Honda looks to boost the appeal of its hatchback with a range of cosmetic and dynamic improvements
13 November 2013

The Honda Civic hatchback has undergone dynamic and styling improvements for the 2014 model year, in order to give the car a more sporting feel.

The most significant tweaks of the ninth-generation Civic are under the skin. The electronic power steering has been retuned to make the car feel more surefooted at higher speeds. The front and rear dampers have also been tweaked to enhance body control, and the toe and camber of the rear suspension has been realigned to improve overall handling.

The changes have been implemented in response to feedback from customers and Honda dealers. The revisions were carried out by the engineering team at Honda’s Swindon base, which has been given a degree of autonomy from head office in Japan to configure the car to European tastes.

Honda's aim is to endow the standard hatchback with a slightly more sporting image to align it with the range-topping Civic Type R performance variant, which is due to appear in 2015.

Subtle exterior and interior tweaks have also been made to the Civic hatchback. The rear of the car gets privacy glass on the lower rear window, and piano black finishes to the tailgate, number plate surround and lower bumper in place of the previous body-coloured parts.

The front bumper finish is now also piano black, instead of anthracite grey, and there are darker wheel-arch garnishes and a new design of alloy wheel as standard.

Inside the 2014 Civic hatchback there is new white stitching detail on the steering wheel, seat and knee pad, some aluminium-coloured finishing around the cup holder and black gloss inserts.

Another addition to the Honda Civic range for 2014 is a package of safety kit known as Advanced Driving Assist Systems. A £500 option that will be offered on both the hatchback and Tourer, it includes systems such as lane departure warning, traffic-sign recognition, blind spot warning and active city braking.

Left-hand-drive examples of the 2014 Honda Civic are already rolling off the Swindon production line, and right-hand-drive cars will go on sale in the UK in January.

Pricing has yet to be confirmed, although there is likely to be a small rise across the range, which currently starts at £16,995 for a 1.4-litre i-VTEC petrol in SE trim.  However, any price change is also likely to occur in tandem with a realignment of trim levels to include some new kit such as DAB radio as standard.

Our Verdict

Honda Civic
The ninth generation of Honda’s venerable hatch has moved upmarket, although the styling is divisive

The Honda Civic is an impressive achievement and a worthy rival to the Volkswagen Golf and Ford Focus, but it isn't quite up to class-leading standards

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13 November 2013
Companies just love em!!!

Peter Cavellini.

13 November 2013
I tried current one and it drove well, the new 1.6DTEC diesel engine was superb, very quick and frugal. The total deal-breaker for me was the awful seat, I have not sat on something so uncomfortable in decades. Funny thing is I have not heard anyone else complain about it so I must have odd anatomy!! it was too pinched at the top and constantly dug into my shoulders, couldn't wait to get out the thing.

13 November 2013
The Civic needs more than cosmetic changes im afraid.It needs a major facelift front and rear.

13 November 2013
It might have an excellent engine, but the design is (still) an abomination, especially in the back, with a split rear window whose function escapes the understanding. And, let's not mention the appearance of the instrument panel, made into a baroque, overwrought Startrek imitation. This must be a Japanese tradition, though (look at the Subarus). The only Brand that has been trying lately to improve its style is Mazda, the odd crease and swelling in the sides notwithstanding ...

13 November 2013
Im pretty sure that was all the feedback from the last Civic!

13 November 2013
Didn't this new version have its suspension dialled back a bit because the old car was thought to be a bit hard. They are now going back the other way ?

13 November 2013
"The revisions were carried out by the engineering team at Honda’s Swindon base, which has been given a degree of autonomy from head office in Japan to configure the car to European tastes." Quote Surely this is a Swindon car anyway - the Japanese Civic is nothing like this.

A34

13 November 2013
Nice to see as the Civic is a nice, if slightly left-field, Focus-class competitor, especially with the new estate coming on stream. But apart from the 1.6D where are the interesting engines? Not sure a 1.8VTEC cuts the mustard in these parsimonious days, let a lone a 5 speed Auto...

13 November 2013
You don't say!

289

14 November 2013
....don't make me laugh! Dynamic - I don't think so, revamp - looks like the old one but even uglier What a piece of junk! This sums up everything that is wrong, wrong, wrong with Honda. No class.

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