Back in April 2016, Honda Cars Philippines Inc. introduced the tenth-generation Civic. Back then, there were only two avaialble variants: the top-spec Civic RS Turbo with the 1.5-liter mill, and one with a naturally-aspirated 1.8-liter engine.
A few years later in April of 2019, the Japanese marque gave the Philippine-spec Civic a facelift, as well as a new variant called the Civic S 1.8. With its introduction, it now sits as the entry-level trim for the aforementioned Honda model.
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For the Philippine market, the Honda Civic's top-spec RS Turbo and mid-range E trim are equipped with LED headlamps, LED taillights, front foglamps, and side-mirrors with turn-signal side repeaters. The Civic S variant only has halogen headlamps, but it also comes standard with the exterior features mentioned above.
When it comes to wheels, the Civic RS Turbo rides on an 18-inch alloy set, while the Civic S and E come with 16-inch alloy wheels.
Avialable color options for the Civic include Midnight Burgundy Pearl, Cosmic Blue Metallic, White Orchid Pearl, Modern Steel Metallic, Lunar Silver Metallic, and Ignite Red Metallic
As a compact sedan, the Honda Civic for the Philippines has space for up to five occupants, with room to spare for cargo at the back. As standard, the S and E trims come with fabric seats, while the RS Turbo has leather seats. Common on all trims are rear folding seats for more cargo space, automatic air-conditioning, as well as a 12-volt accessory socket.
For the driver, the Civic RS Turbo variant provides an electronically adjustable seat. The rest of the variants have manual height adjustable driver's seats, but a tilt and telescopic steering wheel is standard on the model. Also standard on the Honda sedan is a digital trip computer, and a push to start button. The top-spec trim comes with a digital gauge cluster instead of the analog one available on the Civic S and E.
Technology & Safety Features
To entertain its occupants, this Japanese-made sedan for the Philippine market comes equipped with a seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system. On all variants, the said system can connect via USB, Bluetooth, and Aux-in. The Civic RS Turbo adds on to those connectivity options by providing Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The RS Turbo and the E trims have six speakers, while the Civic S has four.
For safety, the Honda Civic comes standard with hill-start assist, speed-sensing door locks, anti-lock braking with electronic brake-force distribution, and stability control. In terms of airbags, both the S and E trims come with dual front airbags, whereas the top-spec RS Turbo has four airbags.
Platform & Chassis
In terms of size, the Philippines-spec Honda Civic sedan comes with an overall length of 4,649mm, a width of 1,799mm, and a height of 1,416mm. It also has a wheelbase length of 2,698mm, and a ground clearance of 133mm.
As with Civics in the past, the current version uses a front-engine, front-wheel-drive layout. For suspension systems, it uses a MacPherson strut type for the front, and a multi-link type suspension for the rear. Braking is handled entirely by disc brakes, and the parking brake is an electronic type with an auto-hold function.
Engine & Drivetrain
For the Philippine market, the Civic has two engine options. The more powerful one is a 1.5-liter turbocharged inline-4 gasoline engine that can churn out up to 171 horsepower and 220 Nm of torque. The other engine is a 1.8-liter naturally-aspirated inline-4 gasoline engine that can produce up to 139 horsepower and 174 Nm of torque.
The 1.5-liter mill is only avialable on the RS Turbo variant, but all variants utilizes a continously variable transmission, which sends power to the front wheels.