2019 Honda Civic RS sedan
2019 Honda Civic RS sedan

A new look exterior, a range of interior design upgrades, and the introduction of key safety and driver assistance technologies feature on the 2019 Honda Civic sedan range, launched this week by the Japanese car maker.

Headlining the major update is the introduction of Honda Sensing safety and driver-assist technologies on the VTi-L and RS grades, with the small sedan continuing to also deliver Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard.

“The inclusion of Honda Sensing as standard equipment on two additional Civic sedan models represents another step in our plan to introduce the full suite of intelligent driver-assist and active safety technologies right across the Honda vehicle range,” Honda Australia director Stephen Collins said.

“All three Civic sedan models with the 1.5-litre VTEC turbo engine are equipped with Honda Sensing, reflecting our ongoing commitment to support the safe and comfortable driving of our customers.”

The Civic RS sedan leads the way in the update stakes, with new 18-inch alloy wheels fitted with wider 235/40 ZR18 95Y Michelin Pilot Sport 4 tyres, elevating its sports credentials with improved grip and more responsive handling.

It also gets exclusive Phoenix Orange paint, while every Civic sedan variant now also features a unique wheel as a result of fresh designs and new colour treatments that have been applied across the range.

The VTi and VTi-S grades both have all-new wheel designs, while the VTi-L wheel has a new, dark grey finish. The high-series VTi-LX is now fitted with its own distinctive alloy wheel courtesy of the previous RS wheel design, but with a new dark grey finish applied.

The front bumper has been redesigned with a new lower grille that further accentuates the Civic’s low, muscular proportions, while a piano black upper grille is now fitted to all models apart from the VTi.

The lower grille garnishes and fog light surrounds are now also finished in matching gloss black on all variants. Other design and equipment changes  include rear privacy glass on the VTi-S and electric auto-fold door mirrors on the VTi-L, RS and VTi-LX.

The design changes continue inside the new Civic sedan range, with updates to the instrument panel and seat trims, plus improvements to the controls for the audio and ventilation systems.

The touchscreen unit in the new Civic sedan range has been redesigned for a more intuitive user experience, with the addition of hard keys for the most commonly used functions, along with a dedicated volume control knob.

The usability of climate control functions has also been improved on high-series RS and VTi-LX variants, with the addition of push buttons for one-touch adjustment and control of the fan speed.

New seat trims have been added on the VTi-S grade and above, all featuring a chequered accent centre panel on both the seat base and backrest, while the RS gets exclusive red stitching.

The Honda Civic sedan range features five model variants, starting with the VTi, priced from $22,390 plus on-roads and powered by a 1.8-litre naturally aspirated i-VTEC engine. The VTI-S shares the same power plant, with pricing starting from $24,590.

The VTi-L, RS and VTi-LX all share the sportier 1.5-litre VTEC turbo engine, and are priced from $27,990, $31,990 and $33,690 respectively; again, all prices are plus on-roads. The 2019 Honda Civic sedan is on sale now.

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