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Honda Civic Australia

The Honda Civic is one of the world's best known and most loved cars, with more than 19 million sold its launch in its home country of Japan in 1972.

It's been a staple on Australian roads since its arrival here in 1973, too, with more than 300,000 finding homes locally. Now up to its tenth generation, the petrol-powered small front-wheel drive has fallen out of favour with Aussie buyers, but a bold new design language and clever packaging could change all that. The Civic range starts off at the $47,200 Civic VTi-LX and tops off with the $72,600 Civic Type R and is offered in hatch and sedan configurations – and for the first time in its 44-year history, without a manual gearbox.

Honda Civic Models Price and Specs

The price range for the Honda Civic varies based on the trim level you choose. Starting at $47,200 and going to $72,600 for the latest year the model was manufactured. The model range is available in the following body types starting from the engine/transmission specs shown below.

Year Body Type Specs Price from Price to
2024 Hatchback 1.5L, —, CVT AUTO $47,200 $72,600
2023 Hatchback 1.5L, ULP, CVT AUTO $43,230 $77,330
2022 Hatchback 1.5L, —, CVT AUTO $43,230 $77,330
2021 Sedan 1.8L, ULP, CVT AUTO $19,250 $37,510
2021 Hatchback 1.8L, ULP, CVT AUTO $19,800 $70,290
2020 Hatchback 1.8L, ULP, CVT AUTO $67,430
2020 Sedan 1.8L, ULP, CVT AUTO $18,590 $36,960
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Honda Civic Colours

Available colours include 'Rally Red', 'Crystal Black', 'Sonic Grey', and Honda’s signature 'Championship White'.

  • Championship White
  • Rally Red
  • Sonic Grey (Pearlescent)
  • Crystal Black (Pearlescent)
To confirm current colour availability, please check the manufacturer's website.

Honda Civic Dimensions

The dimensions of the Honda Civic Hatchback and Sedan vary according to year of manufacture and spec level.

Year Body Type Height x Width x Length Ground Clearance
2024 Hatchback 1415x1802x4560 mm 134 mm
2023 Hatchback 1415x1802x4560 mm 134 mm
2022 Hatchback 1415x1802x4560 mm 134 mm
2021 Sedan 1416x1799x4644 mm 133 mm
2021 Hatchback 1421x1799x4515 mm 134 mm
2020 Sedan 1416x1799x4644 mm 133 mm
2020 Hatchback 1421x1799x4515 mm 134 mm
The dimensions shown above are for the base model. See All Honda Civic Dimensions

Honda Civic Q&As

Check out real-world situations relating to the Honda Civic here, particularly what our experts have to say about them.

  • How to I connect to my Honda Civic Bluetooth?

    The first thing to do is to make sure your phone has Bluetooth switched on and is in Discoverable mode. Then, go to the menu on the car's info-screen and select Settings. Then scroll down and select Setup and then Bluetooth. From there, touch on Add a New Device. The car will then search for nearby devices and display them. When your phone's ID appears, scroll to it and press the Select button. Make sure the code on the screen for Bluetooth Honda Civic matches the code shown on your phone and you're good to go.

    There are also online tutorials on how to connect Bluetooth to Honda Civic cars, and these are worth watching provided the unit in question is the same as the system in Australian-delivered Civics. Some markets had different set-ups, so make sure you watch the right video.

    If all that fails, the connection instructions are in the car's owner's manual which, hopefully, is in the car's glove-box.

    This system of Honda Civic Bluetooth paring was introduced on 2018 and on Civics, but it's worth mentioning that those earlier cars did not have on-board sat-nav. So to get navigation on the RS or VTi-L model, you definitely need your phone connected to make use of your phone's nav system.

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  • Honda Civic Engine Oil: What Type & How to Change

    The recommended Honda Civic engine oil is a fully synthetic 0W20 oil. That’s what oil manufacturers say is best for any of the Civic engines sold here from 2017 onwards. That includes the 1.8-litre and 1.5-litre petrol engines as well as the high-performance Civic Type R model.

    Like many Honda engines over the years, the Honda Civic oil passages can be quite small and narrow, so a good supply of clean, fresh oil is critical to these cars. That’s also why the Honda Civic oil type is a very light (thin) oil; so it flows easily and quickly.

    If you know how to perform a service on any other modern car, then you already know how to change oil on a Honda Civic. It’s a DIY maintenance job for anybody who is an average mechanic and involves little in the way of tools apart from an oil filter wrench and the correct size socket or spanner to tackle the drain plug. You’ll also need drain pans and the car’s owner’s manual which will tell you things like how often to change oil, any other service interval info and specifications for how tight the drain plug needs to be tightened.

    Failing all that, a trip to any service centre will be able to supply the oil and replacement filter, dispose of the waste oil and even reset the service reminder light as part of the process.

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  • Is the 2021 Toyota Corolla air conditioning system reliable?

    The CVT you’re referring to is actually the car’s transmission rather than its engine. And since the engine is what drives the air-conditioning compressor, it’s the engine’s power and torque that determines whether the car still drives nicely with the air-conditioning switched on, not whether the transmission is a CVT or any other type.

    But I think I know what you are referring to. And that is how well the car’s engine and its CVT transmission are matched. Sometimes, a transmission can gobble up a fair bit of horsepower and torque and that can take the edge off performance. Throw the switch on the air-conditioning and there’s even more load on the engine, making it feel even less perky. In that sense, I think the Corolla as the newer design would have a more efficient transmission and that could mean that it feels the load less than the older Honda might and, therefore, holds on to more of its original performance.

    But the second thing you mentioned, that your car’s air-con doesn’t really keep up at temperatures over 30 degrees is more likely to be a problem with the air-con itself. You might find that a five-year-old car (such as your Honda is) is ready for the air-conditioning system to be serviced and perhaps even re-gassed, which might just return it to better health. For the record, Toyota’s have always had some of the best-performing air-conditioning systems in the business over the years, and I very much doubt that a 30-degree day would tax the air-con in a new Corolla one iota.

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  • What is the best small car for under $30000?

    You don't need to spend $30,000 to get a great small car to run around town in. A Suzuki Swift GL Navigator from $17,690 plus on-road costs ($1000 more for the auto) makes for an excellent choice, with a surprisingly roomy interior, a refined, frugal and lively engine, great handling and superb reliability. Great value for money, in other words.

    Moving on from there, to the next size up and in our order of preference, are the Mazda 3, Ford Focus Active, Volkswagen Golf, Toyota Corolla Hatch, Honda Civic (turbo only) and Subaru Impreza. All are quality small cars that should fit the bill perfectly.

    There's also merit in considering a small SUV, chiefly because their higher roofline and loftier seating positions make them easier to get in and out as well as see out of. Our value pick is the Kia Seltos S with Safety Pack. The Mazda CX-30 and Toyota C-HR are also high-quality and refined choices, though they're right at the cusp of your budget so you may have to search for a discounted demo model. Going small SUV does  mean extra outlay, but they do generally offer better resale value, as their popularity seems endless.

    As you can see, there's lots of choice, so take your time, drive the ones you like the look of, and see which feels best. Out of scores of alternatives, these 10 are our top recommendations at under $30K.

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Honda Civic Accessories

In terms of straight-up kit, the Civic Type R is available in just the one trim level, and outside, you’ll find 19-inch alloys (they were formally 20s), wrapped in Michelin PilotSport 4S rubber, Brembo brakes, LED lights all around, rain-sensing wipers and proximity unlocking.

 In the cabin, you’ll score suede-effect seats finished up front in the type of deep blood red that will make you think of redrum in The Shining, dual-zone climate, a 9.0-inch touchscreen with Android Auto and wireless Apple CarPlay, a second 10.2-inch digital driver display with a very cool F1-inspired shift light, wireless device charging, sat nav and ambient interior lighting.

Honda Civic Engine

You’re dealing with Honda’s turbocharged 2.0-litre VTEC engine here, now good for 235kW and 420Nm. That’s up 7kW and 20Nm on the outgoing car, which Honda says is thanks to a redesigned turbocharger, better air intake and a new exhaust. It’s even more powerful overseas, by the way, but we don’t get that one here.

That power is channelled through a six-speed manual with rev-matching, and there’s a Limited Slip Differential, too. It’s front-wheel drive, and it’s wearing Michelin Pilot Sport 4S rubber. Because sporty.

Honda Civic Interior

In the cabin, the Type R is very much the Civic we already know. The dash especially looks largely unchanged, though its a calm, welcoming and premium-feeling layout.

Less calming, however, are the blood-red seats and flooring in the front part the Type R. Too be honest, I think it's a little too much, given the solid work that’s gone into making the exterior of the car feel so much more mature. But to each their own.

Honda Civic Interior

Honda Civic Fuel Consumption

The Honda Civic is available in a number of variants and body types that are powered by —, Hyb/ULP, ULP and PULP fuel type(s). It has an estimated fuel consumption starting from 6.3L/100km for Hatchback /— for the latest year the model was manufactured.

Year Body Type Fuel Consumption* Engine Fuel Type Transmission
2024 Hatchback 6.3L/100km 1.5L CVT AUTO
2023 Hatchback 4.2L/100km 2.0L Hyb/ULP
2023 Hatchback 6.3L/100km 1.5L ULP CVT AUTO
2023 Hatchback 8.9L/100km 2.0L PULP 6 SP MAN
2022 Hatchback 6.3L/100km 1.5L CVT AUTO
2022 Hatchback 6.3L/100km 1.5L ULP CVT AUTO
2021 Hatchback 6.4L/100km 1.8L ULP CVT AUTO
2021 Hatchback 8.8L/100km 2.0L PULP 6 SP MAN
2021 Sedan 6.4L/100km 1.8L ULP CVT AUTO
2020 Hatchback 6.4L/100km 1.8L ULP CVT AUTO
2020 Hatchback 8.8L/100km 2.0L PULP 6 SP MAN
2020 Sedan 6.4L/100km 1.8L ULP CVT AUTO
* Combined fuel consumption See All Honda Civic Pricing and Specs for 2024

Honda Civic Wheel Size

The Honda Civic has a number of different wheel and tyre options. When it comes to tyres, these range from 235x40 R18 9 for Hatchback in 2024.

Year Body Type Front Tyre Size Front Rim Rear Tyre Size Rear Rim
2024 Hatchback 235x40 R18 9 235x40 R18 9
2023 Hatchback 235x40 R18 9 235x40 R18 9
2022 Hatchback 235x40 ZR18 235x40 ZR18
2021 Hatchback 215x55 R16 215x55 R16
2021 Sedan 215x55 R16 215x55 R16
2020 Hatchback 215x55 R16 16x6 inches 215x55 R16 16x6 inches
2020 Sedan 215x55 R16 16x6 inches 215x55 R16 16x6 inches
The dimensions shown above are for the base model. See All Honda Civic Wheel Sizes

Honda Civic Boot Space

Open the Civic Type R's boot, and you’ll find 410 litres of luggage room. But drop the rear seats and you’ll find between 904 and 1212 litres, depending on whether you load to the windows or to the roof.

Honda Civic Seats

The Civic Type R is pretty spacious, especially for the two backseat riders. Honda isn’t even pretending this is a five-seat car, and that only makes the rear seat experience better, to be honest, with more room for your rear passengers to spread out.

But while there’s lots of room, there isn’t much else. Up front, you’ll find twin USB ports, wireless charging, air vents and temperature controls. But in the back, there’s only the two cupholders, twin ISOFIX attachment points, and not much of anything else.

Honda Civic Towing Capacity

The Honda Civic has no towing capacity for the latest model available.

Year Body Type Braked Capacity from Braked Capacity to
2024 Hatchback 0kg 0kg
2023 Hatchback 0kg 0kg
2022 Hatchback 0kg 0kg
2021 Hatchback 0kg 800kg
2021 Sedan 800kg 800kg
2020 Hatchback 0kg 800kg
2020 Sedan 800kg 800kg
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Honda Civic Speed

You can expect a 5.4sec sprint to 100km/h, and a top speed of 275km/h. Not bad!

Honda Civic Range

Honda reckons you’ll get 8.9L/100km on the combined cycle. Which, it must be said, is going to be a hard number to hit should you drive this car in the way you’ll almost certainly be driving it. We were getting 11s on our road run.