2020 Honda Civic Sedan Review: Spacious & Low Consumption
This version with the 1.6 120 horsepower diesel of the 2020 Honda Civic Sedan may be the right choice for those who want an economy, as well as a spacious, all-in-one sedan. One aspect, the latter, justified by the car’s brilliant road behavior. The Executive Premium has rich standard equipment, but it is not cheap. And, the navigator tends to lose the route.
The generous air intakes in the front, penetrating and with thin full led headlights (standard), the well-turned fenders and the double rear spoiler (the one at the base of the tailgate divides the rear window in two), give aggressiveness to the 2020 Honda Civic Sedan. With its 452 cm in length, it is among the largest in the category, to the advantage of the spacious interior.
A feature amplified by the dashboard which, with a linear and little developed height, is not intrusive. The finishes, embellished with aluminum-like elements, are treated. The Executive Premium includes in the price (not low) also refined seats in two-tone leather (black and beige). As for the trunk, with 478 liters of the sofa in use, it is the most capable of mid-sized sedans. The 120 horses of the 1.6 diesel (the only diesel engine available for the Honda Civic) invite brilliant driving, just like the precise steering and the well-operated gearbox. Nevertheless, consumption is very low.
The 2020 Honda Civic is really agile, and comfort is favored by the “intelligent” suspension (standard): they are almost always punctual in filtering the holes. To improve, however, the navigator, who on more than one occasion during our test has lost his way (not finding it); moreover, of the many storage compartments, not even one is refrigerated.
On the other hand, comforts such as keyless access, as well as refinements such as the sunroof, as well as many driving aids, including blind spot monitoring in the rear-view mirrors, are provided. The device, the latter, absent in Comfort: which, in any case, does not renounce automatic emergency braking (from 5 km/h) and keeping in the lane (acts on the steering wheel to prevent the car from deviating).
All systems that, in 2017, in the Euro NCAP tests they contributed to the achievement of the maximum five-star score. A result, it must be said, obtained a few months after the first attempt, in which the car had only popped four stars: the fault of the low effectiveness of the airbags in protecting the children’s heads; defection that the house has readily modified.
2020 Honda Civic Sedan Interior
The digital equipment of the Honda Civic it is complete, but the small luminous notches that indicate the temperature of the coolant for the engine and the level of the diesel in the tank are not the maximum readability. The controls are ordered, with the keys clearly visible on the tunnel, such as the one for activating the Econ mode (limits consumption, also reducing the operation of the air conditioner) and another that regulates the electronically controlled shock absorbers (standard) on two settings. The operation of the multimedia system is less intuitive, although it is complete with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and Dab radio, as well as the USB and HDMI sockets. The driving position, low and relaxed, is sporty. With the many adjustments, it is a moment to identify the preferred posture and the seat can be heated (like the passenger seat and even the sofa).
Front space is wide; behind, even in three, you don’t travel too tight. Even the tallest can stretch their legs and do not touch the ceiling with their heads.
With the loading threshold just 67 cm above the ground and the wide opening of the tailgate, the boot is easily accessed. Favored by the longer body (even of 27 cm) of the rivals, the Honda Civic is the one that contains the most used suitcases. Even giving up the seats behind, space is not lacking and the original awning attached to the side is useful: when transporting large objects, it should not be dismantled to avoid obstructions (as happens with the usual rigid hatbox), but only rolled up. When pulled, however, it does not cover the entire compartment, leaving part of the load exposed.
2020 Honda Civic Performance
In the city, the responsiveness of the engine, the light steering and the precise gearbox facilitate the mobility of the 2020 Honda Civic Sedan in the urban “jungle”. On the other hand, the high turning diameter and the modest rear visibility are bothersome: the fault of the wide (and inclined) roof uprights and the spoiler. The rearview camera (standard) is only partially helpful. Not bad for consumption: 18.9 km/l.
Out of town. You can drive relaxed, relying on the fluidity of the engine (which in our surveys has covered 22 km with a liter of diesel), or brilliantly. In this situation, we appreciate the reduced roll curve, the rather direct steering and the short excursion of the gear lever. Powerful and well modular, the brakes are effective. A comfort system (standard) that reproduces the speed limits read in the signs in the dashboard.
On the highway. At 130 km/h in the sixth, the engine works at 2300 rpm and its “voice” is hardly noticed. Contrary to the rustling generated by the rear-view mirrors, which can annoy. The car remains stable even when transiting over particularly marked viaducts. After a slowdown, shooting times are discreet. Ok, the distance of 14.7 km/l detected.
- Gear. shift Short, precise couplings: the lever is maneuvered which is a pleasure and the clutch is not heavy.
- Vispo engine, soundproofed for good and round in operation, has low consumption.
- Safety. Among the many devices, the automatic emergency braking is distinguished by the extension of the operation: in fact, it is active at all speeds.
- Abound space for both passengers and luggage.
- Turning diameter. Can not be said content: in tight spaces, you need some more maneuver.
- Navigator. Sometimes the previously set road is lost, and it is difficult to find it again.
- Holders. Nothing to say about their availability, but none is refrigerated.
- Awning. The roll-up trunk leaves the suitcases uncovered in the area close to the sofa.