2021 Honda Civic 1.5 Turbo Review: Middle Ground



1. Introduction
2. Design and Appearance
3. Interior and Features
4. Safety, Space and Practicality
5. Driving Experience
6. Competitors and Conclusion

2. Design and Appearance

While the outgoing 10th-gen model was sleek and dramatic, with its almost-fastback style that gave it some semblance of sporting pretension, the new 11th-gen Civic cuts to a somewhat more conservative look this time round. It appears that Honda is aiming to push the Civic to a slightly more upmarket position, aligning it closer to its family siblings like the Accord.

And it achieves that by adding some visual bulk, with the new car some 44mm longer than the previous model. From the side on the car does look fairly stretched out, an effect accentuated by the car’s proportions, with its long bonnet and short, stubby rear. The crease lines along the lower doors, as well as the triangular rear C-pillar window enhances the effect further.

The front end is familiar Honda territory, with its slim headlights and a thin grille topped off by a body-coloured ‘nose’. It’s a look mirrored by recent new Honda cars like the Accord, City and Jazz, and overall it at least gives the Civic a cohesive family look. You’ll arguably won’t mistake it for anything other than a Honda.

The rear end loses the ‘crab pincers’ taillights of the old car, and the new design does offer a hint of Tesla Model 3 if you squint, with the effect accentuated by the high boot line topped off by a tiny bootlid spoiler. Overall though, the new Civic’s design is clean and coherent, but it isn’t quite the head turner as its predecessor was.


Continue to Interior and Features

1. Introduction
2. Design and Appearance
3. Interior and Features
4. Safety, Space and Practicality
5. Driving Experience
6. Competitors and Conclusion

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