-sensitive auto door locking with selective unlocking, while an integrated alarm system and rolling-code engine immobiliser are also included.
Electrically operated windows are provided all round, along with electric mirrors, manual air-conditioning with dust and pollen filter, Honda’s new electric power steering system, a trip computer with outside temperature display, and the new ECON mode system.
Driver comfort and convenience are primary considerations. Hence, height adjustment is provided for the driver’s seat, while the steering column is tilt and reach adjustable. Also included are front and rear armrests, a leather-trimmed gear knob, as well as a practical information button on the steering wheel for accessing essential vehicle information.
The standard audio system comprises a single-CD WMA/MP3-compatible tuner with speed-sensitive volume control, four door speakers and an auxiliary audio connection.
In terms of safety, the entire range boasts ABS brakes with EBD and EBA, dual front and side airbags, active anti-whiplash head restraints, and ISOFix rear child seat anchors among the primary features.
The high-value proposition also extends to the ownership and aftersales experience. All 2012 Civic models are sold with a three-year/100 000 km warranty and five-year/90 000 km service plan. Service intervals are every 15 000 km.
HONDA CIVIC 1.8 Comfort
The Civic 1.8 Comfort mirrors the specification of the 1.6 model, but adds heated side mirrors as well as side curtain airbags to the features set.
HONDA CIVIC 1.8 Elegance
In Elegance guise, the Civic steps up the level of sophistication and gains 16-inch alloy wheels with wider 205/55 R16 tyres, full leather seats, a leather-trimmed multi-function steering wheel, automatic climate control, and cruise control with speed limiter.
The multimedia system is enhanced with Bluetooth hands-free connectivity, a USB audio slot and two additional tweeters for the speaker system.
HONDA CIVIC 1.8 Executive
In line with its premium, range-topping status, the Civic 1.8 Executive is set apart by several distinguishing features. Externally it boasts electric folding mirrors, front fog lights and chrome finishes for the door handles.
For added convenience it is equipped with paddle-shift controls on the steering wheel (for the five-speed automatic transmission), automatic headlight activation and rain-sensing windscreen wipers. On the safety front, it also receives Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) and a tyre deflation warning system (DWS).