MANILA: It was the month of April, year 2016 when the Philippines auto market got the greatest gift from Honda. It was when Honda Philippines launched 2016 Honda Civic, a sedan that has ruled the sedan market for ages. The much-awaited launch took place at a flashy ceremony that was hosted by Honda Cars Philippines in the presence of important media persons, auto critics and few selected auto lovers. Well, it was not an easy ride for all-new Civic to make its way into the Philippines and this is evident from its delayed entry especially after making its ASEAN debut at Bangkok International Motor Show 2016. But the long delay was kind of a 'blessing in disguise' for Filipinos as they got enough time to analysis the 10th generation Civic (based on the information floating online) and make a rational decision about the car before its arrival.
Here are a few points that struck us the most about all-new Honda Civic -
Honda Civic always carried that distinguished aura to itself, through which it has been able to remain in the limelight. All this attention and highlighting is only possible because of Honda's hardworking designers, who over Civic's ten generations has evolved its looks best suiting the time period for which it was meant for. As for the 2016 Civic, it holds a modern yet elegant look that perfectly fits to consumers taste. On to the front, the car holds a well-sculpted hood, radiator grille and revamped LED headlamps. Side profile gets perfectly mounted fenders, body colored door handles and multi-spoke wheels. What makes Civic's rear attractive is its c-shaped taillights that seamlessly blends with its tailgate. All these features creates an aggressive looking sporty C-segment sedan.
2016 Honda Civic grand aura is not just restricted to its exterior but is carried forward on the inside as well. The revamped interior houses n-number of amenities that dedicatedly provide the best ride experience to the passengers. Also, thanks to its stretched-out wheelbase the car now offers a spacious cabin with good legroom and headroom. The cabin quality is unquestionable with upgraded plastic, intelligently designed dash with piano black finish and soft upholstery. Enhancing its visual appeal further is present silver accents on steering wheel, center console and dashboard. On the entertainment front, Civic offers a 7-inch touch display, full-color TFT instrument panel and Bluetooth wireless phone connectivity.
Honda Civic is offered in two engine options for the Philippines market. First is the previous generation carry forward 1.8-litre engine that effortlessly knocks out a maximum power of 141 PS along with a peak torque of 174 Nm. The second option is that of a 1.5-litre turbo mill that amongst the two is the powerful choice. The said Earth Dreams Technology mated turbo mill churns out 173 PS of power and 220 Nm of impressive torque. What will further help these mills to offer best-in-class performance is 2016 Civic's approx 30 kg lighter body over its previous version.
All-new Honda Civic is built on G-CON + ACE structure that is known for its high shock and energy absorbing capabilities. Further its new low and wide platform offer a class apart crash safety and it also enhances Civic's torsion rigidity. Honda safety kit does not end here and includes stability improving elements like Anti-Lock Braking System with Vehicle Stability Assist. Last but not the least, Honda has packed Civic with dual front, side and curtain airbags.