The Honda Civic has been given a series of updates for Spring 2014. These include; modifications to better handling characteristics, a facelift inside and out, and new safety technologies.
Honda say the car feels more agile thanks to re-tuned front and rear dampers which heighten body control and a realignment of the rear suspension further improves handling. The power steering system has been tweaked too, increasing high speed stability.
As I will be attending a motoring industry test day in May, it will be interesting to see what the car feels like when I get behind the wheel.
The 1.6 litre diesel engine is supposed to return fuel economy of 78.5 mpg whilst producing 120 hp.
Both the exterior and interior have been revised to deliver a sportier vibe. The majority of exterior enhancements are towards the rear of the car with privacy glass at the rear window. Smoked tail lights now feature on the car, along with the tailgate and rear bumper finished in piano black.
The new front bumper is also finished in piano black with darker wheel arches and new 17″ alloy wheels in silver and black. When the new Civic first came on sale a couple of years ago, it looked very dull. Now however, with these new styling cues, it has regained its presence.
Although changes to the interior are subtle, the overall effect is that of a higher quality and a generally nicer place to sit.
The new driver safety system, known as ‘Driver Assistance Safety Pack’ uses cameras and radar to analyse surroundings, giving the driver and passengers peace of mind.
The Civic is available with three engines, the 1.4 and 1.8 i-VTEC petrol and the 1.6 litre i-DTEC diesel.
Prices start at £16, 995 for the entry level 1.4 i-VTEC S.