Honda Civic 2019 has officially debuted in the Indian market, much to the delight of the auto enthusiasts who had waited for nearly six good years to see it back in action in the country. However, a whole lot has changed in these years in the Civic sedan, right from an all-new design to an exuberant interior cabin, and even the availability of a diesel engine. Unlike the earlier model, the new-gen Honda Civic 2019 is being developed at HCIL's Greater Noida facility with high level of localization in order to achieve belligerent pricing and give the Elantras and Octavias a run for their money. Well, let’s find out the top five reasons why an individual should buy the 2019 Honda Civic:
1. Exhilarating Exterior Design:
First things first, putting aside the confusion, the India-spec sedan is not the one showcased at the 2018 Auto Expo but a mid-cycle facelift of that very model with subtle cosmetic updates. From the Honda Civic 2019 images, the global bestseller looks even more alluring, captivating and desirable, courtesy sleeker headlamps with peculiar L-shaped daytime running lamps (DRLs). The front fascia is further scintillated by the inclusion of a chrome finished grille while the C-shaped chrome appliques perfectly compliment the wider track. Owing to the Honda's new Global Compact architecture, it has grown in length and width. What's astounding here is the very-little known fact that the Japanese automaker benchmarked the 2019 Civic sedan with luxurious sedans from Mercedes Benz, Audi and BMW, which are placed a segment or two higher than it. The side profile is where the sedan impresses the most with impeccable touches given to the roofline, which flows similar to a coupe. Riding on dual-tone 17-inch alloy wheels, it flaunts chrome finish at door handles and nearby the greenhouse, which further accentuates the styling quotient. In-line with its sporty fastback character and oozing elegance, the rear end boasts of 'boomerang' LED tail lights. In all, it is one of the most good-looking sedans to be seen on Indian roads at present, without an iota of doubt.
2. Engineering & Practicality:
There is a daylight difference between things on paper and in real world. Contrary to what we see with most of the products which are high on paper but different when checked in reality, Honda Civic 2019 scores heavily as far as engineering and practicality are concerned. Honda's engineers have worked their heart out in carving out a futuristic and airy cabin. The cabin has oodles of space for the front as well as rear seat occupants and it shines bright in the practicality department. The low dashboard setting gives the driver and co-driver an amazing view of the outside. The company might not have added the 'R-type' suffix in the nameplate but it has almost everything what it takes to be the Nurburgring record-holder.
3. Powerful & Peppy Engines:
The new Honda Civic 2019 specifications, as exciting as it sounds, also gets a diesel engine along with its petrol counterpart, for the first time in India. The petrol variants are powered by the 1.8L SOHC i-VTEC engine which belts out 139 bhp of power and 174Nm of torque. The engine is fairly familiar with the existing Civic owners; however Honda has re-worked on the engine and now it is a BS-VI compliant unit. It is offered with a CVT gearbox and the mileage figure is surprisingly good at 16.50 kmpl (ARAI specified). Lets' break the ice regarding the diesel motor and announce that it is the same unit that does duties to the CR-V. Yes, the new Civic sedan comes with the 1.6L mill which develops the top power of 118 bhp and peak torque of 300 Nm, while returning an incredible fuel economy of 26.8kmpl, at par with several C-segment sedans. Both the engines are tried and trusted and shoulder the responsibilities immensely well, without a single sign of disappointment.
4. Futuristic Features:
An executive sedan is meant for comfort and opulence, and Honda Civic 2019 justifies it with the long list of bells and whistles it carries. Having said that, the sensational Honda Civic 2019 features include an 8-way power adjustable driver’s seat, electric sunroof, 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto etc., to name a few. With heavy heart, it needs to be mentioned that we miss the wireless charging feature, which has made an appearance in the international model. All the aforementioned features make it an urban posh sedan, with a liking for millennial folks. Honda has paid special attention to the safety factor by including an array of first-grade systems like Honda Lane Watch Blind Spot display system, Hill Start Assist and Vehicle Stability Assist.
5. Value-for-Money Factor:
Pricing and mileage are termed as the two final factors of a product's success in the Indian market. Well, the new Honda Civic 2019 has already won half the battle by coming up with outstanding fuel economy and now it is to be seen how it prepares itself for the rest half of the battle. The new Honda Civic Facelift price in India has been kept in the range of Rs. 17.70-22.30 Lakhs (Ex-showroom, Delhi), which is a tad higher than its foes. However, still the Civic could be the conqueror of the segment, given its timeless design, exorbitant features and competent power trains. The sedan is also benefitted by the legacy of 'Civic' nameplate, and it might make up for the extra numbers that it requires to be the topper of the segment.