With the hybrid on sale from December 1 and Type R deliveries beginning in February, the 11th-generation Honda Civic range will soon be complete.
Notably, the Type R only has seating for four, while the others seat five.
While it’s the first time since 2015 that Honda has offered a hybrid Civic in Australia, the 11th-generation range is considerably more pared-back than its predecessor.
The sedan body style is no longer available locally, while the range opens above where most mainstream rivals like the Kia Cerato and Toyota Corolla top out. Gone are any sub-$40,000 variants, which represented the bulk of the 10th-generation range.
All variants are now sourced from Japan, and Honda is positioning the Civic as a lower-volume, more premium model.
e:HEV (overseas model shown)
- 2023 Honda Civic VTi-LX: $47,200
- 2023 Honda Civic e:HEV LX: $55,000
- 2023 Honda Civic Type R: $72,600
All prices are drive-away.
Each member of the 2023 Honda Civic range has a different powertrain.
The VTi-LX uses a turbocharged 1.5-litre four-cylinder engine with 131kW of power at 6000rpm and 240Nm of torque between 1700 and 4500rpm. It’s mated with a continuously variable transmission.
The e:HEV LX uses a 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine, two electric motors, a lithium-ion battery, and an e-CVT. Total system outputs are 135kW (@5000-6000rpm) and 315Nm (@0-2000rpm).
The Type R uses a turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine with 235kW of power at 6500rpm and 420Nm of torque between 2600 and 4000rpm. It’s mated with a six-speed manual transmission.
All Civics are front-wheel drive.
The 2023 Honda Civic uses 6.3L/100km on the combined cycle in VTi-LX guise, 4.2L/100km in the e:HEV LX, and 8.9L/100km in the case of the Type R.
The Type R requires 95 RON premium unleaded fuel, but the others run on 91 RON.
The VTi-LX and Type R have a 47L fuel tank, while the e:HEV LX has a capacity of 40L.
The 2023 Honda Civic VTi-LX and e:HEV LX measure 4560mm long, 1802mm wide, 1415mm tall and ride a 2733mm wheelbase.
The Type R is slightly longer at 4606mm, wider at 1890mm, and lower at 1407mm tall. It also has wider tracks front and rear (1626mm/1614mm vs 1537mm/1577mm).
Tare mass is 1346kg in the VTi-LX, 1478kg in the e:HEV LX and 1429kg in the Type R.
The Civic VTi-LX has 449L of boot space (45L of this under the boot floor), expanding to 814L with the rear seats dropped (measured to the window) or 1212L (measured to the roof).
The e:HEV LX has 409L of boot space (5L of this under the boot floor) and 814L of space with the rear seats dropped (measured to the window) or 1187L (measured to the roof).
The Type R has 410L of luggage space, expanding with the rear seats down to 904L (measured to the window) or 1212L (measured to the roof).
Under the boot floor on each model is a tyre repair kit.
Servicing and Warranty
The Honda Civic is backed by a five-year, unlimited-kilometre warranty. Honda also offers five years of capped-price servicing, with intervals of 12 months or 10,000km.
Each service is capped at $199.
The Honda Civic has yet to be assessed by ANCAP, but its Euro NCAP counterpart awarded hybrid models five stars.
The Civic received an adult occupant protection rating of 89 per cent, a child occupant protection rating of 87 per cent, a vulnerable road user protection rating of 82 per cent, and a safety assist rating of 83 per cent.
Standard safety equipment on all models includes:
- Autonomous emergency braking
- Blind-spot monitoring
- Lane-departure warning
- Lane-keep assist
- Rear cross-traffic alert
- Traffic Jam Assist
- Adaptive cruise control
- Driver attention monitoring
- Front, front-side, front knee and full-length curtain airbags
- Reversing camera
The e:HEV LX and Type R gain traffic sign recognition, an intelligent speed limiter and front and rear parking sensors, while the e:HEV LX uniquely has rear side and front centre airbags.
The VTi-LX comes standard with the following equipment:
- 18-inch alloy wheels
- Automatic LED headlights with auto-levelling
- Automatic high-beam
- 9.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system
- Wireless Apple CarPlay
- Wired Android Auto
- Satellite navigation
- DAB+ digital radio
- 12-speaker Bose sound system
- Wireless phone charger
- 7.0-inch digital instrument cluster
- Leather-wrapped steering wheel
- Leather-wrapped shifter
- Leatherette upholstery with red-accented suede
- Eight-way power driver’s seat
- Four-way power passenger seat
- Heated front seats
- Rain-sensing wipers with integrated washer nozzle
- Power retractable exterior mirrors
- Auto up/down power windows (front)
- Auto-dimming rear-view mirror
- Paddle shifters
- Alloy sports pedals
- Dual-zone climate control
- Rear air vents
- Tilt and telescopic steering wheel adjustment
Over the VTi-LX, the e:HEV LX adds:
- Panoramic sunroof
- 10.2-inch digital instrument cluster
- Heated steering wheel
- Power lumbar support for front seats
- Leather-appointed upholstery
- Individual drive mode
- Five-year complimentary Honda Connect subscription
- Auto up/down power windows (front and rear)
Over the VTi-LX, the Type R adds:
- 19-inch alloy wheels
- Limited-slip differential
- Adaptive dampers
- Brembo four-piston front brake calipers
- 10.2-inch digital instrument cluster
- LogR data logger
- Eight-speaker sound system
- Alcantara-wrapped steering wheel
- Front sports seats
- Suede-styled upholstery