Pros and Cons: 2020 Honda Civic 1.5 TC-P - Great value for money but not the most efficient

8 days ago

You may have seen renders or the teaser of the next 11th generation Honda Civic, but it still takes some time to reach our shoreline and the current 10th generation Honda Civic is still very relevant.

If you're looking for a C segment sedan, the 2020 Honda Civic will likely be on your list. Here is a list of the pros and cons to help you make your purchase decision.

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Pros

The most powerful in its class

The Honda Civic 1.5 TC-P is the strongest in its segment with 173 hp / 220 Nm of the 1.5 liter VTEC turbo unit, which propels the Civic from 0 to 100 km / h in 8.6 seconds.

In comparison, the Mazda 3 2.0 sedan can go 0 to 100 km / h in 9.9 seconds, while the Toyota Corolla Altis 1.8G can do it in 11.4 seconds.

Spacious and practical interior

The Honda Civic has the most spacious interior in its class with over 3 knee tennis balls and 1 headroom tennis ball for a 175 cm adult.

While the door compartments aren't big enough to hold 1.5L bottles, the central storage space is quite large and there's a two-tier console for more storage space.

In addition, the trunk is the largest in its class at 519 liters. A 60/40 split feature was introduced in the face lift exercise.

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ADAS full suite

The top of the range Honda Civic 1.5 TC-P receives the full Honda Sensing ADAS suite with all acronyms such as FCW, CMBS, LDW, LKAS, RDM, ACC, LSF and AHB.

The Honda LaneWatch is unique to the Honda Civic (or Honda in general), which replaces traditional blind spot monitors, but only on the passenger side.

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Cons

The seats are rather low and have an effect on getting in and out

Getting in and out of the Honda Civic is almost like a sports car, as the seats are mounted low enough for at least a sedan. Those who prefer a low driving position will appreciate it. For others, it just makes getting in and out more difficult and hinders visibility.

Rivals offer a better driving experience

After testing both the Mazda 3 sedan and the Toyota Corolla Altis, the Honda Civic wasn't quite up to the ride. Yes, it has the greatest performance in the classroom but the response time upon entering is pretty disappointing.

And although it wears Michelin Pilot Sport 4 rubber pants, it doesn't sink all the way into the corners like the Corolla Altis, nor does it have the playfulness of the Mazda 3. The Honda Civic exits at the corners of the car. pretty serious and just hold out for dear life.

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Not the most economical in its class

After a 100km drive divided into 70/30 on the freeway and driving around town, the Honda Civic took 7.9 liters of fuel to fill the tank. This gives a simple calculation with a value of 7.9 liters / 100 km.

Under similar conditions, the Corolla delivered 7.7 liters / 100 km and the Mazda 3 sedan 7.6 liters / 100 km. This means that the Honda Civic had the highest fuel economy compared to its naturally aspirated and larger displacement counterparts.

Conclusion

The Honda Civic is the most powerful in its segment, the interior is by far the most spacious and practical in its class, not to mention the largest trunk. In addition, it has the full range of Honda Sensing ADAS.

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