Honda Civic RS Turbo 2019: Philkotse's contender for 2019 compact sedan of the year

Updated Sep 28, 2020 | Same topic: Highlights of the Week

After all these years, the Honda Civic is still the number one choice if you want a car that's both practical and sporty. Read now and know why we think it should be the compact car of the year.

Honda Civic 2019: Philkotse’s contender for the compact sedan of 2019

  • It’s still the best in class in terms of power and torque
  • Some say it looks better than the Civic Type R (Gasp!)
  • While sporty, it can do dual duty as a practical daily driver
  • The non-turbo variant is reasonably economical at 9 km/l city and around 12.8 km/l highway

Honda Civic 2019: Still sporty albeit with compromises

After all these decades, the Honda Civic 2019 is still oriented towards the sportier spectrum of cars. That of course is apparent from the way it looks, and of course, let us not forget that the Civic RS Turbo makes a considerable 171 horsepower and 220 Nm of torque.

Note however that the Civic SiR made 160 horsepower and 150 Nm without a turbo back in the ’90s. So what gives!? Where are the HP gains from all that advancement of technology? We’ll just have to talk about that another time.

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The Honda Civic is still one of the best-looking sedans currently available in the market right now


Well, the current PH-market Honda Civic at least didn’t become some boring slop of a car like most did as time went on. And yeah, it appears the only real competition out there for the sporty Civic is the one from the Zoom-Zoom brand. Wink2x.

Another point of contention from many Civic fans is the use of the CVT which can be a bit sloppy with the naturally aspirated variant. Otherwise, the straight-line acceleration on the Civic RS Turbo is kind of alright. They could have addressed that by giving the NA variant a paddle shifter.

Honda Civic 2019: It’s a great looking vehicle

From the small, cute and boxy first-generation Civic, to the current one that’s the sleekest of them all, the Honda Civic, has evolved into a great looking car that sits deliciously lower to the ground than its 9th generation predecessor ever did.

>>> Check out for Honda Civic reviews by Philkotse's experts.

Honda Civic interior

The interior of the Civic is also spacious and filled to the brim with high-tech features

Some even say that a stock Civic RS Turbo looks more mature and more thought out than the Honda Civic Type R. So, regardless of its several shortcomings (especially for Honda guys), the Civic is still a great car if you want out of the box performance and practicality rolled into one.

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Know more about Honda Civic 2023

Honda Civic

The 2023 Honda Civic is a compact, five-door sedan. It is now in its eleventh-generation. For the Philippine market, the Civic has a price range of Php 1,583,000 to Php 1,775,000. It has three variants consisting of the V Turbo, and the RS Turbo as the top-spec trim. All of them are equipped with the Honda Sensing driver assist safety suite, and all use a 1.5-liter turbocharged VTEC inline-4 gasoline engine capable of making up to 175 horsepower and 240 Nm of torque. All trims use a continuously variable transmission (CVT).

Size-wise, the 2023 Civic is 4,678mm long, 1,802mm wide, and 1,415mm in height. It wheelbase length measures 2,735mm long, and it has a ground clearance of 134mm. Competitors of the Honda Civic for the Philippine market includes the likes of the Toyota Corolla Altis, Mazda3, Kia Forte, Nissan Sylphy, among others.


₱ 1,583,000 - ₱ 1,775,000

Cesar G.B. Miguel

Cesar G.B. Miguel


Cesar Guiderone B. Miguel was born and raised in Iligan City, Lanao Del Norte. He graduated in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts in English degree from Mindanao State University - Iligan Institute of Technology. He previously worked as a freelance writer for various websites, as a member of the Iligan City Disaster Risk Reduction Management's training staff, and as a medical sales representative.


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