Originally produced as a subcompact vehicle, Honda's Civic underwent several generational changes. Becoming larger and more upscale, it steadily moved into the compact car segment. Now on its tenth generation, Civic's sedan is technically considered as a small-end, mid-size car competing in the compact class.
Initially introduced as a two-door model, the vehicle later introduced a three-door hatchback. With a 1169cc transverse engine and front-wheel drive like the British Mini, the car provided good interior space despite overall small dimensions. With garnering a reputation for being fuel-efficient, reliable, and environment-friendly, later iterations of Civic become known for performance and sportiness, especially the Civic Type R, Civic VTi, Civic GTi and Civic SiR/Si.
With a fun driving experience, accompanied by a practical interior and different versions to choose from, the Civic is an even better compact car than its reputation would suggest. It offers sedan, coupe and hatchback versions, each of them efficient and affordable as per your choice.
Various technology and safety features are available. It features optional turbocharged engines along with the base engine, thus providing good power and high fuel economy. Drivers have the option to choose from either a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) or a more involving six-speed manual.
Honda's first Civic was equipped with a manually-changed hydraulically-engaged two-speed transmission with a torque converter.
This torque converter was nominally about seven inch achieving a torque multiplication of c2.7 to 1. It also used the reaction arm on the stator as in the N360/N600 to increase hydraulic pressure. It was initially announced as an automatic but was later changed to 'Hondamatic' (Honda's automatic transmission). This gearbox was a separate unit and used ATF (Automatic Transmission Fluid).
The Civic's four-cylinder engines are peppy, with the pricier, but more powerful, turbocharged version. It's a terrific engine, providing both ease and comfort for drivers. The vehicle's chassis has a multi-link rear suspension combining handling precision with better comfort. Adaptive dampers appear on upper-spec versions.
For those eager to buy this compact automobile, you have the option to buy from three petrol engines and one diesel. Two new petrol engines comprise a 1.0 three-cylinder turbo, making a healthy 129bhp, and the 1.5 four-cylinder turbo with a performance 182bhp. You can have either of them with a new six-speed manual transmission, or a CVT automatic. The diesel engine, on the other hand, has a 118bhp option when compared to the 1.0 petrol, but compensates with a claimed 80mpg.
With a practical and more modern approach in mind, car designers have made the Civic's interior roomy with sufficient storage space. The Civic has a number of cleverly designed storage spaces throughout its cabin with the sedan's trunk being one of the biggest in its class. Still, if that falls short of your cargo-carrying capability, then you might consider the hatchback model. The coupé, on the other hand, is more about style than practicality.
The Civic has an improved touchscreen interface accompanied with a volume knob for the audio system and hard buttons for certain other functions. The front compartment has two USB ports and a single 12-volt outlet. Unfortunately, backseat passengers are left unconnected; not a single USB port or 12-volt outlet makes its way past the Civic's front seats.
The Honda Civic already stood out the test of time as a great compact sedan with interesting styling, a comfy cabin, powerful and efficient drivetrains and balanced handling dynamics. It continues to be one of the better-driving entries in the compact segment. With the automobile's price ranging between Tk12,00,000 to Tk38,00,000, it is the strongest and most complete compact sedan package on the market today.