3. Interior and Features
The interior of the new Civic does feel like a substantial upgrade over the outgoing model, certainly in terms of cabin ambience. On first impressions, the cabin materials do seem like a big step up, and the touch points at least feel somewhat more premium and upmarket.
There are some neat touches, like the honeycomb mesh that runs across the width of the dashboard, and hides the aircon vents behind them. It would be cooler still if they were finished in stainless steel perhaps, but at least it looks somewhat different than most traditional applications.
The rest of the dashboard layout is pretty intuitive to use, with all the major controls within easy reach. The controls for the aircon are easy to understand and operate, although a lack of dual zone climate control is a tad surprising. Below that lies your usual options for device charging, including two USB ports, a 12V power socket, and a wireless charger.
The infotainment touchscreen is a 9.0-inch item, and while it’s not as big as the ones in some of its rivals, it is relatively straightforward to use. The usual Apple CarPlay and Android Auto is also present here, while there’s also wireless CarPlay, which is pretty neat.
That said, the Civic is still a little bit lacking a few features that are seen in some of its rivals. There are no electric seats, for instance, as well as the aforementioned dual zone climate control. The instrument panel is also a half-digital affair, as compared to the fully-digital item on the Hyundai Avante. Nevertheless, the Civic still offers plenty in its kit bag, notably in the areas of safety.