Which 2021 Honda Civic variant should you buy? [Comparison Guide] 

Updated Jul 15, 2021 | Same topic: Which Car Variant to Buy?

Buying a Civic soon? Then read this.

Everyone knows or at least has probably heard of the Honda Civic. In the 1990s it made a name for itself as being affordable, but a relatively sporty option for folks who like to drive. Then came the Civic SiR, which we could all agree was (still is) one of the most desirable Civic variants in the Philippines. 

A picture of the Honda Civic RS Turbo

The Honda Civic RS Turbo

Now currently in the local market, the Honda-made sedan is in its 10th generation. It is now on the higher-end of the sedan spectrum, so it features a whole lot more than its predecessors. As such, many are now considering it as a plush comfortable daily.  

Currently, the Civic has three variants available. The entry-level Civic S, the mid-spec Civic E, and the top-spec Civic RS Turbo. So, which one is the right one for you? Let us help you with that. 

Honda Civic Variants: Exterior 

Starting with the exterior, the Civic S is the simplest-looking. It has halogen headlamps, whereas the two higher trims come with LEDs. The rest of its exterior lights however are similar to the Civic E and Civic RS in that it has LED taillights, front fog lamps, and halogen turn signal lights with side repeaters. Also, all three ride on a 16-inch set of alloy wheels, but the RS trim uses a different-looking set. 

A picture of the rear of the Civic RS

The Civic RS from the rear

Apart from the different wheels, the Civic RS also features a subtle-looking rear spoiler, a blacked-out piece on the front fascia, and RS badging. Other differences however are under the hood. More on that later. 

As for size, all Civic variants measure 4,649mm long, 1,799mm wide, and 1,416mm in height. All trims also have a wheelbase length of 2,698mm, and a ground clearance of 133mm. 

A picture of the Honda Civic E

The Honda Civic E looks subtler than the Civic RS

Honda Civic Variants: Interior 

As a sedan, all Civic variants can comfortably seat five including the driver. All are equipped with a digital gauge cluster, a push-to-start button, and all come standard with a tilt and telescopic steering wheel. The one on the RS however is wrapped in leather, while the one on the S and E variants are clad in urethane. Also, only the Civic E and RS come with cruise control.  

A picture of the interior of the HOnda Civic RS

Inside the Honda Civic RS

With regards to the seats, the Civic S and E’s are all covered in fabric, and both have a manually adjustable driver’s seat. The top-spec RS in turn has leather seats, plus an electronically adjustable driver’s seat. To keep its occupants cool, all Civic variants use an automatic air-conditioning system. 

For on-board entertainment, all variants of the Philippine-spec Civic come standard with a seven-inch touchscreen. However, only the E and the RS have Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. On the entry-level S however, the said screen does have Bluetooth. And lastly, the Civic S also has four speakers, whereas the Civic E and RS come with a six-piece speaker system. 

A picture of the Civic RS Turbo's touchscreen

Only the Civic E and Civic S get Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

Honda Civic Variants: Engine and Performance 

When it comes to engines, the Civic RS stands out from the pack. Under its hood is a 1.5-liter inline-4 turbocharged mill that’s capable of making up to 171 horsepower and 220 Nm of torque. The Civic S and E meanwhile uses a naturally-aspirated 1.8-liter inline-4 that can make 139 horsepower and 174 Nm.  

A picture of the CIvic RS Turbo's engine

The Civic RS' 1.5-liter DOHC V-TEC turbocharged inline-4 gasoline engine

Do note though that all Civic variants in the local market use a continuously variable transmission (CVT), which sends power to the front wheels. On the RS, the said CVT has paddle shifters, which aren’t available on the lower-spec Civics. 

All Civic variants use a MacPherson Strut front suspension, and a multi-link rear end. Braking is handled entirely by disc brakes, and all three variants also use an electronic parking brake with an auto-brake hold function.  

Honda Civic Variants: Safety 

In terms of safety, the Civic RS gets the most airbags at four. The Civic S and E meanwhile get two front airbags. All variants come standard with anti-lock braking with electronic brake-force distribution, speed-sensing door-locks, an engine immobilizer, ISOFIX child seat tethers, a parking camera, and hill-start assist. The Civic RS also gets automatic headlamps and rain-sensing wipers, which are absent on the other variants.  

Honda Civic Variants: Price 

Honda Civic Variants 


Civic S 1.8 CVT 

Php 1,115,000 

Civic E 1.8 CVT 

Php 1,188,000 

Civic RS Turbo 1.5 CVT 

Php 1,615,000 

If you’re looking to relive your “racer boy” moments back in the 1990s, the Civic RS Turbo might be the one for you. It has more power than the other two, plus it has paddle shifters. On top of that, the Civic RS also has the better audio system, as well as a plusher interior as per its leather seats. And yes, leather seats are also more resistant to stains and are easier to clean.

A picture of the Honda Civic RS Turbo's side profile

The Honda Civic RS Turbo from the side 

If you don’t like turbocharged cars, or just want a comfortable, good-looking car to drive daily, then the Civic E might tickle your fancy. For that matter however, the Civic S is also spacious and stylish-looking. It is also cheaper, and the only things you’ll be sacrificing are having less speakers, no Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, no cruise control, and no parking camera. 

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Know more about Honda Civic 2021

Honda Civic

Currently, the Honda Civic compact sedan is now in its 10th generation. It was first introduced back in April 2016, and currently it has three variants. Under the hood, the 10th-gen Civic for the Philippine market has two engine options. The Civic RS uses a 1.5-liter turbocharge inline-4 that can make up to 171 horsepower and 220 Nm of torque. The second engine option is a naturally-aspirated 1.8-liter inline-4 that can produce a maximum of 139 horsepower and 174 Nm of torque. All variants use a continuously variable transmission, which sends all power to the front wheels.

From ₱1,115,000

Cesar G.B. Miguel

Cesar G.B. Miguel


Cesar is a graduate of AB English with previous experience working as a freelance writer for varied internet publications in-between his former stints in the Pharmaceutical Industry, and later as a First Aid Provider and Training Staff at the Iligan City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office.

Since childhood, Cesar has been keenly interested in cars. He has learned the ins and outs of these marvelous vehicles and is a competent amateur mechanic who is keen on sharing his knowledge.

Cesar is perceptive of car culture in general – not only in the Philippines but in global regard, as well. His knowledge ranges from the prevalent stories and trends among car enthusiasts around the world, to closely following the latest local and international developments in the automotive industry.

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