Honda Civic 1.5 Sedan VTEC Turbo Review
Civic Consciousness

Benjamin Chia
8 Dec 2016


And for the first time, the ‘regular’ Civic gets some turbocharged power, with performance levels almost reminiscent of the old Civic SiR cars from the 1990s

The Honda Civic is a nameplate that has legendary standing in the automotive world. Known for its ground-breaking innovation and performance prowess, often on a relative budget, most enthusiasts would have owned, or at least had a memorable encounter with, a Civic at some point in their lives.

But the Civic appeared to have lost its way somewhat in recent years, with the ninth generation version (2011-2015) being utterly forgettable and perhaps devoid of many of the attractions that made the Civic such a favourite for fans and keen drivers alike. There wasn’t even a high-performance Civic Type R model until very late into the car’s lifespan, almost as though it was developed as an afterthought.

The new tenth generation model here though looks to inject life back into the Civic name once again. And for the first time, the ‘regular’ Civic gets some turbocharged power, with performance levels almost reminiscent of the old Civic SiR cars from the 1990s. But will that, and its dramatically different looks, be enough to draw the fans back again?

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Engine Capacity 1498cc Turbocharged
Engine Type Inline 4
Compression Ratio 10.6:1
Bore x Stroke (73 x 89.5)mm
Power 173bhp @ 5500rpm
Torque 220Nm @ 1700rpm
Power to Weight 138.5 bhp per ton


Acceleration 8.6s (0-100 km/h)
Top Speed 200 km/h
Fuel Consumption (combined) 16.9 km/L

Misc Technical Data

Drive Type FF
Steering Electric


Body Type Sedan
(L x W x H)
(4630 x 1799 x 1416) mm
Wheelbase 2700 mm
Turning Circle 11 metres
Kerb Weight 1249 kg
Fuel Tank Capacity 47 L


Brakes (Front) Ventilated Discs
Brakes (Rear) Discs