Pros and Cons: 2020 Honda Civic 1.5 TC-P – Great value, not the most efficient though

Shaun · Nov 17, 2020 10:00 AM

You may have seen renders or the teaser for the upcoming 11th generation Honda Civic, but it’s still a while away before it reaches our shores and the current 10th generation Honda Civic is still very much relevant.

If you’re shopping for a C-segment sedan, the 2020 Honda Civic will likely be on your shortlist. Here’s a list of its pros and cons to assist in your buying decision.

Pros

Most powerful in its class

The Honda Civic 1.5 TC-P is the most powerful in its segment, with 173 PS/220 Nm from the 1.5-litre VTEC Turbo unit that propels the Civic from 0-100 km/h in 8.6 seconds.

In comparison, the Mazda 3 2.0 Sedan does 0-100 km/h in 9.9 seconds while the Toyota Corolla Altis 1.8G did it in 11.4 seconds.

Spacious and practical interior

The Honda Civic has the most spacious interior in class, with more than 3 tennis balls of kneeroom and 1 tennis of ball of headroom for a 175 cm tall adult.

While the door bins are not large enough to fit 1.5-litre bottles, the centre storage space is rather massive and there’s “double decker” console for added cubby space.

Also, the boot is the largest in class, measured at 519 litres and the facelift exercise introduced a 60/40 split function.

Full suite of ADAS

The range-topping Honda Civic 1.5 TC-P gets the full suite of Honda Sensing ADAS, with all the acronyms such as FCW, CMBS, LDW, LKAS, RDM, ACC, LSF, and AHB.

Unique to the Honda Civic (or Hondas in general) is Honda LaneWatch that takes the place of conventional Blind Spot Monitors, but it is only on the passenger side.

Cons

Seats are rather low, affecting ingress and egress

Getting in and out of the Honda Civic is almost akin to a sports car as the seats are mounted rather low, for a sedan at least. For those who prefer a low driving position will appreciate it. But for others, it just makes ingress and egress more difficult and it impedes visibility.

Rivals offer better driving experience

Having tested both the Mazda 3 Sedan as well as the Toyota Corolla Altis, the Honda Civic doesn’t quite deliver in the driving department. Yes, it does have the most power in class but the delay in response when you put your foot down is rather underwhelming.

And while it does wear sticky Michelin Pilot Sport 4 rubbers, it doesn’t quite flow in corners like the Corolla Altis nor does it have the playfulness of the Mazda 3. The Honda Civic goes around bends in a rather serious manner and just clings on for dear life.

Not the most fuel efficient in class

After a 100 km journey broken down to 70/30 highway and city driving, the Honda Civic required 7.9 litres of fuel to brim the tank. This gives an easy calculation with a figure of 7.9-litre/100 km

In similar conditions, the Corolla returned 7.7-litre/100 km and the Mazda 3 Sedan recorded 7.6-litre/100 km. Which means the Honda Civic recorded the highest fuel consumption compared to its naturally aspirated counterparts with bigger engine displacements.

Conclusion

The range-topping Honda Civic 1.5 TC-P is priced at RM 134,661 (OTR without insurance and SST, valid until 31 December 2020) and at that price bracket, no other C-segment sedans matches its value proposition.

It’s the most powerful in its segment, the interior is by far the most spacious and practical in class, not to mention the largest boot space. Plus, it has the full suite of Honda Sensing ADAS.

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Up to 20% higher than average trade-in price

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