- Introduction: 2021 Civic delivers sleek styling and premium interior
- Civic exterior features a clean, dynamic style
- Interior materials combined with an advanced infotainment system enhance premium feel and usability
- Civic retains sporty and dynamic character
- Sport Line variant features design cues inspired by the Type R Sport Line
- Honda SENSING continues to make Civic one of the safest cars in its class
The 2021 Honda Civic includes a range of styling upgrades and interior enhancements introduced to the range in 2020, that further enhance the car’s visual appeal, usability and premium feel.
The Civic is a core model for Honda in Europe and for many European customers the Civic is synonymous with the Honda brand. Building on its 40-year heritage, the latest Civic remains a class-leading, practical car that stays true to the original Civic concept of ‘a car for all people, a car for the world’.
The face of the Civic was refreshed in 2020 to incorporate a simpler grille beam configuration and new air-intake design, giving the front profile a cleaner, more dynamic look. The new elegant, symmetrical lower front grille and smoothed surfaces around the fog lights are complemented by redesigned LED daytime running lights that follow the dynamic lines of the sleek new styling blades.
The new Sport Line model, which was introduced to the Civic line-up in 2020, features exterior design cues inspired by the high-performance Type R model. Available as a five-door hatchback in two specifications – Comfort and Executive grades – the exterior design of the Sport Line mirrors the stealthy appearance of the Type R Sport Line, adding front and side skirts, rear diffuser and a subtle rear spoiler. The model features Honda’s 1.0-litre VTEC Turbo engine to deliver the most compelling blend of sporty appeal and efficiency.
The 2021 Civic is available as a smart four-door sedan* as well as a dynamic five-door hatchback, each presenting a purposeful silhouette that makes a confident statement about the model’s sporting character. In either form, the Civic continues to offer agile and rewarding dynamics. The lightweight, rigid bodyshell complements the lower centre of gravity and a sophisticated suspension system in contributing directly to an engaging and fun driving experience.
The 2021 Civic continues the model’s reputation for combining unrivalled passenger and luggage space with versatile, practical usability. The refined interior, with recently refreshed textured interior panels, delivers a sophisticated, premium ambience. Occupants also benefit from Honda’s latest intuitive connected infotainment system that connects the driver with the car seamlessly and incorporates Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
The Civic retains its range of highly-efficient and powerful petrol engines, with CVT or six-speed manual transmissions. Honda’s proven VTEC Turbo petrol units have been developed specifically to deliver an engaging and powerful driving experience while also boasting excellent fuel economy.
The Civic continues to benefit from an industry-leading suite of safety technologies that helped the model earn top ratings in Euro NCAP tests. The passive safety features of the Civic are supplemented by Honda SENSING active safety and driver assist technologies, installed on all grades to ensure the car is among the very safest in its class.
(* Four-door sedan available in selected markets only)
- Sleek, aerodynamic exterior design
- Dynamic styling blades and smooth surfaces add elegance to the
- Sporty styling is enhanced by 17-inch alloy wheel option
The 2021 model retains the Civic’s purposeful silhouette and muscular stance, and benefits from a host of contemporary styling enhancements introduced in 2020. The elegant, symmetrical lower front grille around the fog lights is complemented by smoothed surfaces and sleek styling blades. A simple grille beam configuration and air-intake design gives the front profile a clean, aerodynamic look.
The top edge of the front light clusters meet the top of the grille at the leading edge of the bonnet to create a seamless accent strip across the full width of the car, projecting a wide, assertive stance.
The sleek and swept-back body silhouettes of both the hatchback and four-door model convey a strong and sporty character. The car’s distinctive sharp swage lines run along the flanks of the car, bisecting front and rear door handles before culminating in the distinctive C-shaped LED rear lights. On the sedan, these provide a further dramatic interpretation of signature Civic aesthetic, with the top edge of the cluster extending to meet the bootlip spoiler.
A second, lower bodyside character line extends from the base of the front door behind the front wheel, up through the doors and meets the rear wheel arches to create a forward-in-motion look that emphasises the car’s dynamic stature.
The sleek roofline, featuring a fin-type antenna, flows into C-pillars that extend the curvature of the roof rearward. On the hatchback, distinctive peaks on the roof rise from the top of the C-pillars towards the top corners of the rear screen and meet the ‘floating’ roof spoiler. A second, lower tailgate spoiler incorporates the central third brake light. On the sedan, a further styling line extends from the trailing edge of the C-pillar quarter window, drawing back towards the roof. Its bootlip incorporates a discreet spoiler to improve aerodynamics. The rear bumper’s sharp creases and sculpted air outlets complete a dramatic and sporty look.
The Civic’s stand-out design is further enhanced on the Sport Line model with the addition of front and side skirts, rear diffuser and a subtle rear spoiler. The purposeful yet understated image mirrors the high-performance Type R Sport Line, a new addition to the Type R line-up in 2020, which retains the sporting pedigree and outstanding driving dynamics of the Civic Type R GT but with more discreet aerodynamic styling.
The entry-level Civic is available with 16-inch alloy wheels, while customers of mid- and top-grade variants wanting a more dramatic look can choose sporty ‘Shark Grey’ 17-inch alloys, a specification added in 2020. Both Sport Line specification levels also receive 17-inch alloy wheels, with piano black finish as standard to further establish the model’s performance pedigree.
The athletic look of the tenth generation Civic, first introduced in 2016, starts with low and wide proportions which reflect an increased footprint over its predecessor. The five-door Civic measures 4,518mm in length and 1,799mm in width, while the four door version is 4,658mm long. These generous dimensions underpin the distinctive design and sporty styling, while also facilitating rewarding dynamics and increased interior space.
The 2021 Civic is available in: solid Rallye Red; metallic finishes in Lunar Silver, Polished Metal and Brilliant Blue; and pearlescent options of White Orchid, Crystal Black and Sonic Grey. A stand-out new pearl paint finish, Obsidian Blue, is a recent addition to the Civic range.
The Civic’s body balances class-leading low aerodynamic drag with high-speed stability. This is achieved through careful management of airflow over and under the car to minimise lift.
Advanced designs for the A-pillar and front and rear bumpers minimise disturbance of the passing air, while the front grille further reduces engine cooling air losses. Under-engine and under-floor covers provide an almost entirely flat vehicle underside, while lateral strakes located ahead of each wheel-arch help deflect airflow around the tyres. These measures contribute to airflow efficiency and reduce aerodynamic drag.
The short front overhang also contributes to improved aerodynamic efficiency, while stamped steel exhaust silencers are aerodynamically shaped and eliminate the need for an additional underside cover at the rear of the vehicle.
On the five-door Civic, the lower tailgate spoiler plays an important role in managing the flow of the air departing the rear of the car. It is specifically designed, with precisely configured width and height, to create a clean air stream by reducing the turbulence behind the car, optimising aerodynamic efficiency.
The flush-mounted windscreen and side window glass further improve aerodynamic performance, as do minimised panel gaps across the Civic’s body.
- Advanced platform and chassis dynamics set-up deliver class-best handling and ride comfort
- Civic continues to offer an engaging and fun driving experience
- Suspension set-up delivers class-best handling and ride comfort
- Advanced NVH management delivers exceptional interior refinement
The 2021 Civic retains the tenth-generation model’s sophisticated chassis dynamics set-up that introduced class-best handling and ride comfort at its launch in 2016. A lightweight, highly rigid bodyshell – the product of innovative engineering and construction techniques – complements the lower centre of gravity and the sophisticated MacPherson strut suspension set-up to deliver an engaging and fun driving experience with exemplary ride comfort.
Recognising that customers in the Civic’s target global markets expect European standards of quality, refinement and dynamic performance, the engineering team benchmarked the world’s best compact-class cars. This evaluation process ultimately served to define the Civic’s targets in ride, handling, steering and NVH, as well as interior quality and overall refinement.
Advanced unibody platform
The platform design, the selection of materials, the engineering process, and novel manufacturing techniques are key to the Civic’s light chassis structure. Its exceptional rigidity is provided by front and rear bulkhead ‘rings’ that encircle the entire interior cabin space, and a low-sensitivity front-floor structure, including cross braces in front of the engine bay and between the bases of the A- and B-pillars.
The lightweight, high tensile materials employed across the structure improve body rigidity and crush safety. The use of ultra-high strength steel increases strength and reduces the overall weight of the entire body frame. For example, one of the most significant areas for the platform’s overall strength is the B-pillar and lower sill.
The body assembly process employs an innovative high-efficiency joining technique. The entire inner frame is assembled first, followed by the outer frame, and then the joints. This defies the conventional method of body frame assembly, which sees the outer frame assembled first, followed by inner assembly and the joints. This production technology contributes greatly to the overall stiffness of the body.
Short-pitch welding places spot welds 20mm apart in critical areas of the unibody, compared to traditional spacing of between 40mm and 45mm. This further contributes to increased stiffness and durability.
These design, engineering and manufacturing innovations contribute to an increase in the body’s global bending rigidity and in torsional rigidity, which in turn provides a greater opportunity to tune the suspension for superior ride and handling performance.
Agile and dynamic driving experience
The sophisticated MacPherson strut suspension system, a low centre of gravity and a highly rigid body help make the Civic one of the most engaging and fun-to-drive cars in its class. Ride comfort is exemplary as a result of exhaustive development and a focus on compliance-boosting techniques and technologies.
Lower-arm-type front MacPherson strut suspension provides high lateral rigidity for linear handling, and low longitudinal rigidity for optimised ride compliance. Dual pinion variable-ratio electric power-assisted rack-and-pinion steering has been specifically tuned for European markets.
At the rear, a multi-link suspension set-up and rigid subframe deliver exceptional geometrical stability for superior ride comfort and secure driving at high speed, as well as more linear handling in conjunction with tuning of the electronic power steering.
The specific position of the suspension mounts ensures optimal stiffness to enhance the suspension’s performance. The previous generation Civic was the first Honda model to feature hydraulic fluid-filled compliance bushings at the front and rear, resulting in superior ride isolation, as well as chassis vibration control. This advanced technical solution was continued on the latest Civic when it was launched in 2016. Furthermore, the subframes at the front and rear are specifically laid out so that cornering forces are transmitted directly through the suspension to the subframes.
Adaptive Damper System
Five-door Civic models with top-grade Executive, Executive Sport Line and Sport specification levels feature an advanced four-point adaptive damper set up. The system has two settings – normal and dynamic – both of which are designed to enhance stability and comfort under varying load and driving conditions. An electronic control unit calculates the body movement from data acquired by the car’s integrated three-axis body sensors. It then controls a solenoid valve in each damper that regulates the oil flow, which in turn varies the damping force, enabling the car to remain comfortable during highway cruising, yet firm and agile when high-performance handling is required.
Agile Handling Assist (AHA)
Honda’s Agile Handling Assist (AHA) electronic stability system is specially tuned for the European market to reflect typical road surface conditions and driving styles. It provides subtle, discreet assistance for added safety, and smoother, more predictable vehicle behaviour at low and high speeds, and with both gentle and rapid steering inputs.
The Civic’s platform engineering and exterior design deliver class-leading interior quietness and refinement through optimal noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) management. Exemplary refinement results from minimising the generation of noise and vibration and their transfer through the body structure, and by using thorough sound sealing and insulation.
The minimisation of engine noise at its source results from a variety of different strategies. For example, ribs in the engine cylinder block reduce the radiation of noise and vibration from the cylinder, while a stiffer block also generates less noise and vibration. Not only is the stiffness of the engine mounts optimised, but also the position and stiffness of the engine mount stays on the bodyside.
Transfer of disturbances through the body structure is reduced by the inherently stiffer body, which has a lower sensitivity to vibration. By identifying noise transfer paths, engineers have optimised structures in those areas to minimise transfer and radiation NVH.
To deal with noise that emanates from outside the car, comprehensive body sealing and streamlining measures are deployed. The body panels on the Civic are shaped and sculpted using computer aided engineering (CAE) to reduce ‘booming’, while the material combination between the A- and B-pillars and the floor sills reduces idle vibration.
An acoustic windscreen uses an outer layer of 2.1mm safety glass, a 0.7mm middle layer of noise-reducing acoustic polyvinyl butyral (PVB), and a 1.8mm inner layer of safety glass, for a total thickness of 4.6mm – all combining to deliver class-leading wind-noise performance. The Civic’s doors feature triple-layer seals to reduce the ingress of wind and other exterior noise.
To minimise the intrusion of road noise, the Civic’s engine bay and floor under-covers contain sound insulation materials, as do the rear wheel housings. The engine bay bulkhead, dashboard inner and outer panels, and interior cabin carpet all incorporate further soundproofing composites.
The focus on refinement contributes to a quieter, more relaxing interior with fewer distractions for the driver, allowing them to focus on the engaging experience behind the wheel.
- Range of highly-efficient petrol engines deliver outstanding efficiency and refinement
- Athletic response, low CO2 emissions and high real-world fuel economy
- Lightweight technologies optimise power and efficiency
- Efficient six-speed manual and CVT automatic transmission options
The 2021 Civic retains a range of highly-efficient and powerful engines, with a choice of CVT or six-speed manual transmissions. At launch in 2016, the tenth generation Civic was the first model in Europe to offer Honda’s 1.0-litre three-cylinder and 1.5-litre four-cylinder gasoline turbocharged engines.
Honda’s engineering heritage encompasses some of the most celebrated high performing engines in the industry, and the latest VTEC Turbo units were designed first and foremost to offer dynamic performance to support the Civic’s soulful, fun-to-drive character. Nevertheless, they also achieve highly competitive fuel economy and efficiency.
The three-cylinder 1.0-litre VTEC Turbo gasoline unit, which is available on the five-door model, delivers exceptional everyday driveability – thanks to impressive torque at low and mid-range engine speeds – as well as fuel efficiency. The 1.0-litre unit, with 126 PS (at 5,500 rpm) and 200 Nm of torque for the six-speed manual-equipped model and 180 Nm of torque for the CVT option, achieves CO2 emissions from 128 g/km and 135 g/km (WLTP) for the manual and CVT options respectively. Fuel economy on the combined cycle ranges from 5.7l/100 km (WLTP) for the six-speed manual and from 6.0/100 km (WLTP) for CVT-equipped Civic models.
The 1.5-litre VTEC Turbo petrol unit in the hatchback produces an impressive 182 PS (at 5,500 rpm) and 240 Nm of torque between 1,900-5,000 rpm, with CO2 emissions of 139 g/km (WLTP combined cycle) and WLTP combined fuel economy of 6.1l/100 km for the six-speed manual model. With the CVT option, 182 PS (at 6,000 rpm) and 220 Nm of torque is delivered between 1,700 rpm and 5,500 rpm. Official CO2 emissions are 151 g/km (WLTP) for the CVT model, with combined fuel economy of 6.7l/100 km (WLTP). The four-door offers the same power output with emissions from 133g/km for the six speed manual (WLTP combined cycle) and from 145 g/km for the CVT model. Fuel economy for the four-door model is 5.9 l/100 km on the manual and 6.4 l/100 km on the CVT (WLTP combined cycle).
With direct injection, a compact, low-inertia mono-scroll turbocharger, electronic wastegate, Honda’s Intelligent-Variable Timing and Lift Electronic Control (i-VTEC) and Dual-Variable Timing Control (Dual-VTC), the turbocharged Civic powerplants were designed to develop the power and torque of much larger engines. As a result, the pair of VTEC Turbo engines achieve engaging driveability and soulful performance – with high specific outputs of maximum torque and power – while also delivering Euro 6 compliant environmental performance that is among the class leaders.
Honda’s engineers deployed a number of advanced technologies in each unit to optimise power and efficiency, and improve the responsiveness of the engines, with reduced internal friction and weight saving representing core concepts.
Honda’s Idle Stop-Start system is fitted across all manual models in the Civic range as standard. The system reduces overall fuel consumption and helps to deliver CO2 emissions from just 133 g/km (Civic four-door) and from 128g/km (Civic Hatchback), when equipped with the six-speed manual transmission (under WLTP test conditions).
Low-inertia mono scroll turbocharger with electronic wastegate
Compared to other small displacement turbocharged gasoline engines on the market, the turbocharger unit for the VTEC Turbo units is more compact, with a small-diameter turbine. This is imperative for maximum responsiveness. The mono scroll housing design helps the turbo to build boost pressure even at relatively small throttle openings and low rpm. Furthermore, the electrically actuated wastegate allows boost pressure to be precisely controlled.
A large, low-restriction air intercooler is positioned low in the front of the car, where it receives unobstructed airflow when the vehicle is in motion. The intercooler reduces the temperature of air entering the engine, making it denser for greater performance. To reduce weight, the turbo system utilises rigid, lightweight resin-composite inlet pipes to carry intake air to and from the intercooler.
Cylinder block and crankshaft
The 1.0-litre and 1.5-litre VTEC Turbo gasoline engines feature a lightweight, die-cast aluminium block with individual reinforced main bearing caps that minimise weight, and cast iron cylinder liners to ensure durability. Each journal on the lightweight forged steel crankshaft is micropolished to reduce internal friction.
Cylinder head and valvetrain
The lightweight dual-overhead camshaft (DOHC) cylinder head on the i-VTEC engines is made of pressure-cast aluminium alloy. With exhaust ports cast directly into the cylinder head, the need for a traditional separate exhaust manifold is eliminated.
A low-friction, silent chain drives dual overhead cams and four valves per cylinder. The cam drive is maintenance free throughout the life of the engine. To help further reduce weight, thin-wall hollow camshafts are used.
To benefit fuel efficiency, emissions and power, the exhaust valves are sodium filled. A hollow chamber within the valve contains sodium that is cooled by the exhaust port cooling jacket. As the cam reaches close to the valve head, the sodium helps to cool the entire valve. As the valve is internally cooled, there is no need for an enriched fuel mixture – a common requirement in turbo engines to help cool the exhaust valve. The resultant leaner mixture reduces emissions, increases fuel efficiency and supports increased power.
The cylinder head is fitted with smaller M12 sparkplugs, as opposed to the more common M14, to save space and weight.
Dual-VTC varies the timing of both the intake and exhaust camshafts independently and continuously for optimised combustion to suit the driving conditions. Under light loads, valve overlap can be increased to reduce pumping losses and improve fuel efficiency. When engine speed is low and engine load is high, such as during initial acceleration, the amount of overlap is increased to boost the scavenging effect, which improves torque and responsiveness. When engine speed is high and engine load is also high, such as during full-throttle acceleration, the amount of valve overlap is reduced to increase engine output by improving both intake and scavenging.
Pistons and connecting rods
The engine’s pistons help maintain stable combustion and contribute to improved efficiency with cavity-shaped crowns. The lightweight pistons have a carefully optimised skirt design to minimise reciprocating weight, which reduces vibrations and increases operating efficiency. The pistons on the 1.5-litre VTEC Turbo are cooled by twin oil jets directed at the underside of each piston crown, while ion-plated piston rings help reduce friction for greater operating efficiency. Lightweight, high-strength steel connecting rods are heat-forged in one piece and then ‘crack separated’ to create a lighter and stronger rod with an optimally fitted bearing cap. The 1.0-litre VTEC Turbo unit is equipped with cooling gallery piston, reduce knocking and improving fuel economy.
Efficient fuel injection system and engine air flow
In VTEC engines, direct injection enables increased torque across the engine’s full operating range, combined with enhanced fuel efficiency. The system features a compact, high-pressure, direct injection pump that allows for high fuel flow, while variable pressure control optimises injector operation. A multi-hole injector delivers fuel directly into each cylinder rather than to the intake port, as in conventional port fuel injection designs, allowing for more efficient combustion.
The multi-hole injectors produce the ideal fuel / air mixture in the cylinders for improved emissions control. Based on the operating conditions, the direct injection system alters its function for best performance. On cold engine startup, fuel is injected into the cylinders on the compression stroke. This creates a weak stratified charge effect that improves engine start and reduces exhaust emissions before a normal operating temperature is reached.
Once the engine reaches operating temperature, fuel is injected during the intake stroke resulting in maximum power and fuel efficiency. This helps create a more homogeneous fuel / air mix in the cylinder that is aided by the high-tumble intake port design. This improves volumetric efficiency, and the cooling effect of the incoming fuel improves anti-knock performance.
Both of the Civic’s gasoline engines feature friction-reducing technologies designed to improve engine efficiency. The outer skirts of the lightweight aluminium pistons feature a low-friction coating applied in a unique pattern application. The result is reduced overall friction as the pistons move within the cylinder bores.
Plateau honing further lowers the friction level between the pistons and the cylinders by creating an ultra-smooth surface. Plateau honing is a two-stage machining process that uses two grinding processes instead of the more conventional single honing process. This also enhances the long-term wear characteristics of the engine.
Low viscosity oil (0W-20), a special two-stage oil pump relief valve, low-friction oil seals, special low-drag piston ring design, low-friction timing belt and a lightweight crankshaft also contribute to excellent overall operating efficiency.
A drive-by-wire throttle system is used in place of a conventional throttle cable, with intelligent electronics that link the accelerator pedal to a throttle valve inside the throttle body. The result is lower component weight, as well as quicker and more accurate throttle actuation. A specially programmed non-linear ratio between the throttle pedal and engine offers improved drivability and optimised engine response to suit specific driving conditions.
Honda’s throttle system evaluates the current driving conditions by monitoring throttle pedal position, throttle valve position, engine speed and road speed. This information is used to define the throttle control sensitivity that gives the Civic’s throttle pedal a predictable and responsive feel for a more engaging driving experience.
Six-speed manual transmission
The latest six-speed manual transmission is specifically designed to maximise the effectiveness of power delivery to the wheels from the range of characterful, sporty engines. The transmission is encased in a new, stronger frame to cope with the higher engine outputs of the VTEC Turbo units.
A smooth and precise shift feel results from an enhanced synchroniser ring in the synchro-mesh gear of the six-speed manual transmission. A constant-mesh helical reverse gear mechanism significantly reduces noise, and the dual mass flywheel also delivers further NVH benefits.
Wide-ranging gear ratios help achieve greater environmental efficiency when cruising at highway speeds without compromising acceleration response and driver engagement in more spirited driving situations.
‘Seven-speed’ automatic transmission
The CVT automatic transmission was the result of a two-year development programme at Honda’s R&D Centre in Frankfurt that incorporated a large number of driving scenarios, including congested urban traffic, open rural roads and high-speed German autobahns.
To achieve dynamic, exciting driveability, the most significant design feature is the turbine twin damper torque converter. Compared to traditional CVT systems which exhibit a ‘rubber band’ feel under more demanding acceleration, the new unit delivers a totally different, more direct delivery of engine speed, which in turn results in a more linear response. It exhibits characteristics similar to those of dual-clutch automatic transmissions.
The CVT delivers its more natural drivability via a ‘multi-gear’ feel thanks to control software that is exclusive to Europe. This simulates seven speeds through the rev range, with optimised ‘gear change’ mapping providing the driver with the familiar feel of gear changes. Steering wheel-mounted gear shift paddles offer the driver the opportunity to take more control both in automatic and in ‘manual’ mode.
Honda’s CVT features two additional programmes that provide situation-specific safety and driveability enhancements. ‘Early Downshift During Braking’ (EDDB) uses the engine to assist the driver during braking. When the system recognises a deceleration, downhill, or cornering situation initiated by the braking system, EDDB automatically increases the engine speed to provide engine braking. This then allows for quick re-acceleration after slowing or quick acceleration after cornering.
‘Fast Off’ measures how quickly the driver releases the accelerator pedal and maintains engine revs to provide engine braking in situations where the driver has released the pedal quickly. This system was extensively tested for Europe’s high speed, multi-lane roads. For example, Fast Off recognises when the driver has prepared to pass a vehicle in front, but is unable to complete the manoeuvre due to a vehicle in the next lane. As the driver quickly releases the accelerator pedal to let the vehicle behind pass by, Fast Off maintains a high engine speed in preparation for completing the overtaking manoeuvre.
- Refined interior materials and advanced infotainment system deliver premium feel and usability
- Premium materials and textured interior panels enhance refinement
- Advanced infotainment system increases usability
- Civic retains class-leading room for passengers and luggage
- Top specification benefits from electrically adjustable driver’s seat
The contemporary exterior design continues inside, with advanced technologies and high quality materials that naturally work together to enhance the sense of space and comfort. The Civic continues to combine class-leading versatility and practical usability, with the added benefit of an electric eight-way adjustable driver’s seat available on top grade models.
The interior of the Civic was further refined in 2020, including new textured interior panels. Quality fabrics including updated trim materials strengthen the cabin’s premium ambience, including a one-piece soft-touch instrument panel with moulded stitching, which was also added when the interior was refreshed in 2020.
A number of styling upgrades feature on the interior of the Sport Line variants. The interior is enhanced with red stitching detail on the seats, steering wheel, gear shift boot and door panels, while drilled aluminium pedals reflect Honda’s illustrious sporting heritage.
The 2021 Civic continues the model’s reputation for providing class-leading practicality and unrivalled passenger and cargo space. Aided in part by its long and wide platform, front seat and rear seat occupants benefit from exceptional space in which to enjoy the premium fit and finish.
The low front seating position creates a secure, enveloped feeling for the driver and front passenger. The bonnet hood is low, providing reassuringly clear forward and downward visibility. Thin A-pillars reduce the obstructed forward view and provide a class-leading 84.3 degrees of forward visibility. This also creates an open and airy feel to the cabin. A light, airy feeling is further accomplished with the large tilt-and-slide panoramic sunroof (available on higher grade models).
Ergonomically-optimised front seats are designed to provide high levels of comfort, with the driver’s seat in top grade models benefitting from an electric eight-way adjustable seat to ensure the optimal seating position.
Class-leading boot space and versatility
Boot space is easy to access, versatile and generous in volume – 519 litres in four-door Civic models and 478 litres in the five-door. The rear seats split / fold 60:40 and the low sill height (679mm) and wide boot opening (1,120 mm) combine with the flat boot floor to make the loading of heavy, wide and long items easy. A hidden underfloor compartment offers a secure storage area.
An innovative side-sliding tonneau cover enhances the boot’s versatility and ease-of-use. The retractable cover can be pulled out from a side-mounted ‘cassette’ quickly and easily; when loading tall objects, the cover can simply be unclipped to retract back into the cassette. This eliminates the need to remove and store – inside or outside the car – a rigid parcel shelf when carrying larger objects. If desired the compact tonneau cover cassette can be easily swapped from one side of the boot to the other, or can be removed completely.
‘Technology centre’ console
The advanced infotainment system layout, first introduced in 2020 models, increases the cabin’s premium feel and usability. The intuitive, connected infotainment system connects the driver with the car seamlessly. Honda improved its usability by adding physical buttons and dials for the infotainment and climate controls, in response to customer demand.
The centre console features a piano-black finish, and was designed to follow a ‘technology centre’ theme. The lower part in front of the gear lever is configured as a two-tier storage tray, specifically to help manage personal electronic devices. The front tray provides at-a-glance and grab-and-go access to devices, with an integrated wireless smartphone charging pad available on some grades.
The second tray behind the centre console provides a more discreet storage area and access to the HDMI and USB ports, as well as the 12v power socket. A hole through the centre console means that plugged in cables can be passed from the second tier tray to the front tray, helping to keep device charging and connectivity neat and tidy. LED lighting aids visibility for the two-tier tray layout at night.
Above the storage tray, a contrasting silver panel presents the few simple, uncluttered ventilation controls, while overhead LED lighting adds to the premium ambience.
At the top of the centre console sits the seven-inch Honda CONNECT touchscreen display (please see next section). As well as being a touch-control device for the infotainment and climate control functions, the display integrates with a reversing camera on top grades.
In front of the driver, a seven-inch colour TFT-LCD Driver Information Interface (DII) display makes up the largest central section of the instrument binnacle. It includes a large digital tachometer – with analogue or digital rev needle, depending on the model grade – and a digital speedometer readout. Integrated into the DII display is a large area in which the driver can switch between a variety of infotainment screens, including navigation instructions, SMS and email (complemented by voice activated control), audio track information, smartphone contacts, journey trip information, and smart vehicle maintenance information. On Sport grades, drivers can also monitor turbo boost level.
All the displays are high contrast, easy-to-read, and contemporary in their typeface. As the driver enters the car, the instrumentation illuminates progressively to give a sophisticated, warm welcome.
The driver can scroll and select information to display in the DII via thumbpad controls on the left spoke of the steering wheel. It gives the driver the capability to scroll through the DII modes and adjust settings, perform alphabetic searches – of contacts or music tracks, for example – as well as to select the preferred information to display in the instrument binnacle’s DII. These controls also enable the driver to scroll and select smartphone features thanks to integrated Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Also on the left spoke of the steering wheel are the integrated Bluetooth®3 HandsFreeLink® telephone controls. The combination of thumbpad controls and DII display in the driver’s forward line-of-sight helps to minimise distractions for the driver while underway.
A second thumbpad on the right spoke of the steering wheel operates the Adaptive Cruise Control and Lane Keep Assist system settings.
All five-door Civic models are supported by Brake Hold when temporarily stopped – for example, at traffic lights or busy junctions – as well as smart entry and start and an auto-dimming rear-view mirror on Executive (four and five-door models), Sport Line and Sport Plus grades.
- Honda CONNECT offers enhanced, more intuitive connected infotainment
- Seven-inch Advanced Touch IPS display
- Full smartphone integration with both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
- In-car apps include maps, messaging, music and more
The 2021 Civic integrates the Honda CONNECT infotainment and connectivity system, which offers enhanced intuitive operation and incorporates DAB radio and full smartphone integration via both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
The performance, stability and speed of the Honda CONNECT system is delivered by a high performance Nvidia Tegra 3 quad core processor, which was specifically developed for extreme multitasking, ultra-smooth web browsing, brilliant graphics and rapid response to inputs. It also helps the display to present crisp, vivid, pin-sharp graphics and text on the seven-inch TFT-LCD touchscreen in the centre console.
The inclusion of both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto since 2020 means that occupants have the opportunity to seamlessly integrate Honda CONNECT with the two leading smartphone operating systems.
Apple CarPlay integration introduces iPhone functionality to the driving experience, delivering the interface through the Civic’s built-in display. Drivers can get directions, make calls, send and receive messages, and listen to music from the touchscreen or by voice using Apple’s Siri commands. The supported apps on CarPlay include Phone, Messages, Maps, Music and other compatible third-party software where specified. CarPlay is compatible with iOS 8.4 or later and iPhone 5 or later.
Similarly, Android Auto provides a simple, intuitive way to use Android smartphones through both touch and voice interfaces, minimising the potential for distraction. Android Auto is compatible with Android 5.0 and higher, and the supported features include Google Maps, Google Now, messaging, music and numerous other popular apps, depending on the market.
The seven-inch Honda CONNECT touchscreen display features In-Place-Switching (IPS) technology. This delivers superior image quality and contrast ratios which provide viewers with more accurate and consistent display of colours, and much wider viewing angles than conventional LCD screens – up to 178 degrees – ensuring that both driver and passengers can read the screen without having to stretch from a comfortable seating position.
Honda CONNECT also enables adjustment of climate control settings, which helps to minimise the number of switches in the clean, simple centre console.
Honda CONNECT gives rapid access to internet-based services such as web browsing, real-time traffic information, news and weather, social media, and internet music stations. It features pre-installed apps, with others available for download from the Honda App Centre for owners to personalise their connected experience. The pre-installed ‘Aha’ app allows effortless access to thousands of audio stations – spanning music, news, podcasts and audio books – as well as social media feeds and location-based services.
The touchscreen displays vehicle information – such as trip information and fuel economy – and images from the rear multi-view parking camera.
Top specification Civic models also include Garmin Navigation, with pre-loaded maps, photo-real junction views, lane guidance, real-time traffic avoidance, 3D building and terrain views, and Eco Routing. Free map updates will be provided for five years, a benefit unique to Honda.
Options for the available audio configuration vary by grade, including an eight-speaker 180-watt output system, or high-power premium audio with 11 speakers (467-watt output), centre speaker and front tweeter. Executive grade four-door Civics also receive the premium audio system, but with 10 speakers and a subwoofer.
- Standard Honda SENSING across the range makes Civic one of the safest cars in its class
- Honda SENSING incorporates a comprehensive suite of active safety technologies
- Stiffer, stronger and with reduced cabin intrusion in the event of a crash
- Industry-leading safety performance with top Euro NCAP ratings
The 2021 Civic continues to achieve industry-leading safety performance. In line with Honda’s ‘Safety for Everyone’ philosophy, the same passive and active safety systems are included across all grades of the refreshed Civic, including the Sport Line model.
The development team’s success in creating class-leading body rigidity and stiffness, in conjunction with a comprehensive suite of active safety technologies helped the Civic to achieve top ratings in Euro NCAP tests.
The exceptionally strong platform (see chapter 2) provides the foundation for the outstanding safety performance, with an ‘All Directions Collision Safety’ concept. The platform design incorporates Honda’s exclusive ACE™ (Advanced Compatibility Engineering) body design, which employs a network of connected structural elements to distribute crash energy more evenly. This structural design helps to reduce the forces transferred to the passenger cell in the event of an impact, giving superior front, side and rear crash-worthiness.
On the Civic this structure also includes ‘crash stroke technology’, which uses a hinge design on the front frame to direct the engine down and rearwards in a collision. This effectively adds 80mm of additional energy-absorbing ‘crash stroke’ to the front of the vehicle, and helps to minimise cabin intrusion in the event of a collision.
Six airbags help to protect occupants in the event of a collision, and include i-SRS Airbag and i-Side Airbag technologies.
The passive safety features on the Civic are complemented by the Honda SENSING suite of active safety and driver assist technologies, which is installed on all grades. Honda SENSING is among the most comprehensive suites of safety technologies in its class. It uses a combination of radar and camera information, plus a host of high-tech sensors to warn and assist the driver in potentially dangerous scenarios.
The Honda SENSING suite of active safety technologies includes:
- Collision Mitigation Braking System: helps to bring the car to a stop if the system determines that a collision with a vehicle detected in front is unavoidable. A warning sounds, and if necessary, brake pressure is automatically applied
- Forward Collision Warning: scans the road ahead to warn drivers of a potential collision, and provides visual and audible alerts to prompt the driver to take corrective actions to avoid a crash
- Lane Departure Warning: detects if the car is straying out of its current lane without the turn signal being activated, and provides an alert to prompt the driver to make a correction
- Road Departure Mitigation: uses data from the windscreen-mounted camera to detect whether the car is veering out of its lane. It uses the Electric Power Steering to apply subtle corrections to keep the vehicle in its lane, and in certain situations can also apply braking force. The system switches off when it detects that the driver has regained control
- Lane Keeping Assist System: helps to keep the car in the middle of the current lane, by detecting road markings with a monocular camera and making small adjustments to steer the vehicle within the white lines
- Adaptive Cruise Control: allows the driver to set a desired speed and following distance from a vehicle detected ahead, which enables the use of cruise control in light, variable-speed traffic conditions
- Traffic Sign Recognition: detects and automatically recognises road signs and displays the signs on the instrument binnacle’s IID
- Intelligent Speed Assistance: combines the automatic speed limit set by the driver with TSR to automatically adjust the vehicle speed to that indicated by the last road sign
- Intelligent Adaptive Cruise Control: a pioneering technology that debuted on the 2015 Honda CR-V, i-ACC predicts and automatically reacts to other vehicles ‘cutting-in’ on multi-lane highways. It uses a camera and a radar to sense the position of other vehicles on the road and applies an algorithm – developed with exhaustive research on European roads – to predict the likelihood of vehicles in neighbouring lanes ‘cutting-in’. This enables the Civic to adjust its speed automatically before other vehicles cut in, for a safe and comfortable journey.
Further safety technologies available on higher grade Civics include:
- Blind Spot Information: uses radar technology to automatically detect vehicles in the driver’s blind spot and alerts the driver via a warning symbol in the door mirror
- Cross Traffic Monitor: uses rear side radar sensors to warn the driver of approaching vehicles when reversing
- Multi-angle rear view camera: provides the driver with options for complete visibility and therefore peace-of-mind when reversing; a normal 130 degree view, a wide 180 degree view and a top-down view
Also fitted as standard are Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA®) with traction control, which enhances control capability while the vehicle is accelerating, braking and cornering; and Indirect Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS).
- 8. Generous equipment across the 2021 Civic range, with comprehensive accessories and option packs
The 2021 Civic is available with a wide variety of accessory packs and individual accessories allowing owners to enhance or adapt their car to suit their personal requirements and tastes. All variants are fitted as standard with the Honda SENSING suite of active safety technologies, full LED headlight clusters, and redesigned LED daytime running lights.
Standard equipment highlights:
1.0-litre VTEC Turbo five-door
The 1.0-litre VTEC Turbo five-door model is available in six grades: S, Comfort, Comfort Sport Line, Elegance, Executive and Executive Sport Line.
The entry-level S grade is generously equipped and includes automatic headlights and adaptive cruise control.
Comfort and Comfort Sport Line grades add heated front seats, heated and electrically adjustable door mirrors, an eight-speaker audio system, 16-inch alloy wheels and air conditioning. Comfort Sport Line has further upgrades, including ambient roof lighting, 17-inch alloys, leather steering wheel and gear shift knob, and the Honda CONNECT infotainment suite with 7-inch touchscreen.
Elegance models also benefit from 17-inch alloys and the Honda CONNECT infotainment suite, but with the addition of Garmin Navigation, front and rear parking sensors, electric folding door mirrors, rear parking camera and dual-zone climate control.
Top-grade Executive and Executive Sport Line models feature smart keyless entry and start, power tilt-and-slide panoramic sunroof, premium audio system with 11 speakers (467 watts output) including front tweeter and centre speaker, and the Adaptive Damper System.
Sport Line models
The Sport Line model was added to the 2020 Civic line-up to provide customers with a unique blend of sporty design, value and efficiency. The model is similarly equipped to the Comfort grade model, with the option of upgrading to the Executive specification. All Sport Line models provide the added benefit of stand-out styling including a rear diffuser, tailgate spoiler, 17-inch black alloy wheels and privacy glass. Sport Line models also feature red meter illumination, a leather steering wheel and the Honda CONNECT 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system.
1.5-litre VTEC Turbo five-door
The 1.5-litre VTEC Turbo five-door model is offered only in Sport Plus grade.
Sport Plus models are based on the Executive grade models, but with the addition of 17-inch alloys, twin centre exhaust outlets and a sports body kit that includes a chin spoiler, rear bumper spats and side garnishes. Front and rear parking sensors, a rear parking camera, the Honda CONNECT infotainment suite with Garmin Navigation, wireless smartphone charger and dual zone climate control are also included on this grade.
1.5-litre VTEC Turbo four-door
The 1.5-litre VTEC Turbo four-door is available in Elegance or Executive grade.
Elegance models benefit from automatic headlights, adaptive cruise control, heated front seats, the Honda CONNECT infotainment suite, an eight-speaker 180-watt audio system, 17-inch alloys, front and rear parking sensors, rear-view parking camera and dual-zone climate control.
The top Executive grade features smart keyless entry and start, heated rear seats, power tilt-and-slide panoramic sunroof, premium audio system featuring 11 speakers (including a subwoofer) and 452 watts output, and the Adaptive Damper System.
Bronze Line and Red Line styling packs
To further enhance the stand-out visual impact of the Civic five-door models, customers have a choice of two optional exterior styling finishes: Bronze Line and Red Line.
The Bronze Line and Red Line add a front skirt, mirror caps, side skirts, rear diffuser and front and rear bumper decorations in either Infinite Bronze or Rally Red.
Three option packs are available across all models to further enhance the functional features of the Civic:
This pack uses a combination of lights to give an ambient atmosphere to the inside of the car. It includes a blue front ambient footlight, illuminated door sill trims and blue console and blue lining illumination.
Ideal for customers who frequently transport luggage or specialised equipment, the Cargo Pack helps keep items organised and secure in the boot. The pack includes: boot tray with divider, lipped rubber mats and protective boot sill decorations.
Other official Honda accessories can extend the Civic’s touring capability even further, with a diverse range of individual add-ons that includes tow bars, dog guards, ski racks and boot mats.
To further protect the car from dirt and scratches, the Protection Pack includes a boot step protector for the rear bumper when loading and unloading, tough door sill trims and durable side body protection.
The Honda wireless charger kit ensures that compatible smartphones never run out of power while on the move. Placing the smartphone on the integrated charging mat enables effortless charging without the hassle of wires. Executive and Sport Plus have this feature included as standard.
Choice of stylish alloy wheels
16-inch alloy wheels are available for the entry-level model, while mid- and top-grade models can be styled with a choice of 17-inch alloy wheels, including a sporty ‘Shark Grey’ design for customers wanting a more dramatic look. The Sport Line also receives 17-inch alloy wheels, but with a piano black finish. In addition there are also two sets of 18-inch alloy wheels available to complement the Bronze Line and Red Line styling packs. The C11805 wheel complements the Bronze Line prefectly and features a diamond cut A-surface with matte clearcoat and Infinite Bronze windows, machined look centre cap and a shiny chrome H-mark. For the Red Line pack, the C11806 is the ideal partner with a diamond cut A-surface and shiny clearcoat, Gunpowder Black windows and red ring, plus a black gradient centre cap and a shiny chrome H-mark. Both sets of alloys feature a machined ring behind the spokes, which accentuates the size and depth of the wheels.
- Technical specifications: Five-seat, five-door hatchback with unitary construction bodyshell. A choice of two engines and two transmissions driving the front wheels.
|1.5-litre VTEC Turbo|
|1.0-litre VTEC Turbo|
|Type||4 valves per cylinder||4 valves per cylinder|
|Bore x stroke||73mm x 89.5mm||73mm x 78.7mm|
(134 kW) at 5,500 rpm
(134 kW) at 6,000 rpm
(93 kW) at 5,500 rpm
|Torque||240 Nm (177 lb ft) at 1,900 – 5,000 rpm||220 Nm (162 lb ft) at 1,700 – 5,500 rpm||200 Nm (147 lb ft) at 2,250 rpm||180 Nm (132 lb ft) at 1,700 – 4,500 rpm|
|1.5-litre VTEC Turbo (gasoline)||1.0-litre VTEC Turbo|
|Manual||6 speeds||6 speeds|
|CVT||Variable with 7 simulated ‘gears’||Variable with 7 simulated ‘gears’|
|1.5-litre VTEC Turbo 6MT||1.5-litre VTEC Turbo|
CVT (simulated gears)
|1.0-litre VTEC Turbo|
|1.0-litre VTEC Turbo|
CVT (simulated gears)
|1st||3.642||0.405 – 2.645||3.642||0.408 – 2.526|
|Reverse||3.673||1.264 – 1.858||3.673||1.552 – 2.706|
Suspension and damping
|Front||MacPherson Strut||Adaptive Damper System control (Executive / Executive Sport Line / Sport Plus)|
Wheels and tyres
|Wheel size||Tyres – Front||Tyres – Rear|
|x 16-inch||215/55 R16||215/55 R16|
|x 17-inch||235/45 R17||235/45 R17|
|Engine||1.5-litre VTEC Turbo||1.0-litre VTEC Turbo|
|Type||Variable-ratio rack and pinion|
(lock to lock)
|2.22||2.14 – S / Comfort|
2.22 – Sport Line / Elegance / Executive
|11.0||10.6 – S / Comfort|
11.0 – Sport Line / Elegance / Executive
|11.8||11.6 – S / Comfort|
11.8 – Sport Line / Elegance / Executive
|Overall width (including door mirrors)||2,076|
|Track (rear)||Manual – 1,575 / 1,576 / 1,566|
CVT – 1,575 / 1,576 / 1,566 / 1,565
|Specification grade||S / Comfort / Comfort Sport Line (litres)||Sport Plus (litres)||Elegance / Executive / Executive Sport Line (litres)|
|Trunk – Rear Seat Up (VDA method) incl. sub trunk/luggage floor box||478||420||478|
|Trunk – Rear Seat Down load to window (VDA method) incl. sub trunk/luggage floor box||828||770||828|
|Trunk – Rear Seat Down load to roof (VDA method) incl. sub trunk/luggage floor box||1,267||1,187||1,245|
|Fuel tank capacity||46.9||46.9||46.9|
Weights (kg) for 1.5-litre VTEC Turbo
|Specification grade||Sport Plus||Sport Plus|
|Curb weight (kg)||1,308 – 1,362||1,341 – 1,396|
|Max. Permissable Weight (kg)||1,760||1,790|
|Payload (kg)||403 – 453||401 – 450|
Weights (kg) for 1.0-litre VTEC Turbo
|Specification grade||S||Comfort / Elegance / Executive / Sport Line||S||Comfort / Elegance / Executive / Sport Line|
|Curb weight (kg)||1,229 – 1,243||1,281 – 1,362||1,239 – 1,253||1,289 – 1,371|
|Max. Permissable Weight (kg)||1,645||1,775||1,655||1,775|
|Payload (kg)||402 – 416||416 – 427||402 – 416||419 – 491|
Performance and fuel consumption for 1.5-litre VTEC Turbo (WLTC)
|Specification grade||Sport Plus||Sport Plus|
|Maximum speed (km/h)||220||200|
|0-100 km/h (seconds)||8.3||8.5|
|Fuel consumption – Low (l/100 km)||8.2||9.7|
|Fuel consumption – Medium (l/100 km)||6.0||6.3|
|Fuel consumption – High (l/100 km)||5.3||5.6|
|Fuel consumption – Extra High (l/100 km)||6.2||6.7|
|Fuel consumption – Combined (l/100 km)||6.1||6.7|
|CO2 combined (g/km)||139||151|
Performance and fuel consumption for 1.0-litre VTEC Turbo (WLTC)
|Specification grade||S||Comfort / Comfort Sport Line||Elegance||Executive / Executive Sport Line|
|S||Elegance||Executive / Executive Sport Line|
|Maximum speed (km/h)||207||207||205||205||200||200||200|
|0-100 km/h (seconds)||10.5||10.8||10.9||11.2||10.3||10.7||10.9|
|Fuel consumption – Low (l/100 km)||7.2||7.5||7.5||7.7||7.3||7.7||7.9|
|Fuel consumption – Medium (l/100 km)||5.6||5.8 / 5.9||5.9||6.1||5.7||6.2||6.4 / 6.5|
|Fuel consumption – High (l/100 km)||4.9||5.1 / 5.2||5.2||5.4||5.1||5.6||5.9|
|Fuel consumption – Extra High (l/100 km)||5.9||6.1 / 6.3||6.3||6.5 / 6.4||6.4||7.0||7.1|
|Fuel consumption – Combined (l/100 km)||5.7||5.9 / 6.0||6.1||6.2||6.0||6.5||6.7|
|CO2 combined (g/km)||128||134 / 137||137||140||135||147||151 / 152|
- Four-door, five-seat sedan with unitary construction bodyshell. Powered by 1.5-litre VTEC Turbo petrol engine with a choice of two transmissions driving the front wheels.
|1.5-litre VTEC Turbo|
Four cylinder gasoline
|Type||4 valves per cylinder|
|Bore x stroke||73.0mm x 89.5mm|
(134 kW) at 5,500 rpm
(134 kW) at 6,000 rpm
|Torque||240 Nm (177 lb ft) at 1,700 – 5,500 rpm||220 Nm (162 lb ft) at 1,700 – 5,500 rpm|
|1.5-litre VTEC Turbo|
|Manual||6 forward speeds + reverse|
|CVT||Variable with 7 simulated ‘gears’|
|1.5-litre VTEC Turbo 6MT||1.5-litre VTEC Turbo|
CVT (simulated gears)
Suspension and damping
Wheels and tyres
|Wheel size||Tyres – Front||Tyres – Rear|
|17-inch||215/50 R17||215/50 R17|
|Engine||1.5-litre VTEC Turbo|
|Type||Variable rack and pinion|
|Steering turns (lock to lock)||2.22|
|Turning circle (at wheels)||10.6|
|Turning circle (at body)||11.4|
|Overall width (including door mirrors)||2,075|
|Specification grade||Elegance, Executive (litres)|
|Trunk – Rear Seat Up (VDA method) incl. sub trunk/luggage floor box||519|
|Trunk – Rear Seat Down load to window (VDA method) incl. sub trunk/luggage floor box||–|
|Trunk – Rear Seat Down load to roof (VDA method) incl. sub trunk/luggage floor box||–|
|Fuel tank capacity||46|
Weights (kg) for 1.5-litre VTEC Turbo
|Specification grade||Elegance / Executive||Elegance / Executive|
|Curb weight (kg)||1281 – 1322||1309 – 1349|
|Max. Permissable Weight (kg)||1,740||1,770|
|Payload (kg)||418 – 459||421 – 461|
Performance and fuel consumption for 1.5-litre VTEC Turbo (WLTP)
|Maximum speed (km/h)||210||210||200||200|
|0-100 km/h (seconds)||8.0||8.1||8.2||8.3|
|Fuel consumption – Low (l/100 km)||8.0||8.1||9.5||9.6|
|Fuel consumption – Medium (l/100 km)||5.8||5.8||6.1||6.2|
|Fuel consumption – High (l/100 km)||5.1||5.1||5.4||5.4|
|Fuel consumption – Extra High (l/100 km)||5.8||5.9||6.3||6.3|
|Fuel consumption – Combined (l/100 km)||5.9||5.9||6.4||6.4|
|CO2 combined (g/km)||133||134||145||146|