Likes

  • Fun and involving driving experience. Especially the turbo models
  • Practical interior
  • Great value on the used car market
  • Typical Honda reliability

Dislikes

  • Polarising exterior design
  • There’s a handful of common issues, so buy one with as much warranty as possible
  • 1.5-litre engines have a widespread oil dilution problem
  • Infotainment is among the worst in class for usability

Stuff you should know

The 10th generation of the Honda Civic, produced from 2016 to 2021, marked a significant milestone for one of Honda’s most popular and enduring models. This iteration of the Civic featured a fresh design, enhanced performance, and a host of new technologies, solidifying its position as a top contender in the compact car segment.

Exterior-wise, the 10th-gen Honda Civic showcased a more aggressive and sporty appearance compared to its predecessor, albeit, quite polarising. It adopted a sleek and aerodynamic profile with sharp character lines and a bold front fascia.

Under the bonnet, the 10th-gen Civic offered a variety of engine options, including  1.8-litre 4-cylinder petrol,  a 1.5-litre 4-cyl turbo-petrol as well as a 2.0-litre 4-cyl turbo-petrol in the Type R models.

The interior of the Civic received a significant upgrade in terms of quality, space, and technology. The cabin boasted a more refined and upscale feel, with high-quality materials and an ergonomic layout. Notable features included a touchscreen infotainment system, smartphone integration, and advanced driver-assistance systems, such as collision mitigation braking, lane-keeping assist, and adaptive cruise control.

The Civic’s driving experience was enhanced with improved handling, responsive steering, and a comfortable ride quality.

The 10th-gen Honda Civic was also praised for its commitment to safety. It received excellent crash test ratings from various safety organizations, earning the model recognition as a top safety pick in its class. Honda’s suite of safety features, known as Honda Sensing, was widely available across the Civic lineup.

What goes wrong

Interior:

  • Plenty of owners have complained about the usability of the infotainment screen. Either simply being a slow, poor design or it being generally glitchy.
  • Some owners have reported that the seals around the boot can let water in.

 

Mechanically:

  • Like other Honda models, parts of the wiring loom are coated in soy, which attracts rodents that eat through them. This can cause all kinds of electronic issues.
  • Civics fitted with the 1.5-litre engine are prone to a widespread oil dilution issue. This is where fuel is making its way into the oil, compromising performance. Some owners have reported an unwillingness of Honda to help.
  • There are sporadic reports of CVT issues, as well as alternators needing replacing far too frequently

 

Recalls:

  • December 2018 – Honda Civic Type R (2017-2018) – 32 units affected – Some vehicles have missing or incorrect information in the Owner’s Manual, posing potential hazards to the driver and occupants regarding seat belts, child anchorage systems, vehicle notifications, and operations.
  • June 2021 – Honda issued a recall for 54,300 units of Civic, City, Jazz, CR-V, HR-V, Accord models manufactured between 2018 and 2021, as the fuel pump component may swell, leading to engine starting issues or stalling while driving, posing a risk of accidents and serious injury or death to vehicle occupants and other road users.
  • January 2023 – Honda CR-V and Civic models from 2021-2022 are affected by a fault where the Genuine accessory window tint applied to the front side windows does not meet specifications, potentially reducing visibility and increasing the risk of accidents, with 5,053 units affected.

Interior:

  • Plenty of owners have complained about the usability of the infotainment screen. Either simply being a slow, poor design or it being generally glitchy.
  • Some owners have reported that the seals around the boot can let water in.

 

Mechanically:

  • Like other Honda models, parts of the wiring loom are coated in soy, which attracts rodents that eat through them. This can cause all kinds of electronic issues.
  • Civics fitted with the 1.5-litre engine are prone to a widespread oil dilution issue. This is where fuel is making its way into the oil, compromising performance. Some owners have reported an unwillingness of Honda to help.
  • There are sporadic reports of CVT issues, as well as alternators needing replacing far too frequently

 

Recalls:

  • December 2018 – Honda Civic Type R (2017-2018) – 32 units affected – Some vehicles have missing or incorrect information in the Owner’s Manual, posing potential hazards to the driver and occupants regarding seat belts, child anchorage systems, vehicle notifications, and operations.
  • June 2021 – Honda issued a recall for 54,300 units of Civic, City, Jazz, CR-V, HR-V, Accord models manufactured between 2018 and 2021, as the fuel pump component may swell, leading to engine starting issues or stalling while driving, posing a risk of accidents and serious injury or death to vehicle occupants and other road users.
  • January 2023 – Honda CR-V and Civic models from 2021-2022 are affected by a fault where the Genuine accessory window tint applied to the front side windows does not meet specifications, potentially reducing visibility and increasing the risk of accidents, with 5,053 units affected.

Interior:

  • Plenty of owners have complained about the usability of the infotainment screen. Either simply being a slow, poor design or it being generally glitchy.
  • Some owners have reported that the seals around the boot can let water in.

 

Mechanically:

  • Like other Honda models, parts of the wiring loom are coated in soy, which attracts rodents that eat through them. This can cause all kinds of electronic issues.
  • Civics fitted with the 1.5-litre engine are prone to a widespread oil dilution issue. This is where fuel is making its way into the oil, compromising performance. Some owners have reported an unwillingness of Honda to help.
  • There are sporadic reports of CVT issues, as well as alternators needing replacing far too frequently

 

Recalls:

  • December 2018 – Honda Civic Type R (2017-2018) – 32 units affected – Some vehicles have missing or incorrect information in the Owner’s Manual, posing potential hazards to the driver and occupants regarding seat belts, child anchorage systems, vehicle notifications, and operations.
  • June 2021 – Honda issued a recall for 54,300 units of Civic, City, Jazz, CR-V, HR-V, Accord models manufactured between 2018 and 2021, as the fuel pump component may swell, leading to engine starting issues or stalling while driving, posing a risk of accidents and serious injury or death to vehicle occupants and other road users.
  • January 2023 – Honda CR-V and Civic models from 2021-2022 are affected by a fault where the Genuine accessory window tint applied to the front side windows does not meet specifications, potentially reducing visibility and increasing the risk of accidents, with 5,053 units affected.

Should you buy it?

Despite a handful of sporadic issues, the 10th-gen Honda Civic is a solid small car. With the right engine, it’s genuinely fun to drive and continues Honda’s knack for blending performance and practicality. The hatch variants are particularly practical, as the boot hatch turns it into basically a liftback.

While the Civic is generally mechanically sound, with only a few common issues, the CVT issues and the oil dilution problems in the 1.5-litre engines mean it’s absolutely crucial you get a pre-purchase inspection done if you’re in the market for one.

In the small car class, there are plenty of good options, but for us, either Honda Civic or the Mazda 3 would be our pick.

Try to shop as far up the spec tree as you can to get as much active safety gear as possible, and try to get one with as much warranty as possible so that any mechanical issues will be covered by Honda.

Despite a handful of sporadic issues, the 10th-gen Honda Civic is a solid small car. With the right engine, it’s genuinely fun to drive and continues Honda’s knack for blending performance and practicality. The hatch variants are particularly practical, as the boot hatch turns it into basically a liftback.

While the Civic is generally mechanically sound, with only a few common issues, the CVT issues and the oil dilution problems in the 1.5-litre engines mean it’s absolutely crucial you get a pre-purchase inspection done if you’re in the market for one.

In the small car class, there are plenty of good options, but for us, either Honda Civic or the Mazda 3 would be our pick.

Try to shop as far up the spec tree as you can to get as much active safety gear as possible, and try to get one with as much warranty as possible so that any mechanical issues will be covered by Honda.

Should you buy it?

Despite a handful of sporadic issues, the 10th-gen Honda Civic is a solid small car. With the right engine, it’s genuinely fun to drive and continues Honda’s knack for blending performance and practicality. The hatch variants are particularly practical, as the boot hatch turns it into basically a liftback.

While the Civic is generally mechanically sound, with only a few common issues, the CVT issues and the oil dilution problems in the 1.5-litre engines mean it’s absolutely crucial you get a pre-purchase inspection done if you’re in the market for one.

In the small car class, there are plenty of good options, but for us, either Honda Civic or the Mazda 3 would be our pick.

Try to shop as far up the spec tree as you can to get as much active safety gear as possible, and try to get one with as much warranty as possible so that any mechanical issues will be covered by Honda.

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Models, pricing & features

2016-2021 10th-gen Honda Civic-12

VTi

Price when new: $22,390 - $23,790

Price used: $13,900 - $24,700

Equipment:

8 Speaker Stereo
ABS (Antilock Brakes)
Adjustable Steering Col. – Tilt & Reach
Air Cond. – Climate Control
Air Conditioning – Pollen Filter
Airbag – Driver
Airbag – Passenger
Airbags – Head for 1st Row Seats (Front)
Airbags – Head for 2nd Row Seats
Airbags – Side for 1st Row Occupants (Front)
Alarm
Armrest – Front Centre (Shared)
Armrest – Rear Centre (Shared)
Audio – Aux Input USB Socket
Bluetooth System
Body Colour – Door Handles
Body Colour – Exterior Mirrors Partial
Brake Assist
Brake Emergency Display – Hazard/Stoplights
Camera – Rear Vision
Central Locking – Remote/Keyless
Control – Electronic Stability
Control – Traction
Cruise Control
Cup Holders – 1st Row
Cup Holders – 2nd Row
Daytime Running Lamps – LED
Digital Instrument Display – Partial
Disc Brakes Front Ventilated
Disc Brakes Rear Solid
EBD (Electronic Brake Force Distribution)
Engine Immobiliser
Footrest – Drivers
HDMI input for Audio/Video
Headlamps – Halogen
Headlamps – See me home
Hill Holder
Intermittent Wipers
Map/Reading Lamps – for 1st Row
Multi-function Control Screen – Colour
Multi-function Steering Wheel
Park Brake – Electric
Parking Assist – Graphical Display
Power Door Mirrors
Power Steering – Electric Assist
Radio – Analogue
Rear View Mirror – Manual Anti-Glare
Seat – Height Adjustable Driver
Seatback Pocket – Front Passenger Seat
Seatbelts – Lap/Sash for 5 seats
Seats – 2nd Row Split Fold
Smart Device App Display/Control
Smart Device Integration – Android Auto
Smart Device Integration – Apple CarPlay
Spare Wheel – Space Saver/Temporary
Speed Dependant Volume Stereo
Speed Limiter
Storage Compartment – Centre Console 1st Row
Sunvisor – Vanity Mirror for Driver
Sunvisor – Vanity Mirror for Passenger
Tail Lamps – LED
Trim – Cloth
Trip Computer
Tyre Pressure Sensor
12V Socket(s) – Auxiliary
Cargo Tie Down Hooks/Rings
Chrome Grille
Drive By Wire (Electronic Throttle Control)
Power Windows – Front & Rear
Cargo Cover
Grab Handle – Drivers Side
Grab Handle – Passengers Side
Grab Handles – 2nd Row
Grille – Black
Rear Wiper/Washer
Spoiler – Rear Roof Mounted
Demister – Rear Windscreen with Timer
Gloss Finish – Bumper Inserts
Headrests – Adjustable 1st Row (Front)
Headrests – Adjustable 2nd Row x3
Gloss Finish Window Surrounds – Exterior

50 Years Edition

Price when new: $24,090 - $24,090

Price used: $19,100 - $25,000

Adds:

16″ Alloy Wheels
Coloured Door Mirrors
Control – Park Distance Rear
Spoiler – Rear
Fog Lamps – Front

VTi-S

Price when new: $24,490 - $31,000

Price used: $15,400 - $30,200

Adds:

Camera – Side Vision
Central Locking – Key Proximity
Control – Park Distance Front
Intermittent Wipers – Variable
Keyless Start:- Key/FOB Proximity related
Leather Steering Wheel
Starter Button
Rear Windows – Extra Dark/Privacy

VTi-S LUXE

Price when new: 26,490

Price used: $20,800 - $26,800

Adds:

Electric Seat – Drivers
Heated Seats – 1st Row
Leather Seats – Partial
Paint – Metallic
Remote Boot/Hatch Release

+LUXE

Price when new: $27,120

Price used: $22,300 - $28,700

Adds:

Leather Trim – Partial

VTi-L

Price when new: $27,790 - $34,900

Price used: $18,200 - $33,900

Adds:

17″ Alloy Wheels
Air Cond. – Climate Control 2 Zone
Gear Shift Paddles behind Steering Wheel
Headlamps Automatic (light sensitive)
Power Door Mirrors – Folding
Radio – Digital (DAB+)
Rain Sensor (Auto wipers)
Sunvisor – Illuminated Vanity Mirrors Dual
Exhaust System – Dual
Power Windows – Remote Control Open/Close
Collision Mitigation – Forward (High speed)
Collision Mitigation – Forward (Low speed)
Collision Warning – Forward
Cruise Control – Distance Control
Headlamp – High Beam Auto Dipping
Lane Departure – with Passive Steer Assist
Lane Departure Warning

RS

Price when new: $31,790 - $39,600

Price used: $21,100 - $39,300

Adds:

10 Speaker Stereo
Chrome Door Handles – Exterior
Fog Lamps – Front LED
Headlamps – Electric Level Adjustment
Headlamps – LED
Leather Gear Knob
Pedals – Sports
Premium Sound System
Subwoofer
Sunroof – Electric
18″ Alloy Wheels
12 Speaker Stereo
Ambient Lighting – Interior
Chrome Exhaust Tip(s)
Diffuser – Rear
Side Skirts
Spoiler – Front

VTi-LX

Price when new: $33,590 - $36,600

Price used: $21,200 - $37,700

Equipment
GPS (Satellite Navigation)
Rear View Mirror – Electric Anti Glare

Type R

Price when new: $50,990 - $54,990

Price used: $39,400 - $63,200

Adds:

20″ Alloy Wheels
Body Kit – Lower (skirts, F & R Aprons)
Bonnet Scoop(s)
Calipers – Front 4 Spot
Calipers – Painted Front
Calipers – Painted Rear
Carbon Fibre – Interior Inserts
Control – Electronic Damper
Driving Mode – Selectable
Gauge – Boost
Limited Slip Diff
Metallic Finish Gear Knob
Seatbelts – Coloured
Seatbelts – Lap/Sash for 4 seats
Spoiler – Rear High Rise
Sports Seats – 1st Row (Front)
Stopwatch – Digital
Suede Look – Seats Partial
Tyre Repair Kit
Warning – Speed Alert
Suede Look – Interior Inserts
Data Logging
Steering Wheel – Sports

Type R Limited Edition

Price when new: $66,700 - $66,700

Price used: $58,900 - $70,100

Adds:

Interior – Badging/ Logo
Paint – Pearl
Painted – Wheels
Painted Roof
Seats – Bucket (Front)
Tyres – High Performance/Soft Compound
Vented – Bonnet

Tech specs

Body Styles

4 door Sedan

5 door Hatchback

Engines

1.8 litre 4-cylinder petrol (VTi-S, VTi, VTi-S LUXE, 50 Years Edition, +LUXE)

1.5 litre 4-cylinder turbo-petrol (VTi-L, RS, VTi-LX)

2.0 litre 4-cylinder turbo-petrol (Type R, Type R Limited Edition)

Power

104kW – 1.8 litre 4-cylinder petrol (VTi-S, VTi, VTi-S LUXE, 50 Years Edition, +LUXE)

127kW – 1.5 litre 4-cylinder turbo-petrol (VTi-L, RS, VTi-LX)

228kW – 2.0 litre 4-cylinder turbo-petrol (Type R, Type R Limited Edition)

Torque

174Nm – 1.8 litre 4-cylinder petrol (VTi-S, VTi, VTi-S LUXE, 50 Years Edition, +LUXE)

220Nm – 1.5 litre 4-cylinder turbo-petrol (VTi-L, RS, VTi-LX)

400Nm – 2.0 litre 4-cylinder turbo-petrol (Type R, Type R Limited Edition)

Transmissions

1-speed Constantly Variable Transmission (VTi-S, VTi-L, RS, VTi-LX, VTi, VTi-S LUXE, 50 Years Edition, +LUXE)

6-speed Manual (Type R, Type R Limited Edition)

Fuel Consumption

6 – 8.8L / 100km

Length

4644 – 4662mm (4 door Sedan)

4515 – 4557mm (5 door Hatchback)

Width

1799mm (4 door Sedan)

1799 – 1877mm (5 door Hatchback)

Height

1416mm (4 door Sedan)

1421mm (5 door Hatchback)

Wheelbase

2698 – 2700mm (4 door Sedan)

2700 – 5555mm (5 door Hatchback)

Kerb Weight

1376 – 1393kg (5 door Hatchback)

Towing

500kg (unbraked), 800kg (braked)

Not specified (RS, Type R, Type R Limited Edition)

ANCAP Ratings

5 stars (tested 2017)

Not available (Type R, Type R Limited Edition)

Body Styles

4 door Sedan

5 door Hatchback

Engines

1.8 litre 4-cylinder petrol (VTi-S, VTi, VTi-S LUXE, 50 Years Edition, +LUXE)

1.5 litre 4-cylinder turbo-petrol (VTi-L, RS, VTi-LX)

2.0 litre 4-cylinder turbo-petrol (Type R, Type R Limited Edition)

Power

104kW – 1.8 litre 4-cylinder petrol (VTi-S, VTi, VTi-S LUXE, 50 Years Edition, +LUXE)

127kW – 1.5 litre 4-cylinder turbo-petrol (VTi-L, RS, VTi-LX)

228kW – 2.0 litre 4-cylinder turbo-petrol (Type R, Type R Limited Edition)

Torque

174Nm – 1.8 litre 4-cylinder petrol (VTi-S, VTi, VTi-S LUXE, 50 Years Edition, +LUXE)

220Nm – 1.5 litre 4-cylinder turbo-petrol (VTi-L, RS, VTi-LX)

400Nm – 2.0 litre 4-cylinder turbo-petrol (Type R, Type R Limited Edition)

Transmissions

1-speed Constantly Variable Transmission (VTi-S, VTi-L, RS, VTi-LX, VTi, VTi-S LUXE, 50 Years Edition, +LUXE)

6-speed Manual (Type R, Type R Limited Edition)

Fuel Consumption

6 – 8.8L / 100km

Length

4644 – 4662mm (4 door Sedan)

4515 – 4557mm (5 door Hatchback)

Width

1799mm (4 door Sedan)

1799 – 1877mm (5 door Hatchback)

Height

1416mm (4 door Sedan)

1421mm (5 door Hatchback)

Wheelbase

2698 – 2700mm (4 door Sedan)

2700 – 5555mm (5 door Hatchback)

Kerb Weight

1376 – 1393kg (5 door Hatchback)

Towing

500kg (unbraked), 800kg (braked)

Not specified (RS, Type R, Type R Limited Edition)

ANCAP Ratings

5 stars (tested 2017)

Not available (Type R, Type R Limited Edition)

Body Styles

4 door Sedan

5 door Hatchback

Engines

1.8 litre 4-cylinder petrol (VTi-S, VTi, VTi-S LUXE, 50 Years Edition, +LUXE)

1.5 litre 4-cylinder turbo-petrol (VTi-L, RS, VTi-LX)

2.0 litre 4-cylinder turbo-petrol (Type R, Type R Limited Edition)

Power

104kW – 1.8 litre 4-cylinder petrol (VTi-S, VTi, VTi-S LUXE, 50 Years Edition, +LUXE)

127kW – 1.5 litre 4-cylinder turbo-petrol (VTi-L, RS, VTi-LX)

228kW – 2.0 litre 4-cylinder turbo-petrol (Type R, Type R Limited Edition)

Torque

174Nm – 1.8 litre 4-cylinder petrol (VTi-S, VTi, VTi-S LUXE, 50 Years Edition, +LUXE)

220Nm – 1.5 litre 4-cylinder turbo-petrol (VTi-L, RS, VTi-LX)

400Nm – 2.0 litre 4-cylinder turbo-petrol (Type R, Type R Limited Edition)

Transmissions

1-speed Constantly Variable Transmission (VTi-S, VTi-L, RS, VTi-LX, VTi, VTi-S LUXE, 50 Years Edition, +LUXE)

6-speed Manual (Type R, Type R Limited Edition)

Fuel Consumption

6 – 8.8L / 100km

Length

4644 – 4662mm (4 door Sedan)

4515 – 4557mm (5 door Hatchback)

Width

1799mm (4 door Sedan)

1799 – 1877mm (5 door Hatchback)

Height

1416mm (4 door Sedan)

1421mm (5 door Hatchback)

Wheelbase

2698 – 2700mm (4 door Sedan)

2700 – 5555mm (5 door Hatchback)

Kerb Weight

1376 – 1393kg (5 door Hatchback)

Towing

500kg (unbraked), 800kg (braked)

Not specified (RS, Type R, Type R Limited Edition)

ANCAP Ratings

5 stars (tested 2017)

Not available (Type R, Type R Limited Edition)

Warranty & servicing

Warranty

3 years / 100,000 km

5 years / unlimited km (from July 2017)

Service Intervals

10,000 km / 12 months

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