2020 Honda Civic RS Turbo Review | Philkotse Philippines

Updated Mar 04, 2021

Editor's: 4.0/5
Stand-out sedan inside and out.
2020 Honda Civic RS Turbo Review | Philkotse Philippines

In this review...

  1. 2020 Honda Civic RS Turbo Philippines: Introduction
  2. 2020 Honda Civic RS Turbo Exterior Review: Separates itself from the pack
  3. 2020 Honda Civic RS Turbo Interior Review: Keeping it sporty
  4. 2020 Honda Civic RS Turbo: Tech & Safety Review
  5. 2020 Honda Civic RS Turbo: Engine & Performance Review
  6. 2020 Honda Civic RS Turbo Philippines: Fuel Efficiency
  7. 2020 Honda Civic RS Turbo Philippines: Verdict
  8. 2020 Honda Civic: Variants & Price
  9. 2020 Honda Civic: Color Options
  10. 2020 Honda Civic RS Turbo: Specs
  11. 2020 Honda Civic: FAQs

2020 Honda Civic RS Turbo Philippines: Introduction

The Honda Civic is arguably one of the most popular vehicles in the Philippines. This compact sedan is among the sought-after cars during the 1990s due to its reliability, versatility, and distinctive styling. It can be a daily driver around the city as well as a modified track-ready car on the weekends.     

Today, the popularity of the Honda Civic can be considered not as much compared to the 90s and early 2000s. One of the reasons for this is the emergence of crossovers and midsize SUVs in the market. However, despite the new trend in the automotive market, the Civic still has a loyal following here. To prove that point, the Civic is among the top-selling vehicles of Honda Cars Philippines Inc. (HCPI) last 2020. The Civic registered 1,188 units sold, making it HCPI’s fourth best-selling model. It sits behind the BR-V with 2,041 units sold, the City with 3,094, and the Brio with 3,260.    

With that in mind, is the 2020 Honda Civic a good buy? What can this compact sedan offer that makes it among the top-selling Hondas in the Philippines? To know the answer to those questions, we took the Civic RS Turbo for a weeklong drive. Here’s Philkotse’s 2020 Honda Civic RS Turbo car review. 
 

4.0 /5

Honda Civic 2020 Review

How we do our reviews
  • aesthetics
    4.5/5

    Overall exterior & Interior design, build quality, form vs function

  • Safety & Technology
    4.0/5

    Number of safety & tech features, consistency during usage

  • Performance
    4.0/5

    Power delivery, acceleration, transmission, suspension, handling

  • Comfort & Practicality
    4.0/5

    Overall Ride Comfort, Space, Storage Areas

  • Value for Money
    3.5/5

    Sticker price vs overall package

2020 Honda Civic RS Turbo Exterior Review: Separates itself from the pack

The 2020 Honda Civic RS Turbo comes with a sporty and aggressive exterior design. It is characterized by sharp lines throughout the car, which gives the Civic a unique and distinctive look. The overall styling of the Civic RS Turbo is further highlighted by the black trims you see on its front grille, front and rear bumpers, alloy wheels, and side mirrors. At first glance, the 2020 Honda Civic RS Turbo is already making it clear that it’s a compact sedan that can deliver a sporty drive.   

2021 Honda Civic RS Turbo

2020 Honda Civic RS Turbo

The front end of the Civic RS Turbo comes with sharp-looking LED headlights along with LED daytime running lights, and fog lamps. The vehicle is also fitted with a glossy black grille, which is exclusive to the RS Turbo variant. Of note, the lower-spec trim of the Civic comes with a chrome garnish on the grille. I prefer the glossy black design seen on the Civic RS Turbo because it looks more sinister and complements well with the car’s red exterior paint. The Civic RS Turbo also has an angular bumper that adds to the already sharp and sporty design of the front end. 

In case you’re wondering, this Civic RS Turbo is the facelifted version of the 10th-generation model. The changes that Honda gave to the vehicle are subtle, and it can be seen on the car’s lower bumper that now comes with a continuous black garnish accent. 

2021 Honda Civic RS Turbo side

The fastback roofline gives the Civic RS a coupe-like appeal

Turning at the side, you can instantly see the Civic RS Turbo’s crisp character lines. It also comes with power-folding side mirrors that are integrated with LED indicator lights. The door handles come in chrome, giving a bit of an accent to the car’s side profile while the blacked-out 18-inch alloy wheels add flair and style points to the vehicle. The thing I like most about the 10th-generation Civics is its fastback roofline, which gives the car a coupe-like appeal. Plus, it makes the vehicle look sportier.  

2020 Honda Civic RS Turbo rear

Distinctive taillights of the 10th generation Civic

The rear, on the other hand, looks equally sporty as the front end. The most attention-seeking design detail of the Civic RS Turbo’s rear is the C-shaped LED taillights. The said taillights are one of the designs that would be easily remembered when you talk about the 10th-generation Civic in 10, 20 years’ time. Aside from the taillights, the car also gets an RS Turbo exclusive rear spoiler. In comparison, the lower-spec Civic trims such as the E and the S don’t come with a spoiler.   

Overall, the exterior styling of the 2020 Honda Civic RS Turbo is a stand-out in its class. Among its segment rivals, this car separates itself from the pack due to its sporty, aggressive, and distinctive exterior design. 
 

2020 Honda Civic Dimensions: Length, Width, Height & More

Dimensions

2020 Honda Civic

Lenght

4,649 mm

Width

1,799 mm

Height

1,416 mm

Wheelbase

2,698 mm

Tire Size

18-inch Alloy

 

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2020 Honda Civic RS Turbo Interior Review: Keeping it sporty

2020 Honda Civic RS Turbo dashboard

Red stitching adds accent to the vehicle’s interior

The sporty character of the Civic RS Turbo’s exterior continues to be seen inside the vehicle. It has a black interior theme with red stitching and glossy black accents. The red stitching is integrated on the dashboard, leather steering wheel, leather seats, door panels, and even on the gear lever. The red stitching may be subtle but it goes well into the Civic RS Turbo’s black interior theme.  

2020 Honda Civic Type R steering wheel

Red stitching is also integrated into the steering wheel

The leather steering wheel has a nice grip, which makes driving even more comfortable. However, I’m not much of a fan of the integrated audio and phone controls on the steering wheel due to the materials used that resemble cheap plastic. But, the digital instrument cluster makes up for it as it features a sporty and a Civic Type R inspired look. Moreover, it has paddle shifters in case you want to have a more spirited drive.   

2020 Honda Civic RS Turbo rear seats

The Honda Civic RS comes with decent space

The rear passenger area of the vehicle can accommodate up to three individuals. The leg- and head-room is generous especially when there are only two people seated at the back. The Civic RS Turbo doesn’t come with rear aircon vents. But that’s not a problem since the main aircon vents upfront can efficiently cool down the cabin.

2020 Honda Civic RS Turbo cargo space

You can fit an assortment of items in the trunk

In terms of cargo, the Civic RS Turbo can fit an assortment of items. A week’s supply of groceries can easily be put in the trunk space. It can also accommodate four to five overnight bags, three medium-size luggage, a stroller, among others. As such, the Civic RS Turbo can arguably be an ideal car for small families.
 

2020 Honda Civic RS Turbo: Tech & Safety Review

The 2020 Honda Civic RS Turbo doesn’t just look sporty as it is equipped with notable tech gizmos and safety features. Placed right at the center of the dashboard is a 7-inch infotainment touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. This feature allows you to mirror your phone’s operating system seamlessly to the infotainment touchscreen. With that, it allows you access to apps such as Waze and Spotify. To use Apple CarPlay or Android Auto, simply plug in your smartphone’s charging cable to the USB port found at the center console before you start your drive. The touchscreen also serves as a rear-camera display when you shift to reverse. 

2020 Honda Civic RS Turbo rear cam

A feature you’ll appreciate when parking in tight spaces

Aside from the infotainment system, the Civic RS Turbo has automatic dual-zone climate control. One of the things I like most about the interior of the vehicle is the use of tactile buttons for the audio and climate controls. This allows you to easily locate and access essential controls without taking your eyes off the road.   

Of note, this vehicle comes with speed-sensing door locks, an electronic parking brake, and a push start button. It is also equipped with an ensemble of airbags (front, passenger, side, and side curtains) as well as Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA), Hill Start Assist (HSA), Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD). And it has disc brakes on all four wheels. 
 

2020 Honda Civic RS Turbo: Engine & Performance Review

Engine Specifications

2020 Honda Civic RS Turbo

Engine Type

1.5L Gasoline

Max Power

171 hp @ 5,500rpm

Max Torque

220 Nm @ 1,700 - 5,500rpm

Transmission

CVT

Drive Type

Front-Wheel-Drive

aThe 2020 Honda Civic RS Turbo is powered by a 1.5-liter turbocharged gasoline engine that delivers 171 hp and 220 Nm of torque. The engine is mated to a continuously variable transmission (CVT). 

2020 Honda Civic RS Turbo engine

The Honda Civic RS Turbo is powered by a 1.5-liter turbocharged gasoline engine

The Civic RS Turbo comes with notable power delivery thanks to its 1.5-liter turbo gasoline engine. The turbo engine compensates for the shifting characteristics of the CVT, which gives you a driving experience that’s both smooth and sporty. The Civic RS Turbo accelerates quickly even on the Normal drive mode, giving you the ability to do swift overtaking. In case you’re wondering, the Civic RS Turbo comes with three driving modes: Eco, Normal, and Sport. During the duration of the test drive, I opted to use the Normal drive mode more often.      

2020 Honda Civic RS Turbo front profile

The Civic RS Turbo coms with a sporty and striking look

When driving at highway speeds, the car is planted and stable, which gives you confidence and peace of mind. The Civic RS Turbo’s steering gets firm when you start to gain speed, which translates to better control of the vehicle. On the other hand, this sporty compact sedan also comes with a light steering feel that makes city driving more manageable. It is responsive even to minimal inputs, which I find useful when changing lanes along EDSA or when parking the vehicle.  

In terms of ride comfort, the Civic RS Turbo has a tolerable body roll, and its suspension leans on the firm side. However, the overall ride comfort is not compromised despite having a relatively firm suspension. After all, this car is meant to give you a sporty driving feel.
 

2020 Honda Civic RS Turbo Philippines: Fuel Efficiency

Fuel Efficiency

2020 Honda Civic RS Turbo

Fuel Type

Gasoline

Fuel Tank Capacity

47 liters

Fuel Economy

11 km/l (ave. speed of 40 km/h) | 18 km/l (ave. speed of 90 km/h)

When it comes to fuel economy, the 2020 Honda RS Turbo registered 11 km/l while driving around the city at an average speed of 40 km/h. On the other hand, the vehicle posted 18 km/l when driven on the open highway at an average speed of 90 km/h.
 

2020 Honda Civic RS Turbo Philippines: Verdict

Overall, the 2020 Honda Civic RS Turbo is never short of style points and could deliver notable driving performance. Aside from its ever-confident exterior design, the Civic RS Turbo also comes with a sporty interior theme that combines creature comforts such as tactile buttons, leather seats, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, rear camera, 6 speaker system, among others. 

2020 Honda Civic RS Turbo front profile

A stand out sedan

As such, the Civic RS Turbo is a vehicle that intends to offer the best of both worlds. It can be a daily city driver as well as a weekend road trip car that you enjoy on the open highway and winding roads. On the other hand, some might say that getting a sedan isn’t the most practical thing to do considering its price tag that’s Php 1,615,000 as of this writing. Well, that may be true. But, crossovers and midsize SUVs in the market can’t give the same driving pleasure that the Civic RS Turbo can give you. This car can also be considered as a status symbol that can turn heads when it’s out on the road. Moreover, this is your last chance to get a 10th generation Honda Civic since the all-new model will be coming out soon.

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2020 Honda Civic: Variants & Price

Honda Civic Price & Variants in the Philippines

Honda Civic 1.8 S CVT

Php 1,115,000

Honda Civic 1.8 E CVT

Php 1,188,000

Honda Civic RS Turbo CVT

Php 1,615,000

2020 Honda Civic: Color Options

2020 Honda Civic Color Options

Cosmic Blue Metallic, Ignite Red, Platinum White Pearl, Modern Steel Metallic, Lunar Silver Metallic

2020 Honda Civic RS Turbo: Specs

Overall

Make

Honda

Name

Civic RS Turbo

Body Type

Compact Sedan

Dimensions & Weight

Lenght

4,649 mm

Width

1,799 mm

Height

1,416 mm

Wheelbase

2,698 mm

Ground Clearance

133 mm

Engine & Transmission

Type

1.5L Gasoline

Max Power

171 hp @ 5,500rpm

Max Torque

220 Nm @ 1,700 - 5,500rpm

Transmission

CVT

Chassis & Suspension

Brakes (Front / Rear)

Ventilated Disc / Solid Disc

Suspension (Front / Rear)

MacPherson Strut / Multi-Link

Wheels and Tires

18-inch Alloy

Exterior

LED Healights

LED Fog Lamps

LED Taillights

LED High Mount Stop Lamp

Mirror-mounted Turn Signal Indicator

Glossy Black Grille

LED Daytime Running Lights

Power-folding Side Mirrors

Twin Exhaust Pipe

Glass Printed Antenna

Interior

7" Touchscreen Advanced Display Audio

6 Speakers

Dual Zone Automatic Aircon

Ambient Light (Red)

Power Windows

Power Door Lock

ISOFIX

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

Rear Camera Display

Leather Steering Wheel

Tilt & Telescopic Adjustment

Cruise Control

Speed Sensing Door Locks

Walk Away Auto Lock

Safety & Security

Airbags (Front, Side, and Curtain)

Anti-lock Brake System

Electronic Stability Control

Vehicle Stability Assist

Hill-start Assist Control

Anti-theft system

Front and Rear Sensors

Immobilizer

ISOFIX

Cruise Control

Rear Camera

2020 Honda Civic: FAQs

Q: How much is Honda Civic in the Philippines? 

A: The Honda Civic is available in three variants in the Philippines with a starting price of Php 1,115,000 while the top-spec variant is priced at Php 1,615,000.

Q: Is Honda Civic 2019 worth buying?

A: If you’re looking for a sporty sedan, you can consider getting the Honda Civic. 
 

Martin Aguilar

Martin Aguilar

Author

Martin is the Content Editor of Philkotse. His love for cars first started when he got a remote-controlled toy as a birthday present. Then, Martin’s interest in cars was further developed through his family’s humble collection of Japanese cars.

Martin started his writing career as an editorial assistant and writer for various magazines under ABS-CBN Publishing. Before joining Philkotse, Martin was a writer for Autoindustriya then shifted gears in 2017 to become the editor for AutoDeal.

Aside from his interest in cars, Martin loves to read crime-thriller novels, play basketball in the virtual world, eat tapsilog, and go for random road trip adventures.

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