4. Safety, Space and Practicality
For the first time, the Civic comes with the Honda Sensing suite of advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) officially from Kah Motor. Included in this package are items such as adaptive cruise control, lane keeping assist, and collision mitigation braking system (AKA collision warning and avoidance).
A generation or two ago, that would have been pretty impressive. But in the current market, these safety features are the bare minimum that one should come to expect from any family car, and even the lower-priced Koreans get those as standard today.
Surprisingly, the Civic omits a blind spot monitoring system. In its place though, it has Honda’s unique LaneWatch system, which uses a camera under the passenger side door mirror to show you what’s in your blind spot when you indicate left. It’s a feature that’s carried over from the last Civic, and does seem like quite a novel solution that works well.
The Civic’s wheelbase has also been lengthened by 36mm over its predecessor, and that means there’s plenty of rear legroom than before. A 1.8-metre tall adult would have no problems stretching out in the back, and the Civic is arguably one of the most spacious cars in its class in terms of overall passenger space.
The boot space also stands at a handy 493 litres, which effectively bests all of the Civic’s rivals save for the Kia Cerato. The 60/40 split folding rear seats allow for accommodation of longer items, but the opening is a tad narrow, and impeded by the rear wheel well a little. Overall though, there’s little to complain about when it comes to the Civic’s use of space.