Ratings: 2020 Honda Civic 1.5 TC-P - Most spacious but not the most fuel efficient

Arif · Sep 19, 2020 02:00 PM

Cars competing in the C-segment saloon category include the Toyota Corolla Altis, the Mazda 3, and the Honda Civic. The 1.5-litre turbocharged Civic is assembled in Malaysia and is competitively priced. To commence the WapCar ratings of our C-segment saloons, we begin with the Honda Civic 1.5 TC-P.

Looking at the scoring matrix, the Honda Civic is a rather balanced all-rounder, with good scores in all departments.

Driving Performance (36.5/50 pts) - Powerful engine & good brakes

2020 Honda Civic 1.5 TC-P - Facts and Figure
Engine 1.5 L 4-cylinder turbo
Transmission CVT automatic
Power 173 PS @ 5,500 rpm
Torque 220 Nm @ 1,700 - 5,500 rpm
Weight 1,314 kg
0-100 km/h 8.2 seconds
100-0 km/h 35.1 metres

Like the Toyota Corolla Altis, the Honda Civic 1.5 turbo transmits power to the wheels via a CVT automatic transmission. With 173 PS of maximum power at 5,500 rpm, the turbocharged Civic is more powerful than both the Toyota and Mazda.

Proportional to its output figures, the Civic is the fastest in the century sprint, completing it in 8.6 seconds (as per WapCar test). All three cars (Mazda 3, Honda Civic, & Toyota Corolla Altis) are equipped with full airbags and their respective ACC systems. (Mazda – MRCC, Honda – Sensing, Toyota – TSS)

Braking distance of the Civic from 100-0 km/h is 35.1 metres which is one of the best we've ever seen. Steering is very responsive but has less weight and feel in comparison to the Mazda 3. Manoeuvrability is decent.

2020 Honda Civic 1.5 TC-P - Driving Performance Breakdown
Engine Acceleration 4/5
In-gear Acceleration 3.5/5
Throttle Response 3/5
Transmission Shift Logic 2/3
Smoothness 3.5/5
Sport/Manual Mode 3/3
Steering Accuracy 2/3
Response 2.5/3
Weight & Feel 1.5/3
Braking Distance 3/3
Feel 2.5/3
Handling Chassis Balance 2/3
Grip 2.5/3
Load Reaction 1.5/3
Total 36.5/50

Ride comfort (35/50pts) - Balanced damping, not so quiet cabin

Damping is balanced and the Civic rides smoothly. Compared to the Honda Accord, the Civic is not that far off in terms of comfort.

2020 Honda Civic 1.5 TC-P - Noise Level
60 km/h 61 dB
90 km/h 66 dB
110 km/h 69 dB

With 69 dB at 110 km/h, cabin noise levels of the Civic are on the higher side. The Mazda 3 is the quietest among the three C-segment sedans at 67 dB @ 110km/h.

2020 Honda Civic 1.5 TC-P - Ride Comfort Breakdown
Sound Proofing 6/10
Suspension 7/10
Passenger Comfort 7/10
Seat Support 3/5
Ergonomics 4/5
Engine Refinement 8/10
Total Points 35/50 pts

Quality and Features (35/50 pts) - well-equipped car, decent build quality

Exterior materials on the Honda Civic are standard. "Premium" features like bonnet gas struts and a power tailgate are not available. Essential sound proofing is present but cabin noise levels at 110 km/h are at 69 dB.

2020 Honda Civic 1.5 TC-P - Exterior Material Used
Bonnet Soundproofing Material Thin
  Struts Manual
Front Fenders Soundproofing Material Yes
Doors Front Windows Single glazed
  Rear Windows Single glazed
  Construction Multiple-piece
Tailgate/boot Opening Manual

Panel gap difference on the Civic are minimal. The maximum difference is a mere 1 mm. Judging by the panel gaps, the Honda Civic is built better than the Honda CR-V.

2020 Honda Civic 1.5 TC-P - Panel Gaps (mm)
Location Driver Side Passenger Side Difference
Bonnet 3.0 3.0 0
Front Fender 3.5 4.0 0.5
Front to Rear Door 4.0 5.0 1.0
Rear Door to C-Pillar 3.5 4.5 1.0
Tailgate 4.5 5.0 0.5
Average difference: 0.6

Paint thickness irregularities are also minimal. All readings are above 100 µm. Topping the C-segment saloon in this criterion is the Toyota Corolla Altis.

2020 Honda Civic 1.5 TC-P - Paint thickness (µm)
Location Driver Side Passenger Side
Front Bonnet 119
Front Fender 103 100
Front Door 115 114
Rear Door 105 107
C-pillar 115 120
Tailgate 109
Roof 115
Average paint thickness: 110 µm

Inside the cabin, the use of materials is as expected for a car of today. The use of soft plastics on top and hard plastics below is conventional.

The cabin is not shouty, but there are some design elements (white stitching, stripes, etc.) incorporated to make things more interesting. The leather upholstery on the front seats have a moderate fit. Overall, the cabin materials are conventional and the finish is decent.

2020 Honda Civic 1.5 TC-P - Cabin Material Use
Seat Seat Cover Leather
Armrest Armrest Cover Leather
Dashboard Upper Section Soft plastic
  Lower Section Hard plastic
Front Doors Upper Section Soft plastic
  Middle Section Leather
  Lower Section Hard plastic

In terms of exterior and interior finish, the Civic scores well.

Other good scores of the Civic are in the areas of safety and ADAS. ADAS components like AEB, ACC, and Lane keep assist are all available.

2020 Honda Civic 1.5 TC-P - Quality & Features Breakdown
Exterior Paint Finish 4/5
  Panel Gaps 3/5
Interior Build Quality 3/5
  Materials Used 3/5
Features Safety 9/10
  ADAS 5/5
  Luxury 2/5
  Convenience 3/5
  Infotainment 3/5
Total 35/50 pts

Space and Practicality (34.5/50 pts) - most generous in its class?

There's generous headroom and legroom in the Honda Civic. Even the boot space is the biggest compared to the Corolla Altis and Mazda 3.

Honda Civic - Interior Space Breakdown
Front Row 8 / 10
Middle/Back Row 7 / 10
Third Row 0 / 5
Boot Space 4 / 5
Practicality 4 / 5
Storage Space 4 / 5
Visibility 3.5 / 5
Storage Flexibility 4 / 5
Total 34.5 / 50 pts

Using the official WapCar standard of measurement, headroom is one tennis ball and legroom is almost four tennis balls.

Fuel Consumption (13.5/20 pts) not the best in its class

With a turbocharged 1.5-litre engine, the Honda Civic records the highest fuel consumption compared to its naturally aspirated counterparts with bigger engine displacements. 

Fuel consumption of the C-segment saloons are as such (WapCar test):

Honda Civic 1.5 TC-P - 7.9 l/100km; Toyota Corolla Altis - 7.7 l/100km; Mazda 3 - 7.6 l/100km

Do take note that our tests are done with the "eco mode" turned off. The Honda Civic and the Toyota Corolla Altis are equipped with "eco mode". The Mazda 3 is not.

Honda Civic - Fuel Consumption Test Breakdown
Fuel Consumption 10 / 15
Eco Mode 2 / 2
Indicator Accuracy 1.5 / 3
Total points 13.5 / 20 pts

Purchase & Cost - 24/30 pts,

Being a CKD model, the Honda Civic is more attractively priced than both the Altis and the Mazda 3. The Civic also comes with a 5 year and unlimited mileage (within 5 years) warranty which is a plus point in our books. 

In terms of maintenance cost, the Civic can't top the Mazda 3's 5-year free maintenance. The Honda is also not the most fuel-efficient car, so those are the downsides, in case you were looking for them. 

Honda Civic - Purchase & Cost
Purchase Car Price 13 / 15
Warranty 4 / 5
Cost Maintenance 4 / 5
Fuel Cost 3 / 5
Total 24 / 30 pts


The Honda Civic 1.5 TC-P is a balanced all-rounder. The price is attractive and the performance is appealing. The Civic loses out to its rivals when it comes to fuel efficiency. Build quality and features of the Civic make it a worthy choice in the C-segment saloon category.