In Brief: New Honda Civic 2019, Best-Selling C-Segment Sedan In Malaysia

Adrian Chia/Aug 30, 2019 03:00 PM

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New Honda Civic 2019 iss Malaysia’s best-selling non-national C-Segment sedan. For young executives and families looking for a sporty, spacious and well-equipped sedan, the new Honda Civic 2019 is an attractive package.

What is the price of New Honda Civic 2019?

The New Honda Civic 2019 is a five-door C-segment sedan and Honda Malaysia offers three variants priced between RM 108,165 to RM 128,631.

There are two petrol engines to choose from, a 1.8-litre naturally aspirated four-cylinder SOHC i-VTEC and a 1.5-litre four-cylinder VTEC Turbo. Both engines are paired to a Continuous Variable Transmission (CVT) to drive the front wheels.

The pick of the range would be the entry-level 1.8 S which comes with all of the necessary bells and whistles such as LCD instrument cluster, 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple Car Play & Android Auto, Remote Engine Start, Cruise Control, 6 airbags and more without you having to stretch your budget.

However, if you want to enjoy the rush of a turbocharged engine and prefer a sharper look (larger wheels and full LED headlamps), the New Honda Civic 2019 1.5 TC-P would appeal to you more.

New Honda Civic 2019 Pros And Cons

The New Honda Civic 2019 is one of the most all-rounded cars you can buy in the segment. Its generous interior space and large boot (519 litres) make it a great family car while the 1.5-litre VTEC Turbo with paddle shifters adds a layer of engagement for the keen drivers.

Cabin design also aged fairly well giving the occupants an impression of a well built and high-tech cabin. Passenger comfort is also well taken care of with rear air-cond vents, 8-speakers as well as Apple Car Play & Android Auto connectivity being standard across all variants.

The downside is that the New Honda Civic 2019 does not handle road imperfections all too well, which reinforces why the Civic 1.8 S with its smaller 16-inch alloys is the pick of the range. Its relatively low ride height makes entry and exits a bit of a challenge for older folks and you risk scraping the undercarriage if you’re not careful when approaching bumps.

What’s less annoying is the inability to fold the rear seats down.

What Are The Alternatives of New Honda Civic 2019?

Common rivals to the New Honda Civic 2019 are the Toyota Altis and Mazda 3 however none of them comes with a turbocharged engine option. Korean and European makes just don’t have the brand appeal that stacks up against Honda.

The Altis, despite the sharp exterior, has an overtly reserved cabin and a comfort-oriented driving experience. It is also more expensive than the New Honda Civic 2019 by some RM 10,000 due to its fully imported (from Thailand) nature.

The Mazda 3, on the other hand, while comes with a full suite of Advanced Driving Assistance System (ADAS) and emotive design, the hefty price tag pushes the Mazda up to the next price level which many will find hard to make sense out of it.

Buyers of this segment will definitely consider cross-shop for an SUV or Crossover which offers more metal for the money. This is a concern for buyers who prioritises utility – tailgate for ease of access, taller ride height – over outright looks and features.

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