Subtle styling changes and equipment upgrades for popular British-built hatchback

The Honda Civic has been given a range of subtle cosmetic styling changes for 2011. The facelifted Civic’s most noticeable change is the addition of the Type R’s front grille to the rest of the range.

New alloy wheel designs are now fitted as standard, including new 16-inch wheels for entry-level 1.4 Type S models. That model also gets colour-coded side skirts as standard.

See the official pics of the revised Honda Civic range

Other exterior changes include new colour options, while there have also been some changes inside. SE and ES models get a half Alcantara interior; Si models get a half leather/half Alcantara interior with heated front seats.

Production of the revised Civic range gets underway at the firm’s Swindon plant next month; this month marks the end of Type R production in the UK after its high-revving 2.0-litre VTEC engine fell foul of European emission regulations.

Read more on Honda Civic Type R production ending in the UK

Honda is expected to launch an all-new Civic in 2012, which is tipped to be lighter and more economical than the car it replaces, in line with Honda’s new strategy.

Prices for the 2011 Civic range are unchanged, starting from £13,995 for the Type S.

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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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11 October 2010

Honda Spain have gone to 5 years unlimited mileage warranty, plus 3 years free servicing. Can we anticipate the same in UK?

11 October 2010

Bit late in the day for a facelift, so I take it this is effectively a run out model.

The new model should appear some time next year assuming that Honda sticks to its 5 year model replacement cycle.

11 October 2010

Images don't show the back end. I hope they haven't changed it so much, as the Civic hatch is one of the best rear end lookers out there.

11 October 2010

Now that is a far reaching face lift - I didnt recognise it at first...well done Honda.

11 October 2010

The most subtle and unchanging of face-lifts, probably not even worth reporting on I expect the next model cannot be far away.

11 October 2010

Independent rear suspension, a 1.6 petrol and 1.6 diesel engine, much improved sound deadening for road noise and completely revised spring + damper rates would mean Honda had a winner. As it is the 1.8 petrol isn't particularly sweet, but on paper is too fast to be cheap to run (insurance etc), the 2.2 diesel is quick, but now a little rough compared to newest engines and again they need a base diesel engine. I couldn't have been more disappointed by the ride when Holden Honda gave me a 2.2cdti ES as a courtesy car - it was a step backwards compared to the Accord at that time and the previous generation of civic/accord. This "facelift" will do nothing for flagging sales.

11 October 2010

Looks smart enough and not bad value for money given the entry level £13,995 model has 16" alloys and 100bhp. Used to be a bit overpriced but its now undercutting a lot of other cars in the class.

rwb

11 October 2010

what a bizarre choice if photos. The car has wheels and inside, head rests!

11 October 2010

[quote J400uk] Used to be a bit overpriced but its now undercutting a lot of other cars in the class.[/quote] That had been my thought. I'd take this over a Focus, even though the Focus rides/handles better and has the 65mpg 1.6 diesel!

11 October 2010

[quote theonlydt]Independent rear suspension, a 1.6 petrol and 1.6 diesel engine, much improved sound deadening for road noise and completely revised spring + damper rates would mean Honda had a winner[/quote]

Completely agree. I tested one recently and was shocked at the level of road noise. But that wasn't as bad as the dreadful interior. I know soft touch plastics aren't that important but the plastics Honda has chosen to use in the Civic wouldn't look out of place in something badged 'Fisher Price'. The key felt like in probably cost about 20p. If I'm spending over £300 a month of my own money on a car I want it to feel like money well spent. That split tailgate glass is just stupid too.

There's nothinh wrong with the Civic that starting again from scratch couldn't solve.

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