Honda Australia have announced new pricing and specification information for the 2019 Civic, with the biggest changes coming from the fact that the company’s Sensing safety suite will be more widely available, coming as standard on the VTi-L and RS variants where they were previously reserved for the range-topping VTi-LX.
“The inclusion of Honda Sensing as standard equipment on two additional Civic sedan models, represents another step in our plan to introduce the full suite of intelligent driver-assist and active safety technologies right across the Honda vehicle range over the next few years,” Honda Australia Director, Stephen Collins said.
“Since we announced that plan in May last year, we’ve added Honda Sensing onto the CR-V VTi-S AWD model and now all three Civic sedan models with the 1.5-litre VTEC turbo engine are equipped with Honda Sensing, reflecting our ongoing commitment to support the safe and comfortable driving of our customers. We are confident Honda Sensing will provide them with a system that is both intuitive and effective, and at the most affordable price point yet for a Honda vehicle,” he added.
Equipping more cars with potentially life-saving safety systems is always something to strive for, but the Honda Sensing suite also includes many convenience features as well that leverage the same technology and sensor array.
On the safety front, naturally Autonomous Emergency Braking is at the forefront of touted spec, followed by Pedestrian Detection, Lane Departure Warning, Forward Collision Warning, and Lane Keep Assist. Meanwhile, these also Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop and Go functionality.
The entry-level Civic VTi remains unchanged in price, starting at $22,390 (excluding on-road costs), but the rest of the range has been subject to some relatively nominal price bumps of up to $200, topping off as it did before with the VTi-LX at $33,690.
Each grade also receives some minor styling tweaks for 2019, including slightly restyled bumpers, new design alloy wheels, and some new exterior trim finishes. There are also a number of alterations to the Civic’s cabin such as revised switchgear the infotainment and HVAC systems, as well as new trim inserts across the range.
The step-up VTi-S gains rear privacy glass as standard and a Platinum White pearlescent paint option, and the higher grade VTi-L, RS, and VTi-LX gain automatic high beam and retractable door mirrors. The RS also receives a new Phoenix Orange colour unique to the variant as well as a set of Michelin Pilot Sport 4 tyres.
Mechanically, the Civic range remains powered by same duo of petrol engines mated exclusively to a CVT automatic, kicking off with a naturally aspirated 1.8-litre four-cylinder with 104kW and 174Nm; higher grade versions starting with the VTi-L receive the 1.5-litre turbocharged unit with 127kW and 220Nm.
- Civic VTi - 1.8 i-VTEC - CVT - $22,390
- Civic VTi-S - 1.8 i-VTEC - CVT - $24,590
- Civic VTi-L - 1.5 VTEC Turbo - CVT - $27,990
- Civic RS - 1.5 VTEC Turbo - CVT - $31,990
- Civic VTi-LX - 1.5 VTEC Turbo - CVT - $33,690