Honda has launched the 2019 Civic in India. Available in three variants - V, VX and ZX - it is priced between Rs 17.70 lakh to 22.30 lakh (ex-showroom pan-India). For the first time in India, the Civic is available with both petrol and diesel engine options. However, while the petrol engine is available with a CVT only, the diesel can only be had with a 6-speed MT. Now, let us find out which variant and engine combination suits your budget and needs the best.
- Radiant Red Metallic
- Platinum White Pearl
- Modern Silver Metallic
- Golden Brown Metallic
- Lunar Silver Metallic
Standard Safety Features:
Vehicle stability assist
Agile handling assist
Hill start assist
ISOFIX child seat anchors
Front seatbelt reminder
ABS with EBD
Electronic parking brake with auto hold
High speed alert
Rear parking camera and sensors
Front seatbelt pretensioner with load limiter
Honda Civic V: Available with petrol-CVT only; logical purchase
Exterior: Halogen projector headlamps with LED DRLs, fog lamps, LED turn indicators on ORVMs, LED tail lamps, 16-inch alloy wheels and sharkfin antenna.
Interior: Fabric seat upholstery.
Infotainment: 5-inch music system (non touchscreen) with Bluetooth connectivity.
Comfort: Steering-mounted controls, paddle shifters (petrol only), smart entry with push-button start, walk away auto lock, remote engine start, all four power windows, remote opening and closing of windows, electrically adjustable and foldable ORVMs, sliding front armrest, tilt and telescopic steering and adjustable front and rear headrest.
Verdict: The base variant of the Civic is only available with the petrol-CVT powertrain. This variant covers most your needs (apart from auto-dimming IRVM). We’d recommend the entry-level variant for those looking for a petrol-powered sedan within a budget but doesn’t want to skimp on basic features.
That said, buyers who’re upgrading from a top or even mid-level variant of a compact car like the Honda City or the Hyundai Creta will feel the absence of feel-good features such as a touchscreen infotainment system, an auto dimming IRVM and a power adjustable driver seat.
Honda Civic VX: Incremental value doesn’t justify the additional equipment; diesel-manual doesn’t justify the price difference over petrol-CVT powertrain
Safety: Pop up bonnet (diesel only)
Interior: Ivory leatherette upholstery, digital instrument cluster and ambient lighting.
Infotainment: 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Comfort: Dual zone climate control, auto dimming IRVM, cruise control, auto folding ORVMs, 8-way power adjustable driver seat and multi-view rear parking camera.
Verdict: In this variant, the Civic not only covers all your needs but packs some feel-good features as well.
It gets a dual-zone climate control, digital instrument cluster, 8-way electrically adjustable driver’s seat, a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system and ambient lighting over the V variant. However, these additional features are priced at a premium of Rs 1.5 lakh over the petrol-powered V variant, which is quite pricey in our opinion. However, if it’s a diesel-powered Civic that you need, this is the sedan’s entry-level variant.
But a price difference of Rs 1.3 lakh between the petrol and diesel powertrain makes the Civic diesel an expensive proposition, especially when you consider that the diesel version does not get the option of an automatic gearbox.
Honda Civic ZX: Not interested in the Civic V for the lack of modern-day equipment? Splurge and buy Civic ZX instead. It’s priced at a premium but appeals to the heart.
Safety: Curtain airbags
Exterior: Auto LED headlamps, LED fog lamps, electric sunroof and 17-inch alloy wheels.
Comfort: Rain-sensing wipers, Honda Lane Watch camera, remote opening and closing for sunroof.
Verdict: The Civic ZX is definitely an upgrade over the VX as far as safety features are concerned. It also feels more premium thanks to additions like a sunroof, LED headlamps and fog lamps, and bigger alloy wheels. It also gets the Honda Lane Watch camera which assists in changing lanes while on the move.
The Civic ZX appeals to the heart more than the other two variants. If you are the sort of person who has an emotional connect with your car, then this is definitely the variant to go for. The ZX variant also appeals to those who’re buying the Civic not because they want an upgrade in terms of size, but in terms of equipment as well. For all others, the Civic V do the job just fine. Best of all, you’ll be able to save a substantial amount of money as well.