Customers of this five-door hatch are being offered a choice of two petrol engines, the 1.0-litre 129PS VTEC TURBO and the 1.5-litre 182PS VTEC TURBO. From the launch of this updated model for the 2020 year, pricing was pitched from just under £20,000 for the entry-level 'S' 1.0-litre variant; you'll pay around £1,600 more if you want the alternative 1.6-litre 1.6 i-DTEC diesel. With both those engines, there's a choice of 'S', 'SE', 'SR' and 'EX' trim levels. The 1.0-litre engine adds a top 'EX - Sportline' variant. If you want the 1.5-litre petrol engine, there's one single well-equipped 'Sport' trim level on offer priced from just under £24,000. With the diesel, you only get a manual gearbox, but with both petrol units, Honda will offer you its CVT auto transmission for another £1,400. The Civic 4-door comes only in one top-spec 'EX' guise with the 1.0-litre petrol engine, priced at around £26,500, but you do get the option of CVT auto transmission. For the top Type-R, think in terms of paying somewhere in the £33,000-£35,000 bracket, depending on the spec you want.
All models include the usual equipment features in this class - and Honda is particularly proud of this car's comprehensive infotainment capabilities. The latest version of the 'Honda Connect 2' connectivity system allows full smartphone integration via both AppleCarPlay and Android Auto so you can duplicate the functionality of your handset on the centre-dash 7-inch touchsceen display.
Safety systems include Honda's suite of 'SENSING' technologies. These include a 'Collision Mitigating Braking System' that brakes the car to avoid an accident. Plus a 'Forward Collision' set-up that warns you of oncoming hazards. And 'Lane Departure Warning', 'Road Departure Warning' and 'Lane Keeping Assist' features that'll keep you from veering away from where you should be on the road. There's 'Traffic Sign Recognition' that reads speeds signs as you pass and displays them on the dash, this set-up then working with an 'Intelligent Speed Assistance' system that can automatically set your speed to match the prevailing limit. Other options include 'Adaptive Cruise Control', 'Blind Spot Information' and a 'Cross Traffic Monitor' that alerts you to oncoming traffic when reversing out of a space.